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Obama tours Isaac damage in Louisiana while residents return to devastated homes


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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) tours Hurricane Isaac damage in the Ridgewood neighborhood of LaPlace, Saint John the Baptist Parish in Louisiana, Sept. 3.

By NBC's Ali Weinberg

NEW ORLEANS, La. – At the end of a four-day trip filled with campaign events, President Barack Obama put politics aside to visit a Louisiana town hit by Hurricane Isaac and talk with local officials about the recovery effort.

In brief remarks after touring part of the town of LaPlace in St. John the Baptist Parish, the president said he was impressed by the resiliency of the residents.

“There is enormous faith here, enormous strength here you can see it in these families,” he said. “They were just devastated a few days ago and they're already smiling and laughing,” he said.

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A coffin is washed up onto a front lawn due to Hurricane Isaac flooding in Plaquemines Parish on Sept. 3, in Braithwaite, Louisiana. Damage totals from the storm could top $2 billion and more than 125,000 customers are still without power six days after the storm made landfall.

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Melanie Martinez holds the family cat, which they have renamed Isaac, as they salvage items from their flooded home in Plaquemines Parish on Sept. 3, in Braithwaite, Louisiana. Martinez, along with her husband Philip and here mother, was forced to ride out the storm in the home when their car broke down. The house quickly flooded and they were rescued by a neighbor who was able to break into their attic to save them. They only were able to find the cat today who survived six days without food at the house.

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A dead horse and other debris from Hurricane Isaac flooding are washed up onto a levee in Plaquemines Parish on Sept. 3.

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