New Orleans Katrina’s Two-Year Anniversary

Bush Sees “Better Days” For New Orleans
President Tells Storm-Ravaged City “We’re Still Paying Attention” On Katrina’s Two-Year Anniversary¬†(CBS/AP)

President Bush commemorated Hurricane Katrina’s devastating blow Wednesday with a somber moment of silence. Across town, in a symbol of a federal-city divide that persists two years after the killer storm, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin marked the levee-breach moment with bell-ringing.

Bush Marks Hurricane Katrina Anniversary With Visit to New Orleans

29 August 2007

The Bush administration was criticized for its initial response to Hurricane Katrina, in which roughly 1,600 people died and tens of thousands were left homeless along the Gulf Coast. And General Honore, a son of Louisiana, was sent in amid charges that the federal agency set up to handle emergency relief was slow to act.

One year after the storm, only about 50 percent of New Orleans’ residents had returned according to statistics from the U.S. Postal Service. Today, that number is up to just under 70 percent.

A poll taken earlier this month by CNN shows 52 percent of Americans believe the federal government has not done enough to rebuild areas damaged by Hurricane Katrina.