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  •  To me, the thing about this is-- (1+ / 0-)
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    papa monzano

    This was a screw-up by Team Obama by not getting down there first. Independent voters won't know anything about Mitt's hypocrisy. The guy is getting by unscathed for his bullshit. But what independents will soon see is footage of a guy who could president, looking the part as he surveys the damage while his campaign paints the real president as indifferent for not being there. And it'll work.

    •  I thought about that also (12+ / 0-)

      However the President doesn't go into disaster areas right off the bat because he doesn't want to interfere with the work going on.  He did the same thing in Joplin.  And Joe Biden didn't go to Tampa because he didn't want all the hoopla when they thought Issac was going to Tampa.

      Jindal and Romney are wrong about this.  

      I live in Arkansas and now feeling the effects.  Please don't come here Romney.  We don't need your gracing our land with your pontificating.

      •  The Right is jumping on this issue, not realizing (3+ / 0-)
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        that this is no George Bush management of a natural disaster....

        The President has been proactive, mobilizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief efforts, and working with state and local officials along the Gulf Coast.

        The White House was swift, making sure that Federal agencies placed incident-response teams at emergency operations centers in Gulf States and shoring up areas where the storm could hit.

        The President realized that it was better to stay out of the area, out of consideration of not burdening local resources with a presidential visit.

        Most people know the President's heart is in the right place here, in deeds and sentiment....  Romney is headed there to make a show of it in order to shore up his likability rating.... He and the Republicans are the ones eschewing government services....

    •  I don't agree. (8+ / 0-)

      Had Obama gone there, yesterday, for example, both the wing-nuts and the enabling beltway buffoons would have been shouting from the rooftops that Obama was cynically exploiting people's misery for political gain.

      The prez will visit and HE signs the FEMA checks. Everyone knows that. Jindal and his cracker colleagues will kvetch regardless. Romney's visit will be interpreted for what it is, a guy getting in the way of things who has no skills, or force of authority to offer in mitigating the problem.

    •  meh. the people there are well aware that the (4+ / 0-)

      president has authorized federal relief funds. When you're in a disaster, you somehow are able to keep up on this stuff.

      frankly, i wouldn't panic. the reality is that very few people are going to change their minds about who they're voting for over this. In LA Jindal begged for federal money - more and more of it - and the administration has responded. That's actually DOING SOMETHING. Using flood victims as a photo op is not "doing something" and people are not stupid. They really aren't. Not all the time, anyway. Imagine you're flooded out of your house. You have ICE and SHELTEr because the federal govt released disaster aid. Now along comes the guy who's running for president and wants to take a picture with you.

      Seriously, Americans can be stupid, but this is not an occasion where they would be.

      For the record, I am not a member of Courtesy Kos. Just so you know. Don't be stupid. It's election season. My patience is short.

      by mdmslle on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 08:15:49 AM PDT

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    •  I agree with the other two comments (5+ / 0-)
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      Aquarius40, mdmslle, SaintC, askew, schnecke21

      The storm struck just two days ago.

      I dont think it's productive for the president to go there, and tie up resources with a visit.

      The president's response is to make sure FEMA and other organizations handle the aftermath of these storms well. And so far, it seems like that is happening.

      •  agreed (0+ / 0-)

        It is best if he waits, also any attempts to view the damage up close but far enough to unobtrusive will bring comparisons to Bush's AF one flight after Katrina.

        The people there know he is helping, the NG was already in NO at the superdome. It wasn't the a reply of the Lord of Flies we saw in 2005.

    •  adguy - You are wrong. He is the President (0+ / 0-)

      and he did exactly what he is supposed to do.  FEMA actually functions now the way it should.  That's how you know the President is on the situation.

      If he went down there immediately, he's be lambasted for using it as a a photo op. Which it would be.

      Which is why Rmoney will be there.

    •  think about this please (2+ / 0-)
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      louisiana is in a flood situation. it's nigh on impossible to get around. when the president travels he brings his own people, vehicles, and supplies. and they all need to stay somewhere. what isn't flooded out? or, where is a1 supposed to land? so it lands away from the flooded areas and they all drive in. this does't just inconvenience the flood area people, but also the people on the way to the flood area. then when he's in the flood area because he's there he is taking the responders away from what they're there for.

      the problem with people yowling about the president not being there right now is they don't think the logistics thru; mine are pretty simplistic, but close to the truth. so obama not being there while rmoney is isn't going to work vote-wise.

      •  exactly - a number of neighborhoods are still (0+ / 0-)

        under night-time curfews.

        I've been monitoring some of the local news coverage there, and there has been some complaining about the Mitt visit, that it takes up time, attention, and resources from thosw who would be better spent helping the THOUSANDS of people who still need immediate assistance.

        Romney going down there for a personal TUTORIAL, (at his convenience) will be just another data point of how self-centered he is.

        It's clear to me that Romney wants to somehow be able to claim that he responded to Gov Jindal's invitation "right away."

        I've also noticed some comments and complaints about corruption down there, such as in the parish that is all the way at the southern tip.  Some reported that there were millions of dollars allocated for raising the "back levees" that were spent on other projects.  Sounds like chronyism in play in awarding bids for local projects.

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