Hurricane Victim Obama Promised "Immediate Help" to in Iconic Photo, Starting to Wonder What Immediate Means
Earlier today, we discussed ‘civic illiteracy‘. Specifically, the concept that 42 percent of voters in the 2012 election somehow found the President’s response to Hurricane Sandy to be important to them, while seemingly brushing off the entirety of other aspects of his four years in office.
If one were to visit the White House website currently, they might stumble on this iconic photo adorning the site, posted two days after Hurricane Sandy ripped through the north eastern United States.
“One of our challenges now is to get back to normalcy,” said Gov. Christie. “And so the things we need to do is to make sure that we get power restored as quickly as possible; make sure that people have clean drinking water, and waste water treatment plants are working; hospitals are taken care of the way they need to; and that we get kids back to school. And so, I discussed all those issues today with the President, and I’m pleased to report that he has sprung into action immediately to help get us those things.
To quote Inigo Montoya, “You keep using that word … I do not think it means what you think it means”.
She said she was honored to meet Obama, but she is also frustrated that she has yet to receive help from either her insurance companies or the government. “The president told me I would get immediate help,” she said.
“Looking back on it, it wasted a lot of people’s time,” she said of the visit.
The future of the North Point Marina remains uncertain. “I am just moving minute by minute, because the insurance companies are telling me no, no, no!” she said.
Perhaps Christie and Obama could look over a dictionary quickly, define the terms ‘outstanding’ and ‘immediate’, and get back to Ms. Vanzant at some point. After all, it’s not like they’re too busy doing other things.
Unfortunately Vanzant is correct – the President has wasted a lot of people’s time. And unfortunately, he’ll be wasting another four years – partially because of his response to Hurricane Sandy, and a photo-op hug with this same woman.
New Jersey governor Chris Christie continues to make a fool of himself while residents of his state suffer.
Christie, who claimed that his state and the people that lived there were his number one priority in trying to explain away an over-the-top embrace of President Obama just prior to the election, decided that everyone was well off now, and this was the time to make a cameo appearance on Saturday Night Live.
Via Front Page Mag:
Tens of thousands of New Jersey residents are without power. Many have lost homes and everything else that they have. Some don’t have enough to eat and others are struggling to stay warm.
This is not the time for a responsible leader to go do his self-promoting shtick on Saturday Night Live. But Christie seems so tone deaf that he puts his self-promotion ahead of anything else.
Yes Giuliani went on Saturday Night Live a few weeks after September 11, but that wasn’t a series of gags, it was a serious tribute to those who died in the attacks. It had very little in common with Christie showing off the same routine that he does every time he’s in the vicinity of a video camera. And at a time when New Jersey residents still need help, why is their Governor spending time on a comedy show cracking jokes about what people have been going through?
We’ve got people from Louisiana and North Carolina coming in to help New Jersey, while Christie hops from one photo op to another.
Meanwhile, in the city of Rahway, NJ, you have stories like this:
In Rahway, where many residents were still without power yesterday afternoon, 400 survival kits handed out by the Red Cross in the City Hall parking lot proved to be too few.
“All of a sudden it was like a big rush,” Red Cross worker Lauren Franklin said. “They went extremely quickly.”
For Monique Patterson, who arrived too late to get a survival kit, it was insult added to injury.
“It’s been hell,” she said. “I have three kids and we have no power, no heat, for 13 days now.”
William Dickson, who works for the Union County city, said there has been little communication between authorities and residents about when PSE&G would restore electricity.
“It’s so cold at night I have to sleep with a blanket over my head and use my own breath to stay warm,” he said.
I’m sure once their power is finally restored, the freezing children in the Patterson family will find reruns of Christie’s SNL shtick to be truly hilarious.
Christie, the clown prince of New Jersey, to the good fortune of the Republican party, killed off any chance of a national run when he locked his embrace on the current President. In the end, the joke will be on him.
U.S. Senate Candidate Wendy Long ripped the President for using the occasion of the Hurricane Sandy devastation to act like a President for perhaps the only time in his administration. Long stated, “We don’t need a President who shows up once in four years … we need one who shows up every day.”
On Fred Dicker’s “Live from the State Capitol” Albany radio show, Long contrasted President Barack Obama’s visit to New Jersey in the wake of Hurricane Sandy from his “aloof, detached, and partisan” performance as President for the last 3.8 years.
She then compared his efforts to that of a Little League player awarded a trophy for participation.
“The current cultural trend to award trophies for ‘just showing up’ is one thing in Little League, but quite another in the big league, when it applies to the President of the United States. So many Americans who were already struggling to find work and pay their bills now have to add recovering from a hurricane to their difficulties. Where is the disaster relief for the middle class and the working class of this country?” concluded Long.
It would seem that long forget that the President had already received a trophy early on in his term – just for showing up.
Long also took a little swipe at New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who for some reason was so surprised by the President’s actions in doing his job, that he suddenly started singing his praises in an over-the-top manner the past few days.
“It is remarkable to me that it took a disaster of this magnitude, and the loss of life, for the President to act constructively with the Governor of one of the most densely populated states in the nation. President Obama has been absent in the state of New Jersey, unless it was for a fundraiser or campaign rally. The rarity of this gesture from President Obama caused Governor Christie to be overly effusive to the President in front of the news media,” continued Long.
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Is there anyone who can deny the transformation of our country into an entitlement society? President Food Stamps seen proudly nodding in approval…
Christie spent most of his 30-minute speech on New Jersey budget issues, but brought up national policy toward the end. He said it is the least optimistic period he’s ever seen for the nation.“It’s because government’s now telling them, stop dreaming, stop striving, we’ll take care of you. We’re turning into a paternalistic entitlement society. That will not just bankrupt us financially, it will bankrupt us morally,” Christie told Bush, Henry Kissinger and an assortment of Republican governors in a theater at the New York Historical Society.“When the American people no longer believe that this is a place where only their willingness to work hard and to act with honor and integrity and ingenuity determines their success in life, then we’ll have a bunch of people sitting on a couch waiting for their next government check,” Christie said.Christie never mentioned President Obama by name, but in the past has spoken about the need to reign in entitlement spending for programs like for Social Security and Medicare.
Tina Korbe at Hot Air adds:
Christie wasn’t content to merely point out the negative, though: He launched rapidly into an articulation of an alternate vision, the vision he’s implemented in the state of New Jersey. He cited his recent veto of a millionaire’s tax and his current push for a 10 percent income tax cut as examples of pro-growth policies.
He also had interesting words about the importance of in-person interaction with those with whom we disagree. ”We developed relationships with the other side of the aisle that allowed them to trust us. And that doesn’t happen overnight,” he said.”Day after day after day you have to sit with our colleagues and convince them of the goodness of your spirit and of the understanding that compromise is not a dirty word.”
Here’s where I have to disagree with the Governor. Isn’t compromise what took place in 2006 when Democrats took over in Congress? Isn’t compromise what led George W. Bush to abandon his free market principles, leading us down the economic path we’ve been on for several years now? Here’s an idea – stand on principle. Don’t compromise for the sake of saying ‘I reached across the aisle’. Do what’s right.
Bush himself spoke at the conference, refusing to – as he called it – undermine the current President.
Via Weasel Zippers:
Bush said the topic of the conference is how to grow the private sector. He introduced Christie by complimenting his “enormous personality” and “belief in the individual,” saying even Texans had taken note of the governor.
“We admire the courageous stance you take,” said Bush, who nominated Christie to be U.S. Attorney.
“I was a proud member of the Bush administration for seven years,” Christie said, later adding that Bush “inspired a whole new generation of conservative Republican leaders.” […]
“I have decided to stay out of the limelight,” Bush said. “I don’t think it’s good, frankly, for our country to undermine the president and I don’t intend to do so. But I do intend to remain involved in areas that I’m interested in.”
Isn’t it remarkable to see the former President afford Obama a fundamental courtesy that he was never granted during his term? All class…
While Chris Christie and Mitt Romney may be two moderate peas in a pod, you have to love this spirited defense of Mittens. Christie’s blunt approach to dealing with the opposition is refreshing to say the least.
Quote via Gateway Pundit:
“If she wasn’t so blinded by her Barack Obama induced anger, she’d know that American jobs are coming back when Mitt Romney is the next President of the United States.”
CNN reported on the incident:
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie fired back at protesters at a rally Sunday for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in New Hampshire.
The brash Republican governor – speaking on behalf of Romney, whom he has endorsed, ahead of Tuesday’s first-in-the-nation primary – responded to chants from a group of attendees yelling “Mitt kills jobs, Christie kills jobs.”
And ABC News provides the response:
“Really?” said Christie, as soon as protestors interrupted him, the second outburst of the night from the group, who had already gone after Romney. “You know, something may go down tonight, but it ain’t going to be jobs, sweetheart.”
“See it’s this confusion that’s out there because if she was in New Jersey like these Jersey girls out there she would know that we’ve created 60,000 new private sector jobs after Jon Corzine killed 120,000,” Christie said.
“And if she wasn’t so blinded by her Barack Obama-induced anger, she’d know that American jobs are coming back when Mitt Romney is the next president of the United States, and if she wasn’t so disorientated by the loss of hope and change she’d understand that Mitt Romney is the hope for America’s future.”