Governor Barbour received praise for his efforts during the aftermath. Did you know that the eye of Katrina actually hit Mississippi – not New Orleans? The Mississippi Gulf Coast is now building back stronger than ever – thanks to the leadership of Mississippi citizens, First Lady Marsha Barbour (one of the heroes of Katrina) and Governor Haley Barbour. Tried and tested, Governor Barbour makes many a Mississippian proud to call Haley, “Our Governor.”