New Orleans, La. – The government had planned to start removing the blowout preventer and capping stack on the well this week. But National Incident Commander Thad Allen says he doesn't want the equipment damaged as it's lifted off the well and hauled to the surface.
New Orleans, La. – The president returned to Xavier University for the anniversary. He'd been there before - as a U-S Senator - to speak to the first post-Katrina graduates in 2006. Despite being flooded, the university resumed classes four months after the storm. President Obama said the government's initial slow response has picked up. He said his administration has cut red tape and gotten funds moving, especially in housing, education and health care.
New Orleans, La. – President Obama says images will always remain of the government's failed response to the hurricane and levee breaks five years ago. He says it wasn't hard to image at that time that New Orleans would never survive.
"Instead this city has become a symbol of resilience and of community and of the fundamental responsibility that we have to one another."