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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.
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.
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......