Evidently Barack Obama is too busy being The One (anointed) and the messiah to see to the needs of people in the mid-west who have been hit by one of the worst ice storms on record. (Obama Dozed, People Froze)
So, The One (anointed) is sitting around the White House in shirt sleeves with the heat turned up to seventy five degrees. A million Americans are freezing without power. So far nearly 50 people have died.
FIVE DAYS after the storm has ended and Obama’s FEMA is a no-show?
In KY it is the largest call out of the National Guard in the state’s history – but where’s Obama?
“…More than half a million homes and businesses, most of them in Kentucky, remained without electricity from the Ozarks through Appalachia, though temperatures creeping into the 40s helped a swarm of utility workers make headway. Finding fuel — heating oil along with gas for cars and generators — was another struggle for those trying to tough it out at home, with hospitals and other essential services getting priority over members of the public. The addition of 3,000 soldiers and airmen makes 4,600 Guardsmen pressed into service. It’s the largest call-up in Kentucky history, which Beshear called an appropriate response to a storm that cut power to more than 600,000 people, the state’s largest outage on record. Many people in rural areas cannot get out of their driveways due to debris and have no phone service, the governor said. “With the length of this disaster and what we’re expecting to be a multi-day process here, we’re concerned about the lives and the safety of our people in their own homes,” Beshear said, “and we need the manpower in some of the rural areas to go door-to-door and do a door-to-door canvass … and make sure they’re OK.” Staff Sgt. Erick Duncan of Murray said he and his colleagues have been putting in long shifts to open tree-littered roads. Duncan, who manned a chain saw, said he expects the assignment to last quite a while. “It’s a mess and we’re just in the city limits,” he said. “We’re not even out in the county yet. And there’s plenty of cities and counties to go to.” Thousands of people were staying in motels and shelters, asked to leave their homes by authorities who said emergency teams in some areas were too strapped to reach everyone in need of food, water and warmth. The outages disabled water systems, and authorities warned it could be days or weeks before power was restored in the most remote spots. That uncertainty had many appealing for help and officials urging those in dark homes to leave, if they could — many were stuck in place by blocked roads and other obstacles….”
Republican blogs are in the process of having a little fun with Barack Obama. I think Rich Moran started it. His Right Wing Nuthouse is featuring the title President Obama Hates White People and Wants Them to Die.
“…In Grayson County, Ky., about 80 miles southwest of Louisville, Emergency Management director Randell Smith said road conditions are such that they have not been able to reach people in some areas. “We don’t even know that they’re alive.”
Smith said FEMA has been a no-show so far. “I’m not saying we can’t handle it; we’ll handle it,” Smith said. “But it would have made life a lot easier” if FEMA had reached the county sooner.
FEMA spokeswoman Mary Hudak said some agency personnel already are in Kentucky working in the state’s emergency operations center and that more will be arriving in coming days. Hudak said FEMA also has shipped in 50 to 100 generators to supply electricity to hospitals, nursing homes, and water treatment plants.
Since the storm began Monday, the weather is suspected in at least 11 deaths in Kentucky, nine more in Arkansas, six each in Texas and Missouri, three in Virginia, two each in Oklahoma, Indiana and West Virginia and one in Ohio, with most of them blamed on hypothermia, traffic accidents and carbon monoxide poisoning from generators.
The fight to return power to Kentucky and other areas affected by the ice storm is difficult because of the sheer number of outages, but also because of the ice itself. More than a half-million homes and businesses were still out in Kentucky on Friday, along with roughly 78,000 in Missouri and 284,000 in Arkansas. Thousands more were still in the dark in Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia….”
Obama’s Administration doesn’t care about the suffering.
“...Across Kentucky, the state hardest hit by the deadly ice storm that has hobbled parts of several states for most of a week, people without power spent another day Saturday crammed into the homes of relatives and neighbors who did. Others unable or unwilling to seek shelter awaited sporadic visits from rescuers, and some still hadn’t been reached. It wasn’t all that bad at Lakeland Arbor Village, near the western shore of Kentucky Lake. Not during the day anyway. Two charcoal grills kept safely outside provided hot sandwiches and a generator hummed away, lighting the community room where several people had gathered, and everybody bundled up. At night, the apartments were pitch black but for candles, lanterns and flashlights that created a soft glow. “I’m just trying to stay warm and trying to sleep,” said Betty Sanders, 60, who donned extra shirts and socks. “It’s rough. It’s very, very rough.”
The ice storm had Sanders longing for her old home in Florida.
“I don’t know how much longer I can handle it,” she said, her voice shaking despite Smith’s efforts to comfort her. “I’m not used to this.”
Dorothy Michaels, 87, wore gloves and had a blanket draped over her in her darkened room, where a battery operated radio gave her the latest updates on the outages. She has stayed in bed from sunset to past sunrise since the storm hit and said her hips and back are aching, on account of her lack of activity.
“I had a real bad night,” she said. “I was like whirling dervish. I turned and tossed.”
She said her children live out of state, so she plans to ride out the blackout in her small apartment.
In many places across the state, the poorest of the poor were doubling up their families in dwellings lucky enough to have propane heat or the $700 luxury of a generator. Many were anxious about how they will rebound from the unforeseen expense of keeping their children warm in a place not expected to have power for weeks.
At a command center in Reidland, along Interstate 24 about 9 miles outside Paducah, emergency officials and utility crews mapped out where resources should be sent. McCracken County Sheriff Jon Hayden dispatched one of his deputies to a town called Lone Oak, where he knew lower-income residents would have trouble getting by.
“There’s still no cell service and we’re getting calls from relatives who want us to check on them,” he said.
He was right.
On rural Clinton Road, people have been hanging frozen meat from porches so it won’t go bad. Angel Wyant has been eking out the days with the heat from a kitchen frier connected to a handheld propane tank.
“And a carbon monoxide detector,” she points out, mindful of the dozens of deaths caused by the storm, several through such poisoning….”
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