Giuliani: Where the hell are the generators?

posted at 11:21 am on November 5, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

The initial response to Hurricane Sandy appeared adequate, at the very least.  All levels of government seemed engaged, first responders had the resources needed, and confidence was high that we could quickly address the immediate human needs and then shift quickly to rebuilding.  Those hopes have vanished in a fumbled response at the local and federal levels.  On the local level, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s bizarre idea to keep the New York City Marathon in place while people on Staten Island can’t get water, power or heat has undermined confidence in his approach to the crisis — as Bloomberg himself discovered when attempting to meet and greet some of the locals (via NRO’s Eliana Johnson):

Storm-ravaged and weary Rockaways residents cornered Mayor Bloomberg yesterday to angrily demand more aid for their devastated neighborhood.

“When are we gonna get some help?” blasted one desperate woman, who had to be held back by the mayor’s security detail as Bloomberg stood by with a deer-in-the-headlights look.

“When are we gonna get some f–king help?” she demanded.

“There’s old ladies in my building that don’t got nothing,” lashed out a man on video caught by a NY1 reporting crew.

Bloomberg’s trip to the Rockaways wasn’t announced and wouldn’t have been caught on cameras if the news crew hadn’t happened to run across him. Back in City Hall, he expressed sympathy with the residents’ plight.

Bloomberg’s predecessor doesn’t have much sympathy for him — or for Barack Obama, either.  Rudy Giuliani angrily castigated both for their inadequate response to the disaster.  Where are the generators, Giuliani wondered — and the water?

At a Sunday gathering of Mitt Romney partisans in West Palm Beach, Florida, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani delivered a blistering attack on President Barack Obama for what he said was a “disgraceful” response to Hurricane Sandy.

“Maybe the first day or two of the storm, the president did a good job,” Giuliani said. “The last three or four days? It’s disgraceful.”

The Brooklyn-born firebrand excoriated the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for neglecting to bring bottled water to the Northeastern U.S. during the days before the superstorm hit.

“It’s disgraceful what he’s done. It’s disgraceful what his FEMA has done,” Giuliani said. “There are people in New York City who don’t have bottles of water like this. See this little bottle of water? They don’t have it in New York. You know why? Because Barack Obama’s FEMA didn’t think to pre-position it.”

“What — they didn’t learn anything from Katrina?”

Breitbart has more on the water situation, and it’s as bad as Giuliani says.  While FEMA administrator Craig Fugate told NBC that “We already had the water that was initially staged and based upon the demand that was there that the state had,” documents — and photos — paint a very different picture:

But contrary to Fugate’s claims, there simply was no “water that was initially staged” by FEMA. When the storm hit, all the FEMA bottled water was in its Georgia or Maryland warehouses. The request for proposal sent out hurriedly on Friday, November 2 for an additional 2.3 million gallons of bottled water, for delivery to Long Island on Monday, November 5, was not a pre-negotiated, pre-bid contract “turned on” that day according to a FEMA master plan. Instead, it was an example of FEMA scrambling after the fact to meet the needs of victims that it should have planned for weeks earlier.

In addition, Fugate’s claim that “once we go into response we have pre-negotiated, pre-bid contracts that are in effect, and we turn those contracts on and go to our vendors and say we want the water delivered at this rate to these locations,” is not supported by the facts surrounding the request for proposal that was made on Friday, November 2 upon which the Breitbart report referenced by NBC’s Klein was based.

Indeed, that request for proposal, which can be seen here, was an open bid available to any vendors interested in bidding. All of the vendors for the request for proposal, FEMA contracting officer Annette Wright told Breitbart News on Friday, ”are currently being evaluated.” Presumably, the vendor was selected some time over the weekend so they could fulfill the delivery requirement of Monday.

The language of the request for proposal clearly stated that it was neither “pre-negotiated” nor “pre-bid.” In fact, it was a hurriedly put together “open bid[."]

Giuliani told the West Palm Beach crowd that if this occurred while George Bush was President after the lessons of Hurricane Katrina, Congress would be impeaching him by now, and the media crucifixion would be well under way.  It’s difficult to argue with that assessment.


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The generators are busy adding extra power to all the shredders that are running full speed at the White House and State Dept.

dczombie on November 5, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Obamas preezy bomber jacket and big chair didn’t provide sufficient power?

I’ll be damned.

tom daschle concerned on November 5, 2012 at 11:23 AM

People in New Jersey are driving 100 miles and more over to Pennsylvania to buy water and gas. They are fed up waiting for FEMA to do anything. It’s pathetic.

rockmom on November 5, 2012 at 11:25 AM

I think he’s being a bit harsh.

Everyone knows FEMA is a severly dysfunctional federal monster from hell like DHS. They both need to be fundamentally overhauled. Invariably the left hand does not know what the right is doing.

CorporatePiggy on November 5, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Water-gate.

Dextrous on November 5, 2012 at 11:25 AM

I guess hurricanes are just awful whether they hit the northeast shore or “Chocolate City,” whether POTUS is Democrat or Republican.

And all this time I thought Katrina was a racist plot by Bush.

Akzed on November 5, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Boy, that man Bush gets around alot…. o wait! WHy is the media not painting Obama like they did Bush? OOOOO yeah forgets…. Bush was a Republican …. Obama is not.

mark this down yet as ANOTHER thing the media seems to ignore with the won in office.

watertown on November 5, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Maybe Barky can swoop back in for some photo ops with the big fat ass. I mean, what else do they want?

msupertas on November 5, 2012 at 11:26 AM

“When are we gonna get some f–king help?” she demanded.

Bloomberg’s made you safe from high-sodium restaurant meals and predatorily-priced 17-ounce sodas. Why are you harping on trivialities like light, heat and potable water? I guess New Yorkers really are pushy and rude.

Fabozz on November 5, 2012 at 11:26 AM

As an ex New Yorker, my heart bleeds for those people that have suffered and continue to. And Rudy is right…if this was anyone other than Obama, the media would have been all over it like a dog with a bone……….instead we are lucky to see they are covering it at all. I am so disgusted by MSM.

Thanks for keeping the spotlight on it Ed.

CoffeeLover on November 5, 2012 at 11:26 AM

I cannot fathom why people are saying that Obama did a “good” job vis-a-vis Sandy.
He did nothing and we can clearly see that.

Jabberwock on November 5, 2012 at 11:27 AM

People like Bette Midler and her celebrity friends make me want to puke. A day after Sandy and they were partying it up in Manhanttan.

Blake on November 5, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Can we get Shep up on a bridge, or something. “Can we get some water”?

msupertas on November 5, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Of course the National Guard COULD help, but Mikey doesn’t want them. The best part is ‘he doesn’t want a POLICE STATE!’

This from the dictator of Big Gulps and table salt.

GarandFan on November 5, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Was Chris Christie available for comment? Or is everything still peachy in Jersey?

magicbeans on November 5, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Obama got his photo op…lsm thinks his great approval rating on handling sandy will take him over the edge

cmsinaz on November 5, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Sandy…

Benghazi…

Preezy…

Obama just do things well that end in that “e” sound…

Khun Joe on November 5, 2012 at 11:29 AM

As soon as Obama leaves Las Vegas, everything will be taken care of…you will know by the photo from the Situation Room and all the look of concern on the people in the room…

right2bright on November 5, 2012 at 11:29 AM

“Barack Obooba doesn’t care about white people,” -Kenye West.

Akzed on November 5, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Giuliani: Where the hell are the generators?

Like a scene out of Atlas Shrugged.

aunursa on November 5, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Heck of a job…

Kraken on November 5, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Nothing like a Gov RFP 4 days ex post facto… anyone ever play the RFP/RFI gamut with any Federal arm???

Like getting a root canal over a month with a wood awl.

Odie1941 on November 5, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Hey New Yorkers. This is what happens when your Democratic Big Government Bureaucratic Overlords take your vote for granted. Just vote them in again and cough up more tax dollars and all will be well next time, chumps.

farsighted on November 5, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Giuliani for Attorney General.

kingsjester on November 5, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Giuliani is awesome. I’m proud of him. Bring it!

happytobehere on November 5, 2012 at 11:31 AM

If you can’t get a Big Slurpy why the hell would think you’d get a Big, Stinking, Gas-guzzling Generator?

Elections, consequences, etc.

Bruno Strozek on November 5, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Bloomberg’s made you safe from high-sodium restaurant meals and predatorily-priced 17-ounce sodas. Why are you harping on trivialities like light, heat and potable water? I guess New Yorkers really are pushy and rude.

Fabozz on November 5, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Don’t forget second hand smoke, trans fats and those nasty, icky national guardsman and their guns!

1984 in real life on November 5, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Giuliani: Where the hell are the generators?

Good question, Mr. AG-elect.

Droopy on November 5, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Has anyone asked the Mayor if they could come stay at his house?

listens2glenn on November 5, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Katrina and Sandy are good examples of what wussies we have become, and how many helpless people rely on the federal government to wipe their butts. It also shows how vulnerable we are to terrorist attacks on our infrastructure. A few dirty bombs in the large cities would cause so much chaos and looting, that we would be paralyzed and many lives would be lost because it is evident the people can’t take care of themselves and their savior, the fed. gov’t. is so laden with lazy,public sector union members and corrupt,incompetent beaureaucratic do nothings, that we are not much better than a third world country in handling disasters.

Barack Obama and liberal politicians are not our problem and are not the demise of the country. It’s the useful idiots and who elect them that will finally destroy America.

they lie on November 5, 2012 at 11:32 AM

I am hearing that National Guard is moved from it’s armory so that a Victoria’s Secret show can take place Wednesday.
Will be powered by generator.
Priorities.
Think its in NYPost.

Jabberwock on November 5, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Voting for the wrong mayor/president has its consequences.

Who knew?!

Shy Guy on November 5, 2012 at 11:34 AM

“Maybe the first day or two of the storm, the president did a good job,” Giuliani said. “The last three or four days? It’s disgraceful.”

And why is that? Because the first couple days was when the media was paying the most attention and when Chris Christie was most useful. So Obama did the photo op and then split town.

Doughboy on November 5, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Where are the Sheps and Geraldos on night after night screaming and crying for more state and federal aid and response? It is laughable. I for one, don’t believe the federal government will ever do a good job in these situations. The scale of these disasters is just too large to provide much assistance for several days. But no water? That is inexcuseable as was the marathon.

bopbottle on November 5, 2012 at 11:35 AM

I almost feel sorry for them. ALMOST.

They voted for incompetent nanny-statism instead of personal responsibility and now must reap the consequences of being dependent on government for their salvation.

HotAirian on November 5, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Giuliani told the West Palm Beach crowd that if this occurred while George Bush was President after the lessons of Hurricane Katrina, Congress would be impeaching him by now, and the media crucifixion would be well under way. It’s difficult to argue with that assessment.

If it was a few days before Bush was up for reelection it would be impossible to argue with that assessment.

farsighted on November 5, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Giuliani is just part of the problem. He’s part of the nanny state mentality…gov’t will take care of you. This is why so many people are so unprepared…they are told by politicians like Giuliani that the gov’t will take care of them. He should be saying…you should not rely only on the gov’t for help, you should alway be prepared to take car of yourself in disasters such as this. Not, Republicans would help you better.

dom89031 on November 5, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Obama just do things well that end in that “e” sound…

Khun Joe on November 5, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Economy
Energy
Diplomacy
Democracy
*You get it.

VegasRick on November 5, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Was Chris Christie available for comment? Or is everything still peachy in Jersey?

magicbeans on November 5, 2012 at 11:28 AM

I think Christie is still writing some love notes to Obama / eating a ham sandwich.

tetriskid on November 5, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Of course the National Guard COULD help, but Mikey doesn’t want them. The best part is ‘he doesn’t want a POLICE STATE!’

This from the dictator of Big Gulps and table salt.

GarandFan on November 5, 2012 at 11:28 AM

But he has absolutely no problem with the police conducting stop and frisks in direct violation of the 4th amendment. Or of having X-Ray vans driving down the street essentially strip searching every person on the sidewalk.

Nope. No police state there……

KMC1 on November 5, 2012 at 11:38 AM

As Mark Steyn wrote in his weekly column:

“So you can have Big Government bigger (or, anyway, more expensive) than any government’s ever been, and the lights still go out in 17 states – because your president spent 6 trillion bucks, and all the country got was a lousy Air Force One bomber jacket for him to wear while posing for a Twitpic answering the phone with his concerned expression.”

Drained Brain on November 5, 2012 at 11:38 AM

This Sandy thing sure made Obama look good.

Hahahahah..

Electrongod on November 5, 2012 at 11:38 AM

I cannot fathom why people are saying that Obama did a “good” job vis-a-vis Sandy.
He did nothing and we can clearly see that.

Jabberwock on November 5, 2012 at 11:27 AM

No, no, no! Obama gave a speech! He got a new jacket to wear for the speech – a bomber jacket! He showed up! He said he’d told his agencies to “cut through the red tape”! (Which kinda/sorta goes against the kerfuffle of FEMA dithering over a contract bidding process before the storm instead of just ordering the darned water – but the folks who did that must have been left over from the Bush administration, right?) And — and — right after that he went back to campaigning because the most important thing he can do for us poor peons is to make sure that he keeps his job!

My goodness, people, what more could you possibly have expected???

natasha333 on November 5, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Katrina and Sandy are good examples of what wussies we have become, and how many helpless people rely on the federal government to wipe their butts. It also shows how vulnerable we are to terrorist attacks on our infrastructure. A few dirty bombs in the large cities would cause so much chaos and looting, that we would be paralyzed and many lives would be lost because it is evident the people can’t take care of themselves and their savior, the fed. gov’t. is so laden with lazy, public sector union members and corrupt,incompetent beaureaucratic do nothings, that we are not much better than a third world country in handling disasters.

Barack Obama and liberal politicians are not our problem and are not the demise of the country. It’s the useful idiots and who elect them that will finally destroy America.

they lie on November 5, 2012 at 11:32 AM

.
YES + + + + + + + + + + + +

The biggest problem with the U.S. is her lazy citizenry.

(more to the point; lazy Christians)

It began incrementally, shortly after the great WWII.

listens2glenn on November 5, 2012 at 11:39 AM

And here I thought that photos took care of everything. That is what NBC said after all.

pat on November 5, 2012 at 11:40 AM

You will never convince me otherwise of this one, solid fact: the only concern that Barack Obama has ever had was . . . Barack Obama.

natasha333 on November 5, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Hey – it takes TIME to find enough bottled water…especially when it’s got to be in SMALL bottles (got to be less than 16 oz in NY)!!!

/sarc>

Leave it to Bloomberg to figure out what is most important…and then implement measures from the BOTTOM of the list first!!!

landlines on November 5, 2012 at 11:40 AM

I am hearing that National Guard is moved from it’s armory so that a Victoria’s Secret show can take place Wednesday.
Will be powered by generator.
Priorities.
Think its in NYPost.

Jabberwock on November 5, 2012 at 11:33 AM

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/military_helpers_stripped_mLCcBppGJPy9IMwjH2ZgCN

theotherone on November 5, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Like a scene out of Atlas Shrugged.

aunursa on November 5, 2012 at 11:30 AM

…and then a wire snapped in New York…

DanMan on November 5, 2012 at 11:41 AM

I’m sure the media would be just as forgiving if President McCain would have been out campaigning while people in Staten Island were starving and without power.

NoDonkey on November 5, 2012 at 11:41 AM

I am hearing that National Guard is moved from it’s armory so that a Victoria’s Secret show can take place Wednesday.
Will be powered by generator.
Priorities.
Think its in NYPost.

Jabberwock on November 5, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Just like Lybia, we need other investigators on the ground.

The media is going to ignore it and the alphabet agencies are just lackeys.

IlikedAUH2O on November 5, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Ok. Libya.

IlikedAUH2O on November 5, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Call me fired up! Hell of a job by Rudy. Get this man booked on TV TONIGHT, and watch the turn out numbers tomorrow.

HarryBackside on November 5, 2012 at 11:42 AM

I think he’s being a bit harsh.

Everyone knows FEMA is a severly dysfunctional federal monster from hell like DHS. They both need to be fundamentally overhauled. Invariably the left hand does not know what the right is doing.

CorporatePiggy on November 5, 2012 at 11:25 AM

It’s even worse because FEMA is part of DHS. DHS supposedly controls FEMA. FEMA reports to Janet Incompetano!

freedomfirst on November 5, 2012 at 11:42 AM

I really dont vault him. I dont believe he has changed. Thats who the people of NY voted for. The one that has changed are the people that are now in need. Its great to run around when things are good saying that the gov should ban this control that stop that other thing. ALl the while never thinking past themselves and what would happen in an Emergency. They have the government they wanted and voted in.

ColdWarrior57 on November 5, 2012 at 11:43 AM

BTW, Chris Christie has started his own state relief fund to be run by his wife. They’re fed up with the Red Cross already in NJ. All they are doing is fundraising off of this storm. Christie has also called out the National Guard while Bloomberg said they weren’t wanted in NYC.

Just like Haley Barbour did a massively better, though totally unreported, job with relief and recovery in Mississippi than the incompetent Kathleen Blanco did after Katrina, Chris Christie is going to get stuff done in NJ while New Yorkers sit on their thumbs and whine for FEMA.

rockmom on November 5, 2012 at 11:44 AM

“What — they didn’t learn anything from Katrina?”

The fact that the professional left has been hinging the entire re-election of Obama to FEMA is hilarious.

FEMA’s poor response and apparent lack learning anything from Katriana should not surprise anyone.

FEMA only got larger since Katrina, the root cause wasn’t that they had a lack of money, it is that they are an inefficient bureacracy.

Leftists actually believe the idiocy that they spew, hence hitching their wagon to the FEMA train. What a disaster.

weaselyone on November 5, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Marathon canceled, but generators and supplies still sit unused in park…Drudge Report

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/running_into_brick_wall_O7eD7uSm23n0BLdYhMz9eJ

Zcat on November 5, 2012 at 11:45 AM

What ever is done by Democrats their number one thing is to be sure no one thinks of personal responsibility first.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 5, 2012 at 11:45 AM

As Mark Steyn wrote in his weekly column:

“So you can have Big Government bigger (or, anyway, more expensive) than any government’s ever been, and the lights still go out in 17 states – because your president spent 6 trillion bucks, and all the country got was a lousy Air Force One bomber jacket for him to wear while posing for a Twitpic answering the phone with his concerned expression.”

Drained Brain on November 5, 2012 at 11:38 AM

.
Thanks for the excerpt. Mark Steyn ROCKS !

listens2glenn on November 5, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Can Rudy run for Mayor of New York again?

SWalker on November 5, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Last July when the tornadoes ravaged the midwest, we were without power for a week.. and the weather was moderate then. We didn’t have to fear exposure..

My heart breaks for those people… fellow Americans..

Bureaucracies screw things up.. always, that seems to be why they exist.. and in the early days, you can forgive the shake down phase.. but now?

Where the Hell is the democrat compassion?.. The media should be advocating FOR these storm victims, not covering for their “Won”..

These folks can’t just build campfires like we did, most don’t have a freezer they can take thawing food from to share with their neighbors, as we did.. and we never lost water utilities like they did.. those who had extra, shared with the neighbors around them.. helped the elderly.. helped those with children feed them..

The communities can only do so much..

Bloomburg is a colossal clown of epic proportions.. and the suffering going on can be laid right at his feet…

How much lead time, to figure out propositioning supplies is a good thing? If Bush was a monster for the failings of locals like that idiot Bloomburg.. what, does that make Obama as he jets to the next fundraiser..

I pray those people get power back soon, relief from the cold.. the water, the food.. Please, Lord,.. be with them.. as their leaders are not.

mark81150 on November 5, 2012 at 11:46 AM

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/military_helpers_stripped_mLCcBppGJPy9IMwjH2ZgCN

theotherone on November 5, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Thank You.
I am not good at that stuff.

Jabberwock on November 5, 2012 at 11:46 AM

The idiots on NPR this morning were actually saying that Sandy could cause millions in New York-Connecticut-New Jersey-Rhode Island to stay home tomorrow and cost Obama the popular vote, if not the election. You would think even the incompetents in the White House would understand this possibility and its potential consequences.

rockmom on November 5, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Bark could gain about a million votes were he to fly over New Jersey in a C-47 while wearing his bomber jacket, dropping candy to the children in a reenactment of the Berlin Airlift.

Bishop on November 5, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Not, Republicans would help you better.

dom89031 on November 5, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Umm, it’s not unreasonable to expect the government to do its most basic job, which includes roads and other infrastructure. I don’t think small government means a government that tells people to “fend for themselves” after a huge devastating storm. Get the lights on, get the gas going, get the water. That should be what even a small government does. They should also probably protect our ambassadors. But our enormous government is too busy campaigning and wasting money on nothing.

Rudy is right.

happytobehere on November 5, 2012 at 11:47 AM

“Maybe the first day or two of the storm, the president did a good job,” Giuliani said. “The last three or four days? It’s disgraceful.”

Yeah, the prezuhdunce did a bang-up job of getting photo ops and spewing the same old lies, falsely claiming that he cares for anything other than himself and getting his arrogant mug on camera hoping to dig up a few more votes that btw aren’t gonna make a difference anyway. He acted like the true royal that he fancies himself to be, jumped on his plane and went off merrily campaigning. The whole thing is a disgrace!

stukinIL4now on November 5, 2012 at 11:47 AM

And yet they will still vote for the donks, some people will never learn.

D-fusit on November 5, 2012 at 11:47 AM

In actuality FEMA is not met as a quick responder. That is State government’s job. One that is performed admirably in some States and woefully in others. Notice that Cuomo is MIA? Bloombat is clearly over his head when it comes to actually governing.Likewise Cuomo.

pat on November 5, 2012 at 11:47 AM

they lie on November 5, 2012 at 11:32 AM
HotAirian on November 5, 2012 at 11:35 AM
dom89031 on November 5, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Precisely. Conservatives have the opportunity to highlight why it’s a mistake to depend upon government to take care of you any time, and shine the spotlight both on individuals who have taken responsibility for their own well being and on private efforts that are making a difference. The contrast could not be clearer.

DrMagnolias on November 5, 2012 at 11:47 AM

I think Christie is still writing some love notes to Obama / eating a ham sandwich.

tetriskid on November 5, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Let’s hope that any future political aspirations he had are now the toast for that ham sandwich.

TxAnn56 on November 5, 2012 at 11:47 AM

The Navy and the Marines are sitting off the coast of NY/NJ just waiting to help. My son is one of the pilots for the ch53 squadron sitting on the boat and he is ticked because the civilian governments can’t decide what to do with them. The 53′s have the capability to bring in large quantities of equipment and supplies. These men and women want to help but the incompetence of local governments is absolutely ridiculous.

USMCmom on November 5, 2012 at 11:48 AM

I watched that 6 minute video on Friday of the single mom with two kids waiting in lines with her pleas of “no food, no water, no way to go to work, schools are closed, no friends with any means, no relatives, no support, etc”. I hate to sound harsh but is this typical of big city life in the north east?

That showed a very scary and dissappointing level of dependence.

DanMan on November 5, 2012 at 11:48 AM

For sure those who vote tomorrow for Obama and the Democrats is voting for more checks from the prodcuctive ones of the U.S. to tranfer wealth (well min wage or less) to them.

The gravey train does not last forever.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 5, 2012 at 11:48 AM

This is an astonishing example of Obama’s failure to lead.

Setting aside his own ambitions and campaign plans to be the executive he was elected to be in 2008 and see to the immediate needs of the people suffering as a result of Hurricane Sandy was obviously not something he was prepared to do.

Worse, making sure, as the head of the executive branch, that all of the agencies under his administration were functioning efficiently and effectively to meet their MANDATED DUTY UNDER THE LAW and fulfill their primary function was not something that he was prepared to do.

Instead he embarked on a four year binge of appointing unqualified and inept cronies to key positions within those agencies, increasing their size while limiting their scope and beleaguering them with redundant bureaucracy, undermining their function with needless new regulation, and even issuing a series of Executive Orders meant to subvert some of these agencies mandated function.

FEMA, and its inept and ineffective handling of this emergency is only one such example of how this president has systematically undermined the ability of these federal agencies to function as they were designed.

thatsafactjack on November 5, 2012 at 11:48 AM

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/military_helpers_stripped_mLCcBppGJPy9IMwjH2ZgCN

theotherone on November 5, 2012 at 11:40 AM

O_o

And to think that Bloomers once entertained thoughts of being POTUS.

Bishop on November 5, 2012 at 11:49 AM

These people had better hope that the election is decided early. They won’t get any attention until it is over. If things come down to counting Ohio provisional ballots on or after Nov. 17th, things are going to be real ugly before the MSM picks up on it.

Carnac on November 5, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Well, it’s not like anyone could have predicted a hurricane or anything…

Oh. Wait.

UnderstandingisPower on November 5, 2012 at 11:50 AM

That smirk on his face said it all “I can’t have my marathon, you can’t have your water.”

clnurnberg on November 5, 2012 at 11:50 AM

What a joke.
For those not familiar with a Federal RFP (Request For Proposals), it takes literally months to be vetted and maybe, eventually, be awarded a contract.
“Good job, Bloomie and Christie!”
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on November 5, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Giuliani told the West Palm Beach crowd that if this occurred while George Bush was President after the lessons of Hurricane Katrina, Congress would be impeaching him by now, and the media crucifixion would be well under way. It’s difficult to argue with that assessment.

Yep. If the rat-eared wonder gets a second term, he will have the MSM to thank for essentially not reporting on all the scandals and incompetence. To tell people who have lost virtually everything that they won’t have water until Monday is far worse than the response to Katrina. But the media won’t report the truth at least until after the election.

Happy Nomad on November 5, 2012 at 11:51 AM

SOLID B+ Bammy, SOLID!

Big government, big f*ck ups!

jukin3 on November 5, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Why aren’t the Governors of NY and NJ out there standing on Obama’s desk demanding quicker action?

That woman who said “When are we gonna get some f–king help?” pretty much sums up what these “leaders” should be asking the rat-eared wonder and his DHS secretary.

Happy Nomad on November 5, 2012 at 11:54 AM

These are the same people who want to take care of all of our healthcare.

JPeterman on November 5, 2012 at 11:54 AM

happytobehere on November 5, 2012 at 11:47 AM

No, a small federal government would not do that. With a small federal government, the state gevernment would do that. I’m not saying that there should be no assistance at all. What I’m saying is gov’t should be telling people to prepare at all times, that they should have all the basic essentials at all times, and to NOT depend on the government in a disaster type situation. The gov’t will help if it can, but it might not be able to help as much as it would like. You must be prepared on your own.

You don’t hear that from them. All you hear is, my guy could have done it better than your guy. Don’t worry if my guy is in office, he’ll get you what you need. It gives people a false sense of security. They think they can depend on the gov’t.

dom89031 on November 5, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Where are the generators, Giuliani wondered — and the water?

Jerry Rivers has one at his place for his Koi fish…

Caper29 on November 5, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Nothing to see here
-lsm

Until after the election

cmsinaz on November 5, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Give me something to dream about. A city full of hungry, thursty, cold scared people who got jack squat from their governor and the man he endorsed.

They walk into the privacy of the voting booth where NO ONE WILL KNOW and they decide “what the hell”.

Is this even REMOTELY possible?

kurtzz3 on November 5, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Of course if you ship meals into some cities they have regulations that say you can’t hand them out to the poor and destitute because they might not be ‘balanced’ meals. Once you lose power, water, sanitation… that is pretty destitute on my scale of things… how about getting some food trucks and clothing to people via this thing known as ‘charity’ and telling the government to go stick it with their lousy regulations?

You can do your part – find a charity you like that is helping our fellow Americans and donate to it. If you want smaller government, then we each must pick up where it lacks so we can then turn around and tell it that it is incompetent, inefficient and killing our society. You can’t do that by just complaining, only by doing, first, to show where the lacks are and where the actual strength of America is: her people, not her government.

ajacksonian on November 5, 2012 at 11:58 AM

When Sandy hit. I made one or two observations. One, it would hurt 0, Two, it would be his Katrina.

Bmore on November 5, 2012 at 11:58 AM

governor oops. mayor

kurtzz3 on November 5, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Just like Haley Barbour did a massively better, though totally unreported, job with relief and recovery in Mississippi than the incompetent Kathleen Blanco did after Katrina, Chris Christie is going to get stuff done in NJ while New Yorkers sit on their thumbs and whine for FEMA.

rockmom on November 5, 2012 at 11:44 AM

You have more confidence in Christie than I do. And frankly any politician that sets up a “relief fund” to be run by a spouse sets off all sorts alarm bells as far as I’m concerned. But most importantly, where was the morbidly obese Christie when those repair crews from Alabama were turned away for being non-union?

Happy Nomad on November 5, 2012 at 12:00 PM

There might be National Guard generators, except those evil racists have guns!

I hope this clusterfluke costs Bloomingidiot his political career.

Liam on November 5, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Sympathy meter pegged at zero.

greggriffith on November 5, 2012 at 11:30 AM

I almost feel sorry for them. ALMOST.

They voted for incompetent nanny-statism instead of personal responsibility and now must reap the consequences of being dependent on government for their salvation.

HotAirian on November 5, 2012 at 11:35 AM

You of course do realize that Staten Island and the Rockaways – both devastated by this storm and both of which took heavy, heavy losses during 9/11 are Republican/conservative Democratic voters. I was born and raised there and while the bridge (Verrazano-Narrows) has changed the island in many ways – for the most part they are family oriented, religious folk – lower-middle class folks much like a lot of commenters on HotAir.

By the way for any one who is interested in helping out there is an independent organization accepting collections. Breitbart discusses it since Gary Sinese has contributed $100K…and Guiliani $10K – both well-known nanny-staters! /s

I don’t use the Red Cross since the % of money getting to those actually affected is lower than it should be. The information follows:

T2T Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, Tunnel to Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Blvd., S.I., 10306.

unaffiliated on November 5, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Put up a sign “Obamavilla” on your cold dark house…you’ll have power by the 6p news

clnurnberg on November 5, 2012 at 12:01 PM

“What — they didn’t learn anything from Katrina?”

Of course! The left has gotten quite good at blaming Katrina (and everything else) on BUSH. They have raised it to an art form.

UltimateBob on November 5, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Where is the director of FEMA? Why didn’t that nozzle do HIS job?

http://www.fema.gov/leadership/william-craig-fugate

The problem is multipart.

People aren’t self reliant.

Political hacks running various agencies are not competent to perform their jobs. Panetta and Napalitano are classic examples. They have no job experience in the roles they now hold or have held.

FEMA isn’t doing it’s job properly. Yet we have NY political hacks excoriating the Red Cross. Talk about ignorant.

Giuliani is correct. The media would be crucifying the President if he was a Republican. THE LSM is the enemy of the people. They became our enemy when they gave up being journalists and became advocates.

dogsoldier on November 5, 2012 at 12:03 PM

The stuttering clusterfark is in WI now repeating the same old Bin Laden is dead crap. Why can’t for once, someone on our side be a plant and yell out, “so are 4 Americans that you let die in Benghazi.”

TxAnn56 on November 5, 2012 at 12:04 PM

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