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Hurricane Katrina / FEMA / Senate Report / Bush Interview #830196

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 27, 2006
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(New Orleans: Brian Williams) An overhead view of the Lakeview neighborhood in New Orleans and its proximity to the levee that broke after Hurricane Katrina shown. President Bush’s visit to New Orleans and Biloxi, Mississippi, to check on recovery operations noted; scenes shown.

(Capitol: Chip Reid) The scathing Senate report calling for FEMA to be disbanded and rebuilt as the National Preparedness & Response Authority reviewed; details given of specific recommendations and of political differences over the blame for the flawed response to Katrina. [Senators Susan COLLINS†, Joseph LIEBERMAN†- criticize FEMA.] [In New Orleans, White House homeland security advisor Fran TOWNSEND†- says the point is to strengthen the response & preparation capability.]

(New Orleans: Brian Williams) Bush shown helping Habitat for Humanity volunteers build a musicians’ village in New Orleans to house musicians displaced by Katrina. Interview held with Bush about the recovery effort. [BUSH – responds to the recommendation to abolish FEMA; outlines preparedness steps for the coming hurricane season; talks about levee repairs & rebuilding New Orleans; comments on issues contributing to his low approval rating, including gas prices & the war; touts the strong economy.] Bush’s comments on high gas prices made while visiting a Biloxi, Mississippi, gas station noted; scenes shown.

Williams, Brian;
Reid, Chip

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