President Obama commends 'extraordinary' response


Posted on September 3, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 3 at 7:01 PM
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LAPLACE, La. - President Barack Obama landed in Kenner Monday afternoon to take a tour of some of the Isaac-damaged areas of southeast Louisiana.

Over 3,000 residents of LaPlace were evacuated to areas in north Louisiana after floodwaters rose quickly and unexpectedly in the wake of Isaac.

In a speech in LaPlace, the president commended everyone for the "extraordinary" work done to make sure that lives were saved during the storm.

"Sometimes in the past we haven't seen kind of coordination needed in these disasters," he said. "This time we've seen it."

Saying that the area was still in "recovery mode," Obama said the federal government in the short term needs to make sure they have the support needed to get restarted.

Long-term, the government needs to answer the question of how to better anticipate these storms and how to make sure areas like St. John are protected, he said.

"We're going to make sure at federal level that we're getting on the case very quickly about figuring out what happened here."

The good news, Obama said, is that the levees held in Orleans and Jefferson parishes, and that they were done expeditiously.

In his closing remarks Obama called Louisianans "resilient" and proven capable of bouncing back.

"When disasters like this happen, we set aside petty differences we may have. Nobody is a Democrat or Republican, we're all just Americans looking out for one another."