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Obama vows to end 'turf wars, red tape' hindering Katrina recovery

President Obama spoke on the fifth anniversary of the day the Hurricane Katrina touched ground in the Gulf Coast. He also addressed the recent Gulf oil spill that continues to impact the region.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama shake hands at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, Sunday, Aug. 29, on the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

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President Obama spoke to the criticism of the federal response following Hurricane Katrina Sunday, vowing that his administration would “put an end to the turf wars between agencies, to cut the red tape and the bureaucracy” that he said had been obstacles to the region’s continued recovery.

“I wanted to come here and tell the people of this city directly: My administration is going to stand with you, and fight alongside you, until the job is done,” Mr. Obama said.

The president spoke on the fifth anniversary of the day the hurricane touched ground in the Gulf Coast, to a crowd at Xavier University, where he gave a commencement address in the spring immediately following the disaster. The receptive audience included students, members of the community and state and city leaders including recently elected New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, his sister US Sen. Mary Landrieu (D), US Sen. David Vitter (R) and Governor Bobby Jindal (R).

IN PICTURES: Hurricane Katrina five years later

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