Barack Obama and Joe Biden's Campaign Promise

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    As president, Barack Obama will keep the broken promises made by President Bush to rebuild New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. He and Joe Biden will take steps to ensure that the federal government will never again allow such catastrophic failures in emergency planning and response to occur. Barack Obama swiftly responded to Hurricane Katrina. Citing the Bush administration's 'unconscionable ineptitude' in responding to Hurricane Katrina, Obama introduced legislation requiring disaster planners to take into account the specific needs of low-income hurricane victims. Obama visited thousands of Hurricane survivors in the Houston Convention Center and later took three more trips to the region. He worked with members of the Congressional Black Caucus to introduce legislation to address the immediate income, employment, business and housing needs of Gulf Coast communities. As president, Barack Obama will partner with the people of the Gulf Coast to rebuild now, stronger than ever.