January 29, 2007
Reported by: Associate Press
U.S. Senator Barack Obama will tour New Orleans today to highlight the slow pace of the city's recovery from Hurricane Katrina.
The Illinois Democrat is expected to formally announce his presidential candidacy next month. The visit comes about a month after John Edwards kicked off his Democratic presidential bid in New Orleans.
Obama will join members of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in hearing testimony on the government's response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Obama also plans to join committee members on a tour of some of the city's most devastated neighborhoods.