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Obama wanted to use his first visit as president to the Gulf Coast to listen to residents' concerns about the recovery effort. And although most questions were on unrelated subjects, one man gave him an earful.
"I expected as much from the Bush administration, but why are we still being nickeled and dimed in our recovery?" asked Gabriel Bordenave, 29, of New Orleans.
"I wish I could write a blank check," Obama replied, promoting Bordenave to shout back, "Why not?"
As a candidate, Obama criticized former President George W. Bush's response to Katrina, when the government showed up late and unprepared and the Federal Emergency Management Agency became the object of widespread scorn.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has committed more than $1.4 billion for Louisiana and $160 million for Mississippi since Obama took office, according to an administration statement. The money is for rebuilding schools and other infrastructure projects.
Originally posted by nixie_nox
When the city does get some money to rebuild, they finish the fracking football stadium first before the hospital!
Originally posted by whatukno
The fiscally responsible thing would have been to abandon NOLA and just let it sit at the bottom of the gulf.
Sorry, when you live below sea level it comes with the territory. I feel bad for the people that were in Katrina, but I don't feel bad for anyone who stayed after.
Originally posted by Rory27
reply to post by
You don't feel 'sorry' for anyone who had no where else to go,or not enough money to take them selves anywhere else of use!?...WHERE you LIVE is not a 'camping trip',and im guessing you also live somewhere on planet earth effected by 'natural disasters' as we ALL do...Maaany countries/cities have survived THOUSANDS of years 'below sea level' WITH the right technological upgrades... ...If the land was left to sink,there WOULD still be people to take care of,and thats obviously not been done nearly as much,as attention has been placed on others all over the world...
Remember People,Anytime your house/town/city washes away,burns,shakes or otherwise does not remain fully intact against all things weather related...your only REAL choice,is to just 'up and leave'...I heard 'whatukno' is excepting large groups of refugee's to take the weight off the Administration...Nice guy,eh?
[edit on 16-10-2009 by Rory27]