“I Feel Like A Victim Of Hurricane Katrina”
posted at 5:41 pm on November 4, 2012 by Duane Patterson
So on Wednesday, the mainstream media, Michael Bloomberg and Chris Christie were all tripping over each other to see who could praise Barack Obama the most for the work he’s done in response to Sandy. And the President was so efficient in his good jobness that he went back out on the campaign trail, seeing that his work there was finished.
Do you remember what then-candidate Obama said about George Bush’s response to Katrina?
The man who later became president insinuated that George W. Bush and the Republicans were holding off help for the victims in New Orleans on racial grounds. Extreme elements of the American left picked up on it, and continue to race bait in the current campaign. If you have any doubts, watch Chris Matthews on Hardball for five minutes.
Barack Obama made the claim, along with many other unkept promises, that in a crisis, he would not repeat the mistakes of George W. Bush, and did so while attaching nefarious undertones in his rhetoric. Now, President Obama has his own Katrina to deal with. It would seem only fair to do a compare and contrast a week later, wouldn’t it?
“It’s chaos; it’s pandemonium out here,” said Chris Damon, who had been waiting for 3 1/2 hours at the site and had circled the block five times. “It seems like nobody has any answers.”
Added Damon: “I feel like a victim of Hurricane Katrina. I never thought it could happen here in New York, but it’s happened.”
Damon, 42, had already been displaced to Brooklyn from his home in Queens, where he still lacked power, as did millions outside Manhattan – from Staten Island, the hardest-hit borough, to Westchester County and other suburban areas.
“The priorities are showing, simply by the fact that Manhattan got their power back,” he said, adding that Staten Islanders are used to being lower on the list. “We’re the bastard kids who keep getting slapped in the head and told to shut up,” he said.
“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.
‘We booby-trapped our door and keep a baseball bat beside our bed,’ Danielle Harris, 34, told the New York Daily News. The woman added that she has been hearing gunshots likely fired in the nearby housing project for three nights in a row. Meanwhile, local surfer Keone Singlehurst said that he stockpiled knives, a machete and a bow and arrow. ‘I would take a looter with a boa if a felt threatened I would definitely use it,’ he said. ‘It’s like the wild west. A borderline lawless situation.’ City Councilman James Sanders said he fears that things are going to get even worse. ‘We have an explosive mix here,’ he said. ‘People will take matters into their own hands.’
And there’a much more being reported in the affected region’s local news, both television and newspaper. But where’s the outcry from the far left? Where’s the charge that Obama is playing racial games and abandoning people? Where’s the sharp criticism of the President now from the mainstream media that enveloped their reporting during the days and weeks following Katrina?
I said it last week when the storm hit. Regardless of how MSM will try and spin it, the reality on the ground would trump the spin. The federal government cannot give the victims of this disaster the help they need in the time frame they need it, nor is that their role. But because Obama’s campaign message has been ‘more government now’, it’s very hard to make that case to an increasingly frustrated and panicky base when the President clearly isn’t really in command of the size of government he currently oversees. Even Mickey Kaus thinks this is going to hurt Obama on Tuesday.
If indeed Mickey is right, and Obama is losing a fraction of turnout because of the storm, and how the population in some of the forgotten areas are spiralling into dangerous territory, the President can reflect in retirement about what went wrong, and maybe go back and review what he said about George Bush in 2007. And then perhaps he might recall the words of his favorite pastor, Jeremiah Wright – the chickens have come home to roost.