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Not much...just what may be the largest natural disaster in the history of the United States with over a billion dollars in damage so far and over 30 deaths. You may not know much of it if you watch the mainstream news or listen to Obama. Neither one of them even mention it. The Grand Ole Opry is flooded and the Opryland Hotel won't reopen until at least December. Thousands and thousands of people are homeless and have lost everything. You can see some of it here..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvH9GKT0S9o&feature=related  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwCGz1vSh_M

Nashville: The disaster America ignored?
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The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has drawn plenty of media attention, and for good reason. It touches on environmental, energy, and competence issues for the American government, and it has cost eleven people their lives. Can we clean up a major spill from an offshore drilling rig? If we can’t stop it from spewing oil quickly, our entire energy policy and the idea of energy independence could be at risk, at least politically.

However, the national media has overlooked another disaster in Nashville. Torrential rains have flooded a major American city, causing over a billion dollars in damage, which puts the crisis among the most expensive natural disasters in American history. Except for a couple of brief mentions, hardly any attention at all has been paid to it at all. Perhaps that’s because, as this video suggests, Tennessee has tried handling it themselves.
http://hotair.com/archives/2010/05/06/nashville-the-disaster-america-ignored/


U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper guessed damages would reach the “multi-billion-dollar” level.
“This is not just a local, or a state, it’s now a national disaster with FEMA’s participation,” Cooper said. “Second, this isn’t just a 100-year flood. People are now saying this could be a 500- or 1,000-year flood.”


People are shocked that neither Obama or the news stations don't even bother mentioning it...

"I don't live in Nashville, so my knowledge of the flood damage isn't exactly where I want it to be. Why is that, with so many television channels devoted to the news, that all I hear up here in Chicago is an occasional "and Nashville, Tennessee is getting hit hard by flash floods"? The lack of information is almost as tragic as the flood itself. So much so, one woman even started a Facebook page called 'Hey National Media -- WHERE ARE YOU while Nashville is flooding???' And it already has more than 11,000 members. I joined because, like the others, I am p.o'd that the devastation is not receiving the attention it needs. Attention that would ultimately lead to more relief. ..."
-- Alison Bonaguro, CMT Blog

At least Anderson Cooper had the decency to apologize...

Last night on his 360 show for CNN, Anderson Cooper said that Tennesseans were angry about what they perceived as the slow response in Washington to catastrophic flooding in the state, and major media giving it little coverage.

Anderson apologized for CNN, saying that it was true the cable station hadn't given the disaster the attention it merited. He added that while it wasn't an excuse, last week the news media had been taken up with the BP oil spill and the Times Square bomb stories. He also said that he was heading for Nashville this morning to report live from there on the flooding.
  http://pundita.blogspot.com/2010/05/tennessee-flood-updates-anderson-cooper.html

I think it's sad that an event of this magnitude could occur and basically be ignored. Obama, who is always "on top" of everything, doesn't even mention it with any detail at all. It's a non-event for the media...the largest natural disaster in the country's history a non-event.

Perhaps if it had happened in Chicago, it would have gotten more coverage. Haiti certainly got more. Shame on our so-called lame-stream media.


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Top News Stories of the Day....

                   USA TODAY


Michelle Obama: There is no way to measure the importance of mothers
Posted on 5/7/2010 4:59:00 PM
Few Americans believe Obama is a non-citizen
Posted on 5/7/2010 3:03:00 PM
Obama lobbied on 'don't ask, don't tell' by famous Democratic family
Posted on 5/7/2010 2:18:00 PM
Obama Supreme Court pick could come at 'any moment,' amid Kagan speculation
Posted on 5/7/2010 1:25:00 PM
Obama: Job growth 'the truest measure' of recovery
Posted on 5/7/2010 11:12:00 AM
Obama sends small-business lending bill to Congress
FDA investigating E. coli in Arizona after lettuce recall hits 23 states
Should college tax credits be linked to community service?
Migrant border deaths rose to 417 in 2009
House OKs cash-for-caulkers bill for energy upgrades

                   ABC NEWS


Calif. Teacher Gets 2 Years for Sex With Teen
2 People Shot to Death at Chicago Old Navy
Deepwater Survivors: 'People Were Jumping'
Bomber's Taliban Contacts: Bad for Pakistan
Mother's Day: A Celebration in Stories
Tweeting Tchaikovsky on His Birthday
Did This Man Pimp a Child to Lawrence Taylor?
Romaine Lettuce Recall Linked to Rare E. Coli
Judge Slams Colleagues Over Girls' Deaths
Victim of Chimp Attack Leaves Hospital
Small Manhood Jokes Lead to TSA Arrest
UVA Lacrosse Murder Suspect's Violent Past

                    CBS NEWS

#  Methane Gas Bubble Triggered Oil Rig Blowout
# Oil Leak Container Touches Down on Seafloor
# Faisal Shahzad's Money Mystery
# Sec. Clinton on Pakistan and The War on Terror
# Stocks Falter after Wild Day, Europe Woes Linger
# NYPD Gives All-Clear after Times Square Scare
# U.S. Adds 290K Jobs, But Unemployment Hits 9.9%
# One in Three Birthers Supports Obama, Poll Finds
# Tech Clash: Nokia Says iPad Infringes Patent
# Pols Can Raise "Soft Money" for Redistricting
# "Iron Man 2" Opens To Big Numbers

                     NBC NEWS

Job growth numbers show sharp rise
Photos offer new perspectives on disability
'Babies' doc a true 'new motion' picture
A moving White House Mother's Day
Money pours in for Nashville flood relief

THANK YOU, NBC! The only network news station to mention it, even though the mention was just about how much money the people of Nashville are raising to deal with this tragedy. Concerts are being given, Taylor Swift donated 500,000 dollars, as did other Nashville celebrities and people are not standing around with their hands out, waiting for someone else to take care of them. Thanks, Brian Williams, for showing some class.
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May 6, 2010 | 5:06 PM ET
Tennessee Governor "very pleased" with response to flooding by Obama administration



"I've never seen this kind of response," said Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen (D), "and we've had our share of tornadoes and so forth." The Volunteer State governor was speaking to reporters on a conference call arranged by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from Nashville, which has been hit hard by rains last weekend.

"FEMA and the White House could not have been more helpful in this thing," Bredesen said. Record amounts of rain fell Saturday and Sunday, more than 13 inches recorded in parts of Tennessee. Officials Thursday reported the state's 20th death from the storm and subsequent flooding.

After speaking with the governor Monday, President Obama signed a disaster declaration for the state Tuesday, sending federal aid to Tennessee to help supplement the state and local recovery efforts. While Governor Bredesen wouldn't put a precise dollar amount on a damage assessment, he admitted, "it's a lot of money, it's a lot of money. I'd be astonished if not a billion dollars."

Governor Bredesen recognized his state's emergency was "sandwiched between" the news coverage of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the attempted car bombing in New York's Times Square, and while he wanted to call national attend to the "extraordinary event", he noted the Obama administration has been focused from the beginning. "FEMA was on the ground before the rain drops fell," said Bredesen, who noted he'd not only spoken to Mr. Obama, but Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano and Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett. "We're very pleased with the response we've gotten from the administration."
http://whitehouse.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/05/0     6/tennessee-governor-very-pleased-with-response-to-flooding-by-obama-administration/



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Between the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the attempted car bombing in New York’s Times Square, the Dow plummeting nearly 1,000 points in one day before recovering somewhat, and the flooding of Nashville, the events have been enough to try any president’s soul. Oh, and he’s also about to nominate a new Supreme Court justice. And perhaps pass financial regulatory reform.

Through it all, President Obama has maintained his trademark equilibrium – and steady state job approval ratings, still typically just a click below 50 percent in major polls. And there’s no sign, so far at least, that the slow-motion catastrophe in the Gulf is Obama’s hurricane Katrina, politically speaking. A Fox News poll released Thursday showed that 50 percent of Americans approve of how the Obama administration is handling the oil spill, with 29 percent disapproval and 21 percent unsure. That 50 percent mark is two points above his job approval in the Fox poll, conducted by Opinion Dynamics Corp.

So what have we learned about Obama in this momentous week?

"He continues to show a certain steadiness, which he did during the course of the campaign,” says John Geer, a presidential scholar at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. “This is one reason why he was elected. The long campaign – which some people groused about – was really critical, in this case, to providing people with enough information to be confident that he was at least plausibly ready to be president.”

Of course, there’s no guarantee that months of consistent job approval ratings will continue on into the future indefinitely. If the situation in the Gulf and on its coast worsens dramatically – and the administration is perceived to have mishandled it – his job approval could take a hit. Ditto with a successful terror attack.

On the plus side for Obama, the jobs numbers out Friday showed improvement in the economy, with 290,000 new hires in April – more than expected. Still, unemployment remains high at 9.9 percent, up from 9.7 percent, as more job seekers seek to reenter the workforce. And the stock market remained volatile Friday.
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2010/0507/Oil-spill-Nashvi     lle-flood-Times-Square-bomb-Obama-s-tough-week



search for "Nashville Flood" on:

ABC News  -- 8556 results http://abcnews.go.com/search?searchtext=nashville%20flood

MSNBC  -- 26 results http://www.msnbc.msn.com/?id=11881780&q=nashville%20flood&p=1&st=1&sm=user

CBS News 71 results -- http://www.cbsnews.com/1770-5_162-0.html?query=nashville+flood&tag=srch&searchtype=cbsSearch

NBC News 0 results -- http://www.nbc.com/app/search/?searchString=nashville+flood&searchSubmit=

Fox News 7906 results -- http://www.foxnews.com/search-results/search?q=nashville+flood

CNN 110 results -- http://www.cnn.com/search/?query=nashville%20flood&primaryType=mixed&sortBy=date&in     tl=false

New York Times 2060 results -- http://query.nytimes.com/search/sitesearch?query=nashville+flood&srchst=cse

NPR 69 results -- http://www.npr.org/search/index.php?searchinput=nashville+flood

PBS 89 results -- http://www.pbs.org/search/search_results.html?q=nashville+flood

I don't know where you get your news from Mike, but if you hadn't heard of the Nashville Flood until today -- you might want to get a different source!

Talk about a reach--  You were trying for the double header!  
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Right, Reb...good links about how country stars homes were damaged....and what would you expect a democratic governor to say about an administration they are counting on to help. FEMA will give a little over three grand to people affected by the flood as long as  they can prove they will use the money on replacing damaged items, like their house, due to the flood....nice.

Actually I watch the 6 o clock news on ABC every night. Then I watch the world news report at 6:30.

Look at the response to Haiti, Katrina and other natural disasters from the White House. Not only was it continual headline news, Obama was there every day, speaking about what he and the administration was doing, imploring people to donate to charities and relief efforts, sending the national guard or whatever needed to be done, going on tv with his wife, with pictures of Haiti devastation and trying to arouse national interest in helping out, Clinton traveling there with a potload of photographers.....you see any of that about Nashville? Anyone here even mention Nashville before now?Obama, the man who never misses an opportunity to say, "I'm on top of this", "I am monitoring this..", "I am appointing this...", etc etc, ad nauseum, doesn't even mention it. The people there are still suffering. Does the news even mention it now? You saw the headlines I posted there. Where it the mention?

We're talking about one of the greatest national disasters in our history. DOn't you think it deserves a little better?
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Obama, the man who never misses an opportunity to say, "I'm on top of this", "I am monitoring this..", "I am appointing this...", etc etc, ad nauseum, doesn't even mention it.


Are you saying Obama has done and said nothing about this or that the media hasn’t reported it?

If Obama has done nothing then, fair dues, hand me the tar and feathers, but if he has done stuff and your gripe is that the media hasn’t reported it how exactly is that Obama’s fault?

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Grinch, Obama has done the bare minimum of what he is required to do as president...
On Tuesday, May 4, 2010, President Obama signed a Tennessee Disaster Declaration enabling federal aid and funds to flow through Tennessee. The state has been inundated with historic rainfall and several leaks in a Nashville levee which caused catastrophic flooding. The current death toll is at 19 and as the water recedes, it is feared that the death toll will rise.
Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen had sent a request on Monday, initially requesting the federal disaster declaration to encompass the state’s 52 counties. President Obama authorized the disaster declaration in four counties: Cheatham, Davidson, Hickman, and Williamson. It is expected that President Obama will sign the additional disaster declarations this week.
http://www.examiner.com/x-12837-US-Headlines-Examiner~y2010m5d4-Slideshow-Tennessee-flooding-causes-President-Obama-to-declare-major-disaster-declaration-photos

NASHVILLE--Gov. Phil Bredesen asked President Obama on Monday for federal recovery assistance as the Nashville area began making preparations for a recovery effort from the record flood.

At a late afternoon press conference, Bredesen signed letters requesting a presidential declaration so the Federal Emergency Management Agency could begin recovery efforts immediately.
“We’re going to need a lot of help over these weeks ahead to get out of this,” Bredesen said after taking a helicopter ride to survey the damage done by the floodwaters to the Nashville area.

Many of downtown Nashville’s most prominent buildings such as the Bridgestone Arena, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and the Pinnacle Building suffered untold flood damages.

U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper guessed damages would reach the “multi-billion-dollar” level.
“This is not just a local, or a state, it’s now a national disaster with FEMA’s participation,” Cooper said. “Second, this isn’t just a 100-year flood. People are now saying this could be a 500- or 1,000-year flood.”

Craig Fugate, who serves as Obama’s FEMA administrator, said federal help was forthcoming, although he offered no official timeline.

“FEMA is here, we’re here to support, we’re part of the team,” Fugate said.
http://www.tennessean.com/article/20100503/NEWS01/5030340/1002/Gov.+Bredesen+asks+Obama+for+flood+recovery+help

On the flooding in Tennessee, Gibbs said Obama had no plans to go there, but the president had spoken multiple times with Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) about the situation. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is heading to Tennessee on Saturday. http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2010/0507/Oil-spill-Nashville-flood-Times-Square-bomb-Obama-s-tough-week

As far as what Obama had said about it..............




UPDATE: Obama has acknowledged  that he is aware of Tennessee’s existence… to Gov. Bredesen at least. Point stands – he has said nothing publicly. And the crumbling HOPE house is still a good metaphor.

President Obama has yet to acknowledge that anything has even happened in Middle Tennessee… most likely because he’s in damage control mode, trying to salvage a response to the LAST disaster. Time is reporting that Gibbs addressed the emergency in today’s briefing.

From George Scoville at IntelligencePlease.com:


No, grinch, the media is not at fault for not reporting what Obama said with reference to Nashville....because he hasn't said anything. Nothing...possibly the largest natural disaster in history....nada. Thirty people dead and thousands homeless....nicht. The media IS at fault for not covering the disaster themselves. SOme have given a lame excuse that it was just a very newswowrthy week, with the oil spill and the attempted bombing in New York, as if to say they didn't didn't have the time or resources to cover something else, even of such an incredible magnitude. Others claim that  it occured at the time the media was finally printing something about Obama's slow response to the oil spill and didn't want to add his slow response to the flooding on top of it. If this incident had happened under Bush's watch and he had handled it the same way Obama is, THEN it would have had tons of coverage. Believe it.

In the end, Katrina's narrative began almost immediately and continued until President Bush was made a lame duck less than a year into his second term: it was all his fault!

But when a flood happens in a highly-populated part of the nation's south, and a Democrat President is slow to respond, that doesn't fit the narrative for the press to be giving the coverage the story deserves?

There wasn't a strong enough "political hook" here?

If the media need such a narrative for a story to be newsworthy -- regardless of how offensive that seems! -- maybe they could have focused on the Administration possibly being unable to deal with three crises at the same time.

This seems particularly obvious given how the press FINALLY began reporting last Saturday on how slowly the White House responded to the oil spill. As that's when the torrential rains began to hit Nashville, the media could have had a field day with how the Obama administration was slow on the uptake with that disaster as well.

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2010/05/07/newsweek-offers-offensive-explanation-why-media-ignored-nashville-flo#ixzz0nIE8FZUW


In plain speaking, grinch, Obama has paid no attention to Tennessee at all. There were big press announcements on Haiti and the New York fiasco, not to mention the botched bombing attempt at Christmas.......nothing on Tennessee. In every other scenario Obama has been "right there", appointing this, being updated on that, monitoring this.....Tennessee? Nothing. No visiting the area, and Gibbs not even knowing what FEMA officials would respond. Publicly, it's a non-event for him. No messages to the flood victims, no appeals for charitable aid....nothing at all. The press has ignored it as well. You know that when Anderson Cooper has to apologize for the press's non-action, there is something wrong.  I mean, we are talking about a very major disaster here with dozens of people dead.

Why?

I think one article summed it up pretty well...

The people of Nashville haven’t proclaimed themselves victims in need of a government handout. The video below shows incredible images of the flood combined with the message that the local people will work hard to undo the damage done.

We should applaud the victims of this natural disaster and their bravery. We should also support them even if they aren’t screaming about getting help.

The media and the federal government haven’t publicized this disaster. Tennessee is not a place where a lot of people claim to be victims. The media and the Obama administration aren’t interested because the way the people of Nashville have handled this disaster reflects the American spirit of self-sufficiency. There are no groups crying that they are victimized through neglect or by an “evil, vast right-wing conspiracy.”
http://floridapundit.com/2010/05/shocking-neglect-government-and-media-ignore-catastrophic-nashville-flooding/

Perhaps, if the victims of the disaster were on their hands and knees, begging the government to help them, Obama would appear as the "great benefactor" and be their hero...but they are not. They are just doing what they can themselves. Thant used to be the American way. It's not any longer and, sadly, the administration doesn't want it that way. People who do not beg to the government do not get recognized.

I have always thought Obama was a racist and now I have no doubt. Nashville is not a "chocolate city". Tennesse is not a country that is 99.9% black. Those things get Obama's undivided attention. Tennessee doen't even get a mention, even by hosting the greatest natural didaster in out history. You do the math......

  
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I agree Michael. I've thought he had racists tendencies since his speech in Philadelphia where he defended Jeremiah Wright, told White America that we have to see things through Wright's eyes (as if that could justify any of his Black Liberation Theology rantings) and threw his white granny (the woman who raised him) under the bus as being a 'typical white person'.
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No, grinch, the media is not at fault for not reporting what Obama said with reference to Nashville....because he hasn't said anything. Nothing...possibly the largest natural disaster in history....nada. Thirty people dead and thousands homeless....nicht.


Obama hasn’t said a word about the flood to anyone?
That’s unbelievable Mike, you’d have thought it might have come up in conversation at some point.

I agree with you entirely though, if he isn’t sending any aid or discussing the matter with the local and federal authorities it’s an absolute travesty, I mean, I can understand if he’s too busy for a photo opportunity with the media, that’s understandable,  but to totally ignore such a disaster and the people involved is totally despicable.

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if he isn’t sending any aid or discussing the matter with the local and federal authorities it’s an absolute travesty

Yes, he undoubtedly has discussed it local and federal authorities.

I can understand if he’s too busy for a photo opportunity with the media, that’s understandable

No, you can't and no, it's not. We are not talking a bout a photo op, for God's sake. We are talking about a simple public acknowledgement of the fact that Tennessee is going through a billion dollar tragedy and a "one in a thousand year" flood disaster. We are talking about a press that would take that acknowledgement and acknowledge it themselves. It's doesn't have to be a major speech. Maybe somewhere in between the news stories of Michelle Obama speaking of the importance of mothers and Obama speaking of Supreme Court nominees, he could throw in something like, "Oh, by the way, Tennessee and surrounding areas, got hit bt the biggest natural disaster in our history. Nashville is basically under water, over thirty people are dead thousands are homeless, the costs will run into the billions and how about those Chicage Cubs this year???"  Ya think that might be asking too much?

Even if it were about a photo op, do you really think Obama would miss one if it favored him? He hasn't missed a photo op since he began running for the presidency. He lives for photo ops and to show the country how he is there, on top of everything and running the show. Yet, in this one, he is absent. How can this be? I explained why in my previous comment. His actions, that of FEMA and the press has been less than sterling. He does not want publicity to point that out.

That’s unbelievable Mike, you’d have thought it might have come up in conversation at some point.

Yes, wouldn't you?

I agree with you entirely though, if he isn’t sending any aid or discussing the matter with the local and federal authorities it’s an absolute travesty,

I understand exactly why you worded that comment in that manner. It's disappointing, grinch.
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Not long after U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker toured areas of flooding in downtown Nashville, Mayor Karl learned Davidson County had been approved to receive federal assistance.

President Obama on Tuesday authorized a major disaster declaration for Davidson, Cheatham, Hickman and Williamson counties, paving the way for federal funding to go to the disaster relief effort. Additional counties will likely be labeled disaster areas in the days ahead.
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According to FEMA officials, it’s still too early to determine how many federal dollars Davidson County could receive. There’s also no timeline on when those dollars will begin to flow into the areas of devastation. To apply for assistance, call 1-800-621-FEMA.

Alexander called the federal assistance a “big help to Nashville and Middle Tennessee.”

“We know the people are suffering in Bellevue, Antioch and north Nashville, and it will take a while to get back on their feet,” Alexander said. “But Nashville will get back on its feet, and we’re here to say we want to help.”

Corker applauded Obama for his quick response, adding Nashvillians in need of assistance should also act quickly.

“The earlier the start, the earlier response can occur,” Corker said. http://nashvillecitypaper.com/content/2010-flood/alexander-corker-tour-downtown-floodi ng


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it’s still too early to determine how many federal dollars Davidson County could receive. There’s also no timeline on when those dollars will begin to flow into the areas of devastation.

No doubt that will make the flood victims very happy. It's only been a week. What's the rush? After all, they are crackers, not brothers.

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     Denise, what do you understand by the term "Liberation Theology?"  And what do you think "Black Liberation" has to do with it?  Is it possible you may be conflating two terms here?
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Black Liberation Theology is the brand of religion that Wright taught and that Obama sat under for 20 years.

I think this article is a thorough treatment of it:
http://www.acton.org/commentary/443_marxist_roots_of_black_liberation_theology.php
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Nice of you to show up, Bob. WHat's you opinion on the actual topic? Would it have been proper for President Obama to at least acknowledge publicly the disaster in Tennessee? Would it have been professional at least for the major networks to do the same, or at least publicize the places where people are asking for donations for the thousands left homeless and jobless? I'm not talking about visiting the area, which Gibbs has already stated Obama will not do....a simple acknowledgement and wish for prayers or whatever for the victims would have been presidential, don't you think?

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Oh!  Did you mean a statement like this Mike?

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“Our thoughts and prayers are with every American who has been impacted by the severe weather and flooding in the southeast, and our deepest condolences go out to those who have lost loved ones," Obama said in the statement. "I would also like to extend my gratitude to the local first responders who have been working tirelessly to save lives and protect property in the face of these devastating storms. I have spoken with the Governors in the most severely impacted states, and yesterday I dispatched FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate to Tennessee to view the flood damage first hand and to report back on any unmet needs. Federal officials have been dispatched to the region and we will continue working in close coordination with state and local officials to support response and recovery efforts.”
http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/05/04/latest-updates-storms-flooding-in-southeast/



And something like this to assist the victims?
http://www.knoxviews.com/node/13700

Or maybe this?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/al-gore/tennessee-flood-victims-n_b_567547.html

Do you really think Nashvillians (of which I am a former) are really jealous that their disaster is only 1% as damaging as Katrina?  Damn... New Orleans gets all the cool stuff.
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Thank you, LR. At least Obama said something, even if only once and even if it took CNN to cover it. I appreciate CNN for coverage, at least. Too bad the network stations didn't find it newsworthy enough.

At least Obermann gave a Red Cross phone number at the end of a rushed statement that began with First a very quick comment about Tennessee (with a caption on the bottom to begin the video "Nashville - Flooded and Forgotten".

Kudos to the Huffington Post. At least they gave coverage and phone numbers of charity-raising agencies.

Do you really think Nashvillians (of which I am a former) are really jealous that their disaster is only 1% as damaging as Katrina?

Excuse me? Have I said anywhere anything to support that statement? On the scale of nonsensical statements, that one ranks way up there, LR.

Nashvillians are doing what decent Americans do. They are not screaming at the government to do something. They are not on their hands and knees, begging for help. They are not looting and carrying large screen tv's and cases of beer through the streets. They are working on rebuilding. They are organizing concerts, having rummage sales, donating revenues from records and doing whatever they can to get back on their feet. I doubt they care just where their disaster ranks on some scale, even though it is being referred to as possibly being the worst natural disaster in the history of the country. These are the kinds of people Obama should admire but are the ones he ignores. Praying to the government for salvation fits more along the lines of what he prefers from his subjects. Then he can be the Savior. People who don't are not that important to him.
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Excuse me? Have I said anywhere anything to support that statement?



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Look at the response to Haiti, Katrina and other natural disasters from the White House. Not only was it continual headline news, Obama was there every day, speaking about what he and the administration was doing, imploring people to donate to charities and relief efforts, sending the national guard or whatever needed to be done, going on tv with his wife, with pictures of Haiti devastation and trying to arouse national interest in helping out, Clinton traveling there with a potload of photographers.....you see any of that about Nashville? Anyone here even mention Nashville before now?



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No, grinch, the media is not at fault for not reporting what Obama said with reference to Nashville....because he hasn't said anything. Nothing...possibly the largest natural disaster in history....nada.



Have you made one factual statement about this topic Mike?
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Nashvillians are doing what decent Americans do. They are not screaming at the government to do something. They are not on their hands and knees, begging for help. They are not looting and carrying large screen tv's and cases of beer through the streets.


Apart from the Nashvillians who are busy looting Mike.
http://www.wkrn.com/Global/story.asp?S=12447170


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No doubt that will make the flood victims very happy. It's only been a week. What's the rush? After all, they are crackers, not brothers.



quote:

Updated May 08, 2010
As Tennessee Copes With Flooding Disaster, FEMA Faces Own Financial Crisis

FOXNews.com
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Now FEMA is handing out money to the residents of Tennessee after deadly floods ravaged the region last weekend.

FEMA has already approved $4.1 million in individual assistance and more than 16,200 Tennesseans had registered with FEMA for disaster assistance by Saturday morning with 650 inspections complete.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Friday that FEMA will probably need a shot of supplemental funding. The administration is seeking $5.1 billion in emergency funding from Congress.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano toured the area Saturday and found residents already repairing their homes and business owners pushing to re-open.

"DHS and the entire federal government will do everything possible to support the people of Tennessee and across the Southeast in getting back on their feet quickly -- coordinated every step of the way with our state and local partners," Napolitano said.
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Do you really think Nashvillians (of which I am a former) are really jealous that their disaster is only 1% as damaging as Katrina?

Excuse me? Have I said anywhere anything to support that statement?


Still waiting for an answer, LR. Please point out where I said Nashvillians are jealous?

    Look at the response to Haiti, Katrina and other natural disasters from the White House. Not only was it continual headline news, Obama was there every day, speaking about what he and the administration was doing, imploring people to donate to charities and relief efforts, sending the national guard or whatever needed to be done, going on tv with his wife, with pictures of Haiti devastation and trying to arouse national interest in helping out, Clinton traveling there with a potload of photographers.....you see any of that about Nashville? Anyone here even mention Nashville before now?

Have you made one factual statement about this topic Mike?


Yes, everything in the above quote. Can you dispute any of it?

Grinch...WOW!!!! A crime wave!!!!! Two people arrested, one with 29 prior arrests!  You can't possibly be that desperate to make a point.,,,or maybe you can.
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You can't possibly be that desperate to make a point.,,,or maybe you can.


Not really Mike, I simply didn’t believe you when you stated that Nashvillians weren’t looting, it didn’t quite ring true, so I googled the subject and the link I posted was the first hit I got. I could probably have found more but I only needed one to prove that your statement was wrong so I left it at that.

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I concede your point, Grinch. You have proven me wrong. Two people, one a habitual criminal, arrested. Nice work. Congratulations. Well done.
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Thank you Mike, always happy to oblige.

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Yes.  I can dispute all of it Mike.

First -- you might notice that Katrina actually happened under Bush -- so, you're rather poorly written sentence makes no logical or factual sense on that ground alone -- but, let's not get too picky.

Second -- claiming that Obama was on television every day during the Haitian earthquake crisis is pure hyperbole -- both because during the beginning of the crisis -- he wasn't and -- you act as if the Haitian crisis is over -- it isn't.  Where are the telethons now Mike?  

Third -- I'm not saying that you're saying Nashvillians are jealous -- what I'm saying is that by what you're saying -- you're saying they SHOULD be.
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Do you really think Nashvillians (of which I am a former) are really jealous that their disaster is only 1% as damaging as Katrina?

Third -- I'm not saying that you're saying Nashvillians are jealous -- what I'm saying is that by what you're saying -- you're saying they SHOULD be.

You're tripping over your tongue, LR

I see.We didn't see multiple appearances by Obama concerning Haiti? We didn't see him and his wife on tv making pleas for contributions for Haiti? We didn't see Haiti as the lead story on the news for days on end? Ok, you may have me on the "Obama being on tv every day". There may have been a day he wasn't. You can joing Grinch who proved my no looting inaccurate because two were arrested with appliances in their pick-up. Great detective work by both of you.

You want another factual comment I made? That Anderson Cooper acknowledged and apologized for the media's lack of coverage of the event. Not only is that factual, it makes the point also factual.
 
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