"President Obama continues to reiterate his commitment to New Orleans, and I am sure that his plans to reduce the deficit while increasing government efficiency will help spur the revitalization of our economy and quality of life." — Mayor Mitch Landrieu, responding to Obama's July 25 speech about the Washington budget impasse.
"Once again, the President has misled our country by blaming everyone but himself for the debt problem we face. My fellow conservatives and I have listened to the will of the people and worked hard to pass a bill that cuts government spending now, caps spending in the future and demands a balanced budget." — Rep. Jeff Landry, R-New Iberia, on the budget impasse.