ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) -- President Bush says Americans' attitudes about the financial crisis are shifting from "near panic" to a more relaxed state.
Bush spoke to reporters after a closed meeting Monday with Louisiana business leaders.
Despite continued turmoil and uncertainty in the markets, Bush says he was heartened to hear that people were starting to understand the efforts being made to free up credit and keep businesses working properly.
He reiterated it will take awhile for the credit crisis to be resolved, but he said the attitude -- at least among the business leaders he spoke with -- was better than it had been.
As people fret about rising bills and plummeting retirement savings, Bush is on a campaign to remind the nation his government is working to fix the crisis.