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.