NEW ORLEANS -- President Obama is in New Orleans celebrating the city's revival from Hurricane Katrina and pledging common purpose with residents in the continuing struggle to protect and rebuild the Gulf Coast.
The president on Sunday visited a local institution in the once-flooded midcity, the Parkway Bakery and Tavern, en route to a speech at Xavier University. Obama came to the Gulf five years to the day from when Katrina roared ashore in Louisiana and flooded 80 percent of the city.
Joined by his family, Obama mingled with customers at the midcity landmark, posed with an engaged couple and ordered from the counter.
Still on his plate: an address checking off what's been done and remains to be done after both Katrina and the Gulf oil spill.