NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Despite some protesters outside, former President George W. Bush said, “New Orleans is back, better than ever!” during a short speech at Warren Easton Charter High School — a school Bush toured almost 9 years ago.
In 2006, President Bush and his wife, Laura, walked the hallways of Warren Easton on the 1st anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
Warren Easton is part of the Gulf Coast School Library Recovery Initiative, funded the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries, which was established to help Gulf Coast schools that were damaged by the hurricanes to rebuild their book and material collections.
The President and Mrs. Bush’s also attended an education roundtable, where they honor the exceptional work accomplished by New Orleans school leaders, nonprofit partners, educators, parents, and communities.
As part of his Administration’s extensive recovery efforts, President Bush also tapped former Presidents Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush to lead the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund, which raised more than $130 million in contributions for hurricane response and long-term recovery efforts.
Before Bush’s speech, he spoke with several students and watched a performance from the school’s marching band and danced with the school’s principal.
Protesters outside Warren Easton Friday chanted the “Blood is on his hands,” and held up posters that read “Black Lives Matter.”
— Jacki Jing (@JackiJing) August 28, 2015