President Pledges To Help California

Saturday, October 27th 2007, 2:09 pm
By: News On 6

WHITE HOUSE (AP) -- President Bush is reiterating his pledge to help Southern Californians recover from the devastating wildfires.

In his weekly radio address, Bush says the government will help fire victims "get through the crisis" and rebuild their lives.

He visited California Thursday to see the damage first hand. With many of the unpredictable fires still threatening the region, Bush says state and local authorities were "well prepared for the crisis."

He says a main purpose of his trip was to inspire weary firefighters and others pitching in to help. He described firefighting teams battling blazes around the clock in triple-digit
heat and thanked them for their courage.

Bush also touted his administration's response, noting the contribution of federal firefighters and aircraft and swift emergency declarations to help speed federal aid.