President Bush has promised to make areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina "more vibrant than ever" as he seeks to quell criticism of his relief operation.
In his weekly radio address on Saturday Mr. Bush said Americans have come together to help fellow citizens just as they did after the September 11th (2001) terrorist attacks. He said adversity brings out the best in the American spirit. While the country rallied behind the president after September 11th, polls today show a majority of Americans do not approve of the way he has handled the hurricane disaster. In the Democratic radio address today, Congressman Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, whose state suffered major damage during Hurricane Katrina, said the victims of the storm are suffering because the government was not prepared. He said the president failed to learn the lesson of September 11 that America must be ready to deal with disaster.