Will President Obama’s response to super storm Sandy give him an election day boost?

L.A. Times 2012/10/31 17:43:19
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President Obama will survey New Jersey Wednesday with Republican Gov. Chris Christie, who has converted from harsh critic to booster after Hurricane Sandy.

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  • Scott 2012/10/31 17:48:33
    Obama's response? I'm sorry, I must have missed that. Did he stand at the shore and raise his arms and command the storm to cease? Oh, wait, I did hear him tell everyone that 'no one will be left behind'. Didn't he say something like that to Ambassador Stevens?

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  • mk, Smartass Oracle 2012/11/06 09:07:52
  • AdWhois 2012/11/05 16:57:33
    He had a horrible response. NJ is still suffering from the storm.
  • Jensenmk 2012/11/05 16:34:38
    Not to those actually paying attention.

    Bush was crucified for doing much more.
  • gerald.... Jensenmk 2012/11/05 16:53:27
    Sorry im late to the party. Please explain your absurd sounding comment.
    Are you saying that the job Bush did was great??? And are you saying that he was crucified for doing such a great job.
    Are we talking KATRINA???
    IM throughly confused...
    Please elaborate.
  • Jensenmk gerald.... 2012/11/05 18:18:20
    When Katrina (Cat 5) hit, there was huge differences in how the local and state governments (primary responsibility) reacted; Mississippi came together to sort through the worst effects of the storm, while Mayor Nagan (New Orleans) and Governor Blanco ignored their lack of preparation and squandered resources, while demanding the Federal Government come fix everything.

    The North East experienced Sandy (Cat 1) and also saw mixed reactions from their local and state governments (good thing NYC saw a 'near-miss' versus a direct hit, huh?). In both hurricanes, the breakdown of society also varied by neighborhood/situation, but that's another discussion entirely.

    There is a bit of confusion as to the Federal government's role in this type of disaster; Bush was criticized by the media for not making up the shortfalls of the Louisiana government fast enough for their liking, Obama doesn’t have any critical thinking of his decisions applied by the media, instead they protect him.

    Where is the personal responsibility versus the reliance on the government to do everything?
  • gerald.... Jensenmk 2012/11/05 22:34:30
    So what was it that Obama failed at? And maybe most important, why has "the media" reacted so graciously to Obama and so poorly to Bush?
    And is it possible that in comparison to Romney's words about his plan for FEMA and how he spoke before he knew how FEMA worked.
    And does a positive review by Christie help or hinder the appearance of the work done by Obama.
    I mean, how can one state with cities underwater have such positive things today and according to people on Sodahead, other states react so poorly. You would think, if politics were at play, that New York would be the ones saying what a great job he did.
  • jacktown kid 2012/11/05 16:25:32
    jacktown kid
    You bet it does
  • Lanikai 2012/11/05 16:18:39
    Because his reaction has been far worse then everyone blamed Bush for.

    There are entire neighborhoods that NO ONE has even been into yet, and it is a week already.

    Obama saud bush hated blacks and that was why he didn't respond swiftly, but the fact was the DEM governor refused federal aid UNTIL the press started showing what conditions were like THEN she wanted to jump on the blame bush bandwagon.

    Obamas Sandy respnse has been slower, and many, folks are without anything a nd have yet to see help in any form. So, we can surmise that obama hates the norhteast, until he needs a vote,.
  • gerald.... Lanikai 2012/11/05 17:16:02 (edited)
    Obama did not say that. You and i both know that would be tantamount to political suicide. And that the grand old perverts would be all over it.
    During that speech, he intimated that Bush didnt care about the people of New Orleans. (by the way, those people down there feel as though they were no longer welcome there because after the levys are properly fixed, they are going to build homes for the wealthy)
    But he NEVER said Bush hates black people.
    Kanye West said that. And i kinda believe him.
    Maybe not black people in general. Just the tired poor and hungry people in this country.
    You know, the family around the corner from you that lost their income because Bush was so worried about Iraq. The old lady down the street who had to worry about her meals because food prices skyrocketed while Bush was pretending to chase Bin Laden.
    Its not so much he hates ANYONE as much as he didnt care about so many.
  • Lanikai gerald.... 2012/11/05 18:10:49

    He actually said that it was racist.
  • gerald.... Lanikai 2012/11/05 22:53:16
    i just listened to that link. No where does he say that anyone was racist or hated black people.
    Again, this was a conclusion drawn by those who either felt guilty in some way and this touched a nerve. Or by someone desperate enough to make the inference. Someone gasping their last breath.
    AND the difference between what O said and what WILLARD said is that Obama said it for all to hear.
    He more or less publicly challenged those that oppose him to speak on it. He was willing to go there and McCain's camp wasnt. And apparently neither was Willard's.
    Advantage Obama.
    Oh yeah, by the way, i try to refrain from using the Huffington post as a source. You should try not using Faux News.
    Goes to credibility. Even most of them don't really believe the stuff they're spewing.
  • Lanikai gerald.... 2012/11/05 22:54:17
    Then go read his speeches, he did say it.
  • gerald.... Lanikai 2012/11/05 23:04:00
    I listened to the link YOU sent. How can you site a source, have IT prove(in his own words) what was said and not said, then tell me to read his speeches???
    Send me a link showing(in his own words) accusing ANYONE of being racist or hating black people.
    I know that you want to believe he said it so you can expound on it and make him the racist. You want so badly to believe this man is the Anti-christ. And you look for the proof. But its not there.
    Too bad he wasnt cheating on his wife or meeting men in public restrooms for gay sex. That would be easy.
    Win or lose, Obama will go down in history as a stand up guy who had a vision which he mostly achieved
  • Lanikai gerald.... 2012/11/06 16:15:38
  • gerald.... Lanikai 2012/11/06 17:40:59
    The video wouldnt play for me. But its the same story.
    And i reiterate...he did not say bush or anyone else hates ANYBODY.
    HE inferred what a lot of us think. He talked about black neighborhoods and investing in black business. he talked about the apparent to a lot of folks inequality in job contracts.
    He may have embellished a little as im sure you know every politician does. But he wasnt inciting a riot. He didnt day kill whitey. He just simply talked to black folks like black folks talk.
    If that offends you, thats your problem. But he never said anything about HATE.
    Nice try though.
  • Lanikai gerald.... 2012/11/06 17:44:16
    Ok, Done arguing with a person who refuses to see and hear the truth.

    have a nice day.
  • TikkiPurdy 2012/11/05 14:54:13
    Most definitely
  • BigEyedFish 2012/11/05 12:26:34
    As a victim of this storm, I can tell you that a photo does nothing...NOTHING to fix the problem.
  • Adam 2012/11/05 10:50:06
    Unfortunately, although he did nothing to help. Turned out to be a great photo op for him just at the most opportune time.
  • A314 Golden Dragon 2012/11/05 06:12:14
    A314 Golden Dragon
    What was his response? Walking around with Gov Christie and getting photo ops. Look at the condition of NYC and the lack of response from FEMA and other federal agencies. This is Katrina for the Northeast. Obama and Bloomberg should both be ashamed. I live in NJ and work out of NYC when I have been able to get there and this is a mess.
  • BigEyed... A314 Go... 2012/11/05 12:28:10
    Fellow Jersian...I hope you're doing well...we went 6 days without and finally got our power yesterday afternoon (Sunday).
    My heart is with you all.
  • Lanikai A314 Go... 2012/11/06 16:16:32
    7 full days into this mess and a LOT of neighborhoods still have not gotten any relief, or even a visit from FEMA.
  • ★Calliope★ 2012/11/05 00:10:41
    FEMA's slow response is just one reason.

    But that's being covered up and stupid idiots like the ones below that really believe the BS and further the lies..

    Nasty, aren't they?
  • JayGee 2012/11/04 23:08:35
    Presidenr Obama showed the is a very calm, clear minded and thoughtful Leader. He assured the country that he would be there for them and see them through this crisis.He was just Outstanding!
  • Fred Ma... JayGee 2012/11/05 05:28:26
    Fred Magillicutty
    Thanks for the laugh!!!!!
  • BigEyed... JayGee 2012/11/05 12:30:12
    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
    live through this and tell me he did ANYTHING
    FEMA arrived on FRIDAY!!!! Obama stopped in between campaign stops!!!
    Obama compared his visit to NJ to Bush's to Katrina.
    Bush at least had the mind to not take our resources to protect him for a photo op!
  • Lanikai JayGee 2012/11/06 16:18:24
    Oh my gosh, he flew in, had a photo op, looked around and did NOTHING.

    FEMA rsponse has been far, far worse then Katrina and you think he did something?

    Wow, the stupid really burns.
  • bmxschoolbus 2012/11/04 21:57:29
    it is part of his job to respond to those kind of things
  • doofiegirl BTO-t- BCRA-F ~... 2012/11/04 21:27:20
    doofiegirl  BTO-t- BCRA-F ~PWCM~
    He will forget those people as soon as the plane doors close.
  • Marianne723 2012/11/04 21:17:07
    Why should it?
  • Sawdust_128 2012/11/04 20:46:26
    ......but it will give him the election day boot!
  • Carolyn 2012/11/04 19:32:43
  • Pearlie Momi♥Patriot Warrior♥ 2012/11/04 18:49:38
    Pearlie Momi♥Patriot Warrior♥
    Obama doesn't care.. He cares more about saving his job....People are starving now and no water , gas...Where is Obama.......He doesn't care......Obama is the worse.
    Vote him out.....
  • SunShine 2012/11/04 18:42:27
    are you kidding me.. people out in the cold without any clothes or food for days .. while he goes campaigning..??? that is not my idea of anything to brag about.. People are furious.. they showed folks getting help last night.. from Fema?? NO.. FROM THE red cross?? NO.. from the ones who REALLY care.. their neighbors..sure as hell not obama.. he could care less.. Just look at what happened in Benghazi and then tell yourself that he gives a damn about us as people..
  • Pearlie... SunShine 2012/11/04 18:53:18
    Pearlie Momi♥Patriot Warrior♥
    Yes..Where is the loser President...No Fema, No food , water , gas..Obama just don't care.
    All the lies about Benghazi till this day, he wants to hide it till after the election.
    Impeach now.....What a joke for a President......
    Did you see all the big crowds for Romney over 30,000 and Obama ha 2,800...LOL..I think in Ohio.....Romney has the momentum and independents....
  • SunShine Pearlie... 2012/11/04 19:10:33
    I saw that.. thanks Pearl
  • BigEyed... Pearlie... 2012/11/05 12:33:42
    Those people, my neighbors were there for answers...they got a hug and a picture instead and then went back to their destruction while Obama continued his campaign.
    I sat here for 6 days living in colonial style and Benghazi got me angry enough to keep on. ...weird how some things give ya an adrenaline boost, huh?
  • BigEyed... SunShine 2012/11/05 12:31:14
    (I'm living it)
  • SunShine BigEyed... 2012/11/05 18:26:47
    it is so disgusting.. I am on the West Coast (inland tho) but cannot imagine the horror people are living thru.. and now with another storm coming on Wednesday.. what the hell are they thinking.. get people into shelters and clothing and food at least.. and electricity.. this is winter.. How could he go campaigning at a time like this?? he said he would cut red tape and would supervise to make sure everything was happening in a proper and timely manner .. just another lie of Obamas.. I doubt he ever tells the truth.
    So sorry for your distress and losses..
  • BigEyed... SunShine 2012/11/06 17:16:41
    Thank you very; very much!!
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