Bush defends administration response to Katrina

WASHINGTON (AP) - President George W. Bush is defending the government's record in responding to Hurricane Katrina, even while admitting once more that some things could have been done differently.

At his last formal news conference, Bush at one point said: "Don't tell me the federal response was slow when there was 30,000 people pulled off roofs" not long after the hurricane passed over the Gulf Coast.

He said it was "a devastating storm" and that hard work remains to bring New Orleans back to the kind of life people had before the hurricane that hit in the summer of 2005. Bush said, "More people need to have their own home there, but the systems are in place to continue the reconstruction in New Orleans."

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