US President George W. Bush, who is facing all time low approval ratings, has promised to do whatever it takes to right the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina.
“Four years after the frightening experience of September 11th, Americans have the right to expect a more effective response in a time of emergency. When the federal government fails to meet such an obligation, I as President am responsible for the problem, and for the solution. So I have ordered every Cabinet secretary to participate in a comprehensive review of the government response to the hurricane.”
In one of the few functioning bars in New Orleans there were mixed reactions to the President’s speech delivered not far from where the drinking was taking place.
“My feeling is that it was a very uplifting speech, it was very positive but let’s see if he’s actually going to follow through and let’s see if he can coordinate the federal, the state and the local government to do something about it and to actually fulfil the promises to us,” said one woman.
“He accepted responsibility for things that didn’t go well. I think he should have taken credit for all the things that did go well, but they didn’t. I thought he was right on the mark I think the funding that’s coming and everything. It was a very uplifting speech that said we’ll get it done and I think we will. I think this city will get it done,” said the bar manager. The price of the recovery effort is being put at 200 billion dollars, around 160 billion euros. It is likely to prove the most costly natural disaster in US history.