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6/5/2013 6:01:00 AM
Kingman Letters: Response was right - this time
Image: O'DEA/Wikimedia CommonsPresident Obama comforts a tornado victim in front of a collapsed school building in Moore, Oklahoma.
Image: O'DEA/Wikimedia Commons

President Obama comforts a tornado victim in front of a collapsed school building in Moore, Oklahoma.

A terrible tragedy occurred in the heartland, and my thoughts are with them all. Rest assured to the victims and their families, President Obama spent a sleepless night in up-to-the-minute briefings while deploying the full resources of the United States federal government - emergency first responders, disaster personnel, FEMA and every resource within the powers that be.

The president emphasized the rescue and recovery stage, the cleanup and rebuilding efforts, will remain the utmost priority of this administration.

I couldn't help but think how his actions and words must have given comfort to the families in Oklahoma, but only salted the wounds for the families of Benghazi.

Daniel Snelling

Kingman


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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

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Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

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Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

Ms Athens

“Well, except West, Texas where they lost so much but are being denied federal funds.” Let’s look at the facts – In a letter to the state FEMA reviewed the demand by Texas (the state that wants to secede from the Union) and concluded the explosion of a privately owned facility, “is not of the severity and magnitude that warrants a major disaster declaration.” It should be pointed out – that contrary to your nonsense – Obama had nothing to do with a purely administrative decision by FEMA.

However, FEMA and the US Small Business Administration have approved more than $7 million in aid and low-interest loans to West residents impacted by the blast, FEMA is also is paying 75 percent of the costs of debris removal and will reimburse the state and the municipality for the initial emergency response.

And while the ruling means residents will not get as much assistance as is typically given to victims of tornadoes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters, it isn’t unprecedented. FEMA has turned down that level of assistance for emergencies not stemming from natural disasters before, such as in 2010 when officials denied a request for millions in aid after a gas pipeline explosion in northern California.

”And Sandy, better take another look. Money mismanaged, months later, not much done.”

So let’s get this right – Obama (since he is responsible for everything in your world) provided funds (that you previously claimed he had not) for victims of Sandy and now New Jersey officials are mismanaging the funds. Perhaps he should not have given them anything, right?


Posted: Friday, June 14, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Athens

It's all about timing:

Yes, Obama is great spending someone else's money.

Well, except West, Texas where they lost so much but are being denied federal funds.

And he is great at showing up for pictures.

And Sandy, better take another look. Money mismanaged, months later, not much done..

And concerning Katrina. Bush did not drop the ball, the state officials did. They had to declare certain things so FEMA could step in and they did not until very late, then blamed it on Bush.

Apparently they were as lazy as all those people who sat and died in the downtown building instead of getting up and getting out.

Many of them were sent over to Texas for help. My kids, being good Christians, went to help. They reported they had never seen anyone so unappreciative, never said thank you, threw their papers and empty cans on the floor of the building they had been provided, wouldn't lift a hand to even help women carry heavy items in to feed them.

They were happy to help but were not impressed with the caliber of people.


Posted: Friday, June 7, 2013
Article comment by: Tell Me It Isn't So

CS, are you saying those Okies are two faced. Smiling and taking the cash while cursing his name?

Posted: Friday, June 7, 2013
Article comment by: It's All About Timing

Yes, they were crying. Crying because they knew they were in deep trouble being a storm victim under the president with a track history of Katrina.

Then there are these unfortunate souls. Now they are crying because they have lost everything. They truly are comforted knowing they are "lucky" enough to have their disaster with a president who has already proven the federal government is able to respond appropriately. His FEMA proved itself with Sandy. Yes, tears of joy.


Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2013
Article comment by: J J

@cheesey - Everything in the caption of the photo tells me who took it, and that person is a photojournalist, thats why their name is captioned and under a wikimedia license. (O'DEA/Wikimedia Commons). the president has his own professional staff photographer, whom was once a wedding photographer ironically. If that picture were taken by him (though he still practices journalistic integrity), it could be more of a "setup" but not likely.

As far as "Do you recall any other President who has to be seen hugging someone outside their wrecked house," I've seen plenty of people hugged by this president, has it occured to you that he's just that type of dude that hugs people when they are in distress? Could it be that he actually has a human bone in his body and feels real emotion when something terrible has happened? Everything he does isn't some pre-planned crime against America. He's just embracing a person that needs comfort, we all do it when we see someone in need.

As for other presidents doing it? Let's start with GWB hugging those that lost their homes in the So-Cal wildfires of 2007: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/26/AR2007102602321.html

"There he was, amid the charred remains of some formerly upscale neighborhood, embracing the weary and the dazed victims of the fire. He made a little speech as one of the unfortunate locals was snuggled up to his side, his arm clinching her close. The gesture suggested strength, solidarity, compassion. The resident looked almost reassured."

And what have we here? http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2009/01/23/opinion/ap5.jpg

Oh hey, more crying people in need being hugged by Bush: http://www.prwatch.org/files/images/BushHug.jpg


Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2013
Article comment by: Moderatelyi Independent

"but only salted the wounds for the families of Benghazi"...

I doubt it, but I would hazard to guess that it doesn't make them feel real good that people like you are constantly playing politics with this tragic event instead of coming up with solutions to prevent an occurance like this from happening again.


Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

Rootie

“@Anson - Nothing that could have been done in Benghazi? How about giving the Marines stationed there 13 bucks worth of Ammunition?”

And there we have the most ridiculous post of the week. Now why would I say that? Perhaps it can be explained by the following story that appeared in the highly partisan, right wing Washington Times on 13 September 2012 -

“A detachment of Marines typically guards the interior of U.S. embassies and consulates, but none was at the State Department compound in the Libyan city of Benghazi on Tuesday when protesters breached the security perimeter resulting in the killing of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. The State Department has the lead on embassy security around the world, he said.”

Research time – less than 5 minutes.


Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2013
Article comment by: The Root

@ Anson.

Nothing that could have been done in Benghazi? How about giving the Marines stationed there 13 bucks worth of Ammunition?


Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Article comment by: cheesey .....

@JJ....there's nothing in the article supporting what you said, and even if this were so, are you suggesting that Obama had no idea he could be photographed embracing a tornado victim? Presidents know that on a visit like this, everything can, and probably will, be photographed. I was expressing my opinion - which is that a President would be in place (being photographed) issuing a relevant statement, signing an expenditure aurthorisation, things of that nature. Do you recall any other President who has to be seen hugging someone outside their wrecked house? I still think it's cheesey.

Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Article comment by: J J

@what a cheesy self-serving photo - Funny you would say that, considering this wasn't a posed portrait, but a shot taken by a professional photojournalist, who would likely be really offended at you suggesting this photo is self-serving, considering a photojournalists job is to capture things as they happen, not pose them and fake real life. Don't speak out of turn when you don't have a clue what you are talking about.

Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“I couldn't help but think how his actions and words must have given comfort to the families in Oklahoma, but only salted the wounds for the families of Benghazi.”

I can’t help but wonder why you righties are so involved with this tragedy in Benghazi where it has been shown that there was noting that could be done (other than the Republicans providing the requested funds for upgraded security) to save those people? You showed absolutely no interest in the Americans killed in the 12 attacks on our embassies and consulates during the Eight Year Reign of Error of The Criminal. You showed interest in prosecuting The Criminal for War Crimes in lying to Congress and the American people to involve us in a war with a nation that posed no threat to us. You showed no interest in holding The Criminal liable for the loss of nearly 3,000 Americans on 9/11/2001 when he ignored the warnings given to him.

And yet the deaths of four American is suddenly your major thrust in life. Why?


Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Article comment by: Trained Observer

You know I felt the same kind of outrage when Bush lied to everyone about the weapons of mass destruction that led us into another basically unwinable war so his buddies like Chenney and Rumsfeld could make some money. Not to mention the thousands of families that lost a member or had someone permanently disabled.
No matter what Obama does or doesn't do, it will always be wrong with people like you. I wonder if its the fact he is a Democrat, black or both.


Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Article comment by: Lynda Rivera

At least Obama cares unlike clueless George who couldn’t figure out how to get water to the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina. However, he was able to figure out how to send 4,000 U.S. troops to their graves over a family grudge in Iraq. It’s taken Obama four years just to get clean up W’s screw ups.

Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Article comment by: Sleepless Night

Yes, right on. If only the prez had given as much attention to those heros as they lay dying in Bengazi. If only the geaving parents and families could get answers and a timeline.
It's been a Silent Spring on many fronts.


Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Article comment by: Common Sense

Daniel, rest assured the great majority of those Okies didn't believe a word he said. They were nice to him because Oklahomans are generally polite and respect the office of the president. They don't fall for the BS put out by this administration.

Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Article comment by: Capt. Nice

Sleepless night, come on, he could care less about a State that they had to look long and hard to find some one who would photo op with the slug.
I doubt if anyone was looking forward to his coming and glad when he left. They will probably get the same treatment the IRS was told to do to the Tea Party people and all the others that appose our King.


Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Article comment by: what a cheesy self-serving photo .....

you've got to be kidding!

Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Article comment by: The Fox Hound

You rightwing crazy patriots must really hate the fact that you have to give the president some credit for his actions in Oklahoma. It must really hurt to have to admit that you need the govt. for something other than war. But I noticed you had to bring up Benghazi. How sad when so many Americans are suffering from this disaster yet you have to make it political. What we need is more Republicans like Chris Christy but he wasn't even allowed to speak at your last Republican Pac conference. Just keep it up it only helps the Democrats.



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