President Obama Pledges Recovery From Katrina And Oil Spill

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."

He promises that federal funds will continue being earmarked for housing, health and education systems damaged in 2005. And he says his administration will ensure BP repairs and reimburses the Gulf Coast for damage caused by its oil spill.
For NPR News, I'm Eileen Fleming in New Orleans.