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George W Bush praises recovery 10 years after Hurricane Katrina

By AP Reporter

Published 29/08/2015

Former president George W Bush attends an event at Warren Easton High School in New Orleans to mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina
Former president George W Bush attends an event at Warren Easton High School in New Orleans to mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

Former US president George W Bush returned to New Orleans to praise the region's recovery on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

He was with students at Warren Easton Charter High School, the same school he visited on the first anniversary of the storm. He was accompanied by his wife Laura, whose library foundation helped rebuild what is the oldest public school in New Orleans.

The two met students at the school's gymnasium, where he was also greeted by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and former Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco, who was in office during Katrina. The school's success is one of the former president's brighter moments in what was an extremely trying time for the Bush administration. Mr Bush was vilified for his government's lacklustre response.

A series of faux pas - from flying over flooded New Orleans first on Air Force One to his "Heckuva job, Brownie" quip in support of the soon-to-be-dismissed director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Michael Brown - marred his personal record.

In New Orleans, Mr Bush and his team were pilloried by Louisianans and became a source of deep resentment and mockery. He was displayed as an effigy at carnival displays for years after Katrina.

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