President Barack Obama says the people of the New Orleans area have demonstrated ``extraordinary resilience'' and are an example of how good people can come together.

Obama marked the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina by visiting a community center in the Lower 9th Ward that was devastated by flood waters. Obama says the tragedy should be remembered to fortify the nation's commitment.

Earlier, he walked through streets and sampled some fried chicken he says was tasty but left a grease spot on his suit.

His first stop was Treme, one of the oldest black neighborhoods in America. It received significant flooding during Katrina. A cheering crowd welcomed him to an area where homes that were inundated by the storm have been rebuilt.

Obama said New Orleans is an example of what can happen when people rally to build a better future after facing an extraordinary challenge. (Associated Press)