Media Yawn at Obama Hurricane Reaction

Arnold Ahlert is a former NY Post op-ed columnist currently contributing to JewishWorldReview.com, HumanEvents.com and CanadaFreePress.com. He may be reached at atahlert@comcast.net.


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After Hurricane Katrina struck Louisiana on August 29, 2005 president George W. Bush was excoriated by the mainstream media for his lack of compassion as well as the racist undertones that ostensibly precipitated it. The media fanned the flames even hotter when Bush was photographed flying over New Orleans to survey the damage two days later. Hurricane Isaac struck Louisiana on August 29, 2012 inundating that state with up to 22 inches of rain. Yet President Obama waited until Monday, four days after disaster struck, to visit that state. Americans are still waiting for the Democratic president to get even a modicum of the same kind of criticism the media so willingly applied to the president Bush.

That is not to say no criticism at all was meted out. In a remarkable, albeit inadvertent testament to their own bias, several media outlets criticized Republican Mitt Romney for taking time from his campaign to visit Louisiana last Friday, one day after the GOP convention ended. The Washington Post ran a prominent story featuring Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who recently accused Romney of being a tax cheat, absent a shred of evidence to back up his claims.

This time Romney is a hypocrite. “It is the height of hypocrisy for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to make a pretense of showing sympathy for the victims of Hurricane Isaac when their policies would leave those affected by this disaster stranded and on their own,” Reid said. “If Paul Ryan and his fellow House Republicans had succeeded in blocking disaster relief last fall, there would have been no aid for the victims of Isaac today. And Paul Ryan’s budget would gut disaster funding, making it much harder to get aid to our fellow Americans in their time of need,” he added.

That meme was picked up by the Huffington Post, which posted a bit more of Reid’s outburst and its standardized Democratic talking points. “This is yet another example of Mitt Romney’s extreme right wing agenda, which asks middle class families to sacrifice in order to protect millionaires and billionaires from paying their fair share,” Reid said. The Daily Kos referred to Romney as the “Pretend President” and called his visit to the state “an odd and self-centered distraction,” and a “photo-op” hiding the fact that Romney intends to give first responders a pink slip if he becomes president.

President Obama? “Obama has gone to great lengths to show that he is on top of the response to Isaac,” reported Reuters. “He made several references to the storm in his campaign remarks this week and said he had been in contact with various federal agencies.” For anyone inclined to check, the same thing could have been said about Bush’s response to Hurricane Katrina. On August 27, 2005, two days before the storm hit, Bush was asked by then-Governor Kathleen Blanco to declare a state of emergency for the state of Louisiana due to Hurricane Katrina.  Bush did so, authorizing the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA “to coordinate all disaster relief efforts…” The former president also freed up federal money to assist the state.

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  • Asher

    OOOOOOOO We are facing Serious Headwinds…his favorite slogan…wish they would whisk him away to a Communist country and leave him there.

  • Missywise

    Obama is "monitoring the situation" like he did with the Gulf oil spill disaster. I have the utmost confidence he will handle this disaster as efficiently as he did with the Deepwater Horizon spill. November cannot come soon enough.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.villano.71 Mike Villano

    Compare the reaction of the false prophets at the NY Slimes, the Wash ComPost and the rest of the media liars to the reaction they had over Katrina.
    They are liars. Never ever again give them the benefit of the doubt of being merely stupid.
    They are liars.

  • Serafino

    Went to see "2016 – Obama's America, the movie" last week. Absolutely awesome work, very well-researched, factual and almost of scientific accuracy. Every American should see it. The movie explains his deeply rooted hatred to our country as well as the psychological origins of his fractured mind. Based on this, it is not all that hard to predict his reactions to everything else affecting our country, including hurricane Issac.

    • deprogrammer

      Okay, you've done your job little troll. Now the movie producers will pay you $8 for this post. Off you go to another right-wing extremist site as part of your astroturfing job.

      • Tanstaafl jw

        Have you even seen "2016"?

      • fiddler

        It's always got to be about money right? How is he being a troll for point something out that people ought to see?

  • PaulRevereNow

    The media's one-way street mentality regarding Stinky's miserable lack of responsibility isn't limited to attacking George W. Bush for doing his job; nor is it limited to natural disasters. John Barry, author of the Washington Post-acclaimed book "Rising Tide,"(about the great Mississippi flood of 1927), claims that Herbert Hoover, as then Secretary of the Interior, by his visits to the flood-ravaged areas, was "using" African-Americans as a stepping stone to the Presidency. Never mind that Hoover was a great humanitarian, who raised millions(and contributed a lot of his own money) for European relief, in the aftermath of WWI. Barry's claims are patently absurd; Hoover didn't fly over the Miss. Valley, he toured some places in a rowboat, without today's GIS technology. But it didn't matter. Hoover could have drowned; and this author wouldn't have batted an eye, or changed this story. Obama, on the other hand, doesn't have to take responsibility for anything.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Katrina's damage is dwarfed by the depredations being committed by Democrats and the
    big bag of wind,Obama……………..Willi

  • amused

    Man what a bunch of mindless brainwashed idiots !

    Learn how to think, not what to think. Then you can think for yourself.

    Until then you're just a bunch of mind-f–ked morons .

  • Schlomotion

    It was good of Mr. Ahlert to point out that Jindal, a Republican, vigorously and angrily complained that his entitlement money and federal welfare payments were not coming fast enough or large enough. Now he can avoid such embarrassingly Democratic missteps in the future. I am sure this will never happen again.

  • Gman213

    He was simply leading from his behind…did I get that right?