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President Bush Sees Hancock County On 7th Mississippi Visit

President Bush stopped in Waveland Thursday, a town he's never before visited, and a site unlike anything he's ever seen.

"Tommy and the Governor and I just drove by," says Bush. "There's no homes to repair. It's just been flattened."

His short trip ended at Saint Stanislaus School in Bay St. Louis, where representatives from nearly every Katrina effected area gathered with local citizens to hear his impressions on where we've been, and where we are now.

"It's like there's a great capacity to absorb hurt in our country," the president told the crowd.

But we're making pretty good progress. Out of 42 million cubic yards of debris, 27 million has been removed.

And on the future, the president was even more optimistic.

There's going to be a building boon down here. There just is. It's going to happen. The challenge is going to be finding skilled people and a work force enough to handle it."

Perhaps more importantly, he reassured them that Washington hears them and will continue to respond.

"People in far away places like Washington D.C. still hear you and care about you," Bush said.

That was something mayors from both host cities needed to hear.

"I think he gets it," says Waveland Mayor Tommy Longo.

"Just his presence here means everything," says Bay Saint Louis Mayor Eddie Farve.

Congressman Gene Taylor agrees that South Mississippi's continuing struggle to recover and rebuild is not forgotten, and he says the President's personal promise means much, but also, will not be forgotten.

"I don't think there is such a thing as Katrina fatigue," says Taylor. "It's just that there are other disasters and concerns in the world, and we as a nation have to respond to all of them."

by Don Culpepper

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