Washington, DC (APE) – President Bush today welcomed Louisiana resident and Katrina hurricane victim Rockey Vacarella to the White House on the one-year anniversary of the catastrophic hurricane Katrina.
“I want to congratulate Rockey and all the folks along the Gulf Coast on their one-year anniversary,” said Bush. “This first year has been filled with lots of ups and downs and real challenges, but that’s what makes folks strong… that’s what makes a marriage strong. I look forward to wishing them many more anniversaries to come.”
A year after the hurricane, the Bush administration remains mired in criticism. House and Senate Democratic leaders recently released a combined report entitled “Broken Guitar Strap” which outlines the failed responses of the administration.
Bush brushed off Democratic criticism, saying that the American public should not be held captive by their overly high standards.
“I told Rocky the first obligation of the federal government is to write a check big enough to help the people down there,” Bush said. “And I told him to the extent that we can keep that check from bouncing, that’s just what we’ll do.”
The president designated Tuesday, August 29 as a national Day of remembrance. He has plans to spend two days next week in the region, visiting with those in charge of repairing and rebuilding. The following three days will be spent at a number of Republican fundraisers, as well as a birthday party for Senator John McCain and a meeting with popular country singer Mark Wills.