Mon Sep 3, 2012, 08:05 PM
Omaha Steve (65,049 posts)
Convention eve: Obama consoles storm victims
By DAVID ESPO and BEN FELLER
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - President Barack Obama consoled victims of Hurricane Isaac along the Gulf Coast on Monday and stoked the enthusiasm of union voters in the industrial heartland, blending a hard political sell with a softer show of sympathy on the eve of the Democratic National Convention.
At times like these, "nobody's a Democrat or a Republican, we're all just Americans looking out for one another," the president said after inspecting damage inflicted by the storm and hugging some of its victims. He was flanked by local and state officials of both parties as he spoke.
There was nothing nonpartisan about his earlier appearance in Toledo, Ohio. There, the president said Republican challenger Mitt Romney should be penalized for "unnecessary roughness" on the middle class and accused him in a ringing labor Day speech of backing higher taxes for millions after opposing the 2009 auto industry bailout.
Obama's trip to LaPlace, La., was a televised interlude in the rough and tumble of the political campaign, four days after Romney accepted his party's presidential nomination at the GOP Convention in Tampa, Fla., and three days before the president is nominated by Democratic delegates in Charlotte.
FULL story at link.
Read more: http://apnews.excite.com/article/20120904/DA12KN284.html
President Barack Obama walks past debris on the sidewalks as he tours the Bridgewood neighborhood in LaPlace, La., in the Saint John the Baptist Parish, with local officials to survey the ongoing response and recovery efforts to Hurricane Isaac, Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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Tue Sep 4, 2012, 12:43 AM
pacalo (24,713 posts)
4. Romney's half-baked solution for recovery is *charitable donations*.
In contrast, Obama -- &, apparently, an egg-faced Republican bootlicker Jindal -- recognize that states cannot get through disasters without federal assistance. True recovery means finding solutions to the problems & fixing them. Handouts from churches & organizations like the Red Cross can provide some emergency relief but cannot finance the levee protection these storm victims desperately need & are seeking.
By BEN FELLER and KASIE HUNT
LaPLACE, La. -- President Barack Obama insisted on Monday that the federal government can help Americans in crisis, whether they're autoworkers fearful that their company will disappear or Gulf Coast residents picking up the pieces after the devastation of Hurricane Isaac.
In separate appearances in Ohio and Louisiana, the Democratic incumbent delivered a forceful defense of government involvement to counter the oft-repeated Republican argument that business and free enterprise are the main drivers of U.S success. Obama has said the election between himself and Republican Mitt Romney is a clear choice of the competing visions about the role and reach of government.
Prior to his visit to Louisiana, Obama's remarks about the storm have focused on what money and resources the federal government can marshal to help. Romney used his trip Friday to emphasize the need for charitable donations to help people recover.
Throughout his visit, Romney was confronted with reminders that locals were most concerned about extending flood protection - paid for by the federal government - far enough to protect their community. In New Orleans, $14 billion in federal aid was set aside to build a complex flood protection system of sea walls and levees after the devastation of Katrina in 2005.
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/09/03/v-fullstory/2983107/obama-romney-visits-to-gulf-highlight.html#storylink=cpy
La. Gov. Bobby Jindal asks President Obama for more Tropical Storm Isaac aid
The White House said Obama informed Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal of the emergency declaration in a phone call. The declaration makes federal support available to save lives, protect public health and safety and preserve property in coastal areas.
Jindal, a Republican, shot back late Monday in a letter to the Obama administration that the declaration fell short of the help he was requesting.
"We appreciate your response to our request and your approval," Jindal wrote. "However, the state's original request for federal assistance ... included a request for reimbursement for all emergency protective measures. The federal declaration of emergency only provides for direct federal assistance."
"The speed with which this threat developed "has necessitated extraordinary emergency protective measures at the state and local government level," he said, adding that the state has already spent about $8 million on a variety of "emergency protective measures."