President Obama Thursday will visit “the New York City area” to get a first hand look at the failure of government to provide adequate power, food, and gasoline to the battered city in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
Well, the White House puts it a little differently:
On Thursday, the President will travel to the New York City area, to view the storm damage, talk with citizens who are recovering from the storm and thank first responders who put their lives at risk to protect their communities.
Obama has largely avoided the media outrage that attended George W. Bush’s handling of Hurricane Katrina.
Obama staged a pre-Election Day photo op at the Jersey shore with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie before the full extent of the wreckage and suffering became apparent.
The president’s appearance – featuring slobbering thank you’s from Christie – set up a storyline that FEMA is responding briskly and successfully to the hurricane, a notion that stuck in people’s minds through Election Day and has helped insulate Obama from outrage.
George W. Bush, who failed to visit New Orleans immediately after Hurricane Katrina – partly out of concern he might interfere with the rescue effort – never recovered from charges that he was inattentive to the crisis.