President Obama Speaks On The 5TH Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

You can watch the President speak live today at 3 p.m. EST at Xavier University, New Orleans, Louisiana here.


Obama to New Orleans: I stand with you

President’s Remarks Full Text of Xavier’s speech

It’s great to be back in New Orleans, and an honor to be back at Xavier University. I’m inspired to spend time with folks who have demonstrated what it means to persevere in the face of tragedy – and rebuild in the face of ruin. Thank you, Jade, for your introduction – and congratulations on being crowned Miss Xavier.

As Jade said, she was a junior at Ben Franklin High School five years ago when the storm came. After Katrina, Ben Franklin High was terribly damaged by wind and water. Millions of dollars were needed to rebuild the school. Many feared it would take years to reopen – if it could reopen at all. But then something remarkable happened. Parents and teachers, students and volunteers got to work making repairs. Donations came in from across New Orleans and around the world. And soon, silent, darkened corridors were bright and filled with the sounds of young men and women, including Jade, heading to class again. Jade then committed to Xavier, a University that likewise refused to succumb to despair. So Jade, like so many students here, embodies hope – and that sense of hope in difficult times is what I came to talk about today.

It has been five years since Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast. There is no need to dwell on what you experienced and what the world witnessed: water pouring through broken levees; mothers holding their children above the waterline; people stranded on rooftops begging for help; bodies lying in the streets of a great American city. It was a natural disaster but also a manmade catastrophe; a shameful breakdown in government that left countless men, women, and children abandoned and alone. Shortly after the storm, I came down to Houston to spend time with some of the folks who took shelter there. I’ll never forget what one woman told me. “We had nothing before the hurricane,” she said. “Now we got less than nothing.”  Read the rest here.

Photo Hat tip Al Jazeera English

Obama greeted patrons at a bakery in New Orleans before delivering his speech

Here’s a video from Riz Khan Al Jazeera Tv on Katrina’s 5th Anniversay

Lest we forget…  See more photos here.

Here are a few videos highlighting the Katrina disaster Then and now:

When The Levees Break – Bombing of the Lower 9th Ward 1/8

Spike Lee Interview “If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise

Spike Lee Interview “If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise” [Part 2]

Also, check out this Salon article by MATT DAVIS :  Five years later, a richer, whiter New Orleans.  Statistically, New Orleans is experiencing something of a boom. But don’t be fooled about the reason why.

We’d love to hear from folks who lived in the gulf, especially Louisiana during Katrina.  What has been your experience with the rebuilding of the city, of the 9th ward?

Update:  Watch the entire  C-Span Xavier U. Address here.

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22 Responses to President Obama Speaks On The 5TH Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

  1. So Brian Williams is going to interview the President?

  2. Ametia says:

    Craig Fugate is the FEMA Director

  3. Ametia says:

    LAY.IT.DOWN. Mr. President. Go on about the business of getting the job done. This disaster is well past the point of pointing fingers & blaming. Most of us know what happen.


  4. Ametia says:

    Obama Marks Katrina Anniversary With NOLA Visit
    by NPR Staff

    August 29, 2010 President Obama goes to New Orleans Sunday to mark the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. It was five years ago when the monster storm roared ashore in Louisiana and Mississippi and sent a 30-foot-high wall of water crashing into the coast. Host Liane Hansen talks with NPR’s Mandalit del Barco.

    Listen to the stories:

    New Orleans’ Public Housing Slowly Evolving
    by Pam Fessler

  5. Good Post, Ametia!

  6. Ametia says:

    You can watch a preview of the documentary

    When The Levees Broke online here:

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