Obama on storm: If they say evacuate, do it now

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  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 30, 2012 10:36 a.m.

    I like the title of this article ‘Obama on storm: If they say evacuate, do it now’.

    These words are very reminiscent of the Benghazi storm, to me. However, the President didn't give those words to the people involved. I think of the Seals, who definitely know the impact of water on their mission, such as a hurricane can have. They were waiting for direction and orders to assist their compatriots in harm's way.

    Storms happen in all forms. These Seals and Ambassador expected more protection from their all seeing and benevolent government. Having spent years in foreign countries and expecting the government of our country to provide assistance and aid, when needed, to help defend against despotic governments, people felt they could rely on our leaders.

    Weather is a factor, especially when the outcome of an election could be dictated by what happens in the storm, there is some elevated interest from people, media and even the President of the United States of America.

    This storm will pass but the storm in the desert of Benghazi may not be over for a while. Integrity and Honor were mentioned in the police cadet training center yesterday.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 30, 2012 6:07 a.m.

    Re: xscribe Colorado Springs, CO

    So knowing that the storm was coming Obama flies down to Florida only to turn around and come straight back? Since there had been no change in the forecast was Obama just interested in an airplane trip? Doubtful.

    No, someone decided that he had to look presidential, and it wasn't Obama.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 29, 2012 5:50 p.m.

    As Romney is the only one running for President that has experience as a businessman, a real philantropist and a politician with a very good record of giving his all in those arenas and whose sons and wife give their time, energy and talents for the good of the country. He is competitive, knowledgeable and can work with all different types and kinds of people in government, the Olympic world of politics and non-politics, and in the business world. He knows that government can be invasive and when that happens for decades and with increases in taxation, potentially without representation with the Obamacare, people do not want to invest in staffing, products, and improvement in their manufacturing and technological advances.

    He knows how to schedule and has the health and ability for his age and sage attitude to live a life that is full of challenges and still be a family person.

    He has studied, worked, learned cooperation and has a multi-faceted ability to have a law degree and an MBA. In today's world a business person basically has to have those types of skills to do what they need to handle government intrusion and be solvent.

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    Oct. 29, 2012 2:25 p.m.

    "The decision to suspend the events was announced shortly after President Barack Obama canceled his appearance at a morning rally in Florida to fly back to Washington to oversee the government's response to the hurricane from the White House. Obama also canceled campaign events scheduled for Tuesday.

    Besides suspending rallies, Romney's campaign also was considering sending him to New Jersey later in the week, where he could meet with victims and survey storm damage with Republican Gov. Chris Christie, a top Romney ally."

    Seems Romney did the same thing, Rifleman. Only Romney was in a state of, I'm not going to stop unless Obama stops. And then, like you, politicizes a possible tragedy. Classy!

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 29, 2012 1:58 p.m.

    Re: CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    "If President Obama wasn't in DC overseeing this all, you'd be all over him for not being there."

    That is probably exactly what Obama's campaign manager told him after he flew down to Florida for a rally and abruptly decided to fly back to Washington. The weather forecasts hadn't changed one whit and so why the sudden change in his schedule?

    BTW, he can forget Florida and should have been concentrating on some more fertile state anyway.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Oct. 29, 2012 1:13 p.m.


    If President Obama wasn't in DC overseeing this all, you'd be all over him for not being there. No matter what he does, you'll complain about it. The buck stops at his desk.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 29, 2012 1:04 p.m.

    Re: Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    "I appreciate that Obama is not sitting back on his hands."

    I rather doubt that anybody was waiting to get the nod from Obama before they decided to do the intelligent thing and get prepared for the obvious.

    Re: CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    "The United States Department of Commerce is responsible for weather watches and warnings."

    Yes, and that is exactly what they have been doing. Don't they have spokesmen responsible for issuing those alerts or is that something Obama can't delegate?

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 29, 2012 12:54 p.m.

    If the President stays in Washington, D.C., he will be better able to manage the hurricane and extra ordinary storms for the well-qualified professional and dedicated people that normally manage those types of things.

    He needs to recoup the $900,000 they spent for the stadium during the convention that they didn't use. Sort of like being the CEO of a community organizing entity that takes 85 percent of their funds for administrative costs as it is government money and only 15 percent goes for operational costs.

    It is hard to forget about the four fastest ships he has sent to ensure our common defense. Truth is truth and only the facts change for this transparent President with Czars to help in his leadership process.

    These 4 years have been a repeat of President Carter's years but the government employees sort of got a pay raise during this time but the economy is about the same. The swine flu vaccine was administered during President Carter's time and is being administered again during this administration.

    I hope FEMA appreciates the hands-on approach this President has for them and our country. State Department is another thing.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Oct. 29, 2012 12:31 p.m.


    You 100% wrong. The United States Department of Commerce is responsible for weather watches and warnings. Virtually all local emergency managers work directly with their local office of the National Weather Service who provides them with up to the minute storm forecasting, satellite imagery, and radar data. The National Weather Service works in the background provide "Decision Support Services" to local leaders. The NWS provides data, issue warnings, and leave it up to local leaders to evacuate and prepare.

    It has nothing to do with politics. It has everything to do with people doing their jobs.

    Hurricane Sandy and the impending convergence of storms is nothing to make political snide comments about. It is a real danger and the men and women who work for government agencies from the town to the federal government are doing everything they can to help everyone - regardless of political parties or leanings.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Oct. 29, 2012 12:05 p.m.

    who cares? I do I have many friends and family in the path of this storm and I appreciate that Obama is not sitting back on his hands. YOu can try to politicize this the same way you do every tragedy (libya for example) but it only reflects poorly on you.