President to visit New Orleans October 15th

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - President Barack Obama will visit New Orleans next week, members of the Louisiana congressional delegation have confirmed.

Obama is to visit on Thursday, Oct. 15. Sen. Mary Landrieu's office said details of the visit are being worked out. Sen. David Vitter's office released a copy of a letter to the president thanking him for the planned visit, but expressing concern that it will be too brief.

Vitter says in the letter, released Friday, that it is his understanding that Obama plans primarily to attend a town hall meeting. Vitter urges Obama to make several visits to sites in the area, including helicopter tours of areas affected by coastal erosion. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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