President Bush flew to Texas for briefings on Hurricane Gustav as the storm moved inland today.
The storm made landfall this morning and is battering the Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf Coasts with flood waters and winds of more than 100 miles per hour.
Texas Governor Rick Perry and U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas greeted Bush as he got off the plane in shirtsleeves on a hot, sunny day in Austin.
The president is trying to prove his administration has learned the haunting lessons of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The enduring memory of the 2005 hurricane isn't the ferocity of the storm, but the bungled reaction that led to preventable deaths and chaos.
Bush had planned to address the Republican National Convention in Minnesota. Instead, he headed to Austin and San Antonio. He got an hourlong briefing aboard Air Force One and planned to learn more about the storm at a Texas Emergency Operations Center in Austin and a command center in San Antonio.
Asked if Bush was satisfied so far by the response of government at all levels, White House press secretary Dana Perino said he was "so far."