FEMA LESS prepared than with Katrina.Â Out of water, gas for generators for heat, warm dry clothing.Â Â What happened to the Red Cross?Â Your donations again, miss the disaster.Â What happened to all the crates of apples and crates of water hoarded for the Marathon?Â People on the wrong side of the tracks, left to fend for themselves. The poor in public housing (400,000) - open fire hydrants for water to drink and haul to flush toilets, darkness, no elevators or lights in stairways, break-ins from looters roving in packs; bats, canes, and machetes for protection... These are the people left behind, ignoring the poor?Â Where is the 'wealth redistribution' money?Â They had and still have no place to go, unable to evacuate.
Any bump in the polls Obama may have noticed, may just become another bump in the road, but he readily accepts those - oh, when they happen to others...Â REMEMBERÂ Obama's 'Vote for Revenge' comment was made public - Backlash is on the horizon from those left behind and from thousands watching on T.V. That utterance has underlined why every Obama campaign speech is tightly scripted and delivered using a teleprompter.Â Ear-piece assisted in second and third debates...
FEMA had a week to stockpile food, water and gasoline. With Obama out on the campaign trail attacking his opponents, we realize that Obama is a candidate before he is president, more worried about his second term than the welfare of his constituents.
After FEMA photo op, he was back on the campaign trail, back to Ohio... *sigh
Dick Morris: "Natural disasters usually follow the same political trajectory: First the incumbent experiences a bounce as he tours the impacted area, shows his concern, and pledges help to his beleaguered constituents. But then reality sets in and the shortages, delays, mishaps, deaths, and devastation becomes apparent and people turn against the incumbent.
George W. Bush had his Katrina.
And now Barack Obama has his Sandy.
Now that we are all appalled by the lack of food, gas, water, heat, and the basic essentials of life throughout the storm zone, Obamaâ€™s government doesnâ€™t look so good anymore."
Pool asked about frustrations of people, particularly Staten Island. He did not respond.
President Obama this morning ignored a reporterâ€™s question about the mounting frustration victims of Hurricane Sandy are having with the response to the storm, refusing to let a question from the press interrupt a FEMA photo op in which he was on display taking action.
An excerpt from the press pool report, which starts with a quote from Obama:
â€œThere is nothing more important than us getting this right. And weâ€™re going to spend as much time, effort and energy as necessary to make sure all the people of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut know that the entire country is behind them in this difficult recovery effort.â€
He spoke for about five minutes. Pool asked about frustrations of people, particularly Staten Island. He did not respond.
No doubt aware of the political perils â€“ and potential benefits â€“ of the fallout from the hurricane, Obama arrived at FEMA with multiple members of his Cabinet in tow in a massive display of presidential concern. Even Cabinet secretaries you wouldnâ€™t expect to be involved in hurricane relief â€“ such as the Secretary of Labor and the Small Business Administration Administrator â€“ have been enlisted and were at this morningâ€™s meeting.
Obamaâ€™s effort will indeed have some practical effect â€“ anytime a president shows he is personally engaged in an issue, it helps get the various agencies involved into a higher gear.
But with scenes of devastation proliferating on votersâ€™ TV screens around the nation and evidence mounting of an insufficient response, Obama obviously felt he had to be seen at FEMA for a second time this week before heading back out to campaign.
After the visit to FEMA, Obama departed for Ohio.