CHICAGO, November 5, 2012 – Managing the aftermath of a natural disaster has become a benchmark for political leadership: It can make or break a presidential re-election effort.
Yes, President Obama visited
But is this any real measure of leadership? Is a president’s mettle determined by how quickly he can snare a photo opp with Gov. Chris Christie?
Now seven days later, nearly 2 million people in
According to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, more than 30,000 - 40,000 people in
And another powerful storm is set to hit the coast mid-week.
This isn’t rural
This isn’t some desolate, poverty-stricken third world country. This is supposed to be
In the dark shadow of the presidential election, there is real humanitarian crisis afoot; one that calls into question the federal government’s basic competency in times of crisis.
It also calls into question President Obama’s competency.
Looting is widespread. Gas shortages are firing tempers. No one is providing answers or solutions.
Along the Coast, victims are struggling to find basic necessities and to avoid hypothermia as the power outrage continues. “The power just came on today,” says Jesus Alaniz, an
Another victim, who lives in
“I’m scared of so many things. The nor’eastern coming, above ground wires, the trees around our house, the looting going on, lack of order, of why certain areas never lost power, some did, how the grids work, and how will they cope when winter comes,” said the woman, a resident of
She also worries about the food supply shortage. “Our house has been freezing cold especially at night. It got down to the low 30s. Our grocery stores are so limited on food and water. Can’t buy anything around here that is dairy or frozen since everything spoiled.”
The woman forwarded me an email notice sent to residents Saturday from Howell Township Mayor Robert J. Walsh. It reveals the frustration and powerlessness of victims:
We still have over 10,000
So what does President Obama’s response to Hurricane Sandy say about his leadership to date?
It says that the President does not know how to lead or manage or govern. It says that he is more cynical than he lets on; that he is more concerned about the artifice of caring but not what it embodies.
It says that his focus is on his re-election effort while
President Obama has been campaigning in the battleground states. But
President Obama has failed the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
But his Bigger Government has failed them too.
William J. Kelly is an Emmy award-winning TV producer and conservative columnist. He is also a contributor to the American Spectator and Breitbart.com. He is a native from
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