Bush returns to city that once vilified him

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George W Bush said being president is “not a hard job” as he re-visited New Orleans, the scene of what was regarded as one of the greatest failures of his time in the White House. Bush’s trip to New Orleans and Gulfport, Mississippi, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina (all times local): Former President George W. Mr Bush has long been vilified over his administration’s lacklustre response to Hurricane Katrina, which killed more than 1,800 people and left 80 per cent of the city underwater in 2005.

The speech will be carefully watched because the Pope is likely to express different views on climate change and on the Iran nuclear accord than held by most congressional Republicans. Bush has arrived in Gulfport, Mississippi, where hundreds of people gathered in a beachside park to salute emergency responders who worked during and after Hurricane Katrina. A decade later resentment lingers over his decision at the time to view the damage from Air Force One, rather than landing and meeting victims, as does an accusation that he “did not care about black people”. He talked about recently released data from the spring, indicating the economy grew more than had first reported, saying the news is reassuring after two weeks of stock market turmoil. Bush says that during Katrina and its aftermath, there was “an impressive display of leadership down here on the Gulf Coast.” He called off the names of those were then the mayors of Mississippi Coast cities and the supervisors of its counties.

And he challenged congressional Republicans to work with him to develop a balanced spending plan, and not add contentious budget cuts and legislative riders they know he can’t and won’t accept – potentially leading to the 2nd government shutdown since 2013. Some Republicans are already saying they’ll insist on language defunding Planned Parenthood, and some are also vowing another effort to repeal or at scale back the Affordable Care Act — both non-starters for the president. “And you know, eventually, we’re going to do it anyway, so let’s just do it without too much drama,” Obama said in his New Orleans speech. “Let’s do it without another round of threats to shut down the government. McMurray, who was stationed in Gulfport during the storm, said on Friday that the first few days of recovery were “organized chaos.” Republican Haley Barbour, Mississippi’s governor during Katrina, thanked hundreds of thousands of volunteers who helped people in the state rebuild. With the success of schools like this you have given all Americans reason to believe that New Orleans is back and better than ever. “On this anniversary the work of making a stronger New Orleans goes on.

Bobby Jindal wasn’t the only Republican to warn President Barack Obama not to devote too much of his Hurricane Katrina speech to his advocacy for reducing carbon emissions to curb greenhouse emissions linked to climate change. But after the shooting Monday (August 22) of two Virginia TV journalists while they were doing a live report for the morning news show, Murphy said the nation needs to both address mental health shortcomings and fix “broken gun laws.” “The fact is that when our leadership in Congress stands up and says we can’t do anything they are absolutely wrong,” Murphy said. “And I believe that we have become complicit in these murders because people listen to highest levels of government and when we say nothing about it — when we don’t even attempt to change the laws to try to stop this mass slaughter — then people get some signal that it’s okay to settle their grievances or do with their mental illness through gun violence.” The approach pushed by the Obama administration since the slaughter of 20 first graders and six equators at a Connecticut elementary school in 2012 has been a bill that would require background checks for guns purchased from private seller — not just licensed dealers as is currently the case. On her porch next to the school Kindrell Herbert, 35, and her friends were not even aware of Mr Bush’s arrival, and showed little interest in seeing him.

That bill stalled in the Senate, with opponents saying they didn’t think it would have stopped anyone determined to commit a violent crime from getting a gun. Somebody broke a food machine and I survived on a pack of Skittles.” Mr Bush’s connection with Warren Easton Charter high school began after it appealed to his wife Laura Bush, a former school librarian, to help replace 10,000 books lost in Katrina.

They could see it on TV, but you couldn’t really get a feel for it unless you were here.” Mr Bush told emergency workers: “Most Americans can’t really get a feel of the courage, perseverance and dedication of the thousands who rushed into harm’s way.

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