Obama lauds 'inspirational' New Orleans, decade after Katrina

Residents watch as US President Barack Obama walks during a tour of the Treme neighborhood on August 27, 2015 in New Orleans, LouisianaPresident Barack Obama paid tribute to New Orleans and its people after seeing first-hand Thursday how far the “Big Easy” has come, 10 years after Hurricane Katrina laid waste to swathes of one of America’s most famous cities. “You inspire me,” Obama told a community center to applause, after rolling up his sleeves on a stroll through the historic African-American community of Treme, stopping to chat with residents for whom Katrina remains etched in memory. “This city is moving in the right direction and I have never been more confident that together we will get to where we need to go,” Obama said before the crowd of 600 people at the community center in the Lower Ninth Ward, one of the poorest and worst storm-hit areas of the city.

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