By all accounts, the administration was way out in front of the disaster, staging food and supplies well before the hurricane hit. FEMA officials have just come off two other hurricanes, which they handled masterfully. In fact, the president was even criticized by the media for being obsessed with the hurricanes.
Distributing the supplies throughout the island has been a colossal challenge hampered by the lack of phone service, passable roads and fuel.
Add to that the fact that only a small portion of the island’s truckers have reported in to move the supplies from the port of San Juan to the people (there are reports of union resistance) and you have one big mess.