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Bush- “We will do what it takes!”
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana — President Bush delivered a prime time address to the nation Thursday September 15, 2005 from Jackson Square in the French Quarter of New Orleans 17 days after Hurricane Katrina distroyed the city and displaced a million people. This is a transcript of his remarks.
” Good evening. I am speaking to you from the city of New Orleans — nearly empty, still partly underwater and waiting for life and hope to return. Eastward from Lake Pontchartrain, across the Mississippi coast, to Alabama and into Florida, millions of lives were changed in a day by a cruel and wasteful storm.
In the aftermath, we have seen fellow citizens left stunned and uprooted, searching for loved ones, and grieving for the dead and looking for meaning in a tragedy that seems so blind and random.
We have also witnessed the kind of desperation no citizen of this great and generous nation should ever have to know — fellow Americans calling out for food and water, vulnerable people left at the mercy of criminals who had no mercy and the bodies of the dead lying uncovered and untended in the street.
These days of sorrow and outrage have also been marked by acts of courage and kindness that make all Americans proud. Coast Guard and other personnel rescued tens of thousands of people from flooded neighborhoods.