what i hope he means by that is that they're going to try and get New Orleans back on its feet within a year or two... there are lots of people being very pessimistic about it saying that its a dead city. that seems overly doomsday to me and would NOT be good, especially economically, for the country let alone the state of Louisiana. Miami recovered from Andrew, so i'm hoping the same happens for N.O.
I think people are referring to it as a dead city because there are grave questions regarding whether or not the people are going to come back. It a tad difficult to start over again in a place that has no infrastructure. Why try it when you can just go somewhere else that has running water, electricity, heat, food, water etc.
and it's bush's fault that the hurricane came? or that the city was built below sea level? or that the hurricane that came and hit the city built below sea level has taken out a lot of the infrastructure?