Former President Clinton praises New Orleans for its recovery, but says more needs to be done to erase inequality. Rough cut (No reporter narration).
Rough cut (No reporter narration) STORY: Former President Bill Clinton, who visited New Orleans ten times while in office, says the people of the city should be proud of what they have accomplished over the last decade, but they should not be satisfied that they've done all they can. From the Lower Ninth Ward to the Super Dome, New Orleans launched a day of events on Saturday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, paying tribute to its victims and homage to the city's resilience in the face of disaster. Clinton was the keynote speaker at the "Katrina 10 Commemoration: The Power of Community" ceremony held at the Smoothie King Center, home of the New Orleans Pelicans basketball team. After a number of musical performances and speeches by other dignitaries, Clinton told the crowd they deserved to celebrate their achievements. "The celebration must be leavened by rededication. The people who died left behind memories and loved ones and legacies that deserve to be fully redeemed by erasing the lines that divide us," said Clinton. In the wake of the devastating hurricane, President George W. Bush tasked his father George H.W. Bush and Clinton with raising funds to help New Orleans rebuild. They raised more than $130 million to help the city recover from the storm that claimed 1,500 lives and displaced 130,000 residents. Clinton said the people of New Orleans deserve to pat themselves on the back and enjoy a night of partying. "And tomorrow, wake up and say, look at what we did, I bet we can do the rest too," he told the cheering crowd.