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February 6th, 2009
06:24 PM ET

Restoring New Orleans, La. coastline are Obama priorities, strategist says

John Pope
The Times-Picayune

Restoring New Orleans and the fragile Gulf Coast coastline are priorities of the Obama administration, Kenner-born political strategist Donna Brazile said today, adding that she'll keep pressing President Barack Obama and his staff to ensure they don't forget.

Obama is coming to inspect the damage and recovery, Brazile said at Tulane University, but she doesn't know when yet.

"I know that this is a priority for him and the first lady," she said. "I'm going to keep on pressing. . . . I will fight."

Speaking to a Newcomb College Institute forum, Brazile said she hopes Obama will discuss storm and coastal relief in his first speech to a joint session of Congress. That address is scheduled for Feb. 24, which happens to be Mardi Gras.

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  1. carol njeri - Nairobi Kenya

    Yeah you bet,people need to live in areas considered safe.

    February 8, 2009 at 7:08 am |
  2. bev

    Oh yeah, JC. Lets move agencies to New Orleans where they are below sea level, vulnerable to the next hurricane, even if it's 60 yrs away. Good idea!?!!

    By the way, the fed govt many years ago had given the state of Louisiana money to repair the levees which had been known to be defective. Louisiana chose instead to use the money for other things. Don't take my word on it–check it out.

    February 7, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  3. Jim

    The smart people who were living on the Southern coast that have endured and lost to hurricanes have moved or are moving. Another hurricane will tear down what is rebuilt in New Orleans. People are moving out of California.

    Where storms devastate will be devastated again. Where floods devastate time and again will be flooded again. Where fires always burn will burn again.

    WAKE UP AND MOVE! IT'S EASY ONCE YOU DO IT ONCE. PEOPLE WHO STAY WHERE DANGER IS ALWAYS LURKING DON'T DESERVE MY SYMPATHY WHEN THEY GET KNOCKED DOWN AGAIN!

    February 6, 2009 at 9:36 pm |
  4. JC-Los Angeles

    Now that the Bush regime has ended, it's time for the Gulf Coast to get the proper respect the region is owed.

    It was one thing when the Federal Government failed to take precautions before the storm and during the storm but entirely different matter when they failed to immediately rebuild aterwards.

    Our government should relocate various agencies to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast out of respect; this would create jobs, stimulate the local economies, generate massive goodwill, provide the people with hope for gainful employment and dramatically reduce crime.

    February 6, 2009 at 9:28 pm |
  5. Luis

    Hey stacy!

    Next time government officials and Weather experts say it time to get out. Get Out. These people thought they could front the storm and beat it. That's the risk they took, they should live with the consequences.

    Of course we must help them, but it's not the government's fault. They told everyone to leave. Even the Mayor took off.

    and of course again, the government must help millions of evacuees a place to go as well if an evacuation is needed.

    But anyways, who lives below see level surrounded by water on all sides? New Orleans is the worst place to built a city.

    February 6, 2009 at 7:59 pm |
  6. Annie Kate

    In helping NOLA lets not forget the Gulf coast where Katrina roared inland – Biloxi, Gulfport, Bay St. Louis, Pascagoula, Waveland and the like. Things there haven't made as much progress as they need to either. And then there is Galveston from this last season; it needs help as well. I would hope that while they are helping these places they would come up with regulations that keep people from building so close to the water. Then maybe the government won't have to do this so often and so much.

    February 6, 2009 at 7:59 pm |
  7. Miranda

    Mr. Pope-

    The spirit of New Orleans is unbreakable and I do hope President Obama helps in the restoration of not only that great city but to the gulf coast with Mississippi and Missouri as well as the others.

    Miranda

    February 6, 2009 at 7:05 pm |
  8. Stacy

    I hope Donna is right and President Obama lives up to his promise about making New Orleans a priority. God knows the last guy didn't.

    February 6, 2009 at 6:49 pm |