Just Because Obama Uses Your Pain in a Photo Op Does Not Mean He Will Help You


Even in this moment, Obama is posing for the camera, looking off carefully into the distance

 

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?

Not a whole lot. (Weasel Zippers)

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.

  • AngryBruin

    Run when you here these words: I'm from the government and I'm here to help you.

  • Don

    >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.

    It was never about you lady, it was a photo op. You were duped.

    >“Looking back on it, it wasted a lot of people’s time,” she said of the visit.

    She forgot to mention the trip was a waste of a lot of people's money, the taxpayers.

    • gerry

      I have no sympathy.She was duped,because she wanted to be duped!Talk is cheap!What did she exactly expect?Suckers are born everyday!

  • Scotch Indian

    It helped re elect the one….

  • Mary Sue

    Obama could have at least had someone at the office send her a nice fruit basket after all that! [/sarcasm]

  • FPF

    Donna Vanzant was polite saying she was frustrated. She should be angry. What Obama meant about immediate help was just an immediate hug, nothing more, she should know it by now and it's probably too late.

  • riverboatbill

    The best photo of Obama would be the mug shot in the post office with the numbers under it.

  • qUESTIONMAN

    Maybe because they aren't stupid racists who believe anything you black-haters write!

    President Obama repeatedly has been accused of lying. It would
    be useful and interesting to see a listing of specific lies that he has
    told, along with evidence that they are lies.

    Perhaps five verbatim Obama quotes, or accurate paraphrases,
    along with documentation that they are lies, would make the accusations
    more convincing. Otherwise, one might conjecture that those accusing him
    are themselves liars.

    Last I checked, when a disaster strikes it takes months to repair that damage! Are you racists THAT stupid to think this woman would get EVERYTHING back if Romney won? Please!

    I love pointing out this fact that anyone who calls Obama a fraud and a POS is a damn racist! You say Obama has NO compassion? Up yours you racist turd. At lease he's doing something. What is the guy you prompted up to be the savior to America doing to help the victims? WHAT'S ROMNEY DOING??/NOTHING!!!

    You cannot be sane and think Obama wants to destroy America or kill
    Americans. But then again, those are the same people that call him a
    Muslim and complain about how radical his Christian pastor (Jeremiah
    Wright) is. Logic and reality have no place in these people's minds,
    they just spew blind hatred and rage.

    Well, at least you're honest about your racism. Most of you disgusting
    Rethuglicans try to hide it. This is what makes my party better than
    yours.

    The woman has all but one of her boats back. She's "grateful" for all
    the help and support she's received, yet damn Obama and her insurance
    company for not doing more? Unbelievable! You people reflect the
    stupidity of the Reichwing. Thank god Romney wasn't elected!!!