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Obama And Chris Christie To Tour Together Again

From a besotted Associated Press:

Obama, NJ’s Christie together again in mutual aid

By JIM KUHNHENN | May 28, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Gov. Chris Christie, the odd couple of politics, are finding common cause again.

Obama was to tour New Jersey’s beach communities with Christie on Tuesday, examining the recovery from Hurricane Sandy’s devastating damage last October.

The trip gives Obama a chance to showcase the widely praised Federal Emergency Management Agency at a time when attention has focused on the Internal Revenue Service and its targeting of conservative groups.

"Widely praised"? By whom? Not the people of New Jersey and Staten Island. But the AP is right to say this is another attempt by Obama to distract us from his scandals.

The president also gets to draw attention to the kind of bipartisanship that has been harder to find in the nation’s capital

What "bipartisanship"? Where is there any bipartisanship here?

For Obama, coming off a week that had the IRS in the crosshairs of a scandal, the trip also offers an opportunity to demonstrate the work of FEMA, whose response to disasters has been met with bipartisan praise.

Indeed, inside the White House, FEMA is perceived as an example of what’s best about government. The agency, panned for its response under President George W. Bush to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, has made a turnaround under administrator Craig Fugate and has been commended for its work in disasters from the Joplin, Mo., tornado in 2011 to Sandy last year.

Which shows the overwhelming power that our one party media has. FEMA’s response to Hurricane Katrina for both its quickness and lavishness. (Despite the best efforts by the local Democrats to keep it out.)

FEMA’s response to Joplin and other red state disasters has been a disaster. But you’d never know that from the biased reporting.

But we also have this from the Associated Press:

Much of Red Cross fund for Sandy aid still unspent

By DAVID B. CARUSO and JENNIFER PELTZ | May 28, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) – Seven months after Superstorm Sandy, the Red Cross still hasn’t spent more than a third of the $303 million it raised to assist victims of the storm, a strategy the organization says will help address needs that weren’t immediately apparent in the disaster’s wake.

Some disaster relief experts say that’s smart planning. But others question whether the Red Cross, an organization best known for rushing into disasters to distribute food and get people into shelter, should have acted with more urgency in the weeks after the storm and left long-haul recovery tasks to someone else…

Storm victims could have used more help this past winter, said Kathleen McCarthy, director of the Center for the Study of Philanthropy and Civil Society at the City University of New York.

"People were cold. Homes mildewed. There wasn’t enough decent housing," she said. "Given the lingering despair, it’s hard to understand the argument that ‘We are setting that money aside.’" …

The Red Cross was also the No. 1 recipient of donations after Sandy. As of mid-April, the organization said it still had $110 million remaining from its pool of storm donations

Part of the delay in spending, officials said, is to wait to see how the hardest-hit states allocate a $60 billion pot of federal relief dollars and address gaps in the government aid package

So the $60 billion pot of federal relief dollars has still not been allocated by the states? Where is the outrage?

But once again Obama gets to pretend that he is above it all. As even The Hill is beginning to notice:

Obama embraces role as consoler in chief to remain above the fray

By Niall Stanage | May 28, 2013

President Obama will gain one more day of respite from the controversies that have crowded in on his administration Tuesday, as he tours the New Jersey coast to inspect the recovery and rebuilding efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

The Garden State visit follows a presidential speech Monday to mark Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery and a trip to tornado-stricken Oklahoma on Sunday.

Both weekend occasions permitted Obama to appear above the fray — the commander-in-chief and consoler-in-chief, respectively — rather than as a political figure pinned down in the Washington trenches…

In other words, Obama is running around the country for these photo ops, like the one with Christie today, in order to seem to be above the partisan strife involved in actual governing. And we are not supposed to notice all of his scandals that show he is the most partisan President in our nation’s history.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, May 28th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Obama And Chris Christie To Tour Together Again”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Ebony and Ivory
    Live together in perfect chicanery
    Side-by-side in a large airliner just so per-fect-ly.
    We all know that people are the same where ever we go.
    There is mostly bad in everyone
    We learn to take, We learn to break
    The tea-baggers and make them suffer when awake

    (With very weak and pathetic apologies to Wonder and McArtney because they’re flaming lefties)


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