February 20th, 2009
12:21 PM ET
5 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.


Filed under: President Obama
soundoff (197 Responses)
  1. Jean

    I guess he had to because their sure wasn't anything in that 700 billion dollar bill.

    Shame on you.

    Shame on you.

    Shame on you.

    Shame on you.

    February 20, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  2. Republicans are ankle biters

    Good job President Obama,Its about time they got help.My question to you now sir ,is where are Geronimos remains?You and Bush both belong to the "skull and bones,"the Yale University Club that have been said to have stolen them.Lets come clean over this now rather than later please.

    February 20, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  3. BW

    Venia...

    Better get your facts straight. Amazingly enough, the net worth of the average Democrat in office is 36% higher than that of the average Republican. The Democrats also receive nearly twice as much money from lobbyists. You liberal snot-noses should read a little more and give your opinions a little less. And read the following from the WSJ:

    **Yet in recent years, that conventional wisdom has been turned on its head. The new rich, it seems, have increasingly become Democrats. As donors, they are giving more money to Democrats than Republicans. As voters, the superrich are leaning left. And as candidates themselves, using their fortunes to get elected, they tend to run as Democrats.

    Among candidates who spent more than $4 million on their own campaigns, Democrats outnumbered Republicans 3-1, according to data from Jennifer Steen.

    February 20, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  4. lynn

    Yes the support they deserve. This should have been taken care of long before now. It's been several years and they still haven't rebuilt the city or fixed the levee system. Do I hear jobs in the making possibly? I wonder if they will take the money since they were so against the stimulus plan.

    February 20, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. meh

    Good! It's about time someone helped these people out!

    And on a completely shallow note, LOOK at that stride. For those who try to call President Obama a "wuss" because he believes in being diplomatic: that stride is the mark of a confident man who speaks softly and carries a big stick. You can tell that when push comes to shove, he doesn't take crap.

    February 20, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  6. Deb

    It is just so unbelievable that Governer Jindal is putting his political life before the life of so many of his constituents. Louisiana so needs the money and all other help they can get.

    February 20, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. July

    I can't wait for the Gov. of Louisana to come out and sayd ' HEY! leave us alone .. with Pres. Bush help ..we got as much as we could done ... we don't need your money! ' jajaaa suuuure

    February 20, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  8. BW

    Liberal memories tend to forget the 4-day warning to those people to get out...as opposed to staying and looting, which many did. "Blame Bush" is a broken motto...especially since the local and state governments did nothing at all to assist except blame the federal government. Now, the answer is to have Obama throw more money to his non-tax paying voting base there...and all over the nation. Does anyone actually examine the facts any more, or are you such blind sheep that you will follow regardless of the truth?

    February 20, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. S.S., MD

    Thank GOD, we have a President who cares for the citizens of Louisiana to rebuilt what they have lost 3 and a half yrs.ago. President Obama, continue your GOOD work, with Our LORD'S guidance.

    February 20, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. chuck

    I will never in my life forget Geraldo Rivera from FOX News almost in tears and on the fourth or fifth day pleading for the federal government to please come help these people of New Orleans. I was in disbelief when they immediately cut to O'Reilly telling Geraldo to calm down, that it wasn't that bad. Geraldo was sludging through the streets of New Orleans and O'Reilly was in the FOX News studios high and dry. I always knew that Geraldo was a terrible match for that station and this disaster exposed that truth. It doesn't matter who these people were or how much money they had in their bank accounts – they were still American citizens and the Bush administration showed it's true FOX News colors for the entirety of the disaster.

    February 20, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. BW

    2nd attempt...
    Liberal memories tend to forget the 4-day warning to those people to get out...as opposed to staying and looting, which many did. "Blame Bush" is a broken motto...especially since the local and state governments did nothing at all to assist except blame the federal government. Now, the answer is to have Obama throw more money to his non-tax paying voting base there...and all over the nation. Does anyone actually examine the facts any more, or are you such blind sheep that you will follow regardless of the truth?

    February 20, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  12. Beverly, NYC

    Mr. President, since Governor Jindal doesn't need Stimulus $, these assets can be re-directed.

    February 20, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  13. Carla

    With all due respect there has been 176 billion dollars thrown at the Gulf Coast and many areas affected by that storm have been re-built and not with government help the people who live there have done it
    The 176 billion does not include the money funneled in by celebrities and fund raisers. Perhaps all of the people who took aid money that were never even entitled to it could be made to help to rebuild
    I live in a major hurrican area myself and have been hit quite hard and then re-hit by tornados.
    I am quite frankly tired of my tax money constantly being used to assist in areas while I receive no benefits.
    I believe in giving back it is simply that I would like to choose how I do that not the Gov/it is never enough everyone gets some and then needs more

    February 20, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  14. graft and coruption

    I bet if an investigation was done they would find as much greed and stealing from the people of the gulf coast as there has been in the other areas of Bush's control

    February 20, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. RJ

    WTH are all you people talking about?
    Michael, Dutch, Venia, Karen, Rich and Zak.
    Did any of you READ the whole article? Somehow I doubt it.
    Obama is merely continuing a program the was PUT IN PLACE BY BUSH.
    All he did was add another 7 months to the EXISTING program, he's not expanding it or adding additional funds to it.

    Get off the high horses folks and smell what you're shoveling.

    February 20, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  16. RJ

    WTH are all you people talking about?
    Michael, Dutch, Venia, Karen, Rich and Zak.
    Did any of you READ the whole article? Somehow I doubt it.
    Obama is merely continuing a program the was PUT IN PLACE BY BUSH.
    All he did was add another 7 months to the EXISTING program, he's not expanding it or adding additional funds to it.

    Get off the high horses folks and smell what you're shoveling.

    February 20, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  17. HawaiiWahine *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

    How long are we going to be "rebuilding" the Katrina mess?
    My gosh, we had a major earthquake here in 2006 and never whined about it like the folks in New Orleans area.
    I feel bad for them, but grab your bootstraps and pull yourself up, folks. Quit waiting for someone else to take care of you all the time.

    February 20, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  18. Sarah

    Hummmm, Why do we think any of us should sit back and wait for the goverment to take care of us? I am one of the people who lost everything in Hurricane Katrina, but I was lucky, I live in Mississippi a state who has people who get off their butts and start rebuilding, not just sit back and wait for a hand out from Federal goverment to get moving, it might be one reason we here in Mississippi has rebuilt so much faster after losing more to the Hurricane then any of our neighboring states....

    February 20, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  19. Bob from Michigan

    what about Pakistan Obama??

    Are you cutting OR they are still on the loose and we have free stash to donate to them ?????????

    February 20, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  20. lm

    Well said Gary. Rebuild the leeve system and then start rebuilding. This should've been done way before Katrina hit.

    February 20, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  21. S.S., MD

    Hey, New Yorker where were you when your Bush and his family spent 8 years in the White House?

    February 20, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  22. Felonious Monk

    Hey Matthew in Detroit,
    When you have lost everything, let's see how long it takes you to begin whining and asking. Our southern neighbors, ie. fellow countrymen, don't want a handout, they just want a hand.

    It's not as if Detroit has anything to write home about. The role of government is to protect and provide for the people. Not just those who can afford special access.

    February 20, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  23. What are you talking about

    @Matthew,Detroit What are you talking about?! Those people were born and raised there. Its not insurance thats the problem. Have you been there? I have and its nothing to do with people paying on insurance. New Orleans is a American city so you mean the Government shouldn't help?! what type of foolishness is that. You know what lets not help Detroit and let all the business fail so it look like how it did in Robocop 1 well I think its close to already but anyway. Well lets not help any city or town in a potential natural disaster zone oops I forgot thats every city and town!!!

    February 20, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  24. Kayla

    I JUST LOVE IT THAT THE REPUGS ARE GRADING PRESIDENT OBAMA. MY, MY. MY. VIPERS.

    February 20, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  25. Theresa in Atlanta

    I agree that areas below sea level should be abandoned, but that doesn't include other devastated parts in Alabama and Mississippi.

    I think it shameful that we pour billions and billions into Iraq, billions more to bail out Wall Street and corporations. That same amount of money could have rebuilt the entire Gulf Coast ten times over.

    Browney and Bushy: you left a heckuva mess.

    February 20, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.