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Why Hurricane Katrina Looms Over Obama's Relief Efforts in Haiti (another bash Bush piece)
MSNBC ^ | 1/13/2010 | Howard Fineman

Posted on 01/13/2010 2:58:47 PM PST by tobyhill

The gods of politics have an ironic sense of justice. They can force a president to confront more complex versions of the very problems we thought we had solved by electing him. As you judge, so shall you be judged: sometimes there is an almost mathematical precision to it. Just ask President Barack Obama. Elected to end the war in Iraq, he finds himself deep in a metastasizing war against Al Qaeda and its allies in Afghanistan and, perhaps, elsewhere. Elected to bring America out of a recession, he now has to deal with our dwindling role in a global economy dominated by the BRICs and by the rapidly growing, smaller "frontier" countries.

And now: Haiti.

Elected in part out of revulsion at the Bush administration's response to Hurricane Katrina, Obama now finds himself confronting an even more devastating and complex humanitarian crisis.

(Excerpt) Read more at blog.newsweek.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: earthquake; georgebush; georgewbush; gwb; haiti; haitianearthquake; haitiearthquake; haitiquake; haitiquake2010; humanitarianrelief; presidentbush

1 posted on 01/13/2010 2:58:48 PM PST by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

The Haitian earthquake is a tragedy. It happened to a favored minority. It did not happen in the US.

Katrina hit all three, so it was worse.


2 posted on 01/13/2010 3:01:55 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: tobyhill

I blame elected officials in Louisiana for the Katrina disaster, particularly the Governor and the Mayor of New Orleans. The notion that it’s all Bush’s fault is a myth promoted by Democrats.


3 posted on 01/13/2010 3:03:48 PM PST by popdonnelly (Yes, we disagree - no, we won't shut up - no, we won't quit.)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

besides, one was a hurricane in which the people had at least 5 days warning to get the hell out and the other was an earthquake that gives no warning.


4 posted on 01/13/2010 3:04:54 PM PST by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

Obama responded quicker to the Haitian earthquake quicker than he did to the near terrorist attack of Christmas Day 2009.


5 posted on 01/13/2010 3:05:39 PM PST by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on the rights of animals would do so on behalf the unborn)
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To: popdonnelly

I remember Bush telling the people to get the hell out and then I remember the MSM interviewing people claiming they wouldn’t get the hell out.


6 posted on 01/13/2010 3:06:38 PM PST by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

If Bush caused the Katrina hurricane....then Obama caused the earthquake in Haiti.


7 posted on 01/13/2010 3:11:22 PM PST by Dallas59 (No To O -Time is going by really really really really slow.)
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To: tobyhill

Expect Obama to make sure that there is no egregiously incompetent “Brownie” in the chain of command,

I suppose, unfortunately, this includes napolitano..


8 posted on 01/13/2010 3:12:11 PM PST by GeorgiaDawg32 (A moderate muslim is one who is simply buying time to reload..)
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To: tobyhill

Notice how “The One” responded to Haiti in hours and to the Detroit bomber in days. Priorities???


9 posted on 01/13/2010 3:13:25 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: tobyhill

Bush did what the law permitted at the time. The law required the state to invite the feds in. Both the mayor of N.O. and the governor of Louisiana refused to allow the Feds to come into the disaster zone because, and they explained it, that way, they did not want the Republicans to get credit for anything.


10 posted on 01/13/2010 3:13:47 PM PST by arthurus ("If you don't believe in shooting abortionists, don't shoot an abortionist." -Ann C.)
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To: tobyhill

Re Katrina being unexpected... true, but what I was getting at was “Bush’s fault” in Katrina, so BHO will feel he really must outdo himself in rebuilding Haiti for show political purposes.


11 posted on 01/13/2010 3:15:45 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: tobyhill

Commie propaganda.


12 posted on 01/13/2010 3:17:53 PM PST by roses of sharon (This is a feral government, broken from the civilizing constraints of the Constitution.)
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To: tobyhill

Finelackey is doing the grunt work here to set up Obama for a magnificient, transcendent, narcissitic, vainglorius, masturbatory moment. The lie that Bush was responsible for much of the suffering in the wake of Katrina will now be followed by the lie that Obama alleviated much of the suffering in Haiti. Axelrod probably has a communications team already on the ground there to push the story.


13 posted on 01/13/2010 3:26:06 PM PST by vekzen
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To: tobyhill

No, no, no. For Obama to outdo Bush, Obama would have to have prevented the earthquake, just like Bush should have prevented the hurricane. /s


14 posted on 01/13/2010 3:38:36 PM PST by popdonnelly (Yes, we disagree - no, we won't shut up - no, we won't quit.)
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To: tobyhill

I thought the US did OK with tsunami relief.
Was that after Katrina? I think it was.


15 posted on 01/13/2010 3:45:12 PM PST by GranTorino
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To: tobyhill

It seems to me he’s already FAILED in his response to two “man made disasters” right here on US soil.


16 posted on 01/13/2010 3:52:23 PM PST by jim35 (Tea Party former Republican)
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To: GranTorino
Katrina was after the tsunami.

For the record this is who was responsible for the real problem with the Katrina response.

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17 posted on 01/13/2010 4:01:00 PM PST by CajunConservative (Obama, You Lie!)
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To: jim35

We need to send hospital ships to Haiti ASAP. We need to co-ordinate with other nations to send help. France should be helping as the people speak French. We should also offer to help re-build. Its only 9 million people in the whole nation.


18 posted on 01/13/2010 4:36:02 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: CajunConservative
Agree on Blanco but also throw in Nagin and those that were able but didn't evacuate.

In general I thought the government response was fairly good. I had helicopters flying over my house in Baton Rouge for several weeks starting very shortly after the levy collapsed.

In the real world nothing works perfectly and there is always room for improvement.

19 posted on 01/13/2010 4:36:47 PM PST by Wahoo82
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To: Wahoo82

Nagin’s authority ended at the city limits. He couldn’t call the mandatory evacuation until he had somewhere to shelter everyone in the city who needed shelter. The only option he had was to use the Superdome until the dingbat did her job.

Nagin had his faults and issues but the person most responsible for the fiasco was the governor.


20 posted on 01/13/2010 4:40:18 PM PST by CajunConservative (Obama, You Lie!)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

“We should also offer to help re-build. Its only 9 million people in the whole nation.”

I’m sure we will. The US won’t just HELP rebuild, we’ll be stuck with the WHOLE thing. Why not? If we run out of money, we’ll just print more. I’m sure other countries will promise help that will never materialize, just like they always do.


21 posted on 01/13/2010 4:49:55 PM PST by jim35 (Tea Party former Republican)
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To: tobyhill

They could send some FEMA trailers to Haiti.


22 posted on 01/13/2010 7:27:06 PM PST by Chewbacca (My gun has killed less people than Vice Pres Biden's motorcade.)
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To: Chewbacca
They could send some FEMA trailers to Haiti.

Certainly unlike the ingrates we have here, the Haitians would actually appreciate them.

23 posted on 01/13/2010 7:29:26 PM PST by dfwgator
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