President commends 'extraordinary' response to Isaac



Posted on September 3, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 8:08 PM

LaPLACE, Louisiana — President Barack Obama landed in Kenner Monday afternoon to take a tour of parts of southeast Louisiana damaged last week by Hurricane Isaac.

More than 3,000 residents of LaPlace were evacuated to areas in northern Louisiana after flood waters rose quickly and unexpectedly in the storm's wake.

In a speech at 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."

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

Long-term, he said 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.

"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 president said.

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

In his closing remarks, the president called Louisianans "resilient" and proven capable of bouncing back.

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