Obama praises New Orleans' resilience on tour of storm damage
September 3rd, 2012
08:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama praises New Orleans' resilience on tour of storm damage

New Orleans (CNN) - President Barack Obama toured storm-damaged St. John the Baptist parish and Laplace, Louisiana, late Monday afternoon, and received a briefing from local officials on the ongoing recovery from Hurricane Isaac.

Speaking to members of the media following his tour, the president thanked local and federal officials for what he called their "extraordinary work" both preparing for and recovering from the devastation caused by last week's hurricane.

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"Sometimes in the past we haven't seen the kind of coordination that is necessary in response to these kinds of disasters," Obama said. "This time we've seen it."

The region is still in "recovery mode," the president said, but he pointed to the region's cheer and resilience as an example of the American spirit.

"When disasters like this happen, we set aside whatever petty disagreements we may have," he said. "Nobody's a Democrat or a Republican. We're all just Americans looking out for one another, and I couldn't be prouder of this group right here that's around me for the great work that they've done."

Standing in front of a flooded street surrounded by houses with debris piled in the front yards, the president was accompanied by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican; Sens. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat, and David Vitter, a Republican; New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, a Democrat; U.S. Reps. Cedric Richmond, a Democrat, and Jeff Landry, a Republican; Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre and Parish President Natalie Robottom.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. J.V.Hodgson

    The rest of the commentators should take aleaf out of Both Romneys and Obamas actual staements and leave damn politicking ( for advantage especially) out of Disasters.
    I wish during either roneys or Obama's visit if louisiana officials had said whether FEMA met with thier needs and requirements. So far as I can see local have done a great job.
    I am not one jot interested in the political party race creed or color of any one involved in dealing with the disaster. Just that loss of life, injury, property damage were all minimised and that a quick recovery and appropriate compensations paid quickly.
    P.S. A picture tells a thousand words and jindals face says he clearly wishes he were somwhere else than with our President.

    September 4, 2012 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  2. Halls for Obama

    Gov. Bobby Jindal, looks as if he is sick to be seen in the present of the President. Did some one tell him to stay away? He knows if he want that money he had better show up.

    September 4, 2012 04:28 am at 4:28 am |
  3. Marie MD

    Is mr. Mardi Gras groveling for federal money? Is your boy big tooth cantor going to allow money for natural disaster to be funneled to Louisiana?
    Until his district in VA was hit by an earthquake in August of last year he didn't want anyone else to get federal aid. Then, of course, the shoe was on the other foot and he changed his mind!

    September 4, 2012 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  4. obama is Out Of Touch with reality

    be it known, that obama thinks he can walk on water and he does no wrong, but what obama doesnt understand that there is a growing hatred for him, his administration and his destructive policies, it may be that obama thinks and yes I said thinks he is smarter, but that is not true. obama is dumber than most of the rocks in the hills and if he get reelected, what the judge in texas said may just come true, but if obama is losing, expect this country to go to war, have martial law activated and possibly the elections put on hold so obama can retain power. just watch, obama has a plan to stay in control any way he can. Americans, prepare for you life and your freedoms to be taken away by obama.

    September 4, 2012 07:25 am at 7:25 am |