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Katrina Speech to the Louisiana Legislature
delivered 14 September 2005, Baton Rouge, LA
"Tonight I speak to the brave and resilient people of
Louisiana: those of us thankful to be here at home, those in Louisiana shelters,
and those temporarily dispersed across the nation in shelters from Texas to
Tennessee and in homes and hotels in faraway states."
"I also speak for a grateful state to thank people across
our nation and around the globe -- people who have uplifted Louisiana in our time of need,
people whose generosity and support renews our faith in God and the human
"Nearly two weeks ago, Katrina tore across Southeast
Louisiana leaving a path of physical destruction and human tragedy unprecedented
in our nation's history."
"Tonight, foremost in our thoughts are the families who
were literally ripped apart by the storm. Over the past few days, I have met
brothers separated from sisters, mothers and fathers searching for children, and
children who have seen things no child should have to witness."
"New Orleans and
the surrounding parishes may be ravaged but our spirit remains
intact. To anyone who even suggests that this great city should not
be rebuilt, hear this and hear it well: We will rebuild."
"Americans rebuilt Washington after the British burned it
to the ground. We rebuilt Chicago after the great fire. We rebuilt San Francisco after
the earthquake. And we are rebuilding New York City after 9/11. We will rebuild New Orleans and the surrounding parishes,
because that is what Americans do."
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