US President George Bush, making his first visit in three months to the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast, was braced to lower his expectations of recovery during today’s appearance in New Orleans and Mississippi.
White House chief of staff Andy Card said although the emotions from the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina have passed, there is still need for government help.
He said he warned Bush to be prepared to see lingering destruction.
Bush was meeting with New Orleans business owners.
Then he was restating his commitment to rebuild during a speech in the crubling town of Bay St Louis, Mississippi, where trees still remained snapped in two, debris was strewn across the landscape and people were living in tents and trailers set up in front of homes with missing roofs and shattered windows.
Bush’s message was that although recovery will be long and expensive, the federal government is in it for the long haul, said White House spokesman Trent Duffy.