It would be hard to compare the Deep Horizon oil spill with Hurricane Katrina because after Katrina George Bush actually got something done.
The lefties can ridiculously try and blame George Bush for the aftermath of Katrina but in all reality about the only thing they can legitimately claim is that he showed up a couple of days late.
But show up he did and he brought the full weight of the Federal Govt. with him as well as the United States Army.
That is a historical and undeniable fact.
There is a reason that people will not be able to call the Deep Horizon oil spill Barack Obama’s Katrina and it is because he has yet to do one damn thing and it has been 40 days.
We all remember the images from Katrina don’t we ?
The people wading through chest high water. The thousands of people trapped on their rooves. The people stranded on bridges and overpasses.
The Super Dome packed to the rafters with 25,000 people without food, water or facilities.
New Orleans was 80-90% underwater because the levees had failed.
There were giant barges resting up against apartment buildings and oil rigs were blown against bridges.
In short you could say that the damage was the worst many people have ever seen in their lifetime.
Governor Blanco and Mayor Ray Nagin were completely overwhelmed as nobody expected the sort of damage that came.
New Orleans and the Gulf Coast were hurtin’ for certain and for a few days no one knew what the hell was going on. The police were scattered. There was looting everywhere. Gunfire filled the air and people were dying right in front of our eyes as America watched helplessly.
And that was just in New Orleans.
The Mississippi coastline got scraped clean as the tidal surge pushed miles inland.
Gigantic hotel casino barges were pushed thousands of feet on to dry land and stranded while whole neighborhoods of homes simply washed away.
They got wiped out.
Then George Bush showed up and he brought the cavalry.
Hurricane Katrina hit landfall on 6:10 AM on Monday, August 29th.
Two days later on August 31st Joint Task Force Katrina was formed at Camp Shelby, Mississippi to organize relief efforts along the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The operation was headed by U.S. Army Lieutenant General Russel L. Honoré.
Together they went rolling into New Orleans and from that moment on it was the largest and longest rescue operation the United States has ever seen.
Soldiers, helicopters, pontoon boats and amphibious vehicles, the Coast Guard and local first responders were all mobilized and the aid poured in like a river.
The sky was filled with helicopters and the streets were filled with soldiers and from the moment they arrived they began to rescue all the trapped and stranded people. They gave them food, water and shelter.They gave them medical treatment.
Bush even sent a floating medical hospital. The USNS Comfort deployed on September 2, 2005, after only a 2-day preparation, to assist in Gulf Coast recovery efforts after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Starting in Pascagoula, Mississippi and then sailing to New Orleans, Comfort personnel saw 1,956 patients total. USNS Comfort returned on October 13, 2005 after its 7 week deployment.
And only hours after Lieutenant General Russel L. Honoré arrived people were being put on busses and were evacuated out of danger.
The levees were being repaired and plugged and one by one the enormous emergency pumping stations were brought online and in a few weeks New Orleans was bone dry.
Lt. Gen. Honore kicked some ass and took charge. He even received some praise from School bus Ray Nagin
“. He gained media celebrity and accolades for his apparent turning around of the situation in the city as well as his gruff management style which contrasted with what many felt were the empty platitudes of civilian officials. In one widely played clip, Honore was seen on the streets of the city, barking orders to subordinates and, in one case, berating a soldier who displayed a weapon, telling him “We’re on a rescue mission damn it!” New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was quoted on a radio interview September 1, 2005, saying: “Now, I will tell you this — and I give the president some credit on this — he sent one John Wayne dude down here that can get some stuff done, and his name is Gen. Honoré. And he came off the doggone chopper, and he started cussing and people started moving. And he’s getting some stuff done.”
Bush got the victims tens of thousand of FEMA trailers. He got them to new homes. He got them medical care and even gave them emergency spending money.
He threw the whole damn govt. at New Orleans and Mississippi and that’s the truth. People can criticize the rescue operation for all the many little problems and crises and scandal but you cannot say that Bush did not respond.
He never put any blame for what went wrong on anybody but himself but if he wanted to there were plenty of people who dropped the ball.
And still the left in this country never gave him an ounce of credit or even put the responsibility of failure where it truly belonged.
Hurricane Katrina hopefully will be one of those disasters that you only see once in a lifetime. It was a huge mess and I know I have left out plenty of details but the point of this diary is not to recount Katrina so much as it is to compare the actions of two different Presidents when confronted with a serious disaster.
One rolled up his sleeves and got to work and got the job done and the other hasn’t really done much except point a lot of fingers, hold a few press conferences and yell at people to do the job that he does not seem to be able to do and as I type this President Obama is on his second vacation in a month.
Obama has been tested by crisis and he has failed.
The oil has finally reached the shores of the Coast and no one was there to stop it.
Gov. Jindal is reduced to begging for help as there are no federal resources to give Louisiana aid.
Where the hell has Obama’s Katrina like response been….?
Where is his Lt. Gen. Honore….?
Obama has dropped the ball on this and it is painfully hard to deny.
He has failed the people of Louisiana.
He also let the people of Nashville, Tennessee stew in their own juices too during their recent flood.
When crisis knocked Obama went golfing.
You can’t say that about George Bush.