February 20th, 2009
12:21 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama extends aid for Gulf Coast

The president is extending the operations of a federal office tasked with overseeing reconstruction efforts along the Gulf Coast.

The president is extending the operations of a federal office tasked with overseeing reconstruction efforts along the Gulf Coast.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama will send two Cabinet officials to the Gulf Coast next month to assess progress in rebuilding the region that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, the White House announced Friday.

The president is also extending the operations of a federal office tasked with overseeing reconstruction efforts along the Gulf Coast. Obama signed an executive order keeping the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Rebuilding open through Sept. 30, 2009. It was initially scheduled to close at the end of this month.

“The residents of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast who are helping rebuild are heroes who believe in their communities and they are succeeding despite the fact that they have not always received the support they deserve from the Federal government,” Obama said in a statement. “This executive order is a first step of a sustained commitment by my Administration to rebuild now, stronger than ever.”

The office was established by former President Bush in November 2005.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan will head to the region on March 5 and 6.

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soundoff (197 Responses)
  1. rin

    what suprises me is that governors in texas, miss. and louisana... praising the fact that they didnt vote for the stimulus.... yet THESE ARE THE POOREST STATES!!!!!!!!!!!! AND WHAT A SUPRISE THEY ARE RED STATES!!!! crazy isnt it! when hurricanes come and demolish these areas.... where was BUSH to help with the reconstruction... wait for it wait for it..... he was no where!!!! these folks should be glad obama is thier president!

    cnn post my comment please!

    February 20, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. Typical White Person

    To build below sea level indicates bad judgement...

    To REBUILD below sea level indicates idiocy...

    February 20, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. Obamacrat

    In one month of this new administration we've had economic stimulas, child healthcare, afgan troop increase, orders to close gitmo, women & minority equal pay rights, mortgage rescue plan, and the list goes on.... whether you agree or disagree with his policies you can't say that he's not trying. Thank you Mr. President for working so hard for us.

    February 20, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. Disappointed American

    Katrina... it will never go away. You people need to get on with your life's. Quit waiting for the Government to take care of you. It is absolutely rediculous that people are still complaining about Katrina. It just goes to show you that these people will go to any measures to get something for free. It's the poor little me syndrom.

    February 20, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. Snake eyes

    Thank God! Bush's indifference to the region was a moral crime of the biggest magnitude.

    February 20, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  6. What about Ike?

    Wow, support for Katrina victims. So *NOT* suprised

    What about Bolivar? Galveston? Ora\nge? We need help but all that anyone sees is Katrina, Katrina, Katrina.

    Texas opened its arms for the Katrina refugees without thought, now we need help and everyone forgets us.

    February 20, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  7. greenguy

    Wake up America, the federal government has already passed bills that have sent close to 1.5 Trillion dollars to the gulf coast. The money was given to State and Local governments who have mis managed the money. So now we are going to send more money. You people are clueless. Some of those bills that included Katrina relief, guess what Obama voted againt some of them. How about that.

    February 20, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. jenoa

    First, Gary – I am more than sure the levee's will be taken into considerations first, because what since will it make. The world literally saw this city and its people die. Therefore, I am more than sure the President and his people will make every effort to ensure the levee's will be taken care of and the rest will fall in line.

    Second, I was born and raised in the City of New Orleans, and want to see life brought back. My parents are there and fortunately for them they had the means to do many things, but still struggle and face hardship when it comes to supplies and FEMA, ROAD HOME, which is truly unfair.

    Third, I am a woman of age and I and my husband want to retire in my home town, but I do not if the city is not 100% or more back in tip top shape. Meaning, not only the levees, but be able to shop for food, clothing, have access to medical facilities, police, fire, improved schools etc.

    I know with President Obama in office things will work out and improve as time progress. So all of you haters – stop hating, because when Bush and his clan was in office not one person dared to complain about anything.

    February 20, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  9. Alicia

    Another Bush/Republican mess he has to clean up. To think Bush flew over the disaster and horrendous event.

    I am most appalled that Governor Jindal is more concerned about running for Prez than his people.

    BRAVO President Obama!!!!

    February 20, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  10. You know the Republican party is toxic when ... Palin bails on NRCC & CPAC

    Good, now Jindal has another excuse not to accept the stimulus funds.

    February 20, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. shoegazer

    It would be nice if something other than"lip service"was provided to those poor souls along the Gulf Coast.

    February 20, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. Gabriel

    I don't know – this sounds like progress for average americans so I am sure its not right by Republican Standards!

    I mean it's can't be good because President Obama suggested it right?

    February 20, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  13. Jason

    I don't understand why the Governor of LA doesn't want the Stimulus money to help his state. It angers me when the Republicans think they have the corner market on recovery when they were the ones in control in six out of the last eight years of the Bush Administration.

    Help your state, not yourselves Govs


    February 20, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  14. norb

    Change has come! Nice to see a president working on the behalf of the American people. How unfortunate he has to spend his talents having to fix the past eight years of lies and corruption.

    February 20, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. Greg in Colorado

    wow finally someone recognizes that there is a problem down there. I am guessing the Repubs are going to block this as well!! Since, there are "those ones" down there.

    February 20, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  16. George the Democrat Obama fanatic.

    Rush probly think he is only doing it because he is black.

    February 20, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  17. Vera

    The sections of the Gulf Coast where people have pride in their communitees are cleaned up. New Orleans on the hand, (the real reason Obama is involved) is waiting for the government to pay them to clean up and still looks like the hurricane struck yesterday. Lazy Handout Cajuns!

    February 20, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  18. Let's all smile


    Support to the Gulf Coast....THAT'S what I'm talkin' about!

    Finally, someone in Washington who is working hard to do the right thing!

    Way to go Mr. President!

    February 20, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. Tabeth

    Republicans do not have moral leadership any more...

    February 20, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  20. hello


    February 20, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  21. WhoCares?


    Cantor and/or Boener will negative grandstand about this for some reason.

    February 20, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  22. Obama and Pelosi making wrong choices

    Respectfully, Mr President. You, Nancy Pelosi, and Senator Reid are making some very wrong choices for Americans. You can all do a lot better, and we really need your leadership to do this. Some examples I respectfull take exception to:

    300 new homes for New Orleans devastated by Katrina – you chose $30 million to save white mice for Nancy Pelosi

    6,000 new $50,000 homes for the Gulf Coast or condoms for high schoolers? You used the $250 million for condoms.

    20 new schools for those devastated by Katrina or a sin-city choo choo for Senator Reid from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. You chose the earmark choo choo and ignored the schools.

    Repaiiring gymnasiums for schools or building frisbee golf courses - You chose the latter.

    What makes you more culpable than the Bush Administration in ignoring the Gulf Coast is that you are speding the money, just in the wrong locations and for the wrong reasons.

    How about food for the poor for 6 months -- or a Democratic vacation junket to Italy. Nancy Pelosi chose the vacation. Again, this is a poor choice for America.

    Mr President, respectfully, your image is being tarnished. Your words are as fiery and as hopeful as ever, but the decisions you and your co leaders ae making is not what we need. PLEASE CHANGE COURSE And begin doing the right things - stop all this Washington waste - It is business as usual, AND IT IS NOT CHANGE – NOT THE CHANGE YOU PROMISED US

    A loyal but disappointed supporter

    February 20, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  23. Thoughts from the GOP


    We are wasting tax-payer money on the levees and rebuilding lives? This is a PORK project- I can't believe the President wants to do the right thing!! How could he?

    Getting America and the economy back on its feet with MORE SPENDING is absolutely ridiculous...hey, let's spend our money on WAR and get more of our loved ones killed- that's really putting our country first. Let's cash in on our HALLIBURTON stock!

    February 20, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  24. Larry

    Is the only thing the Democrats can do is throw money (that we don't have)at everything??Democrats think the word" caring" means to give up more tax payers money,how about "fixing the problem"???

    February 20, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  25. In Houston, TX

    Dear President Obama,
    If you really want to extend aid to the Gulf coast come down to Texas and help me turn this big bomba blue!!! The Democrats in the state of Texas need more help and funding and together we can TURN TEXAS BLUE (that is my pipe dream of the century, could you imagine TEXAS voting Democratic?) 😉
    If Texas went Blue and turned away from the Darkside of the Force, I would be soooo happy!

    February 20, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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