President Obama lifted off from Atlanta’s airport Tuesday afternoon after a visit to the Centers for Disease Control.
Mr. Obama came to Atlanta to outline his plan to combat the Ebola crisis in West Africa.
The outbreak is believed to have killed more than 2400 people, and the U.S. government is drawing on more than a half billion dollars in defense spending to fight the deadly virus.
Speaking at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the president said this is the largest international response in the history of the CDC.
GPB reporter Jeanne Bonner was the Hartsfield- Jackson Airport for the President’s arrival and departure. She joined “All Things Considered” host Rickey Bevington by phone to talk about the significance of President Obama’s visit.
President Barack Obama will travel next week to Atlanta to address the Ebola crisis during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Obama will be in Atlanta on Tuesday. He'll be briefed about the outbreak and discuss the U.S. response with officials. Earnest says Obama will also thank the doctors, scientists and health care workers responding to the crisis.
Savannah’s harbor expansion is moving forward following the signing of a key bill Tuesday. President Obama signed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, or WRRDA green lighting the deepening of the Port of Savannah. The Savannah Harbor project is one of 34 water infrastructure projects covered by the bill that Obama said will be key for the economy. “As more of the world’s cargo is transported on these massive ships, we’ve got to make sure that we’ve got bridges high enough and ports that are big enough to hold them and accommodate them so that our businesses can keep selling goods made in America to the rest of the world,” said Obama during the Tuesday signing.
Georgia’s federally-run online health exchange is scheduled to open at 12:01 Tuesday morning, but the state’s 2 million uninsured might need to wait for enrollment assistance. According to Gary Allen, a media relations representative for Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, only four “healthcare navigators” have been licensed in the state.
President Barack Obama used his televised interview with Jay Leno to slip in a plug for three Southeastern states seeking federal funds to deepen the waterways cargo ships navigate to reach their ports.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed told coastal-area business leaders Thursday not to worry about the Savannah harbor deepening project. The $652 port expansion has languished because Congress and the White House haven't yet budgeted the bulk of the federal project's cost. Reed spoke at the Savannah Economic Development Authority's annual luncheon.
President Barack Obama, responding to the explosions at the Boston Marathon, says the United States does not know "who did this or why" but vowed that whoever is responsible "will feel the full weight of justice."
The President's budget proposes $1.2 million for Savannah harbor expansion. That's a small fraction of the project's $650 million total cost and the $100 million that state officials were expecting in the budget documents presented Wednesday. States are racing to deepen their harbors for bigger ships.