Tonight the armies of compassion continue the march to a new day in the Gulf Coast. America honors the strength and resilience of the people of this region. We reaffirm our pledge to help them build stronger and better than before. And tonight I am pleased to announce that in April we will host this year’s North American Summit of Canada, Mexico, and the United States in the great city of New Orleans.I will take President Bush at his word when he makes promises about "stronger and better than before." The people who live here want exactly that, in addition to the truth (as opposed to what we got before) from the Army Corps of Engineers.
I note that as of now, we have been promised 100-year flood protection by 2011. That is only equal to what we were promised years ago--in other words, not "stronger and better." I look forward to Dutch-style ingenuity and resolve from our leaders in the coming years to get us to the 10,000 year level.
Two more things: it's amazing that New Orleans is prepared to host the elected leaders of three nations this spring, but we won't be ready to host two unelected candidates in a penny-ante debate in the fall.
It was cool to see Irvin Mayfield in the crowd (sitting behind Laura Bush) listening to the State of the Union address. Little Irvin hangs with Clio IV sometimes.