NEW ORLEANS, LA (WLOX) - Thursday, at the Sanchez Community Center in the Lower Ninth of New Orleans, President Barack Obama spoke for about 30 minutes. It was an invitation only event. The President talked about the recovery effort following Hurricane Katrina. He said there's a lot left to be done, but he praised the work that's been done from the time of the hurricane until now.
"The recovery is an example of what's possible when government works together," said Obama. "Together, we've delivered resources to help Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida rebuild schools and hospitals, and we're building smarter so our communities are better prepared for the next storm."
One of those in attendance to hear the President was Bay St. Louis resident Wendy McDonald. As the executive director of Habitat for Humanity Bay-Waveland Area, she was representing AmeriCorp.
Although Obama isn't visiting South Mississippi to mark the Hurricane Katrina anniversary, she was still happy seeing the President give credit to volunteers like her for their efforts.
"I feel like we're getting two former presidents. We've gotten a lot of attention," said McDonald. "The media has been very generous to Mississippi. I think our story is being told this time. Maybe we've been ignored in the past, but you've got to spread people far and wide, so I feel blessed for what we've gotten."
While the anniversary is a time to celebrate the recovery. The President used his speech to say work still needs to be done on the Gulf Coast.
"We've made a lot of progress over the last 10 years. You've made a lot of progress," said Obama. "That gives us hope, but it doesn't allow for complacency. It doesn't mean we can rest."
The President also toured neighborhoods in New Orleans and participated in a round table with young men who were impacted by Katrina.