President Bush has promised to make areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina 'more vibrant than ever' as he seeks to quell criticism of his relief operation.
Mr. Bush said in his weekly radio address Saturday that the disaster reminds Americans that adversity brings out the best in the country's sprit.
He also used the address to mark the fourth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, which is on Sunday, and drew similarities between the two catastrophes.
He said Americans are pulling together to help hurricane victims just as they helped the victims of the terrorist attacks.
Polls show a majority of Americans do not approve of the way the president has handled the disaster. Democrats along with many Republicans say the federal government was too slow to react to the crisis.
Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.