GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - In Gulfport Friday, former president George W. Bush and former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour offered thanks to first responders for their assistance after Hurricane Katrina.
"I really want to praise the first responders who are here and our military. The devastation of that storm was just unbelievable. Most Americans have no clue what it was like," said Bush.
Bush spoke to an audience filled with first responders who helped save so many lives following Katrina.
"When I was thinking about Katrina the first person I thought about was Haley Barbour. Haley, I'll never forget when he said, 'If somebody shoots you when you're looting we're not gonna prosecute the shooter.' And guess what happened? There wasn't't any looting," Bush said.
Bush referred to Barbour and his wife Marsha as the faces of the recovery. Highlighting their strong leadership tested after the storm.
"Resilient people could not have done it without you. They could not have done it without you. And it altogether fitting and proper that we would be here today to thank you," said Barbour.
Barbour also thanked outsiders who came to the aide of the coast. Following the speakers, country singers Connie Smith and Marty Stuart held a special performance.