George Bush has visited areas of the southern United States, stricken by tornadoes earlier in the week. The President went to Enterprise in Alabama, a town which suffered more than most. The tornado hit this High School, as student huddled inside, sheltering from the devastating weather. The school collapsed, killing eight students. “We can never replace lives,” he said, “and we can’t heal hearts, except through prayer. I want the students to know, and the families to know that there’s a lot of people praying for them.”
The tornadoes swept across southern and Midwestern states, wreaking havoc, not only in Alabama, but also in Georgia and Missouri. Bush wasted no time visiting the victims this time, promising measures in Enterprise which will allow householders to claim more than $28,000 in federal reconstruction assistance. It was a different story in September 2005, when Hurricane Katrina hit the south coast, engulfing New Orleans. The Bush administration was accused of sitting on its hands then, and even now eighteen months later more than half of New Orleans’ schools remain closed, and tens of thousands of people are still displaced.