President Obama Puts Politics Aside Despite Taunts From The Political Right, And Works With 20 U.S. Governors And Dozens Of Mayors To Help The Victims Of The Horrific Superstorm, Highlight Hollywood News
It’s expected that Governor Romney would kick his campaign back in gear, he has a job to do, to win an election. But the taunts by the political right, Tea Party bigots and idiots, who have for four years claimed the President didn’t care about Americans, and sided with our enemies; “Code-speak” rhetoric racists have always used in America. He’s not putting his campaign for reelection first, as Republican Governor Chris Christie said on Tuesday, “The President has done everything he could to help us, and he’s never mentioned any election business.” Also, “Brownie,” the failed FEMA director under George W. Bush, who previously was the head of the Arabian Horse Society in the U.S. chastised the President today for moving too quickly, something “Brownie” was never accused of doing after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans.
We all remembered a shell-shocked, stumbling George Bush patting this man on the back, saying, “Brownie, you are doing a good job.” The right wing-bigots who forget Bush’s Socialism (Medicare Prescription Act, and the stimulus, sending out checks to Americans, after printing more money to do so; something the Tea Party bigots did not open their mouths once about, or call the President (Bush) a Socialist). We all know what this real hatred is all about. America’s favorite family value; Bigotry!
As the New York City region began the daunting task on Tuesday of rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, a storm that changed the landscape and rewrote the record books as it left behind a horrific level of damage, destruction and grief. The toll, in lives disrupted or lost and communities washed out — was staggering. A rampaging fire reduced more than 100 houses to ash in Breezy Point, Queens. Explosions and downed power lines left the lower part of Manhattan and 90 percent of Long Island in the dark. The New York City subway system, a lifeline for millions, was quickly paralyzed by flooded tunnels and was expect to remain silent for days.
Accidents claimed more than 40 lives in the United States and Canada, including 22 in the city. On Tuesday, the storm slogged toward the Midwest, vastly weaker than it was when it made landfall in New Jersey on Monday night. It delivered rain and high winds all the way to the Great Lakes, where freighters were at a standstill in waves two stories tall. It left snow in Appalachia, power failures in Maine and untreated sewage pouring into the Patuxent River in Maryland after a treatment plant lost power.
President Obama approved disaster declarations for New York and New Jersey, making them eligible for federal assistance for rebuilding. “All of us have been shocked by the force of mother nature,” said the president, who plans to visit New Jersey on Wednesday. He promised “all available resources” for recovery efforts. “This is going to take some time,” he said. “It is not going to be easy for these communities to recover.” There was no immediate estimate of the losses from the storm, but the scope of the damage — covering more than a half-dozen states — pointed to billions of dollars. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey called it “incalculable.”
Rescuers continued to lookfor survivors in the wet rubble in places like Atlantic City, and state and local officials surveyed wreckage. Utility crews began working their way through a wilderness of fallen trees and power lines. And from Virginia to Connecticut, there were stories of tragedy and survival — of people who lost everything when the water rushed in, of buildings that crumbled after being pounded hour after hour by rain and relentless wind, of hospitals that had to be evacuated when the storm knocked out the electricity.
The president spoke with 20 governors and mayors on a conference call, and the White House said the president would survey damage from the storm with Mr. Christie on Wednesday. Mr. Obama’s press secretary said the president would join Mr. Christie, who has been one of his harshest Republican critics, in talking with storm victims and thanking first responders.
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said Mr. Obama had also offered to visit the city, “but I think the thing for him to do is to go to New Jersey and represent the country.”
Connecticut, New Jersey and New York reopened many closed roads and bridges, and the New York Stock Exchange made plans to resume floor trading on Wednesday after a two-day shutdown, its first because of weather since a blizzard in 1888.
There were no traffic signals on the walk from Fifth Avenue to the East River. Police officers were directing traffic; here and there, bodegas were open, selling batteries and soft drinks. In Times Square, a few tourists walked around, though some hotels still had sandbags by the doors.
Mr. Bloomberg said 7,000 trees had been knocked down in city parks. New York’s subway system, which suffered the worst damage in its 108-year-history, faced one of its longest shutdowns because the problems were so much worse than expected, said Joseph J. Lhota, the chairman and chief executive of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the agency that runs the subways and several commuter railroads.
Airports, too, took a beating. More than 15,000 flights were canceled, and water poured onto the runways at Kennedy International Airport and La Guardia Airport, both in Queens. Officials made plans to reopen Kennedy, the larger of the two and a major departure point for international flights, on Wednesday. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said La Guardia would remain closed “because of extensive damage.”
The flooding in the tunnels in Lower Manhattan was so serious that the Federal Emergency Management Agency asked specialists from the Army Corps of Engineers to help. The “unwatering team,” as it is known — two hydrologists and two mechanical engineers from the corps with experience in draining flooded areas — flew to the airport in White Plains because it was one of the few in the area that was open.
From southern New Jersey to the East End of Long Island to the northern suburbs in Connecticut, power companies spent Tuesday trying to figure out just how much damage the storm had done to their wires, transformers and substations. The work will take at least a week, possibly longer, because the damage was so extensive, and utility companies called in thousands of crews from all around the country to help out. Consolidated Edison reached to San Francisco to bring in 150 workers from Pacific Gas and Electric.
In New Jersey, Public Service Electric and Gas said it had 1.3 million electric customers in the dark, including 500,000 without power because a surge in Newark Bay flooded substations and other equipment. Another New Jersey utility, Jersey Central Power and Light, whose territory covers many shore towns, said almost all of its customers had lost power in some counties, including Ocean and Monmouth. More than one-third of Connecticut Light and Power’s 1.2 million customers had no electricity, either.
The fire in Breezy Point, Queens, leveled scores of houses. Similar to the Earthquake of 1906 in San Francisco, flooded streets in the area prevented firefighters from reaching the blaze, a Fire Department spokesman said, and the mayor, who toured the area on Tuesday afternoon, said the neighborhood was devastated.
The President of the United States and the nation’s East Coast Governors; Republicans and Democrats and the cities’ Mayors need to be commended for quick action and most importantly for the first time in 15 years, empathy for our fellow Americans.
I could never vote for Governor Christie; not because of his party, I’m an Independent. But frankly, I think we face far too many issues of serious concerns to the nation for a candidate who specializes in “Quips” and “Sound bytes,” but I have to commend him on his handling of this tragedy, and his frankness and honesty at this point in our nation’s election, and giving the President credit and also respect, something his party and its vile constituents have failed to do on every chance they were given.