AMERICAN STORM

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By: Wayne Brown



The Huffington Post led with a headline today describing how President Obama was balancing his efforts at dealing with Hurricane Sandy and the campaigning for re-election. The article goes on to point out how the President has been faced with this difficult challenge all year long as he has balanced his campaigning with chief responsibilities in running the country. Amazingly, in all that challenging high-wire balance, he has found time to play golf, be on softball television show, rub elbows with rapper disc jockeys, and crow about getting Bin Laden. Unfortunately, with all that on his plate, he just did not have time to deal with the decision to save American lives in Libya. It just was not an optimal situation.


Obama flew to Florida on Sunday afternoon aboard Air Force One. He had campaign events scheduled in Florida for Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning prior to returning to the White House. Now, going to Florida, for the President of the United States, is no cheap deal. When one considers the cost of operating Air Force One and all the people, vehicles, and equipment involved in keeping the President secure. The price of the trip would easily be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and possibly even millions yet the decision to go is made as if it is some kind of Sunday afternoon whim.


Surely the President, having sighted his concern for the approaching storm off the Atlantic Coast would be very informed as to the expected movement of that weather. His staff would be tracking the event minute by minute in order that the President would have the latest information and an accurate forecast regarding the movement of this massive storm. On that basis, one has to wonder why the President would opt to fly out of Washington to Florida on Sunday only to get up on Monday morning and decide that he needs to return to Washington with the window of opportunity being limited by the approaching storm. The decision to cancel the events could have easily been made by the available weather information at hand on Sunday afternoon saving the taxpayers some needed dollars which could have been used for better purposes. If actions taken are representative of this Administration, then I certainly do not want this Administration making decisions on my health and welfare, or how we get America back to work.


On the other hand, maybe this trip represented an opportunity for Obama’s handlers to demonstrate his selfless perspective by abandoning what would serve his needs best and turning his attention back to the storm. A fearless leader at work with his shirt sleeves rolled up…ready to answer the call win or lose. I am quite sure that President Obama’s air crew had pointed out to the staff that the window of opportunity back into Washington would close by Monday night and possibly delay a return until later in the week. If that happened, the President, stuck in Florida with advance knowledge of the coming storm in the northeast, would look like a buffoon. Still, there was the need to go and demonstrate the President’s willingness to try. The message to Florida was clear….”He’s coming!” Point….Obama! Once that score was made and the sun came up, it was back to Washington to win the hearts of those about to bear the brunt of the storm….Point…Obama! Again! Could there be a greater mental genius than David Axelrod?


The collision between Hurricane Sandy and the approaching low pressure based system approaching from the west provides the “perfect storm” and the “perfect shelter” in which Obama can hide. If not for this storm, more time might be devoted to the tragedy in Libya which apparently evaded the President’s attention as he prepared to head off for yet another campaign tour. Lesson learned….no more campaigning…stay home for the storm! For the President, this approaching storm is like big umbrella in a downpour deflecting attention away from Libya and away from his miserable record of the first four years. Every day this storm rages and stays in the news is another day of neutrality closer to the election process and no one is happier about it than Obama…except maybe, David Axelrod.


These actions are commonplace to this Administration which is based solely on symbolism over substance. This waste of taxpayer money to go to Florida is just another example of lack of conscience and consideration for those who work hard in America and pay their taxes. Of course, there are those walking around who believe that the Obama Campaign will be picking up the price tag for that trip. Don’t bet on it. They might buy a little J-4 for airplane but that will be about where it all stops. The rest will simply be rationalized as the normal cost of the President moving about. Besides that, the President’s minions consider the American public too dumb to notice anyway and too apathetic to care. In some regards, they may be correct.


The commercial airline industry cancelled literally thousands of flights into and out of the Northeast beginning today but the President did not take notice, jetting off to Florida. Remember the adage which first arose in the Obama Camp uttered by Rahm Emanuel, “Never let a good disaster go to waste”? Well, here comes that opportunity once again for the Obama crowd and sure enough they spend what time and money is necessary to capitalize on it….at least as long as the American public does not take a hard look and see through the curtain of façade. It is okay to waste the taxpayers’ money if your intentions were good.


Many have expressed concern as to how this giant of a storm will affect voter turnout in the Northeast and how that will affect the overall election. In reality, voter turnout may not have quite the impact that the distraction away from campaign issues and the short comings of Obama in first term will have on the choice of the voters. At present, silence and distraction are golden gifts in the Obama Camp and the longer it can last, the better. The weather systems approaching each other from opposing directions and bound to collide over the Northeast is a gift of the gods to the Obama Camp and could most certainly be called “The Perfect Storm.”


No doubt, the collision between the cold winter front bearing down on the Northeast from the west and Hurricane Sandy coming from the east will produce some traumatic conditions which will likely leave marks in the history and records books. But for all of the dangers of this massive storm system, it cannot hold a candle to the dark cloud which has hung over America since the current Administration took office. America has suffered a massive and burdening economic digression which has left us mired in debt and placed the private sector into limbo with the threat of dynamic taxation policies, overwhelming regulatory actions, and an unaffordable healthcare system. While the Northeast will likely weather the hazards of Sandy, America is still taking on water from the effects of Obama and four more years of the same turmoil will most certainly spell doom for the nation we have known in our history.



©Copyright WBrown2012. All Rights Reserved.


29 October 2012


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

You summed up exactly what I have been thinking today. This is a horrible storm for the people but the "perfect storm" for Obama. The news about the Libya will be on the back burner for a few days and Obama is going to play the "can do" type of guy. - Bush gave him a good lesson with 9/11 as to how to act in a crisis. Sure hope the storm won't be as bad as it looks for the sake of the people living in the area.


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Old Poolman 4 years ago from Rural Arizona

And even worse, he will act like he really cares when he visits these areas. Like Pamela said, it is a "perfect storm" for him and the timing could not be better. Anything to divert our attention from Libya is a blessing for him.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Pamela99...I am afraid this storm will be bad for Romney's momentum in the northeast with a lot riding on Ohio. Losing these last few days of campaigning the swingstates of the NE will hurt him more than Obama I believe. These actions on his part should be about as transparent to people as a cheap shower curtain but when one is out promising a chicken in every pot, it is hard to counter with any logic. If it goes that way, people will eventually be very, very sorry. Thanks, Pam! ~WB


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Old Poolman...Amen to that. I just hope the polls are wrong and Romney has more momentum in the swing states than what has registered. If people are listening the Libyan situation is down right criminal and disgusting. How could we want such an Administration representing the USA for four more years? Thanks much, Mike! ~WB


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

You make so much sense and bring us the facts that are always necessary to be aware of. Especially at this point and time...I'm actually beginning to feel a bit anxious. Too close for comfort!.....Thanks Wayne. As always, you help me learn and understand.....UP+++


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@fherj48....It is very easy to get fooled by folks who have no boundaries when it comes to lying. Obama is a student of throwing the symbology on the table and letting folks derive what they will from it. He never said it but he found a way to suggest it to your mind. There is nothing more slimeball and evil than an outright manipulator who does not have your best interest in mind. Obama cares no more about the America of our history than does his good radical friend, Bill Ayers, who was and probably still is willing to blow it all up. We have a sitting President who is basically a fabrication of a man who was once on the FBI's Most Wanted list. Obama became the conduit through which the poisonous lies of Marxism could be sold to minorities and poverty stricken. Using those false promises, Obama rubbed salt in the wounds of their fears and hatreds and created the mindset of entitlement. He did it in southside Chicago and he is attempting the same thing with all of America. We have to be smarter than he and his crowd if we are to dodge it. Thanks much!! ~WB


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Wayne that you for telling the truth.. This storm has shown the truth but I hope peoples eyes are not blinded. what happened in Libya makes me sick, if only eyes would be opened..

blessings

Debbie


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Deborah Brooks....You are so right, Debbie. Libya shows us what we have in the White House today and it is sickening. The election needs to change all that. Thanks much! ~WB


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lrc7815 4 years ago from Central Virginia

Well, this piece was certainly cold. Although I agree that something went horribly wrong in Libya, it's too late to bring back the dead but it's not too late to deal with the horrible destruction this storm has caused. Even Chris Christy (a very critical voice against Obama) stated this morning that the President has been available and very helpful every step of the way. Come on Wayne, I know I can't change your mind but, this is a time for caring, not creating more division. People need each other right now, regardless of their political views.


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

This one has some sting to it!....and spot on.

being the optimist I am, I see a rainbow on the verge.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@lrc7815....I agree with you, Linda...it is a time of caring but I don't think the President, knowing of the coming storm, needed to make a wasted trip to Florida only to turn around and come back the next morning to show that he cares. It combines symbolism with a waste of taxpayer money that could have been spent on those victimized by Sandy. He must have applied the same rationale as to ignoring the storm and going to Florida that he used when he reasoned that he needed to go on to Nevada amid the Libyan crisis. That looks like the reality to me. ~WB

@CMerritt....When I heard that Obama had gone to Florida on Sunday and then got up Monday and headed back to Washington, it really riled me as he had plenty of information to make the cancellation decision without making the trip. This was symbolic to the Florida voter and further symbolic to those in the line of Hurricane Sandy. Now we watch pictures of Obama in the Situation Room....where are those pictures from the Libyan Crisis? Where is Obama with his sleeves rolled up sending help to those dying Seals? Oh....that's right, he was on his way to Andrews to fly to Las Vegas for a fund raiser. Disgusting! ~WB


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acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

This is a brilliant article Wayne and spells out what so many of us are thinking but perhaps have been afraid of saying. Bravo to you. Voting up and pressing the appropriate buttons too.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@acaetnna....Transparency can work both ways. Sometimes I wonder if Obama knows how transparent he really is....not that he wants to be but more like he thinks we are too dumb to notice. Thank s much for the good words and buttons! ~WB


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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

Wayne - I'm really glad you brought this up. I stay out of political discussions and generally keep them to myself, but when I was doing my newscast satire, I brought them up. Monday, I was kicking myself for ending it last week. If we all knew what was going to happen Saturday evening, it made no sense, logically, not politically, to travel to Florida. I guess he's watched a lot of Westerns while in the White House and wanted to play "Calvery to the rescue." Great Job!


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@rcrumple....This is not my favorite genre either, Rich but there are times when I get overwhelmed with the whole mess and this was one of them. I already consider Obama to be one of the worst things that has ever happen to America. I am appalled at how many do not see his obvious Marxist ties and the direction which his belief systems will take this country. His gestures are symbolic; his words mere rhetoric, but his actions are toxic yet we have far to many willing to drink that Kool-Aid by the buckets. I hope we can change that next week. Thanks much and keep on writin'! ~WB


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Our leader's decision to ignore the Benghazi massacre is no less shameful than the mainstream media's desire to sweep it way under the rug. Way under!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Although I am glad to see Obama stop by to give his support to the victims of Sandy, I can't help but think how oportunistic it was for his campaign. It will improve his image with some for sure. Hopefully, we will see the votes still swing the other way.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@drbj...Very true...the majority of the mainstream press is complicit in the coverup. This storm will go away and eventually the damage with it will no longer be news, but Benghazi will remain an issue. Thanks, Doc! ~WB

@teaches12345...As the remarks I have heard go...."He's lookin' presidential while he actually takes the time to do his job...DUH? You are correct...Benghazi is not going away. At least Fox News is continuing their coverage when other media are ignoring it. Thanks much! ~WB

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