Obama to commemorate Katrina anniversary in New Orleans

President Obama will travel to New Orleans in about two weeks to mark the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated massive portions of the city and the Gulf region.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Friday the president will visit the Crescent City on Aug. 29, and the visit will include a speech at Xavier University of Louisiana.

Gibbs also said members of the cabinet "who've worked to speed recovery and restoration efforts in the region" also will also travel with Obama.

The president first visited New Orleans as commander in chief in Oct. 2009, delivering remarks at a town hall meeting during a brief stay. Obama also went to New Orleans during a visit to the Gulf coast to view the fallout from the BP oil spill.

In addition to being one of the worst national disasters in U.S. history, Hurricane Katrina also posed political problems to the Bush administration and Louisiana officials.