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Bill Clinton & Greta van Susteren In New Orleans

Reported by Deborah - October 4, 2005

Bill Clinton visited New Orleans today and shared his impressions and insights with Greta van Susteren tonight. Clinton, a master of diplomacy, gave an honest appraisal of the economic realities of the Katrina reconstruction managing to express criticism without pointing fingers.

Clinton said that he was moved by the scope of the devastation in New Orleans but impressed with everyone's determination to rebuild the city. Greta wanted to know how that could be done financially considering our fiscal condition.

Clinton said our financial situation hasn't stopped us in the last five years adding that we have a moral obligation.
"This is what we do. We make people whole." Clinton added that our problems don't come from one time expenditures like this but from the on going drains like the tax cuts and the drug benefits with subsidies for special interests.

Clinton went on to say that the money needs to be closely monitored adding that the jobs need to be given to local businesses so people have work. He said that the no bid contracts that have recently taken place can be excused but from now on the money should be kept in local hands. Today it was announced that New Orleans payroll can't be made and 3000 state employees would be unemployed. It was clear that Clinton was supporting the suggestion that the Federal government supply the shortfall .

Clinton ended the interview on a sad and poignant note trying to express his reactions to the remains of NOLA.
He talked about how New Orleans was the first city he saw with buiding over 2 stories 55 years ago. He spoke wistfully of driving by Fats Domino's house and all the memories that have been created in New Orleans for people everywhere.

Greta seemed genuinely moved by the President Clinton's statements and when he claimed to be sure that New Orleans can be rebuilt, I believed him.

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