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Obama agenda: Pledging to stand by New Orleans

The Washington Post: “President Obama marked the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on Sunday with a solidarity visit to this city still recovering from the devastating storm, pledging to ‘stand with you and fight alongside you until the job is done.’” More: “‘The work ahead will not be easy,’ Obama told an audience of several hundred students, professors and community leaders at Xavier University, a campus that was shut down for months after the hurricane. ‘There will be setbacks. There will be challenges along the way. But today, thanks to you and the people of this great city, New Orleans is blossoming once more.’”

The New York Times adds, “‘There are some wounds that do not heal,’ the president acknowledged. ‘There are some losses that cannot be repaid. And for many who lived through those harrowing days five years ago, there is a searing memory that time will not erase.’”