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President Biden toured damage from Hurricane Ida in Louisiana Friday as the state struggles to restore power and rebuild after the Category 4 storm blew ashore over last weekend. After Air Force One touched down in New Orleans, Biden received a briefing on recovery efforts and inspected wreckage in the western suburbs of Reserve and LaPlace. The tarmac welcome party at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport included Democratic Gov. John Edwards and Republican Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy.House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, a Democrat, also welcomed Biden.
Biden walked to the Marine One helicopter with a cheat-sheet of officials’ names and photos, including those of Cantrell and Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng sticking out of his pants pocket. He also appeared to have a script in his pocket. A comedy show by Biden.
During a briefing with officials on recovery progress, Biden said, “there’s a heck of a lot more work to do and that’s why we’re here today.” “My message today is, I think what we’re all seeing — and I’m getting the same response from my Republican friends here that are in the Congress — is there’s nothing political about this. This is simply about saving lives, getting people back up and running. And we’re in this together,” he said.
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