On the 4th anniversary of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, President Obama made a pledge to continue the recovery efforts in New Orleans. During his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday, he mentioned that the Bush administration’s response to Katrina left Americans displeased with the government’s response to crisis. He also added that he wanted Katrina to be a learning experience for the country saying that he wanted to ensure, “that the legacy of a terrible storm is a country that is safer and more prepared for the challenges that may come.”He also made it clear to the American people his approach to resolving the disaster once and for all. He cited responsibility as the answer to the issue.
“Our approach is simple: Government must keep its responsibility to the people, so that Americans have the opportunity to take responsibility for their future.”
11 of Obama’s cabinet members have been to visit New Orleans since he took office. While there they reported back to him on the city’s progression and ideas to speed up progress. Obama plans to visit New Orleans for himself before the end of this year. In half a year, Obama and his team have managed to clear 75 projects that were in dispute in the city including rebuilding libraries, schools and university buildings.