During his visit to Ike-ravaged Texas on September 16, President George W. Bush was accompanied by American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern.
Aboard Marine One, President George W. Bush flies over the devastation left along the Texas coast in the wake of Hurricane Ike. President Bush and officials toured the Houston-Galveston areas Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008, for a first-hand look and to participate in briefings from federal, state and local officials on the response to the storm.
White House photo by Eric Draper.
After receiving a briefing on the damage, President Bush commented:
"I do want to say something about the American Red Cross. The American Red Cross is working closely with the emergency rescue efforts. A lot of people are sheltered and the Red Cross is helping those people who have been displaced from their homes. It is very important for our citizens to support the American Red Cross. You can get on their web page and find a way to contribute. You know, I hope that the country does not have disaster fatigue. The Red Cross is a vital part of helping people recover and helping people find the compassionate care that our citizens expect when there's a disaster such as this."
The Red Cross thanks the president, and all Americans, for their ongoing support of those affected by the 2008 hurricanes.
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