Obama in New Orleans for hurricane's 10th anniversary
WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama is marking 10 years since Hurricane Katrina by celebrating the revival of New Orleans, which suffered the worst of the storm's devastation.
He's also using the occasion to press governments to start helping communities prepare for the stronger storms that climate change will cause.
The president arrived at Louis Armstrong International Airport after noon. He was greeted by Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Gov. Bobby Jindal and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, and was accompanied on Air Force One by US Rep. Cedric Richmond, a Democrat from New Orleans, and US Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-NY.
Air Force One arriving into New Orleans as President Obama visits - 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. pic.twitter.com/N3RiYGe2WF— Doug Mills (@dougmillsnyt) August 27, 2015
Obama plans to meet Thursday in New Orleans with residents who've spent the past decade rebuilding. Then he'll head to a newly opened community center in the Lower 9th Ward to deliver remarks. The largely African-American neighborhood was among the hardest hit by Katrina.
But Obama's plans aren't sitting well with Jindal. The Republican presidential hopeful has expressed doubt about climate change. Jindal says the anniversary is not the time to push "the divisive political agenda of liberal environmental activism."