Hurricane Victim Obama Promised "Immediate Help" to in Iconic Photo, Starting to Wonder What Immediate Means

November 25, 2012 at 10:03 pm (2012 Election, Chris Christie, Donna Vanzant, Federal Government, FEMA, Hurricane Sandy, Immediate Help, New Jersey)

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.

But that important response was an illusion, and the equally ‘civically’ illiterate governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie should take note.

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.

The image is of Dorothy Vanzant, a woman whose marina was destroyed during the storm, and whom the President promised would “immediately get help”.  That exchange can be seen in this video (h/t Citizen Journalist):

The concept of immediacy is important, as the fawning Christie also mentioned the President’s ‘immediate’ actions when talking about Obama’s allegedly ‘outstanding’ response to the crisis.

“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”.

NorthJersey.com (h/t Weasel Zippers) reports that Vanzant’s immediate relief has been anything but:

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.

Except for the cameos on SNL.  Or holiday golfing.

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.

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Chris Christie Has Time to Clown Around on SNL, While New Jersey Residents Continue to Suffer

November 19, 2012 at 11:47 am (Chris Christie, Governor, Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey, President Obama, Republican, Saturday Night Live)

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.

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Biden Tells Sandy Victims ‘You’ve Got a Homeboy’ In the White House ‘Who Gets It’

November 19, 2012 at 10:00 am (Connecticut, Delaware, Homeboy, Hurricane Sandy, Joe Biden, New Jersey, New York, President Obama, Vice President)

If there is any silver-lining to the re-election of President Obama, it’s four more years of comedy hour from Uncle Joe.

While victims of Hurricane Sandy were probably hoping to get a professional politician who has a plan to restore their power, assess damage to their properties, and has a delicate manner about them with which to console them in their time of need.

Instead, they got Vice-President Joe Biden who said this…

“If you’re not an Easterner it’s hard to understand that the ocean to us is the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone Park and everything else combined. It is a gigantic part of not only our economy but who we are. It’s a gigantic part of the culture as well.

“And every time the rest of the country is in real trouble, New Jersey and Delaware and New York and Connecticut, et cetera, we respond, we respond. And it’s going to be a heavy lift. These are difficult times in terms of budgets but the president has made it clear that we are going to do everything we can to make sure that the Corps is fully funded, that FEMA has their needs and that all the programs that exist under the auspices of the federal government not only continue to exist but are funded so that we can make sure that this area of the country is fully fully fully restored.

“So as the president said when he was up here with the governor, we’re not going anywhere. We’re not going anywhere. And you’ve got a homeboy in the deal who gets it.”

Homeboy Joe.  Do legit homeboys use the word malarkey?  Ever?

Doug Powers writes:

Some think the “homeboy” Biden was referring to was Barack Obama, and others believe he was talking about himself. Either way, as usual, it was a cry for psychological help while the struggle continues for thousands and thousands of people.

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Chris Matthews: ‘I’m So Glad We Had That Storm Last Week’

November 7, 2012 at 10:36 am (2012 Election, Chris Matthews, Hurricane Sandy, MSNBC)

It’s been nine days since Hurricane Sandy battered the east coast.

Over 110 people (so far) have been killed.

Over $50 billion in estimated damages.

And Chris Matthews being the true liberal sycophant that he is, is glad that it happened – because it helped re-elect his idol, Barack Obama.

Via NewsBusters:

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Let me just close my thoughts tonight. It takes a half a second. I am so proud of the country to re-elect this president and overcoming, not because of the partisanship or any of the, even the policies. Just the fact, here’s an African guy, African-American guy from an unusual background. Part immigrant background, part African-American background with all this assault on him from day one, from Mitch McConnell, from the clowns out there that aren’t elected and never will be to anything. And the way he took it, as somebody said it, with coolness and charm and dignity, and just took it and took it and kept moving forward doing his job. And, and the American people, and I know we look at these percentages, 40 percent of the white vote, fine. That’s about right among Democrats in the last couple of cycles, three cycles or four.

Good work for them, good work for him, a good day for America. I’m so glad we had that storm last week because I think the storm was one of those things. No, politically I should say, not in terms of hurting people. The storm brought in possibilities for good politics. 

This is the Machiavellian mind of a liberal media member today.

Sandy will go down as one of the worst storms to ever hit America.

Millions are still without power and are battling freezing temperatures.

The lives of tens of thousands of our citizens might never be the same.

But to Chris Matthews, that’s okay because the object of his affection was re-elected.

Here’s the video…

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40,000 displaced New Yorkers, Solution: Cruise Ship Accommodations

November 5, 2012 at 5:05 pm (Carnivalk, Cruise Ship, FEMA, Hurricane Sandy, New York, Shelter, Wendy Long)

U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long today called upon State, City and Federal officials to examine the feasibility of using cruise ships to accommodate displaced New Yorkers.

“Cruise ships could feasibly be used as a solution to displaced New Yorkers, and FEMA could reimburse for the expense.  We have 40,000 New Yorkers who have no accommodations.  Cruise ships are essentially mobile cities, that could provide the necessary food, water, and shelter that proud New Yorkers need, given the heartbreaking aftermath of Hurricane Sandy,” said Long.

The average Carnival cruise ship can hold 2,744 people.  The amount of cruise ships potentially available could provide relief to thousands of New Yorkers that are in need.

“The 40,000 struggling New Yorkers need outside the box thinking, as conventional means of dealing with this crisis is not working as quickly as it should.   Cruise ships are a real solution that could provide temporary housing for displaced families, friends and neighbors.   Officials need to recognize the great potential of this solution and immediately examine this as a potential option for struggling New Yorkers, and need to act soon,” concluded Long.

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Heartbreaking Video – Staten Island Resident to Chuck Schumer, "We Are Gonna Die!"

November 2, 2012 at 4:31 pm (Chuck Schumer, Donna Solli, Hurricane Sandy, New York, President Obama, Staten Island)

No commentary necessary…

A Staten Island resident pleaded with Chuck Schumer, and asked President Obama to please listen – “Please listen to us down here, we’re gonna die!”

Via New York Daily News:

Staten Island has been the scene of some of the most heartbreaking storm-related devastation, especially on the South Shore where numerous trapped residents had to be rescued. Hundreds of homes — from multimillion-dollar mansions to modest bungalows — have been damaged and dozens of streets are impassable due to downed trees and buckled roads.

As such, federal and local officials heard an earful from residents Thursday.

“Please don’t leave us,” a weeping Donna Solli pleaded to Sen. Chuck Schumer in front of her damaged Neptune St. home. “I live alone down here.”

Schumer hugged Solli, a Transportation Department worker, and tried to comfort her. “I know what you’re going through, sweetheart,” he said.

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Unreal: Volunteer Utility Crews Turned Away in NJ Because They’re Not Unionized

November 2, 2012 at 7:40 am (Alabama, Derrick Moore, Huntsville, Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey, Seaside Heights, Union, Utility)

This would make sense under normal circumstances, and with workers who were actually bidding for contracted work.  But Hurricane Sandy has created extraordinary circumstances in New Jersey, and the crew in question were volunteers trying to lend a hand in a time of devastation.

Via the Daily Caller:

Utility crews from several states East of the Mississippi River hit the road this week to volunteer their time and talents in Northeastern states hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. But crews from Alabama got the shock of their lives when other workers in a coastal New Jersey town told them they couldn’t lend a hand without a union card.

Derrick Moore, who works for Decatur Utilities in Decatur, Ala., told WAFF-TV in Huntsville that crews in Seaside Heights, N.J. turned him and his crewmates away, saying they couldn’t do any work there because they’re not union employees.

As a result, crews from Decatur and Huntsville left the Jersey shore and headed to Long Island to pitch in.

WAFF’s Mark Thornton reported that Moore and his coworkers “are frustrated being told, in essence, ‘thanks, but no thanks.’”

Other utility crews have been told to stand down, while other have turned around and headed back home.

Meanwhile, nearly 1.6 million people in New Jersey remain without power, and there are concerns about hypothermia amidst weather reports that another storm is forecast for next week.

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U.S. Senate Candidate: President Gets a Trophy For Showing Up

November 1, 2012 at 4:01 pm (2012 Election, Chris Christie, Fred Dicker, Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey, New York, President Obama, Trophy, Wendy Long)

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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His City Underwater, Mayor Bloomberg Donates $1.1 Million … To a Florida Congressional Race

November 1, 2012 at 2:30 pm (Breezy Point, Daniel Webster, Donation, Florida, Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Bloomberg, New York City, Red Cross, Val Demings)

With gas shortages plaguing consumers, a transportation system in gridlock and underwater, 37 lives lost, and an estimated $20 billion in damages to his city, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg decided it was time to act.

So he pulled out his checkbook and scratched a $1.1 million donation to those in need … an obscure congressional candidate in Florida, Val Demings. 

Demings is a gun-control nut cut from the same cloth as Bloomberg, and is best known for having her own weapon stolen from a police vehicle. She is running against incumbent Daniel Webster.

Sunshine State Sarah reports:

Mayor Mike Bloomberg, whose PAC is spending a whopping $1.1 million to buy TV ads attacking Webster.

Never mind that Hurricane Sandy has left the city he is supposed to be governing with large areas under water, looting problems, gas shortages,and a frightening array of health concerns.

Forget the crippling damage to NYC’s public transit systems. Oh no, forget the actual disaster happening all around, forget the the fact that our nation’s largest city is literally drowning right now, let’s screw with Florida’s elections!

Of course, I guess this shouldn’t be surprising from one of the worst nanny-state meddling politicians in recent American history. Bloomberg is, after all, the same goofball who wants to outlaw large sodas. [Insert mind-numbingly obvious comment that anyone can just buy two sodas to get around this ridiculous rule here.]

A report from Red State adds: 

There must be some cruelly ironic joke being played on New York City’s hurricane-soaked residents. As thousands of New Yorkers still sit in the dark, unarmed, vulnerable, and worried about looters, the Big Apple’s billionaire mayor is sending $1.1 million to Florida to buy ads for union-bought, gun-control advocate and congressional candidate Val Demings.

One political consultant called the donation ‘considerable’ and ‘extremely significant’.  At the same time however, due to the state of the race in Florida, it has been dubbed ‘a waste of money’.

You know who might benefit from that $1.1 million?  The residents of Mayor Bloomberg’s city.  Maybe the Red Cross.  Perhaps the people burned out of their homes in Breezy Point.

It must be nice to have the luxury of throwing money away, while residents of your city struggle to recover from a devastating storm.

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MSNBC Somehow Finds a Way to Criticize Romney For Collecting Food and Supplies For Hurricane Victims

October 31, 2012 at 7:00 am (2012 Election, Andrea Mitchell, Chris Cillizza, Disaster, Donations, Hurricane Sandy, Liberals, Martin Bashir, Mitt Romney, MSNBC, Ohio, President Obama, Red Cross)

Only the leftist hacks at MSNBC could somehow find fault in a person trying to donate time and effort to support the victims of a disastrous hurricane.

Via NewsBusters:

In this afternoon’s broadcast of Andrea Mitchell Reports, Mitchell accused Romney of surreptitious campaigning, and asked what are the true intentions of Governor Romney collecting storm supplies after a hurricane.  With Chris Cillizza, who writes Washington Post’s The Fix blog, Andrea Mitchell nonsensically noted how donations are the most effective forms of assistance in situations like this because there is no packaging involved.  Mitchell revealed herself, yet again, as a liberal hack, and someone who is absent minded when it comes to common sense.  There are 7.5 million people without power, and how dare Mitt Romney try to help those in need.  

Additionally, Mitchell’s colleague, Martin Bashir, added to this anti-charity narrative on his show this afternoon with “Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Lehigh professor James Peterson [saying], Mayor Reed, so the Red Cross knows what it’s doing. Did he, did you detect perhaps a subtle dig there on Mr. Romney who spent today going against the guidelines established by the Red Cross and holding a campaign rally in Ohio that was dressed up like a charity drive collecting food and other supplies when the Red Cross expressly asked people not to do that?” 

NewsBusters colleague Noel Sheppard aptly said, “Imagine that. A presidential candidate who gives millions of dollars a year to charity does a storm relief event in Ohio, and an MSNBC anchor is disgusted by it because the Red Cross would prefer people donating cash.”

Of course, had Romney simply cut a check to the Red Cross you know these same hacks would be piling on him for being too rich, out of touch, and lacking in compassion.

Oddly enough, they weren’t nearly as critical of the President who instead of actually holding a relief effort, was busy trying to convince supporters in hurricane ravaged areas to phone bank for his re-election campaign.

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