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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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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New Jersey Senator Accused of Paying For Sex in Dominican Republic

November 1, 2012 at 8:30 am (Bob Menendez, Dominican Republic, Hookers, Melanio Figueroa, New Jersey, Prostitutes, Senator)

Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey has found himself in a bit of a pickle, just months after ripping secret service agents for their role in a Colombian prostitution scandal.

Via the Washington Times:

… on April 17, Sen. Menendez was interviewed by NJ Today Online and was asked about what the consequences should be for the secret service agents who were involved in the sex scandal in Cartegena, Colombia.

He answered, “If the facts are true, they should all be fired. The reality is is that the secret service not only protects the president of the United States, they represent the United States of America. They were on duty. If the facts are true as we are reading in the press, they shouldn’t have a job.” 

When asked about the agents who said they have not been adequately funded, Menendez doubled down on his response saying, “I don’t think that’s an excuse. You know what your duty and obligation is.

But now the Senator is providing excuses of his own, having been accused of paying hookers for sex in the Domincan Republic – and then stiffing them for about 80% of their fee.

The Daily Caller reports:

Two women from the Dominican Republic told The Daily Caller that Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez paid them for sex earlier this year.

In interviews, the two women said they met Menendez around Easter at Casa de Campo, an expensive 7,000 acre resort in the Dominican Republic. They claimed Menendez agreed to pay them $500 for sex acts, but in the end they each received only $100.

The women spoke through a translator in the company of their attorney, Melanio Figueroa. Both asked that their identities remain obscured for fear of reprisals in the Dominican Republic.

When shown a photograph of Sen. Menendez, the women said they recognized him as the man with whom they’d had sexual relations at Casa de Campo this spring. Both said they were brought to the resort with the understanding they would be paid for sex.

For his part, the Senator is denying the accusations.  A Menendez spokeswoman wrote, “We’re not going to respond to a completely false accusation.”

Menendez wanted to talk accusations when it involved members of the CIA, but has gone silent now that accusations have been thrown his way.

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Weekend Recess: Students Produce Viral ‘We Are Hungry’ Video In Response to Obama Administrations Lunch Rules

September 29, 2012 at 10:53 am (Anthony Mancuso, Health Hunger-Free Kids Act, High School, Let's Move, Lunch, Michelle Obama, New Jersey, Nicholas Caccavale, Parsippany Hills, Viral Video, We Are Hungry, We Are Young)

Yesterday, students from a New Jersey high school were planning a cafeteria protest against the Obama administration’s new lunch guidelines which include smaller portions at higher prices.

Instead of purchasing their lunch in the cafeteria, many students at Parsippany Hills High School are brown-bagging it – upset over smaller portions and higher prices.

“We’re asking everybody not to buy lunch or anything from the cafeteria,” student Brandon Faris told the Parsippany Patch.

Faris, a 17-year-old senior and junior Nicholas Caccavale, organized the strike and more than 1,000 of their classmates have joined a Facebook page to protest the federal guidelines.

“Nothing from the snack line, no water, no cookie – not a dime will be spent in the cafeteria.

The smaller portions are a part of the Obama administration’s Health Hunger-Free Kids Act – and local school districts across the nation are required to follow the federal mandates.

“We have to follow the law,” Board of Education member Anthony Mancuso told the Parsippany Patch.

Caccavale told Fox News that there is less food and it’s costing kids more money.

Even better, another group of students have posted a parody of the popular song ‘We Are Young’ titled, ‘We Are Hungry’.  The song pokes fun at the lunch regulations put in place by First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign against childhood obesity.

Best part of the video?  The kids t-shirt that says “I Love Beef”.

It’s pretty funny … Enjoy:

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Chris Christie: Nation Becoming ‘People Sitting on a Couch Waiting for Their Next Government Check’

April 11, 2012 at 7:00 am (Chris Christie, Compromise, Democrats, George Bush, George W. Bush, Governor, Henry Kissinger, New Jersey, President Obama, Republican)

Is there anyone who can deny the transformation of our country into an entitlement society?  President Food Stamps seen proudly nodding in approval…

Via NJ.com:

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…

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EPA Set to Limit Greenhouse Gases From Power Plants

March 27, 2012 at 9:47 am (Carbon Dioxide, Coal, Economy, Environment, EPA, Global Warming, Ideology, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Power Plant, Regulations)

The biggest result won’t be a stemming of alleged man made global warming, it will be the rise in unemployment in states such as Ohio and Pennsylvania. 

Via Free Enterprise:

The Environmental Protection Agency is close to issuing the first limits to cut U.S. greenhouse gases from power plants, with an announcement possible as soon as today, according to people familiar with the matter.


The rules from President Barack Obama’s administration would set emissions for all power plants at the level established for a natural-gas plant, or about half what is released from a coal-burning facility. Any new coal plants would need expensive carbon-capture equipment, according to the people, who declined to be identified before an announcement.


The proposed nationwide standards would be the first by the EPA for carbon-dioxide from power plants, the largest source of those emissions in the U.S. Environmental groups such as the Sierra Club are pressing the Obama administration to issue tight standards to head off an increase in global warming that they warn could be catastrophic.“It will make it nearly impossible to build a new coal plant,” Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, said in an interview. “The market has been moving in this direction already” so the rule “captures the end of an era.”

This comes as no surprise to anybody who paid attention to the President’s intentions prior to his election, in which he promised to bankrupt the coal industry.

Obama, January 2008:  “So, if somebody wants to build a coal plant, they can — it’s just that it will bankrupt them, because they are going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.”

When Obama talks of having a laser focus on the economy, what he means is having a laser focus on putting ideology above economy.

Earlier this month, Sean Hackbarth reported on the effects that the administration’s extreme environmental agenda is having, with the announcement of more plany closings:

Yesterday, GenOn Energy, the third-largest U.S. independent power producer, announced they were shutting down power plants, because “forecasted returns on investments necessary to comply with environmental regulations are insufficient.” That’s financial-speak for “Regulations make it too costly to keep them running.”


From Bloomberg:


Shutdowns will begin in June at the units, which don’t generate enough profit to cover the costs of complying with the rules, Houston-based GenOn said today in a statement. The plants, located at eight sites in Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Jersey, generate 3,140 megawatts in the wholesale market overseen by PJM Interconnection. Except for one unit, all of the plants burn coal, according to GenOn’s website.


Jeff Ostermayer at Shopfloor.org reminds us that “These closings will again result in the loss of jobs and have a negative impact on the local communities. Often we forget about the ripple effect of these regulations and how it can impact a small town and community.”

Read the rest here…

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