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Katrina, A Year Later

A year ago today, the New Orleans’ levies broke and the Crescent City began to drown.

A year ago today, president Bush scrambled from his Crawford Ranch… to share birthday cake with John McCain on the Senator’s 69th birthday in Arizona.

As 30,000 American refugees hunkered down in the SuperDome, Bush then journeyed to Rancho Cucamonga, California to deliver a vital address:

The purpose of coming here today — thank you all for doing this, by the way — the purpose of coming was to encourage — (applause) — the purpose of coming was to inform as many folks as we can, obviously, in person and on TV, that Medicare has been strengthened and Medicare has been modernized, and that if you’re really interested in helping a senior, or a senior helping yourself, look into this plan, look into what’s available.

The government has an obligation to our seniors to provide a health care system. We have done that for years. Now we took it upon ourselves to make sure the health care system we provided was strong and modern. And we have done that….

I want to thank you all for giving me and Laura a chance to come back to Rancho Cucamonga. It’s a beautiful place you got here. We appreciate your hospitality. May God bless you all. Thank you.


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