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Obama in New Orleans to inspect post Katrina recovery

posted by GeoT

“I’m not tired… I’m just gettin’ started…” President Obama

Barack Obama made his first presidential visit to New Orleans on Thursday seeking to reassure residents of his commitment to the city’s recovery four years after the Bush administration’s botched response to Hurricane Katrina.

The Damage Done

The Damage Done

Flying in for a close-up look at the rebuilding process, Obama was expected to see signs of progress but also stark reminders of how much remains to be done to get New Orleans, once a thriving tourist destination, back in full swing.

Former President George W. Bush was widely criticized for the federal government’s slow emergency response to Katrina, which hastened a slide in his popularity and left a stain on his presidential legacy.

The slow road to recovery

The slow road to recovery


Soon after taking office in January, Obama vowed to prevent a repeat of the previous administration’s “failures” and to do more to help New Orleans and the rest of the battered U.S. Gulf Coast rebuild.

Full Story: Here


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The Unauthorized 9.12 Teabagger Tour

Brought to you by Max Blumenthal and Alternet.org

Max Blumenthal covers the 9.12 anti-Obama rally on the National Mall, where teabaggers demonstrated their opposition to healthcare reform by calling Obama the biggest Nazi in the world, claiming he wants to put “real” Americans in concentration camps, and was born in Kenya.

But how many of them have health insurance, and do they know they’re pawns in the game of healthcare industry front man Dick Armey? Of course not.

In his article, 9/12 Protest: Here’s What Fox News Didn’t Broadcast, Max explains what he witnessed in Washington:

My video tour of the 9.12 Project is yet another exhibit of how the Republican Party’s big tent became a one-ring circus that operates according to the rules of P.T. Barnum: “There’s a sucker born every minute.”

For the inside story of how the radical right took over the GOP and drove it to the margins, check out Max’s new book, “Republican Gomorrah: Inside The Movement That Shattered The Party

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President Obama’s Message on the Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina


Posted by Audiegrl
Today on the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, President Obama used his weekly address to touch upon the importance of disaster readiness for American families.

On this anniversary, we are focused on the threat from hurricanes. But we must also be prepared for a broad range of dangers – from wildfires and earthquakes, to terrorist attacks and pandemic disease. In particular, my Administration is working aggressively with state and local governments – and with partners around the world – to prepare for the risk posed by the H1N1 virus. To learn more about the simple steps that you can take to keep you and your family safe from all of these dangers, please visit www.ready.gov.

So on this day, we commemorate a tragedy that befell our people. But we also remember that with every tragedy comes the chance of renewal. It is a quintessentially American notion – that adversity can give birth to hope, and that the lessons of the past hold the key to a better future. From the streets of New Orleans to the Mississippi Coast, folks are beginning the next chapter in their American stories. And together, we can ensure that the legacy of a terrible storm is a country that is safer and more prepared for the challenges that may come.–President Barack Obama

National Preparedness Month (NPM), is a nationwide effort held each September to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools.

Please take a moment and visit the site. It has a wealth of information that will help your family. I really enjoyed watching the PSA’s on the site. They interviewed different families and asked them separately about their own ’emergency plans’. Each family member had a different idea of where they are to meet, and none of them had any emergency supplies like water, non-perishable food, etc. to last them more than two weeks. My family is like the one who only had crackers and tomato paste. 😉

So this is an eye opener for me, and our pantry will definitely be stocked in the future.

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