I don’t know what it means to “look presidential”. But in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the media keeps saying that Pres. Obama is “looking presidential.” Yep, that’s all I keep hearing. Well damn, is he supposed to look like someone running around screaming like he’s in the path of a Tsunami yelling, “RUN NIGGA, RUN… THEY SHOOTIN!!!” I mean seriously, how else is the man supposed to act? OK, don’t answer that.
Oh, and wanna hear something crazy? The head of FEMA under George W. Bush during the Hurricane Katrina debacle — you remember that, don’t you? –has the nerve to say that Pres. Obama responded too quickly to Hurricane Sandy. Yes, sometimes the jokes write themselves, folks. Can you believe this mess? Yep, says the guy responsible for the Hurricane Katrina debacle.
This from Huffington Post:
Michael Brown, the former FEMA director infamously praised by President George W. Bush for doing a “heckuva job” during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, told a local paper that President Barack Obama acted too quickly in mobilizing relief for Superstorm Sandy.
“Here’s my concern,” Brown told Denver’s Westword on Monday, suggesting that the official response was actually making people complacent. “It’s premature [when] the brunt of the storm won’t happen until later this afternoon.”
Obama declared states of emergency all along East Coast states in the path of Sandy on Sunday, well before the storm hit, allowing federal resources to start flowing where governors thought they would be needed. FEMA and local responders were able to pre-position a lot of the material being drawn upon now.
Obama also held a press conference warning people to pay careful attention to the storm.
Now I don’t know about you, but even while considering the source, this has to be the dumbest thing I’ve heard related to the Superstorm. OK, well, maybe not the dumbest, but pretty damn close. I mean the nerve of this guy crawling out of a hole to say something beyond idiotic. I mean, what was Obama supposed to do? Aside from attempting to “look presidential,” was he supposed to do a fly over and wave while people stranded in the path of the storm stood on the roof of their homes begging for help? Like I said, I don’t know what it is to “look presidential,” but I’m sure that what George W. Bush did before and after Hurricane Katrina ain’t it.
Oh, and speaking of “looking presidential,” did you hear about Mitt Romney’s fake hurricane relief event in Ohio on Tuesday? Well, while one of his top surrogates — Gov. Chris Christie — ran around cupping the balls and kissing the feet of Barack Obama om Tuesday (an act for which he has come under fire from Conservatives). Never to be outdone when it comes to seizing any opportunity to seem human, Romney hosted a supposed non-campaign event with the intent to collect food and supplies for victims ravaged by the hurricane. Though well-intentioned, this gesture was not encouraged by the American Red Cross (click to read why). But that wasn’t the problem per se; the problem was Romney, being Romney: a wealthy man who fails to connect with everyday people.
According to BuzzFeed, the campaign encouraged supporters to bring hurricane relief supplies and “deliver the bags of canned goods, packages of diapers, and cases of water bottles to the candidate, who would be perched behind a table along with a slew of volunteers and his Ohio right-hand man, Senator Rob Portman.” And because nothing says “I’m compassionate,” like the release of photos of supporters handing supplies to Romney at this event. The Romney campaign themselves purchased $5000 worth of supplies and gave them to empty-handed attendees themselves.
Empty-handed supporters pled for entrance, with one woman asking, “What if we dropped off our donations up front?”
The volunteer gestured toward a pile of groceries conveniently stacked near the candidate. “Just grab something,” he said.
Two teenage boys retrieved a jar of peanut butter each, and got in line. When it was their turn, they handed their “donations” to Romney. He took them, smiled, and offered an earnest “Thank you.”
Isn’t that awesome? Isn’t that what “looking presidential,” is all about? Yep, sometimes you have to fake it to make it in this world. And apparently the Romney campaign takes this mantra very seriously. If they didn’t, why then would they not only stage a fake hurricane relief rally, but also release photos of a recent event in Nevada and use Photoshop to make the crowd in attendance seem larger than they were in reality? Oh well, don’t be surprised if you see Mitt washing dishes at a New Jersey soup kitchen before November the 6th, 2012. Surely he can use another photo-op.