President George W Bush made quite a few trips to Florida in 2004.
He was, after all, running for reelection. But on September 19, he joined Governor Bob Riley of Alabama and his brother, Governor Jeb Bush of Florida to see firsthand some of the damage done by Hurricane Ivan. There was a lot to see. The damage from Ivan totaled almost 19 billion dollars, making it the sixth most expensive storm in US history. And in the days immediately after the storm, how some of that money needed to be spent became apparent.