``This is one of these disasters that will test our soul and test our spirit, but we're going to show the world once again that not only can we survive but we will be stronger and better for it. This is just the beginning of a huge effort.'' _ President Bush told emergency services workers in Baton Rouge, La.

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``So many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway. This is working very well for them.'' _ former First Lady Barbara Bush, regarding flood evacuees at the Astrodome in Houston.

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``I need answers. I'm not interested in handshaking. I'm not interested in photo ops.'' _ Evacuee Mildred Brown, who has been staying at Bethany World Prayer Center in Baton Rouge, where President Bush made an appearance Monday.

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``Say goodbye to the Jetsons. We're back to the Flintstones.'' _ Aaron Broussard, president of Jefferson Parish just outside New Orleans.

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``At the grocery store. At the Walgreens in Gautier where they were handing out MREs. In a parking lot where they were handing out water. Everywhere you go you stand in a line.'' _ Katrina survivor Warren Joseph, on standing in lines in Mississippi for gas, relief supplies and other necessities following the storm.

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``I have been all over the world. I've been in a lot of Third World countries where people were better off than the people here are right now. We've got 28 miles of coastline here that's absolutely destroyed, and the federal government, they're not here.'' _ retired Air Force Capt. William Bissell.

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``We're most anxious to roll up our sleeves and get to work. It will take all of us working together to accomplish our goal. This job is too big for any one group.'' _ former President George H.W. Bush visiting evacuees in Houston.

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