Topbanana in AP Story

Our friend Steve makes the AP story on Bill Clinton’s visit to the Pass – Read Bill stumps for Hillary on Katrina-battered Mississippi Coast.

Former President Clinton highlighted his wife’s support for reforming national flood insurance and for rebuilding wetlands in a town nearly wiped off the map by Hurricane Katrina as he campaigned ahead of next week’s Democratic presidential primary in Mississippi.

Bill Clinton ran down Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s resume and legislative record, and reminded the audience at a high school here that he and former president George H.W. Bush raised millions of dollars for Mississippi after the storm on Aug. 29, 2005…

Hillary Clinton will never forget what happened, he said.There are 33 delegates at stake in Mississippi’s primary on Tuesday; both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have campaigned in the state. Mississippi has a large black population, giving Obama the advantage.

An audience member, who said his respiratory infection cleared up only after he moved out of his FEMA trailer, asked about formaldehyde in FEMA trailers – recently found to average five times the levels in most modern homes.

Clinton said he had flown over the Arkansas airport where FEMA is storing thousands of unused trailers, but hadn’t realized that thousands of Mississippi residents are still living in such trailers more than two years after the hurricane.

“By now, they should have been building more permanent housing for you,” he said. “I will work on it and I’ll see what we can do.”

Steve Haas, 43, of Bay St. Louis, a realtor who said he developed an upper respiratory infection after living in a trailer for two years, said he was shocked the former president didn’t realize so many people were still in trailers.

“I think it’s good he’s going to do something,” he said. ..

slabbed thinks so, too, Steve – you’re definitely Topbanana on the Coast today!

Update – the C-L has the story up in breaking news.

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