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Point Cadet Families Meet The President Again

Patrick Wright held pictures that brought back the shock and anguish he felt in the days after Katrina. Wright still remembers how a short conversation with the most powerful man in the world gave his family a sense of hope.

"He told me that day he would come back and check up on the progress and he was true to his word," Wright said, referring to his September conversation with President George W. Bush.

"He's coming back through, so it shows me he's really sincere on what he meant."

With most of the debris gone, Wright says a lot has changed for the better since his talk with Mr. Bush. On Monday, he was hopeful for a chance to strike up a second conversation.

"I'd ask him if maybe he had that grant check in his back pocket and he was coming to surprise us," Wright laughed. "That would be nice. That's what I'd do but I know that's probably not the case."

Sure enough, Wright saw the President, and Mr. Bush recognized him.

D'Voe and Arthur McCaleb also hoped for a rare chance to speak with the President. The McCalebs are both in their 80s. Because of Katrina, they've been forced to start over in the Point Cadet neighborhood where they've spent their whole lives.

The McCaleb's and their son David say they're proud President Bush deemed The Point worthy of another visit.

"We've been invited to go around there to talk to him, so I'm hoping to get to hug his neck," Mrs. McCaleb said. "My Sunday school class told me to hug him and tell him it was from all of us."

The McCalebs believe the President has been unfairly criticized in the rebuilding effort.

"The President can only do so much and the resources he puts out there," David McCaleb said. "He puts people in places to do things with the resources and that's all he can do. He's a very compassionate man. We know that for a fact. He cares about everybody and he can only do so much."

by Danielle Thomas

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