Oct. 23: President Bush promises federal funds to help victims of California’s devastating wildfires.

WASHINGTON – President Bush mobilized federal emergency assistance Tuesday on behalf of Southern California officials struggling with devastating wildfires, and scheduled a visit to the stricken region for Thursday.

“The president wants to travel to California to witness firsthand what the people there are going through with these wildfires,” White House press secretary Dana Perino said. “He wants to ensure that the state and local governments are getting what they need from the federal government and he wants to make sure to deliver a message in person to the victims that he has them in his thoughts and prayers.”

Bush is canceling previously scheduled events in St. Louis to make the trip, but Vice President Dick Cheney will stand in for him to deliver remarks on the budget and headline a fundraiser for the national Republican Party.


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