FEMA has absolutely failed when it came to helping hurricane victims. But that didn’t stop Obama’s media corps from giving him the election based on his photo op visit to affected areas. And what did that visit amount to?
Donna Vanzant struggled through flooded streets and downed power lines two days after superstorm Sandy to reach the ravaged marina she owns in Brigantine.
Secret Service agents were combing the area when she finally arrived, and by the time the afternoon was over, she had met President Obama and shared an emotional hug with him.
The following morning, the image of that embrace, top right, appeared on the front page of The Record and was published and broadcast by news outlets around the world.
I returned to Brigantine last week to see how she was doing.
She said she was honored to meet Obama, but she is also frustrated that she has yet to receive help from either her insurance companies or the government. “The president told me I would get immediate help,” she said.
“Looking back on it, it wasted a lot of people’s time,” she said of the visit.
No it didn’t. It didn’t waste Obama’s time or the media’s time who got what they wanted out of it. The only people whose time was wasted were the victims.