September 2, 2005
Sep 02

Statement: Hurricane Katrina Relief

New York

Former President Bush and I are honored that President Bush has asked us to help once again with a critical humanitarian relief effort. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by Hurricane Katrina. During this time of unspeakable devastation, Americans must work together to rebuild and recover from this tragic disaster.

Like our efforts in the aftermath of the tsunami, we will work together for the good of the people affected by this tragedy to raise funding and awareness for those affected by this horrific event.

There are considerable challenges in the days and weeks ahead, but we are confident that the good people in the state, federal, and local governments, along with FEMA, the Red Cross, and the other organizations involved, are doing everything they can to aid those in need and help people reestablish their homes and lives.

This effort will take time, determination, and courage. We have spoken with the governors of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama and have let them know that the American people are with them along the long road to recovery that lies ahead.

We call on everyone to give what they can of their time or money to help those who now are in such dire need; this is a disaster of massive proportions and it will take a lot to rebuild.

It is important that the people who are affected by this tragedy continue to show the best of the American spirit in terms of our caring, compassion, and fortitude. As we’ve seen so many times throughout history, this indefatigable American spirit can overcome any challenge.

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