Week Ending Friday, March 2, 2007

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Author: George W. Bush  | Date: March 1, 2007

Remarks Prior to a Lunch Meeting With Elected Officials and Community Leaders in New Orleans, Louisiana,
March 1, 2007

It is my pleasure to be back in New Orleans. I want to thank the Lieutenant Governor, the mayor, the head of the City Council, the parish presidents for joining me.

I’ve committed to stay involved in the rebuilding of—and the United States Senator, excuse me, Senator—and the Congressman, I beg your pardon. I committed to the people of this part of the world and the gulf coast that the Federal Government would fund recovery and stay committed to the recovery. And one of the reasons I have come down is to hear from you. I fully understand that there are frustrations, and I want to know the frustrations. And to the extent we can help, we’ll help. I told the people that I would work with the Congress to write a $110 billion check to help the people of Louisiana and Mississippi, and that check has been written. And now it’s incumbent upon us to get the money into people’s hands.

Sometimes it’s hard to see progress when you’re living close to the scene. I guess the New Orleans Saints football team represents to me what’s happening in this part of the State—it is a resurgence; there’s a renewal. Even though there’s a lot of work done, the spirit of the people down here is strong.

And so I want to thank these leaders for joining me. It means a lot to me. It’s good to be with you. It’s also good to be in a place where you can buy some pretty good food. [Laughter] I’m looking forward to the visit.

Note: The President spoke at 2:22 p.m. at Lil’ Dizzy’s Cafe. In his remarks, he referred to Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu of Louisiana; Mayor C. Ray Nagin of New Orleans, LA; Oliver M. Thomas, Jr., president, New Orleans City Council; Aaron F. Broussard, president, Jefferson Parish; KevinDavis, president, St. Tammany Parish; Billy Nungesser, president, Plaquemines Parish; Henry Rodriguez, president, St. Bernard Parish; M.E. Taylor, president, Washington Parish; and Senator David Vitter and Representative William J. Jefferson of Louisiana.

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Chicago: George W. Bush, "Remarks Prior to a Lunch Meeting With Elected Officials and Community Leaders in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 1, 2007," Week Ending Friday, March 2, 2007 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, March 2, 2007 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2007), 43:232-233 Original Sources, accessed December 4, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4FCYL24WYKBJSU9.

MLA: Bush, George W. "Remarks Prior to a Lunch Meeting With Elected Officials and Community Leaders in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 1, 2007." Week Ending Friday, March 2, 2007, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, March 2, 2007 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2007), 43:232-233, Original Sources. 4 Dec. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4FCYL24WYKBJSU9.

Harvard: Bush, GW, 'Remarks Prior to a Lunch Meeting With Elected Officials and Community Leaders in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 1, 2007' in Week Ending Friday, March 2, 2007. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, March 2, 2007 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2007), 43:232-233. Original Sources, retrieved 4 December 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4FCYL24WYKBJSU9.