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January 22, 2009 at 12:15 pm | Posted in Historical, Obama Speaks | Leave a comment
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Residents bring their belongings and line up to get into the Superdome on August 28, 2005. The stadium was opened as a hurricane shelter in advance of Hurricane Katrina. Most residents had evacuated the city, and those left behind did not have transportation, or had special needs. (Photograph courtesy Marty Bahamonde/FEMA)

Residents bring their belongings and line up to get into the Superdome on August 28, 2005. The stadium was opened as a hurricane shelter in advance of Hurricane Katrina. Most residents had evacuated the city, and those left behind did not have transportation, or had special needs. (Photograph courtesy Marty Bahamonde/FEMA)

First Draft has pulled another present out of our new President’s bag:

President Obama will keep the broken promises made by President Bush to rebuild New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. He and Vice President Biden will take steps to ensure that the federal government will never again allow such catastrophic failures in emergency planning and response to occur.

President Obama swiftly responded to Hurricane Katrina. Citing the Bush Administration’s “unconscionable ineptitude” in responding to Hurricane Katrina, then-Senator Obama introduced legislation requiring disaster planners to take into account the specific needs of low-income hurricane victims. Obama visited thousands of Hurricane survivors in the Houston Convention Center and later took three more trips to the region. He worked with members of the Congressional Black Caucus to introduce legislation to address the immediate income, employment, business, and housing needs of Gulf Coast communities.

President Barack Obama will partner with the people of the Gulf Coast to rebuild now, stronger than ever.

Visit the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank (HDMB) to see photographs and read the stories of the people of New Orleans, Louisiana and the Gulf states who survived Hurricane Katrina.

Forget them not. It could be you.

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