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Obama on New Orleans

From NBC's Domenico Montanaro

Twice in almost the same breath, Obama made a point that the president needs to be "in touch with the needs of New Orleans before the hurricane hits" and that "we've got to have a president who understands the reality that people in New Orleans were being neglected prior to the hurricane."

Here's the full quote:
"I think that what's most important, though, is that we have a president who's in touch with the needs of New Orleans before the hurricane hits. Because part of the reason that we had such a tragedy was the assumption that everybody could jump in their SUVs, load up with some sparkling water, and check in to the nearest hotel.  And we've got to have...we've got to have one person in charge, we've got to have a FEMA director who's reporting to the president, but we've got to have a president who understands the reality that people in New Orleans were being neglected prior to the hurricane. And there are potential Katrinas all across this country that have been left unattended."

****UPDATE******
The above quote was from a raw transcript. It has now been updated and should more accurately reflect Obama's language.