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High school cheerleaders in New Orleans protest President Bush's visit.

Published January 13, 2006 1:00PM (EST)

Here's some cheerleading we can get on board with: Three hundred high school girls gathered in New Orleans' Jackson Square on Thursday to chant their dismay over the slow pace of rebuilding the city's levees.

The girls planned their protest for Thursday to coincide with President Bush's first New Orleans visit in three months. According to the Associated Press, they shouted "cheerleader-style slogans" to remind Bush of the speech he gave from the historic square back in September, in which he promised to show the city "one of the largest reconstruction efforts the world has ever seen." Apparently, the girls haven't been too reassured by what they've seen so far -- instead of cheerleaders' skirts, they wore life jackets, inner tubes and goggles.

By Page Rockwell

Page Rockwell is Salon's editorial project manager.

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