Bush: N.O. place for commerce, culture: Reggie, Deuce
NEW ORLEANS — After dancing to Dixieland jazz Monday night in Gallier Hall, President Bush delivered his most personal remarks about New Orleans during a two-day North American Leaders Summit, one in which aides had said the president won’t be focusing on New Orleans recovery but on cooperative endeavors with Mexico and Canada.

“For centuries this city has been a place for commerce and culture across the globe,” Bush said, referring to the Crescent City before a U.S. Chamber of Commerce audience in a pink Gallier Hall ballroom. “One thing is for certain, New Orleans has come a long way since Hurricane Katrina. And we’ve tried to do our part at the federal level.”

Bush cited the commitment of more than $120 billion in federal funds to rebuild New Orleans levees, schools, the criminal justice system and the city’s overall infrastructure.