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“Make the Law Bend to the Problem”


Photo credit: US Army Corps of Engineers

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On 9 September 1965, Hurricane Betsy made landfall in Louisiana and Mississippi. President Johnson surveyed the damage the following day, and on 14 September, he and Sen. Russell B. Long [D–Louisiana] urged Office of Emergency Planning leader Robert “Bob” Phillips to “cut out all the red tape” and “to work around the clock” to coordinate relief services among government agencies and local businesses. 


September 14, 1965
Oval Office

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