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Thursday, April 02, 2009

This is what FEMA does when a non-sociopathic president hires competent people to run it
Posted by Jill | 5:21 AM
It's clear that the reason Republicans want to be able to drown what's left of government in a bathtub is becuase they are incompetent boobs at running it.

This is how a REAL president's FEMA deals with a flooding disaster:
Well before the waters of the Red River were expected to reach their most threatening levels here, Dennis Walaker, the mayor, received a telephone call from President Obama.

The president said Fargo would get whatever help it needed, the mayor recounted, gushing over how it felt for “just a big kid from a small North Dakota town” to get such a high-placed pledge.

The telephone call last week was but a hint of the degree to which the Obama administration, faced with what threatened to become the first major disaster of its short tenure, turned federal resources to the fast-rising rivers in North Dakota and Minnesota.

By all indications, the reaction — possibly, some here suggest, the overreaction — was a signal of lessons learned from the Bush administration’s widely criticized response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

“We had federal people on the ground to the point where they were getting in the way,” said Pat Zavoral, the Fargo city administrator. “And we had National Guard people on the ground to the point where they were getting in the way.”

Grateful for the resources nonetheless, Mr. Zavoral added, “But that’s the way we want it.”

And just for the record: Barack Obama lost North Dakota by over eight points. The state's governor is a Republican. But when country trumps political affiliation and you have a president who believes he serves everyone, not just those who vote for him, you have Fargo, North Dakota. When the president only serves those states that are represented by people of his own party, you get New Orleans in 2005. Any questions?


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Blogger Distributorcap said...
no questions at all\
you are dead on right.....

Blogger Tom said...
You're right, and I'm glad he stepped up for North Dakota. But I'm a devoted Harry Shearer 'Le Show' listener, and he's done some of the best reporting on New Orleans ever. And the Obama administration hasn't focused on the crisis-to-come there. The Corps of Engineers are repeating some of the same mistakes all over again, and the worst part is that they know it -- but can't do anything about it because the push isn't coming from the top.

Again, glad for NoDak. But let's not forget New Orleans (and I know you haven't)