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Published: Wednesday, Oct. 31 2012 11:16 a.m. MDT

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JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

I am quite certain that Mr Christie will be lampooned for praising the president for his handling of the disaster.

I applaud Mr Christie for not allowing partisan politics to cloud his perception.

This type of honesty will be a liability in his future political aspirations.

We need politicians on both sides who will NOT look at every issue based on partisanship.
Congrats to you Mr Christie.

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

The last thing storm victims needs is a visit by the president and all his entourage who will only get in the way and siphon off the help they need to get their lives back in order.

AmPatriot
Taylorsville, UT

Why is he in a Mall, in a shelter, and making speeches to the victims like it is a campaign event? Why isn't he out looking at the damage and making sure people are getting the services of his duties to the people in time of need? Where are the food lines for the victims? The responders and office workers in the mall are being fed, what about food, water, and medical for the real victims outside the security and shelter of the Mall?

And why is the news media so benevolent and obligatory of this mans irrationality behavior to campaign in the middle of a disaster these people are impoverished with? Where are the FEMA and AmeriCorps troops to help people in times of national disasters? The trillion dollar Americorp is supposed to be in operation and up and running but where are these cowards? And why is Obama, the president hiding from everything and the public in a closet speech?

CWV1965
Taylorsville, UT

The Red Cross is a private organization to help in disasters so why are they the only visible responders to this disaster? How does a non federally funded organization beat the FEMA, Americorp, and military to the scenes?

Has Obama stripped all our emergency essential agency's of funds so severely they can't get to disasters anymore without getting permission and funds from Obama's persoanl expense accounts?

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

@Rifleman

If he hadn't come to the scene, you would have been the first one here to criticize him for not being on the the scene. Am I right?

There is nothing President Obama can do in the wake of this disaster that will please his foes. Absolutely nothing.

@CWVf1965

I wasn't aware it was the Red Cross out in 2.5 ton trucks and helicopters who were on the scene rescuing people who decided to "ride it out." If you think it is bad now, wait until VP Ryan's plans to cut 40% from FEMA go into effect.

xscribe
Colorado Springs, CO

Boy, you've got to love those who have something negative to say no matter what this president does. He visits the victims, he's in the way. He doesn't visit the victims, one can only imagine what negative-minded people would say. I agree with the first poster: Christie saw the president for what he was and praised him, politics aside! That's the way politicians should be and he way America should work.

CWV1965: Apparently FEMA was a shining star in this disaster, so now I'm off to find out if your claims are correct!

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: CHS 85 Sandy, UT
"If he hadn't come to the scene, you would have been the first one here to criticize him for not being on the the scene. Am I right?"

No, you are dead wrong!! For all the criticism Bush received at least he had the common sense to stay out of the way and let emergency personnel do their jobs instead of baby sitting him.

FT
salt lake city, UT

Mitt said in the primary that he would like to turn disaster relief over to the states or better yet the private sector. Doubt he really believes that because you can only imagine how a state could handle a disaster like this storm if it's very services were incapacitated. We need the federal goverment to perform certain functions and disaster relief is definetly one of them.

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

To "CHS 85" if your town was cleaning up from a major disaster would you want the police to be distracted by having to provide security and escorts for the President, or would you want the police to be free to remain on duty protecting the entire community?

Plus, what good does it do to have Obama in the middle of the cleanup efforts? Is he going to pull out a chainsaw and start cutting down tree limbs?

Mad Hatter
Provo, UT

Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah

Sounds like a repeat of Rush Limbaugh's complaint that the president's response to the storm and the ensuing media coverage would give the president more favorable coverage during the election to Romney's disadvantage.

Talk about politicizing the event. Limbaugh only wants Obama's failure and will do and say anything to achieve that end. Similiarly, some here want the president to not act as he should and open himself up for additional criticism.

Of course, there are some, including the commentator, who are more concerned with their own agenda than the situation of the storm victims. Complaining about the president at this time is not looking good. It's crass, mean-spirited, selfishly indulgent, and cruel.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

In looking at the commenters discussing the President's trip to devastated areas, there is a message that the President mentioned the other day. It is very hard for him to show up at briefings that he isn't interested in. He is interested in his re-election since January of 2009 when he was given the Nobel Peace Prize. He has to have a good image and being on the campaign trail has been his life for 4 years. What impact is this on my re-election? After Benghazi, he had to show his ability to lead. The FEMA briefings were taxing on him. He even went on a plane ride to Florida in one of the most expensive aircraft and supporting staff. Then he remembered his FEMA briefing and flew right on back.

The President's re-election plan in the 20 page pamphlet is a lot shorter than the Obamacare plan. Hopefully, he read the pamphlet before it was published. The Obamacare was passed and still many haven't read it that made the decision to pass it. I wonder if Representative Matheson has read it.

I am glad the President is using city assets to campaign.

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

RE: Mad Hatter Provo, UT
"Complaining about the president at this time is not looking good."

Translation: You'd like Mitt Romney to fight with both hands tied behind his back like John McCain. How, just exactly, is Obama helping by getting in the way while touring the area devastated by this storm?

It's all for show folks.

spring street
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Obama could single handily erase the federal deficit get every american a job end welfare as we know it and cuts taxes for billionaires to 0% conservatives would complain. At a certain point you just tune out to the nonsense.

xscribe
Colorado Springs, CO

Rifleman: So if Romney becomes president, a disaster occurs, and Romney tours the area hit, we will all be looking for the same comments from you about Romney!

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
"So if Romney becomes president, a disaster occurs, and Romney tours the area hit ...."

Romney would have the good sense to stay out of the way and not add additional pressure on already overburdened local officials.

Can't you understand that when the president shows up they have to divert attention away from the problem to safe guard him? Come on now!!

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