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Obama Vows Not To Forget Lessons Of Katrina

President Barack Obama is promising that his administration will not forget what he called a tragic response to Hurricane Katrina.

* FILE **A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration infrared satellite images shows the outer bands of Hurricane Katrina, well ashore on the northern Gulf coast and the center of the storm about 165 miles, south-southeast of New Orleans in this Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005, file photo. A lively and sometimes scrappy debate on whether global warming is fueling bigger and nastier hurricanes like Katrina is adding an edge to a gathering of forecasters here. A study released Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008, by government scientists was the latest point of contention. (AP Photo/NOAA, File)

OAK BLUFFS, Mass. -- President Barack Obama is promising that his administration will not forget what he called a tragic response to Hurricane Katrina.

And in his weekly radio and Internet address he says he will visit the still-recovering New Orleans before the end of the year.

Obama says "None of us can forget how we felt when those winds battered the shore, the flood waters began to rise and Americans were stranded on rooftops and in stadiums."

He says "Whole neighborhoods of a great American city were left in ruins.

Communities across the Gulf Coast were forever changed.
And many Americans questioned whether government could fulfill its responsibility to respond in a crisis."

Obama acknowledges that recovery has not come at an acceptable pace despite recent moves to speed up the process.

He says he has "made it clear" that he will "not tolerate red tape that stands in the way of progress or the waste that can drive up the bill."

As Obama puts it, "Government must be a partner -- not an opponent -- in getting things done."


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