Obama Abandons Storm Victims To Campaign After Promise To Be There

Obama Abandons Storm Victims To Campaign After Promise To Be There

President Barack Obama did not bring Hurricane Sandy to the East Coast, but once New Jersey Governor Christie and the president engaged each other for political purposes - well he may as well have been Papa Nature because those that are displaced are now at their limit. Clearly, everyone heard President Obama say that he and the government will be there for them - yet  the major news networks and internet outlets are all showing stories of people begging and pleading for the most basic of necessities.

And where is President Barack Obama? Well he is out campaigning in the swing states of course. But that shouldn't surprise anyone, just as George W. Bush promised the "full weight of the government" to be there for victims of Katrina he found out exactly how dysfunctional FEMA is thus landing the proverbial egg on his face.

In all fairness, FEMA workers do an exceptional job when called upon but what hampers them consistently is the red tape that a bureaucracy that embraces the standard government model of "too many Chiefs and not enough Indians" brings. Although presidents shouldn't be directly blamed for a government agency, per se - that doesn't apply this time.

Why? Because President Obama assured the people of New Jersey, New York and the other effected states that he has made sure that there won't be any red tape this time.

Hmm - same ole Obama - making promises he can't keep!

Remember that on Tuesday!

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  • Well said.

    Big Storm. Big Government. Big Promises. Big Failure.

    Big News story? Nope.

  • In reply to Richard Davis:

    So right Richard as this breakdown could have been foreseen. But, and the big but here is that President Obama made a promise for political expediency and he should have known better.

    Big news story politically? Probably not. But the suffering continues and unlike Katrina the Eastern Seaboard is getting downright cold so that just exasperates the problems.

  • On the other hand, there isn't any evidence whether FEMA is doing its job or not. Christie seemed to be satisfied a couple of days ago. There aren't reports that New Jerseyites are crapping at the Superdome.

    It may be one thing to say that after a storm of that magnitude it will take time to get things back to normal. It is another to dump on Obama for staying there only one day.

    Also, there isn't any report of Romney doing anything to help out, except telling others to give to the Red Cross.

  • In reply to jack:

    FEMA and Red Cross have missed many areas hit from what I am seeing on CNN and FOX (yes I watch but only Sheppard Smith - I like him). No no one crapping in the Superdome (or the Meadowlands for that matter) but right up the coast from Breezy Point help has still to get there at all and the residents were quite angry and rightfully so.

    As for Obama, my only point is that it would have been better to not try and score political points by saying he has ordered red tape be set aside and probably level with the people as to the magnitude of the storm will necessitate them to hold on maybe longer than they like. People can handle the truth better than false hope.

    Romney, yes all he has done is tell people to donate to the Red Cross instead of his campaign. Don't worry I get both sides in this this - but Romney never made a promise either okay?

  • In reply to Michael Ciric:

    Depends on what one wants to read into the promise.

  • In reply to jack:

    It was pretty straight forward as promise go Jack

  • In reply to Michael Ciric:

    If you were interpreting it that he was going to suspend his campaign and stay in New Jersey until next August, I didn't.

  • In reply to jack:

    Funny. Don't be absurd Jack now you are cranking me - the red tape that's all. The red tape still exists it is that simple and I was pretty clear in my post; "Why? Because President Obama assured the people of New Jersey, New York and the other effected states that he has made sure that there won't be any red tape this time.

    Hmm - same ole Obama - making promises he can't keep!"

  • In reply to Michael Ciric:

    Then you would have to document what Gov. Christie requested, and why he hasn't received it.

  • In reply to jack:

    Well I am sure as soon as it's reported on and released I'll get back to it. fair enough?

  • There is a presidential campaign winding down, after all. Funny, I haven't heard any criticism from Governor Christie, gentlemen.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Correct Aquinas - Christie and Bloomberg both need to be held accountable. There is definitely enough to go around. I certainly understand the need to "wind down the campaign" but Obama is also the most astute president yet with his Blackberry - he should have stayed on top (or delegated down to someone) of the situation knowing how important an issue that could become. Naturally NY and NJ are safe Blue states but the perception could hurt in other states just the same. But you are right too.

  • Speaking of promises. Obama keeps harping about decimating al-Queda - hmm don't think so. If anything the whole in Benghazi illustrates that. I don't know, but I still think he has a credibility problem because he confuses political rhetoric with reality.

  • In reply to Michael Ciric:

    Did I miss something, or is Osama still alive?

  • In reply to jack:

    We have not decimated al-Qeada they are still very much alive and well. Besides Osama bin-Laden was already at odds with the other so called leaders of al-Qeada. I mean it's good he is dead but he can't say the organization has been decimated either.

  • In reply to Michael Ciric:

    So, I guess that that exercise was entirely trivial.

    With regard to al-Queda still being around, sure there was some fluffernutting, especially by Rice, about whether it was a terrorist attack, but your comments seems similar to the every other week one of "We killed the head of al-Queda in Iraq," sort of similar to "the world's oldest person died today, so don't be the world's oldest person." Even Bush recognized that this wasn't conventional war, where some sovereign would surrender and that would be it.

    You sure seem to need instant gratification today.

  • In reply to jack:

    Yeah one of my pms days it seems. Look you know as well as I that Obama likes to toot the horn, but politicizing certain things come with their own set of repercussions. Remember this is also the first time that I can recall an entire SEAL Team being exposed. And that, more than anything is taboo from the miltary complex I served. There were also too many exaggerations immediately after the raid and we can safely say that they too had political desires behind them. Let's be fair here Jack. Yes he earns the credit for directing the team to execute the operation - that took balls. The rest, though, I can do without. Politics should not be the basis for everything.

  • In reply to Michael Ciric:

    I don't recall the administration exposing the SEAL team. This search indicates that Fox News did it, after one of the SEALs was out promoting a book under a pseudonym. Apparently, the author didn't comply with the requirement supposedly in most service contracts that the book had to be screened.

  • In reply to jack:

    You are right about the author and his pseudo but the administration identified the Seal Team base of operations prior to that presumably to honor them? It is a small community and was eventually besieged by reporters - creating path to exposure.

  • In reply to Michael Ciric:

    I'm not sure that they identified them as Team 6. There was also some sort of honor ceremony, but IIRC, they were kept anonymous.

  • In reply to jack:

    I get what you are saying but it is not hard to determine the identities once their station is known. All it takes is a proud resident to say "oh yea I heard so and so was part of the mission." You know how rabid the media can be these days. But hey like I said Obama at least had the balls to pull the trigger whereas Clinton didn't and they had bin Laden dead to right on at least 4 occasions. So I give credit where credit is due - just don't like using things like that for political gain and it doesn't matter which ideology. There are things better left unsaid. Besides had the mission gone south and we took heavy casualties - I would not have wanted that mentioned either. The SEALs have a job to do and they know what is at stake as do the families. Just a matter of principle with me. The way I see it - Obama has many things he can talk about whether the limited successes he accomplished in spite of the GOP trying to block him every step of the way and/or talking about the obstructions outright. The political dysfunction, I think, would have been the best avenue at discrediting the GOP / Tea Party fanatics...etc....Matter of fact I wish all these politicians would just stick to the issues for what they really are - but maybe I am just too naive.

  • In reply to jack:

    Frustration high today my friend them political robocalls are off the wall!

  • In reply to Michael Ciric:

    I'm not getting them, but I'll confess that today I had to call the police on some chicken thug contractors working in the unit above mine, which "made my day."

    Maybe some campaigns (but not all) get the early voter list.

  • In reply to jack:

    You are lucky I guess except for your Chicken Thugs.

  • Anyway I am off to the IHSA Football Playoffs - will be on later. See Ya.

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    All you people expect way too much. As far I can honestly tell, Obama is doing all that he said he would. He is one person, everyone needs to pitch in together.So SHUT UP & DO SOMETHING YOURSELF!! Especially you people with fat bank Accounts, Help your neighbor....Tonydfixer.....Seattle.

  • In reply to Tony Decicco:

    I don't think the people on East Coast were asking for too much given the complete swaths of areas that FEMA missed. And if you think Obama always does everything he says he would (until of of course he has to pander to his own base; i.e. young illegals getting to stay so close to the election) well all I can say to you is keep smoking from that hookah of hope of yours.

  • And the favorite pastime of all those "Chiefs" is a fun little game called CYA (Cover Your Ass). It's the one thing they're consistently good at. Trouble is they're so good at it that it's always at the expense of anything of any substance actually getting accomplished.

  • In reply to Perplexio:

    Sad But True Perplexio. Thanks For Commenting.

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