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Obama Skips Tornado Destruction, Heads West to Raise Money

President Obama is opting not to visit the tornado-ravaged areas of the South, choosing instead to embark today on a three day tour out West where he will try to boost his political standing by talking up his approach to the deficit and raise millions for himself and fellow Democrats.

The tornadoes, part of a storm that rampaged though six states Saturday, resulted in one of the worst disasters of any kind in the United States since the Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Scores were left injured or homeless while 45 people were killed – about four times as many as died in the Gulf oil rig explosion and the subsequent oil spill last year. In North Carolina alone, there were nearly two-dozen storm-related deaths Saturday, with 130 homes destroyed and an estimated 700 more damaged.

Obama presents the Commander-in-Chief Trophy to the Air Force Academy football team in the Rose Garden Monday. He made no mention of the tornadoes.
photo by Keith Koffler

Not only is Obama staying away from the region, he has said almost nothing publicly about the tragedy beyond an interview with a North Carolina TV station and a very brief mention at a White House prayer breakfast. The president has failed to make the kind of national, attention-getting public statement presidents offer during crises to comfort victims by expressing the condolences of the nation and to seek charitable aid.

Sunday, he went golfing. On Monday, he did sign a disaster declaration for North Carolina, which will free up federal assistance to the state.

Vice President Biden has also failed to show up. He’s cooling his heels today at home in Wilmington, Delaware. The disaster did not even merit a visit from Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar who – without any apparent irony – was in Boston Tuesday announcing a new wind energy project.

Meanwhile, the South is bracing for more, as forecasters say severe storms and tornadoes could hit the region again today.

Obama’s failure to publicly attend to the fallout from the tornadoes comes on the one-year anniversary of the rig explosion that caused the Gulf oil spill. Obama was roundly criticized then for failing to respond sufficiently to the crisis.

The president’s silence and absence during the current crisis is particularly odd given his political stakes in North Carolina, which barely went for Obama over McCain in 2008. Obama is so desperate to hold the state that he’s chosen to hold the 2012 Democratic convention there, in Charlotte.

Obama’s first stop out West will be in San Francisco today, where he will stage two fundraisers and host a “town hall” style meeting at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto focusing on his solution for the federal deficit. On Thursday, he’ll hopscotch over to Reno, Nevada – also a key presidential battleground state – for another deficit town hall, and then head back to California to rake in more money.

While the fundraisers are obviously political events, Obama’s public sales job for his deficit plan also has a major political component, given the widespread public concern about the economy is behind his perilously low poll ratings.

323 Responses to Obama Skips Tornado Destruction, Heads West to Raise Money

  1. Hello All, At this point in time, after 820 days (2yrs and 3 months), the POTUS, VPOTUS, WH, czars, and entire US government agencies have nothing to say (good, bad, or indifferent) when US citizens are hurt either financially or physically. Wikipedia identifies http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elitism
    Elitism is the belief or attitude that some individuals, who form an elite — a select group of people with intellect, wealth, specialized training or experience, or other distinctive attributes — are those whose views on a matter are to be taken the most seriously or carry the most weight or those who view their own views as so; whose views and/or actions are most likely to be constructive to society as a whole; or whose extraordinary skills, abilities or wisdom render them especially fit to govern.

    However, I believe that if you look at the WH schedule from 4/15/2011 thru today . … http://www.whitehouse.gov/schedule you find nothing about any public speech concerning the tornado victims, families or communities.

    Nice going POTUS !!!!!

  2. I guess when your home is destroyed you don’t have any extra money to contribute to the campaign so what good are you to Obummer?

  3. Sunday, April 17, the Commandant of the Marine Corps came down to Camp LeJeune (where a F-3 tornado hit, destroying approximately 40 houses, severely damaging another 50 or so) to have a townhall meeting with residents of the Tarawa Terrace II housing area. The Commandant, General Amos, promised constant patrolling of the area by Military Police, making rebuiliding a high priority, and immediate assistance to those whose homes had been ruined. A friend of mine reported the next day, Monday, April 18, workmen were already on the scene, clearing debris and working on homes to get them back up. My friends who live here have been so impressed with the way the Marine Corps has handled this situation. What a contrast to the Commander in Chief we have!

  4. Check the map. Were all the states hit by the storms red states in 2008? Could that possibly have any bearing on the President’s interest in them?

  5. I live in NC and we have definitely noticed he has not commented on the destruction here. We don’t want him here for the Dem. Convention either.

  6. I’d be more than happy to host is useless pos butt for a visit to NC. Maybe even a walk to get some fresh duck for the grill. Too bad I’d only bring enough back to feed myself. Wouldn’t need any more than that in any case.

  7. The U.S. taxpayer drowns in debt to foreign powers while TawanaBama gets his Farmville on.

    Emperor Nero, meet your virtual double…

  8. Barack Hussein Obama or whatever his real name is, is bereft of any character and integrity.————And, for certain, he is not president of the United States.———-Rather, he is president of the Democrats, liberals and leftists.———–He’s an embarrassment as a man; he’s a failure as a leader; and he’s soon going to be a former one-term president.

  9. Good…we dont want him here anyway! It would just cause problems with the SS getting in the way of workers and people trying to our lives back to normal!

  10. Obummer criticized Bush highly for not sending in FEMA soon enough (Even though mayor Nagin didn’t request help until days after the hurricane hit), and for not paying much attention to katrina. But here he ignores North Carolina completely to raise funds for his 2012 re-election bid. Selfish much? Naw. He liberal media, let’s give him a pass……AGAIN!

  11. “I WON. I TRUMP YOU.” Obama’s now infamous, dismissive words when the Republicans tried to submit some suggestions on the economy and health care to him. Did you really think Obama would take the time to visit Conservative states?

    I would never have thought of “The Donald” as President, but maybe he will “TRUMP” Obama.

  12. No surprise here either.
    The boy who would be president has no feelings for the common people, and we all know he has no heart.
    Also, the so called town meeting is “NOT” a town meeting. As was stated in the Reno Gazzette Journal, “THE PUBLIC IS “NOT” INVITED!!”
    Believe me it will be LIBS and drooling idiots only!!

  13. Not surprising. As learned last week when he didn’t know a microphone was on and he was talking to big money supporters, we’re all slugs. A shame CBS won’t release what else he said about Americans.

  14. What else can we expect from the non citizen-hater of America. Going to the damaged areas are not on his re-anointment agenda.

  15. I am putting my tinfoil bonnet on (whilst aluminum is still affordable)…is the ‘OHMYGAWD, ME!CHELLE’S PLANE HAD TO CIRCLE’ story (which we all know happens daily…just not usually to ‘ranking’ air travellers…a sympathy try? Really…because the blogosphere is a abuzz over Chairman’s O’s failure to do a ‘flyover’ of NC storm damage and of US Marines being ‘ordered’ to attend the ‘Shelli and Jilly Wee Care (About Getting Our Husbands Re-Elected) Tour’ so something ‘dramatic’ had to come out.

  16. I hope the citizens of these ravaged states remember the lack of caring or concern when November 2012 comes. Don’t get mad, get even don’t vote for this con artist. Obama is a model of narcisissism.

  17. I cannot believe we are still pretending this liar and thief is still the president!
    He doesn’t even qualify to be impeached! Slick Willy got impeached for a bj!!!! This man has done far worse to this nation! Where’s Ken Starr when you need him? This is all just so ridiculous that I cannot even believe Americans are still sitting and watching as it unfolds like it’s a tv show and not our country! This is your life people, your kids future.

  18. Since most of these areas were not obama supporters guess they feel there is no use in looking like they are interested in the areas. Now when some city cores go up in flames or down a wind tunnel I suppose you will see the out pouring of their support. Plus not seeing alot of the people affected yelling for some government to come rescue them and hand them cash and credit cards say’s something about the people themselves. They work for a living and will continue to do so.

  19. Let’s see…CBS will not release the entire hot mike audio when Obama was talking to his big donors last week. Something about calling the opposition “slugs.” Do you remember, “Reward our friends and punish our enemies?” Any state that Obama didn’t carry in 2008 gets the middle finger from the narcissistic street hustler from Chicago. Red states in the south got a firsthand taste a year ago during the oil spill. Arizona is in court with the Feds fighting to keep the illegals from overrunning it. This is how they do it in Chicago, folks.

    • Be real careful, there! I don’t care how much we all (apparently) hate this POS’s guts, we don’t need to be making any comments remotely to do with violence towards a sitting President! There’s been way enough of that as it is, in our history.

      I would have said something more appropriate, like “Get the handcuffs!”

  20. What do you mean? The ditherer spender pretender flubbed another one? You don’t say. I say let the bobble-head raise money, he is going to need it.

  21. The situation involving his wife & the airplane was total fabrication…they capitalized on the high profile ATC stories in the main stream media…threw her into the mix to elicit sympathy & help launch his re-election bid…since she’s the wild card w/ greater popularity than him…he’s beneath contempt…

  22. That dang Bush, he did it again, eh? No wait, fast forward to BozObama.

    This man is a clown, a puppet on a string…and the sheep are headed for the cliff.

  23. Wow…a football jersey. The closest he’s ever come to wearing a uniform. Great to see his priorities are where they should be.

    As for Biden, perhaps he’s lounging in his jammies, catching up on his zzzzs and channeling the spirit of Chucko the Clown.

  24. This president doesn’t give a damn. How can anyone be serious about this guy. I feel like I was just snookered by a scam.

    • Next time you (and everyone else who voted for him because they wanted to vote for the first Black President) vote, please remember this quote:
      “I have a dream today, that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character!”

      Had you truly thought about what this meant, you never would have let this sorry excuse for a Black man get this far. You want to vote for someone with character, who happens to be Black? Vote for Herman Cain, or pray Congressman Allen West runs for President one day.

  25. Goes to show all he wants is the title he has no clue about the job. He has plans to be there to say goodbye to Okrah on her show yet he never goes to disasters in states that voted against him. KY – Statewide Ice storm damage, Gulf Region – Spill disaster, TN – Record 100yr flooding, Carolina’s – Storms. But he has no problem going to FaceBook to campaign..

  26. Did we not get the same reaction from “him” last year with all the flooding in Nashville. No one should be surprise of and man who puts golf , vacations and fund raising at the top of his list.

  27. If you will remember, he did also ignored the floods that caused so much damage in Nashville and surrounding area of Tennessee a couple of years ago. The south are fly over states for him!

    Don’t know why anyone in the South would vote for this guy.

  28. He’s not raising money for a re-election. That is what he wants you to believe. He is actually lining his pockets for when he is voted out of office. This piece of crap knows he is gone in 2012, so why not take the money from the stupid people that still support him.

  29. Obammy also ignored the floods in the Midwest. No surprise…this arrogant piece of crap is only interested in events that will allow him to campaign, increase his campaign fund or play a round of golf. He is a terrorist supporting, Muslim piece of garbage and his sole agenda is the destruction of America….he’s doing a fine job of it.

  30. I hope an F-5 goes through Harlem and lets see if he moves his sorry Kenyan ass…Jesse Jesse! I;ll be right there…I hope it didnt blow everyones food stamps away! Damn!

    Come to think of it the place looks better now! Sucked all the debris away and left a nice clean slate to rebuild on. Sheet….I hope it didnt blow my birth records away!!! Oh yeah…sorry I domnt have any…sigh/////

    What a selfish SOB.

  31. No surprise here…
    Obumbles being the Metrosexual he is, is just a urban baby. In his eyes people that don’t live in the metropolitan areas are of little use and “bible toting Gun carrying Fanatics” He will only go to places where he will be greeted and treated as the “great savior” This man boi is the ultimate narcissist.
    Us people in the so called “fly over” states to him are worthless to his cause, that cause being himself….
    Lets pray soon the Great Impostor in Chief will just fade in to history as the worse and most destructive president ever…

  32. I know Governor Perry has written a letter asking Obama to declare the parts of Texas that are on fire a disaster area. Since Obama says he loves Texas so much, I’m sure he will do this in a timely manner. If i lived in North Carolina, I would be very offended that fund raising came before viewing the destruction in the state. I am so sorry they have had to bear this loss of life and property. I am also sorry our president doesn’t seem to think it is worthy of his immediate attention. I am not sure if North Carolina is a red or blue state, but if it is a red state, I am sad to say I think that has affected Obama’s decision.

  33. Did anyone actually believe that Obama would waste his time touring an area of devastation? Obama likes devastation; this is why is doing everything he can to destroy this nation. It is far more important to Obama to feather his own nest and maintain his iron fist on the reigns of power than to check on the welfare of ordinary Americans. This is one reason that we need to be much more discerning during the next election cycle. No free country needs the likes of Obama at the helm. The office of the presidency deserves better than this classless, arrogant, calculating thug.