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Obama to be Briefed on 2011 Hurricane Outlook

At first I thought, this is a joke, right? What’s this going to be like?

Weather Official: Mr. President, it looks like there will be a lot of hurricanes this year.

President Obama: Gosh.

Weather Official: We’re getting fully prepared.

Obama: Good.

(Silence)

Obama: Got anything else?

Weather Official: Nope

Obama: Can you give me the forecast for this afternoon?

Weather Official: HOT. No hurricanes.

Obama: Well, thank you very much. Jay, issue the press release saying I’m on top of the hurricanes.

Well, yes, today’s “hurricane briefing” will be part PR. Maybe a big part PR. But meeting with the president has the desirable effect of getting everyone’s ass in gear.

Here’s the summary of what’s going to happen at this morning’s session:

The President will hold a meeting on national preparedness and FEMA’s “Whole Community” approach to disaster management. This year, the briefing will not only feature federal partners, but will also include state, local, non-profit, faith-based as well as private sector partners.

Sometimes, mistakes that have huge political costs – like George W. Bush’s slow response to the Katrina disaster and Obama’s own egregious handling of the Gulf Oil spill – eventually produce positive change.

Obama’s effort this year to get the hurricane response mechanism organized ahead of time and make sure everyone understands they will be responsible to him for their actions is a strategy that might well save lives – and steer him clear of a  political debacle.

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9 Responses to Obama to be Briefed on 2011 Hurricane Outlook

  1. Bull cookies.
    It’s a brazen political move to show the good folks of Florida that he’s really, really going to be on top of any disaster they might suffer.
    Why? Because he really, really needs Florida’s electoral votes in 2012.

  2. So far, I’ve seen three different predictions with different figures for number of storms, number of major storms, and number of storms that will make US landfall this year. There are probably others out there. If he gets a briefing on each of the predictions, it could take a while.

  3. I’d see this as an excuse to further extend the arm of the government – increase funding for non-profits to work closely w/ gvt agencies etc. Nothing Obama does can be taken at face value. Look at the disasters we’ve had this year alone – massive flooding & tornados. Is anyone blaming Obama for this? No – not even the victims. Katrina hit a place where many (NOT all) people refused to get off their duffs & take some initiative & get out of town, when the warnings were first broadcast. They were lulled helpless by generations of dependence on entitlement programs, plus of course the entrenched corrupt Democrat state & local gvt found it expedient to blame a Republican President – who didn’t have the backbone to call BS. Not politically correct to say that but too bad. The Katrina victims had literally days of serious emergency warnings. Yes, people who live in public housing do have TV sets. The folks in Missouri & Oklahoma etc had only minutes.

    We need a new word for what Obama’s doing – a potent mix of fascism/socialism & what soon will be totalitarianism. Government involvement in every facet of life – and big-government progressives infiltrating historically independent institutions like churches & universities (obviously not as academia exists today).

    Well duh – looky here:

    “Totalitarianism (or totalitarian rule) is a political system where the state, usually under the power of a single political person, faction, or class, recognizes no limits to its authority and strives to regulate every aspect of public and private life wherever feasible.[2] Totalitarianism is usually characterized by the coincidence of authoritarianism (where ordinary citizens have less significant share in state decision-making) and ideology (a pervasive scheme of values promulgated by institutional means to direct most if not all aspects of public and private life).[3]

    Totalitarian regimes or movements stay in political power through an all-encompassing propaganda disseminated through the state-controlled mass media, a single party that is often marked by personality cultism, control over the economy, regulation and restriction of speech, mass surveillance, and widespread use of state terrorism.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Totalitarianism

    Mmm mmm mmm … barack hussein obama … mmm mmm mmm