Bush, in California, Promises Aid

President tours affected areas by helicopter
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2007 3:23 PM CDT
President Bush, right, walks through the burnt out remains of a home during a tour, with Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-Calif., second from left, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, fourth from left, and others,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – “There will be help for the people of California,” said President Bush today, promising federal aid while on a tour of areas devastated by days of wildfires. Bush, accompanied by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and other politicians, had already declared seven counties in Southern California to be disaster areas, the New York Times reports.

The Governator thanked Bush for the quick response. “There is a lot of federal money coming through for the people of California. So we are very happy how all this has played out so far." Some fire officials, however, are still angry with the state for not adopting recommendations that would have made more firefighting equipment available.