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    He could care less. Heads west to raise money!

    Obama Skips Tornado Destruction, Heads West to Raise Moneyby Keith Koffler on April 20, 2011, 11:44 am

    President Obama is opting not to visit the tornado-ravaged areas of the South, choosing instead to embark today on a three day tour out West where he will try to boost his political standing by talking up his approach to the deficit and raise millions for himself and fellow Democrats.

    The tornadoes, part of a storm that rampaged though six states Saturday, resulted in one of the worst disasters of any kind in the United States since the Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Scores were left injured or homeless while 45 people were killed – about four times as many as died in the Gulf oil rig explosion and the subsequent oil spill last year. In North Carolina alone, there were nearly two-dozen storm-related deaths Saturday, with 130 homes destroyed and an estimated 700 more damaged.


    Obama presents the Commander-in-Chief Trophy to the Air Force Academy football team in the Rose Garden Monday. He made no mention of the tornadoes.
    photo by Keith Koffler
    Not only is Obama staying away from the region, he has said almost nothing publicly about the tragedy beyond an interview with a North Carolina TV station and a very brief mention at a White House prayer breakfast. The president has failed to make the kind of national, attention-getting public statement presidents offer during crises to comfort victims by expressing the condolences of the nation and to seek charitable aid.

    Sunday, he went golfing. On Monday, he did sign a disaster declaration for North Carolina, which will free up federal assistance to the state.

    Vice President Biden has also failed to show up. He’s cooling his heels today at home in Wilmington, Delaware. The disaster did not even merit a visit from Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar who – without any apparent irony – was in Boston Tuesday announcing a new wind energy project.

    Meanwhile, the South is bracing for more, as forecasters say severe storms and tornadoes could hit the region again today.

    Obama’s failure to publicly attend to the fallout from the tornadoes comes on the one-year anniversary of the rig explosion that caused the Gulf oil spill. Obama was roundly criticized then for failing to respond sufficiently to the crisis.

    The president’s silence and absence during the current crisis is particularly odd given his political stakes in North Carolina, which barely went for Obama over McCain in 2008. Obama is so desperate to hold the state that he’s chosen to hold the 2012 Democratic convention there, in Charlotte.

    Obama’s first stop out West will be in San Francisco today, where he will stage two fundraisers and host a “town hall” style meeting at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto focusing on his solution for the federal deficit. On Thursday, he’ll hopscotch over to Reno, Nevada – also a key presidential battleground state – for another deficit town hall, and then head back to California to rake in more money.

    While the fundraisers are obviously political events, Obama’s public sales job for his deficit plan also has a major political component, given the widespread public concern about the economy is behind his perilously low poll ratings
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    Quote Originally Posted by huntinman View Post
    He could care less. Heads west to raise money!

    Obama Skips Tornado Destruction, Heads West to Raise Moneyby Keith Koffler on April 20, 2011, 11:44 am

    President Obama is opting not to visit the tornado-ravaged areas of the South, choosing instead to embark today on a three day tour out West where he will try to boost his political standing by talking up his approach to the deficit and raise millions for himself and fellow Democrats.

    The tornadoes, part of a storm that rampaged though six states Saturday, resulted in one of the worst disasters of any kind in the United States since the Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Scores were left injured or homeless while 45 people were killed – about four times as many as died in the Gulf oil rig explosion and the subsequent oil spill last year. In North Carolina alone, there were nearly two-dozen storm-related deaths Saturday, with 130 homes destroyed and an estimated 700 more damaged.


    Obama presents the Commander-in-Chief Trophy to the Air Force Academy football team in the Rose Garden Monday. He made no mention of the tornadoes.
    photo by Keith Koffler
    Not only is Obama staying away from the region, he has said almost nothing publicly about the tragedy beyond an interview with a North Carolina TV station and a very brief mention at a White House prayer breakfast. The president has failed to make the kind of national, attention-getting public statement presidents offer during crises to comfort victims by expressing the condolences of the nation and to seek charitable aid.

    Sunday, he went golfing. On Monday, he did sign a disaster declaration for North Carolina, which will free up federal assistance to the state.

    Vice President Biden has also failed to show up. He’s cooling his heels today at home in Wilmington, Delaware. The disaster did not even merit a visit from Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar who – without any apparent irony – was in Boston Tuesday announcing a new wind energy project.

    Meanwhile, the South is bracing for more, as forecasters say severe storms and tornadoes could hit the region again today.

    Obama’s failure to publicly attend to the fallout from the tornadoes comes on the one-year anniversary of the rig explosion that caused the Gulf oil spill. Obama was roundly criticized then for failing to respond sufficiently to the crisis.

    The president’s silence and absence during the current crisis is particularly odd given his political stakes in North Carolina, which barely went for Obama over McCain in 2008. Obama is so desperate to hold the state that he’s chosen to hold the 2012 Democratic convention there, in Charlotte.

    Obama’s first stop out West will be in San Francisco today, where he will stage two fundraisers and host a “town hall” style meeting at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto focusing on his solution for the federal deficit. On Thursday, he’ll hopscotch over to Reno, Nevada – also a key presidential battleground state – for another deficit town hall, and then head back to California to rake in more money.

    While the fundraisers are obviously political events, Obama’s public sales job for his deficit plan also has a major political component, given the widespread public concern about the economy is behind his perilously low poll ratings
    Why should NC be any different than Nashville was when it had the floods?

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    Quote Originally Posted by caryalsobrook View Post
    Why should NC be any different than Nashville was when it had the floods?
    You got that right.
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    Heck, I was just reading that the whole state of Texas is on fire!

    I guess Obama knows he won't carry any of those states so he will concentrate on the ones he has a chance with.

    Can you say, "Campaign Mode"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Franco View Post
    Heck, I was just reading that the whole state of Texas is on fire!

    I guess Obama knows he won't carry any of those states so he will concentrate on the ones he has a chance with.

    Can you say, "Campaign Mode"
    Yep...and can you say payback for the 2010 election??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Franco View Post
    Heck, I was just reading that the whole state of Texas is on fire!

    I guess Obama knows he won't carry any of those states so he will concentrate on the ones he has a chance with.

    Can you say, "Campaign Mode"
    You Right..See the interview with the reporter from Houston.as far as Obama not showing,i truly believe the people are better off. all he would have done is Blow Smoke ..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Franco View Post
    Heck, I was just reading that the whole state of Texas is on fire!

    I guess Obama knows he won't carry any of those states so he will concentrate on the ones he has a chance with.

    Can you say, "Campaign Mode"
    Damn near! Winds died a little and changed direction which should help. Gov. Perry has asked for Federal disaster assistance. Hope he has better results than getting a space shuttle for Houston.
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    We don't want him here anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stumpholehunter View Post
    We don't want him here anyway.
    Isn't that the truth...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ducknwork View Post
    Isn't that the truth...
    Ok, he doesn't need to come and hold your hand... How many tonadoes, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, happen every year?

    You want your nanny to come? Every F**kin' time?

    Suck it up. Man up. It was a storm...

    It'll happen again.

    Sorry you guys are hurtin'.

    Really though. Is the government supposed to come and make it all alright for ya?

    I thought we were rugged individualists...able to take care of us and our own.

    So Obama didn't visit. Boo-Hoo.

    If the POTUS visited every scene of natural disaster, that would be all he did.

    The job given him, by those that elected him, was to protect us from enemies, foreign and domestic. Tornadoes do not fall into that discription.

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