Google “Obama Visits Disaster” and see what you find – nothing – for this month’s tragic weather related tragedies throughout the country.
Remember how George W. Bush was treated when he did no immediately stop and make a fool of himself after Katrina, feeling everyone’s pain? Well, to date, Barack Obama has YET to declare a disaster in the state of Texas.
Obama is fund-raising all over the country, and NO ONE in the press is even criticizing him for NOT visiting ONE disaster area this month.
Remember? From Think Progress:
“…August 2005: While New Orleans is undergoing a slow motion catastrophe, Bush mugs for the cameras, cuts a cake for John McCain, plays the guitar for Mark Wills, delivers an address about V-J day, and continues with his vacation. When he finally gets around to acknowledging the scope of the unfolding disaster, he delivers only a photo op on Air Force One and a flat, defensive, laundry list speech in the Rose Garden.
So: A crony with no relevant experience was installed as head of FEMA. Mitigation budgets for New Orleans were slashed even though it was known to be one of the top three risks in the country. FEMA was deliberately downsized as part of the Bush administration’s conservative agenda to reduce the role of government. After DHS was created, FEMA’s preparation and planning functions were taken away.
Actions have consequences. No one could predict that a hurricane the size of Katrina would hit this year, but the slow federal response when it did happen was no accident. It was the result of four years of deliberate Republican policy and budget choices that favor ideology and partisan loyalty at the expense of operational competence. It’s the Bush administration in a nutshell….”
He’s jetting all over the country doing fundraisers, but has yet to visit any of the areas hit by storms this spring.
He has yet to visit North Carolina after the historic storms have gone through.
What’s going on here?
Obama has to date REFUSED to declare a disaster in Texas, though Rick Perry has been begging for help. Yet he immediately declares a disaster for Alabama.
“...The Christian Science Monitor story quotes Bruce Buchanan, a political scientist at the University of Texas at Austin, as doubting there is a political angle to the delay. “One, it’s not Obama’s style, and, two, it would be a politically costly thing to do when Americans are in danger.”
Texans might be forgiven for being skeptical about the first proposition. Punishing enemies is very much President Barack Obama’s style. Red state Texas is very high on President Obama’s long list of enemies. The recent snub against Texas considering the final resting places of the space shuttle orbiters is cited as a prime example of this.
However, Buchanan is quite right about the second proposition. Slow walking a disaster declaration while homes are being consumed and people are in danger is politically risky. The bureaucratic entanglements that led to a delay of federal intervention in the wake of Hurricane Katrina cost the Bush administration considerably. To this day, some conspiracy theorists ascribe the tragedy as less having to do with bureaucracy and turf battles between federal, state, and local governments, and more having to do with malice.
President Obama is very much in danger of being tarred with the same brush if FEMA delays much longer. The idea that Obama might be singling out Texas for a little bit of political payback, particularly where a natural disaster is concerned, is likely to become a stench in the nostrils of not just red state America, but a considerable amount of the entire country. This would have a considerable effect of President Obama’s chances for reelection in 2012….”
Have you heard Barack Obama even mention the storms that savaged North Carolina a few days ago? What about Texas?
Where is Barack Obama?
“...[Updated at 11:02 p.m. ET] Storm-related deaths have now been reported in Tennessee and Georgia, bringing the five-state death toll from Tuesday night’s and Wednesday’s storms in the South to 39, according to authorities.
One person was killed in Trenton in Georgia’s Dade County, and at least one person was killed in Tennessee, officials in those state said.
At least 25 people have been killed in Alabama, including 15 in Tuscaloosa; at least 11 were killed in Mississippi; and one was killed in Arkansas, according to authorities.
[Updated at 10:28 p.m. ET] At least 15 people were killed in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on Wednesday as severe storms swept through the city, Mayor Walter Maddox told reporters.
Statewide in Alabama, at least 25 people in died as a result of storms and tornadoes, the state’s emergency management director told CNN Wednesday. At least 11 people were killed in Mississippi and one was killed in Arkansas as a result of the storms.
In Tuscaloosa, hundreds of homes and businesses were destroyed, and hundreds more were damaged, Maddox said. Dozens of roads are impassable, he said. Maddox said the city’s infrastructure had been “decimated,” noting that thousands of residents were without power….”
HIGH GAS PRICES
In 2006 when there was a major problem with gas prices, George W. Bush acted quickly and decisively to suspend EPA summer regulations to keep prices low.
“…US President George Bush temporarily suspended some environment rules on motor vehicle fuel this week in an effort to slow the meteoric jump in gas prices. The effect of this on prices at the pump is as of yet unknown, although it will likely take the MTBE-ethanol switchover excuse off the table. Bush also has called for halting any further contributions to the strategic oil reserve, although this is not thought to have a substantial impact on record-high oil prices. Bush is also calling for an investigation into potential price fixing by oil companies, although similar investigations in past years have not yielded any evidence of such activity. Besides, someone has to pay for Lee Raymond’s compensation.
Meanwhile, oil prices have fallen by about 5% in the past week, but the chief of the International Energy Agency doesn’t foresee any significant drops over the next 1-2 years….”
Once he made the announcement gas was down 5% within a matter of days.
Obama does, though, get in some quality golfing.