Week Ending Friday, September 30, 2005

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Author: George W. Bush  | Date: September 24, 2005

Remarks During a Briefing on Hurricane Rita in Colorado Springs, Colorado,
September 24, 2005

Admiral, thank you very much for a series of briefings that really do comfort me in knowing that our Federal Government is well-organized and well-prepared to deal with Rita. I’ve come here to watch NORTHCOM in action, to see first hand the capacity of our military to plan, organize, and move equipment to help the people in the affected areas, in this case, of Louisiana and Texas.

We’ve had full briefings on the storm, it’s activities. The first order of business now is to surge search-and-rescue teams, to pull people out of harm’s way. Just had an assessment by General Honore, of Lake Charles, Louisiana. It got hit hard. We’ve got teams on the ground, beginning to analyze the situation and prepare the necessary response to stabilize the situation and, more importantly, save lives there as well.

It’s very important for the citizens who have headed into east Texas to understand that even though the storm has passed the coastline, the situation is still dangerous because of potential flooding. A lot of people have left the coastline and headed into east Texas and parts of western Louisiana. It is important for them to listen carefully to the local authorities about whether or not it is safe to return back to their home. It’s going to take a while for the authorities on the ground to fully understand the impact of the flooding. And therefore, people who are safe now ought to remain in safe conditions.

At any rate, Admiral, thank you very much for your hospitality. I appreciate your leadership. I want to thank all the folks who work here in NORTHCOM for doing their duty, which is to organize and rally the assets of the of the Federal Government, to help our fellow citizens who are in need.

Thank you very much.

Note: The President spoke at 7:50 a.m. at Peterson Air Force Base. In his remarks, he referred to Adm. Timothy J. Keating, USN, commander, U.S. Northern Command; and Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honore, USA, commanding general, First United States Army.

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Chicago: George W. Bush, "Remarks During a Briefing on Hurricane Rita in Colorado Springs, Colorado, September 24, 2005," Week Ending Friday, September 30, 2005 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, September 30, 2005 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2005), 41:1457 Original Sources, accessed July 2, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=BF48NXHUJYL972V.

MLA: Bush, George W. "Remarks During a Briefing on Hurricane Rita in Colorado Springs, Colorado, September 24, 2005." Week Ending Friday, September 30, 2005, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, September 30, 2005 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2005), 41:1457, Original Sources. 2 Jul. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=BF48NXHUJYL972V.

Harvard: Bush, GW, 'Remarks During a Briefing on Hurricane Rita in Colorado Springs, Colorado, September 24, 2005' in Week Ending Friday, September 30, 2005. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, September 30, 2005 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2005), 41:1457. Original Sources, retrieved 2 July 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=BF48NXHUJYL972V.