Bush tells flood-weary Iowa citizens he's listening

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - President Bush, surveying the aftermath of devastating floods during a lightning-quick tour of the Midwest on Thursday, assured residents and rescuers alike that he is listening to their concerns and understands their exhaustion.

“Obviously, to the extent we can help immediately, we will help,” said Bush, still mindful of criticism that the government reacted slowly to Hurricane Katrina three years ago.
“You’ll come back better,” the president said while being briefed by state and local officials at a cinderblock emergency operations center set up at a community college here, part of a three-hour tour. “Sometimes it’s hard to see it.”


I went to confession today. My penance was to say a prayer for the flood victims. I did so of course. I think we all need to pray for the flood victims.

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