Obama in New Orleans to Remember Victim of Katrina and Celebrate Recovery of the City

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New Orleans, LA, United States (4E) – President Barack Obama visited New Orleans on Thursday to see the progress of rebuilding the city 10 years after it was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

“I’m here to hold up a mirror and say because of you, the people of New Orleans working together, this city is moving in the right direction,” Obama told a crowd at the Andrew P. Sanchez Community Center in Lower Ninth Ward. “I have never been more confident that together we will get to where we need to go. You inspire me.”

Before his speech, he visited Ward residents rebuilding their neighborhood. He described the center as a symbol of the extraordinary resilience of New Orleans and its people, of the entire Gulf Coast, and of the United States of America.

With New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu , Obama went through Tremé , one of the oldest black neighborhoods in America and the birthplace of many jazz legends.

Obama said the recovery needs to be sustained to benefit everybody and this can be realized if the government makes sure that the economy keeps growing. He urged Congress to fund American without sequester cuts to the economy. The Obama and Bush administrations had spent nearly $71 billion in federal funds to help the region rebuild after the disaster and boost the economy.

The trip is Obama’s sixth visit to New Orleans, and his ninth trip to Louisiana as President in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

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