After Katrina hit New Orleans and the levees broke, the absence of then President George W. Bush provided a conspicuous exclamation point to the federal government’s lack of action. The current POTUS will not be making the same mistake during the ten year anniversary commemorations. Obama will be visiting NOLA on August 27th according to the White House.
The PR flacks at 1600 Pennsylvania announced that the President and current Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) chief, Craig Fugate will tour the city and deliver remarks on the recovery. (Despite doing a heck of a job, Brownie is no longer with the Agency).
The excursion will include the typical trappings of a political tour. Obama is scheduled to meet with Mayor Mitch, talk to some youth, and deliver a couple of speeches. Surprising no one, pundits expect the remarks to center around rebuilding, education, and the challenges that still remain.
The current administration has made NOLA a focus and the region will be flooded with reps over the next few weeks. Officials from the Department of Education, the Office of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Commerce, Office of Management and Budget, and the Small Business Administration are all slated for visits to mark the grim anniversary.