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Reactions to Bush's speech

Friday, September 16, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 8:02 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

“I’m glad Bush admitted his faults, and I’m happy to see he’s concerned with the future and preventing this kind of aftermath from happening again and that he’s learning from the government’s mistakes.”

Michelle Tanner, 20, a Tulane University student from St. Louis studying at MU for the semester

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“I hope he follows through with all these plans.”

Christal Badour, 20, of New Orleans, who transferred from Tulane to MU after the hurricane

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“The president’s plan to hand everything over to the military — I think that’s a good move. The military is very suited for this role.”

Tony Kovall, 19, of Columbia, deployed with the National Guard to Louisiana to help with relief efforts

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“I respect the fact that President Bush is interested in working with those who endured the tragedy to help them get jobs in the rebuilding process. Bush is right, it will take the whole of America to solve the problems in New Orleans. But the degree of the disaster should not have happened in the first place. In terms of his initial reaction, I think Bush dropped the ball.”

Herbert Dawson, 30, a former homeowner in New Orleans who plans to live in Columbia until next spring

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“I really liked it because it focused more on rebuilding than who’s to blame ... It’s very comforting that we have actual plans laid out.”

Mary Elise DeCoursey, 18, MU student from New Orleans

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“I loved Bush’s speech. Everybody’s happy. I hope Bush starts tonight. I hope he hurries up and builds New Orleans up.”

Birdie Owens, 68, of Mexico, Mo. Seven of her children moved to Mexico and Columbia after losing their homes to Katrina.

— Alexia Dietz, Shane Epping, Jamie Graham and Selam Kidane contributed reporting


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