Obama: 'Going to be a long 72 hours'
August 27th, 2011
12:38 PM ET

Obama: 'Going to be a long 72 hours'

(CNN) - President Barack Obama toured FEMA headquarters in Washington Saturday as Hurricane Irene continued up the east coast of the U.S.

On a conference call with emergency officials, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and FEMA administrator Craig Fugate, while at the command center, Obama warned of the worsening conditions, saying “it’s going to be a long 72 hours.”

“Obviously a lot of families are going to be affected. What we heard, the biggest concern I’m having right now has to do with flooding and power, sounds like that’s going to be an enormous strain on a lot of states,” Obama said. “That may take days, even longer in some cases depending on what the storm does.”

Obama, who thanked officials at the National Response Coordination Center, has declared states of emergencies in nine eastern states.

Irene made landfall early Saturday morning and has already left 550,000 North Carolina and Virginia power customers in the dark.


Topics: FEMA • Hurricane Irene • President Obama

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  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    My prayers are with all the people who are in the path of Irene. Let's all pray.

    August 27, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
    • Russell Brown

      our father in heaven
      may your name be kept holy
      may your kingdom come soon
      may your will be done in earth
      as it is in heaven
      give us today the food we need
      and forgive us oursins
      as we have forgiven those who sin against us
      and dont let us yied to tempation
      but rescue us from the evil one

      August 27, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
      • Craig

        Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime, have a man pray for a fish and he *dies hungry*

        August 27, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
      • flavoter

        Yes please save us from the GOP!!! If FEMA were privatized how much do you think a private company would charge for the various unregulated services that are needed before and after major events? And what would happen if you could not afford to pay.... Maybe they would show some compassion (that was a joke). Money vs people money will always win!!! greed kills.

        August 27, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
      • CheeseSteak

        The evil one...you mean Perry, Palin or Bachmann?

        August 28, 2011 at 12:59 am |
      • isaac

        faking president we gat america wwwww up

        August 29, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
  2. Thomas

    Looks like FEMA is on the ball .

    Prayers and courage to those effected.

    August 27, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
    • CheeseSteak

      Ron Paul says to kill FEMA. What a guy eh? Thinks the Church will take care of everyone.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:59 am |
  3. jean2009

    Best wishes, and hopes for the safety of those in the path of the storm.

    August 27, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
    • Javi

      And let's not forget that Bush cldeodd Gaddhafi, like he was suddenly a good guy. And not one mention of the fact that the rebels he and the coalition are supporting happen to be former al Qaeda operatives.I suppose next we're going to blame Obama for the fall of the Roman Empire. Why not? He gets blamed for everything else. It doesn't surprise me at all that the writer of this blog is from Great Britain. They have been the shittiest allies a nation could want over the course of the last century or so.

      August 1, 2012 at 5:16 am |
  4. joshua

    Don't pray. Help those affected rebuild their lives after the storm.

    August 27, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  5. DorisV

    Hope things don't get worse. Especially for folks in NYC and the other areas that would be difficult to evacuate and rescue later. Days of no power, flooding and all the other nasty things that happen after severe storms is no fun for the people living through it. Good luck to all. Keep working hard Obama, Fugate and Napolitano. It is your job and what we expect for our money.

    August 27, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  6. hassan

    my prayers to all the people in the east cost wish you safe.

    August 27, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  7. viranka

    only reason FEMA is on the ball is because Obama has his foot in their a**.

    August 27, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  8. DENNA

    @ viranka – – only reason FEMA is on the ball is because Obama has his foot in their a**.
    _______________________________________________________________________________________________
    Classy, very classy. I assume that you will be going into the trouble areas to volunteer your help since you think President Obama isn't doing enough. If you don't like the man, that's fine, but be fair. Oh, wait, you're obviously a Tea Bagger and that word is not in your vocabulary. Sorry, my bad.

    August 27, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
    • isaac

      obama huorican desaster cancer for america

      August 29, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
  9. DENNA

    @ viranka. Sorry. I did not read your post properly. I am so used to him being attacked that is what I thought I saw. I am very, very sorry.

    August 27, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Typical Liberal, so full of hate.

      August 27, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
      • Craig

        Typical bagger, that is how you own up to your own mistakes, you apologize and correct.
        You should learn something from this, no wait, you type of people *lie* on purpose, never mind.

        August 27, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
      • lookindown

        Jay, you are wrong. Some people are just snake bit by the nasty stuff put out by teabaggers. She was right to apologize for an misread and mispost. I've done it myself. But you know what, I have never seen a right wing extremist apoliogize for an error.

        August 27, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
      • steve

        show me a right winger nut who isn't full of hate either. everything goes both ways nowadays.

        August 28, 2011 at 10:46 am |
      • Be for all of America or leave

        Get over yourself Jay....this is a disaster, in your area no less. And you and yours are attacking this president for helping as much as possible.?? Doesn't that sound stupid to even a tea head like you? Probably not....you 3rd grade drop-outs seldom see the error in their continued bashing of this president. All you can do is throw out your usual bumper sticker diatribe/ statement...Liberals are so full of hate, blah blah blah. No solutions, no unified message, just the usual moronic rhetoric. If it weren't for Faux news, you wouldn't have anything to post right?

        August 28, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
      • Patrick from Minnesota

        No, you are.

        August 28, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
      • aNTHONY

        Denna APOLOGIZED. You did realize that right? YOU attacked her for APOLOGIZING. Do you see any failed logic in that? She held her self accountable for her mistake. I dont believe Ive ever seen a (R) do that on a message board. Why dont you take YOUR HATE somewhere else.

        August 28, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
    • Be for all of America or leave

      Deena,

      Those of us that support this president, understand how sensitive every comment is. This president is attacked relentlessly everyday. Often, he's attacked for doing the right thing. Its not a surprise that he's been unable to bring about the change necessary to move this country forward, because everything is opposed, before its even given a chance.

      I loath everything republican / tea party / GOP. Those people have sold themselves to a hateful ideology and a political position just to seek this president's complete failure. I cannot think of anything that is more UN-American

      May you and yours be blessed during this disaster..but rest assured this president will do all that he can to support ALL affected citizens.

      August 28, 2011 at 11:43 am |
  10. Ann Marie Heaney

    My prayers for safety and a minimum amount of damage go out for those affected by Hurricane Irene.

    August 27, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
  11. DaveNYUSA

    "Obama: 'Going to be a long 72 hours' "
    Dude, it has been a long 2 1/2 years. You make it sound like DAMAGE is something foreign to you!

    August 27, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
    • Joy

      How quickly folks forget. The disaster was present when the president got there. Remember Hoover and how long it took Roosevelt to clean up the destruction back then. We have the same situation again. This mess is not going away for sometime and it is not President Obama'sfault.

      A little cooperation would go a long way but too many are hell bent on destroying this country so that Republicans can be in power.

      SHAME, SHAME!

      August 27, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
      • Craig

        yep, The Great Depression took 10 YEARS to reach precollapse levels again.
        And the recovery didn't start until FDR took over from the failed Republican Hoover (census data supports this).
        Unemployment rates at that time didn't start to decrease until FDR took over. And I know what you Repuke defenders will say next and no WW2 had absolutely *nothing* to do with the recovery. History recorded the GD as over in 1939, two years before WW2.

        August 27, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
      • Emmet D.

        Good point, Joy. Unfortunately, many Americans have very short attention spans, care little about history, and believe insults are synonymous with debate. If it didn't happen yesterday, it didn't happen at all. It's the same crowd that claimed President Obama was the worst President in our history....the same week he took office.

        August 27, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
      • Amjo

        Thanks Joy..common sense is refreshing.

        August 27, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
    • Barbara

      Dave, when you say "Dude, it has been a long 2 1/2 years. You make it sound like DAMAGE is something foreign to you!" I think you must have selective memory loss. The fact is that damage is not foreign to any of us. Don't forget – we all lived under George W, when damage was a way of life. Obama's accomplishments have been absolutely incredible, considering the mess he walked into. I guess what is foreign to many is having a president with a brain and who also works hard. He seems to be one of the few in Washington who is actually trying to do make the country better, as opposed to your "friends" who whether you realize it or not would just as soon see the country slip into the ocean if it made Obama a failure. They are more interested in serving their monied backers than doing what is best for their constituents and the country. I still can't get over how many people voted for Bush against THEIR OWN BEST INTERESTS, and for ridiculous reasons that had nothing to do with being president. NOw these people are unemployed, hurting and they want to blame Obama. Incredible.

      August 28, 2011 at 11:45 am |
      • mike4ever

        I agree with you but people don't want to hear the truth when they have been brainwashed for generations to believe that the status quo is to always stay in power and on top no matter what. It wasn't so much as having Obama as president because of his skin color but more of the fact that he might get something accomplish for all the people and not just one set of people. It hurt those who hate him because he took on a job that a lot of them do not want and is trying to change things for the better and is doing it despite all the brick walls they put up.

        They can't even find one reasonable candidate with the republicans and teaparty alike who really want to have that job but putting up a good front to make it seem like they do. This is about the worst bunch of candidates campaigning in the history of voting, with all the pledges they are forced to sign, I just wonder how in the world will they ever been able to get any business done at all. They have let the hatred of people tie not just their hands but also their souls to something they know they have no intentions of doing.

        August 28, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
    • Be for all of America or leave

      Dave, grow-up would ya? This president has see the BP disaster, the tornedos, the Tsunami's in Japan, earthquake in Haiti.

      Please go lay down so we don't have send someone out looking for you / the village idiot

      August 28, 2011 at 11:46 am |
    • aNTHONY

      Grow Up. This is 2011, history has already been written, you cannot change it. Obama is doing his best to clean up a 10 year mess in 4 years. I dont see YOU picking up a shovel and helping dig the country out of its hole....

      August 28, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
    • isaac

      obama bomba blak year no more pleas go to hellllllllllllllllllllllllllll

      August 29, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
  12. Shelia

    Aww, did Irene interrupt Obama's little vacation in Martha's Vineyard?

    August 27, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
    • Joy

      The petty remarks never stop.

      Enough already.

      August 27, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
      • CheeseSteak

        That's all the Tea Baggers are. Petty scumbags

        August 28, 2011 at 1:01 am |
    • GBA....GOD BLESS AMERCIA

      COUNTRY FIRST..TRY IT IT WORKS..Regardless of race ,religion ,politics and money..At this time we are all one in our Great Country The Untied States of America....

      August 27, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
    • Craig

      Obama took 26 days off in his 1st term.
      Bush in his 8 years took 1027 days off, that is ONE THIRD of his time screwing around and while supposedly we were in a 'state of emergency and war' HA

      August 27, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Craig, you do realize that there are 832 weekend days during 8 years. Why do you count weekends for President Bush but only days in Hawaii for Barry? A little hypocritical don't you think?

        August 29, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
    • JD

      Whats wrong with you people, so the president isn't suppose to celebrate his birthday after a long week of negotiating with republicans who practically got everything what they wanted?

      August 27, 2011 at 9:51 pm |
      • isaac

        for year is to mach mr. president go to kenia for the rest of your time live or go to hellll

        August 29, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
    • Marie

      Would Bush have cared, or stayed – on his vacation?

      August 28, 2011 at 12:05 am |
    • emmy skadittle

      it stopped a lot of people vacations.

      August 28, 2011 at 6:01 am |
    • Be for all of America or leave

      Sheila, Did you come by that snarky / childish / petulant attitude naturally or is it a tea party thing, developed by un overabudance of hatred for this present?

      From this angle, it just looks ignorant. Go count Bush 43's days of vacation and come back and report to us when you SEE FACTS as opposed to the lies and misinformation you try to spread. I'll standby waiting for the comparison...so I'll see you next decade – LOL

      August 28, 2011 at 11:49 am |
    • ANTHONY76

      People have died Sheila.
      Show some respect for their families. Show some respect for The (MINE, YOUR, OUR) President of the United States.
      This is no time for childish remarks.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
  13. GBA....GOD BLESS AMERCIA

    FEMA ,RED Cross , Local Governments ,Federal Government ,Our President and I pray the republican congress understand Together we are one regardless of race, politics, religion and money .WE ARE ONE !!!!!!!!
    America it is time to come together as one in America step in and help our brothers and sisters, as richest country in the world..Eric Cantor I hope you can see it in your heart to put Life ,Country and America in front of savings ,cuts and political agenda's ...God Bless Amercia

    August 27, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
  14. Dee

    For all you haters of the President this is not the time for negative attitudes and comments. I was just in hurricane Irene in NC and this is a storm that needs to be respected and I feel the President is trying to be prepared and do what is best for all Americans who are/ and will be affected by this devasting storm. So if you have not experienced being in a hurricane I would hope that you would stop your negative comments about the President, this is not the time while people are afraid and hurting.

    I truly believe the Lord is trying to send all of us a message about the bickering, hatred and discourse in Washington that he is in charge and we need to get our priorities together and begin to respect each other as human beigns and do what is right for the betterment of this country.

    President Obama is the President of the United States and he should be respected as that he is not a monster he is a man of color trying to do what is best for this country.

    GOP Governors , Candidates, TeaParty People are complaining that the government should not intrude in our lives, well I am waiting to see who will be lined up for Emergency Fema Funds and assistance.

    August 27, 2011 at 8:28 pm |
    • MaryM

      Good post Dee

      August 27, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
    • becky

      You speak with wisdom and common sense. Our President is doing a great job. He can't stop this hurricane, but his presence and genuine caring for all of us is apparent. We need to support our wonderful President as he works to face emergencies and solve long-term problems. Some of the negative comments above are so hateful – it's embarrassing.

      August 27, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
    • Obamasux1

      The Boy is a moron, your nuts if you think he cares.

      August 27, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
      • Amjo

        Take a good look at your name tag. Bet you're from Texas. Whose your "boy"

        August 27, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
      • lookindown

        If you can't cite speciific evidence to support you statement, what does that make you? A genius. Answer: something much, much less.

        August 27, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
      • Notfooled

        Typical name calling response with no substance-ignorant.

        August 28, 2011 at 2:15 am |
      • Be for all of America or leave

        Racist much? Calling our president a "boy" just epitomizes the ignorance and hatred that is you. President Obama is doing a fantastic job. By now, if we measure the gub-mint's response to Katrina, via Bush 43, bodies would be floating down a river somewhere. So because this president alerts us to the problems – He DOESN'T CARE.

        Get a life! Most important, go home, as your town is missing their village idiot

        August 28, 2011 at 11:54 am |
      • jean2009

        The name is Mr.President ....racist.

        August 28, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
      • Russell Brown

        A man is but the product of his thoughs what he thinks he becomes
        hatred does not cease by hatred but by love alone this is an ancient
        and eternal law.

        August 28, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
      • aNTHONY

        The hate is strong in this one...

        August 28, 2011 at 8:43 pm |
    • Amjo

      You are so right.

      August 27, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
    • isaac

      stopid men you ar no time for f k i n g bolshit mir. democrats . we hev no working for 1 year we last alll ar president never rans 7- 11 store he is golfing w up america

      August 29, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
  15. GBA....GOD BLESS AMERCIA

    America be safe ,smart and help the best we can..

    August 27, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
  16. Ron Paul

    RON PAUL is the People's Choice in 2012! Join the rEVOLution!

    August 27, 2011 at 9:30 pm |
  17. Obamasux1

    Once an idiot always an idiot! Like he cares the man is such a disgrace.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
    • Jerry

      Who in the HELL are you calling a boy? This is exactly why I have no doubt Prez Obama will win re-election. It's because of the obvious racist element in our society that gained so much attention with the Tea Party and current hate filled rallys of the of GOP. Thats why you conservatives won't win an general election ever again or at least until 2024 after Hillary Clinton has finished her two terms. To much self righteous religious talk and hate with your conservative party. Your either anti-science, anti-marriage equality, anti-women's rights, anti-diversity, anti-healthcare for everyone, anti-education funding, anti-clean air, anti-clean water, anti-food safety, anti-human experience, anti-Medicare, anti-Medicaid, anti-Social Security, and now anti-FEMA. And if your not stealing an election in 2000 with your village idiot G.W. Bush, yall don't have a chance to win another election for a long time. But if there is another civil war, maybe you might win back the South, and you can have that without an civil war.

      August 27, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
    • Notfooled

      He is doing more then you ever could.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:16 am |
      • Unvarnished truth

        So true. I could never get in as many rounds of golf in as he has managed to do since becoming POTUS. But then, I work full time.

        August 28, 2011 at 11:01 am |
    • waj66

      "Once an idiot always an idiot!" And to prove the point you post.

      August 28, 2011 at 7:31 am |
    • Be for all of America or leave

      No, its turd blossoms like you that are a disgrace! Saving the lives of our citizenry is the objective. Why would you say that's a bad thing? Unless you are a complete moron or a teahadist...possible both because they are certainly synonomous

      August 28, 2011 at 11:58 am |
      • Whomitha

        A while back (in another trehad), Brent asked if I had any constructive tips or advice for our users. I don't have much to offer for the other users, but since I'm heavily involved in web development on the editorial side, I can at least offer some advice to CBG's editorial staff in the way of some questions that would go a long way to helping you identify the strengths and weaknesses of this website.* How much revenue is being generated from your website (banner ads, etc.)? Are you monetizing other areas of your online areas (e.g., e-newsletters, podcasts, videos)?* Do you sell products from your website? If so, are revenues up or down compared to previous months/years?* Are you getting regular online reports from your web team (e.g., Omniture reports)? If not, why not?* Why do visitors come to your site? Why does your site exist, and what do you offer on your website that your visitors cannot receive from the print magazine, or from other websites?* How much traffic (page views, unique visitors, total visits) are you getting on a monthly basis? * How is this traffic trending compared to last month? How is it trending compared to last year?* What is the average amount of time a visitor spends with your website? Is this amount increasing or decreasing month over month/year over year?* What was your best month in the past year/two years?* What are your most popular pages for the past month/past year? How does this compare to previous months/years?* Who are your most popular writers/columnists/contributors to the website? How often are they posting new content? Do you have a budget or payment plan that encourages/incentivizes your top contributors to write frequently? Are you actively soliciting content from new writers as well?* Do you have areas of your website that have not been updated in many months? If so, either update them or consider phasing them out. If your print columnists are not contributing to the website, offer them incentives to do so or else shut down those online areas.* Where are your visitors coming from? Are they mostly U.S. based? What percentage of your traffic comes from overseas? Do you have a strategy to attract more traffic from overseas?* Are you familiar with other websites and what features those other sites have? Do you regularly contact other editors to learn best practices, as well as strategies on how to ensure CBGxtra’s web development is made a priority within the corporate hierarchy? * What do you do better on your website than your competitors do, and vice versa?* What are your top three priorities for the website? What would you like the website to look like six months from now? Do you have sufficient resources and staffing to make those priorities a reality?

        August 1, 2012 at 2:55 am |
    • 2cents4free

      Your hatred is blatant.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
    • Patrick from Minnesota

      You tea bags would rather see our government fail so you can rise to power as opposed to being good citizens and helping those in need. And you call yourselves "Americans."

      August 28, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
    • Pete

      The mans a snake oil saleman

      August 29, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  18. Democrat

    And that goofyball called Ron Paul says we don't need FEMA. Had to be one of those TeaBagger to say such things...

    August 27, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
    • Pete

      ron paul smoked alot of weed give him a break
      But hes not a leader for America He's only a half step over bozo obama

      August 29, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
      • isaac

        loser peresident leader shmok we come to america to si mr bobo kiling as wher ar we going america wwwk up he is a shmok

        August 29, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
  19. spanglish

    Obama Has not done a thing the Governors of each of the affected states have prepared the people and the emergencies, the President only went public after the east coast was already ready

    August 27, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
    • Notfooled

      President Obama declares the state of emergency so funds can be released to these states. Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey was the first to thank him this morning.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:18 am |
      • aNTHONY

        Good one, Notfooled. Your post wins the "Pwnage Award". +1

        August 28, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
    • Be for all of America or leave

      And you are an expert in this field because......??????????? Geesh, I guess we should wait for your expertise in this matter before accepting the fact, these govenors are going on record saying the Federal Government's response has be critical to minimizing the effects of the disaster. I mean, what do they know? What does anyone know except you "spanglish" – Yeah Right? Turn up the sound on the TV to see if we'll have your interview on CNN

      August 28, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
      • isaac

        cnn news or nada

        August 29, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
  20. Charles Kennedy

    Hi Folks
    You are a f-king disgrace to the field of journalism. Jack Layton, Opposition Leader in the Canadian
    Parliament, die of cancer this week and his funeral was today and you don't mention it on your newscast.
    Shame on you.Canada is the US's most important trading partner.
    CK

    August 27, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
    • isaac

      ther you ar m god bl,es you men cnn or nada

      August 29, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
    • isaac

      good cnn n or nada

      August 29, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
  21. thomas

    Dont worry. Republicans will blame the President for something. Here in Virginia, looks like local, state, and federal coordination worked very well. Prayers and best wishes go out to all those without power and damage to their homes.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
    • isaac

      waht f k i n g president cnn loves ar president mr david king so stupid of c democrats for dad saportes

      August 29, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
    • Isabel

      If you're still on the fence: grab your favorite epaohrnes, head down to a Best Buy and ask to plug them into a Zune then an iPod and see which one sounds better to you, and which interface makes you smile more. Then you'll know which is right for you.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:48 am |
  22. Obama voter 2012

    I am casting my vote for President Obama. He's the only President that does care about the middleclass, poor, America. GOP has done nothing for the American people accept bash the president. What has the GOP done? The GOP has obstructed everything this President has try to do. Obama save the US from total financial meltdown, brought OBL to justice, has helped other countries like Haiti and Japan. I sticking with President Obama. I will support his effort to win second term. GO Obama GO.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
    • isaac

      go bobama go go to hell

      August 29, 2011 at 9:46 pm |
  23. ChrisM

    WoW, look at all the haters. Even in a disaster

    August 27, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
  24. Chrisg510

    Good post Dee

    August 27, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
  25. los60

    and I guess for all you conserv and some of you others (libs & Inds) haters thinks the Bush administration was doing a better job when katrina hit the big NO 6yrs ago, President Obama just can't do any right when the last administration left some much bull crap to clean up. Just a dam shame when the Vic (President Channy) writing books and on national TV admiting to commiting international crimes for a war that was all base on a lie, just a dam shame

    August 28, 2011 at 12:05 am |
  26. Marie

    I survived 4-5 back to back hurricanes in 2004, in Florida- Frances, Ivan, Jeanne...etc... I know what the East Coast is going through and my thoughts are with you all...

    August 28, 2011 at 12:06 am |
    • Marie

      ...I say the previous...because I get so TIRED of the OBAMA haters!!!! Get a LIFE!
      If you can not contribute to the Subject, then just don't bother.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:30 am |
      • isaac

        maria por favor estas loco peresident estas loco es la fino del mondo to no miras que pasa america

        August 29, 2011 at 9:10 pm |
  27. Marla

    I'm just thankful that we have an intelligent, compassionate man in the Oval Office, and not a moron like Perry or Bachmann, or Paul, who is calling for destroying FEMA.
    East coast – remember this when you vote in 2012!

    August 28, 2011 at 12:43 am |
    • Unvarnished truth

      Eliminating FEMA is a great idea. If you've worked as closely with them as I have over the past several years you'd understand why. I've seen them put someone in charge of a 150 person department whose previous role was managing a fruit department in a grocery store. I've seen six department heads take an hour and a half to decide whose responsibilty is was to authorize what should have been a routine $5,000 expenditure. I assume they are typical of fed govt beaurocracy bloat. If it wasnt so expensive to tax payers, it would be comical.

      August 28, 2011 at 11:14 am |
    • isaac

      no mhter how no mr.. bobo pleas no more ediuot in the w h

      August 29, 2011 at 9:49 pm |
  28. CheeseSteak

    Obama is a black guy, and the old, fat, racist white Tea Baggers are going insane.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:02 am |
  29. Thomas

    @ Obamasux1

    I take it your referring to the Famous G.W. Bush quote after Katrina : You're doing a hell of a job, Brownie .
    Wasn't that photo great of GW looking out the window of AF , what a leader ?

    August 28, 2011 at 2:13 am |
    • Jay in NC

      And if President Bush had landed, entered the city, you would have said that he was interfering with relief efforts. Barry watches the whole thing on a computer screen, talk about being detached. Oh, but to you that is the smart thing to do. Typical Liberal hypocrite, full of hate.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:32 am |
      • Whiteowls

        No, FEMA interfered with relief efforts.

        August 28, 2011 at 8:47 am |
      • Be for all of America or leave

        Jay in NC = boundless stupidity

        August 28, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
      • jean2009

        Jay.... no one can hold a candle to your type of hate. You are just another racist moron.

        August 28, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
      • emmy skadittle

        i love republicans saying "liberals" are hypocrites and full of hate, perhaps you should look those words up and then look in the mirror.

        August 28, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
    • isaac

      aes verda mr. bobo go to kenia

      August 29, 2011 at 9:11 pm |
  30. Notfooled

    President Obama--Is a great leader. Its only those who try to block everything he does that are the problem.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:21 am |
    • superlogi

      Leader? You mean a behind, don't you?

      August 28, 2011 at 10:37 am |
      • Be for all of America or leave

        HA HA ...That's so funny! People are out trying to save lives and you're making jokes about the focused, intelligent organized work this President is doing on behalf of people, would otherwise be suffering......

        you are almost as funny as the other 9 clowns that come out of that car before you. Fantastic circus trick...can you do it all again for us on more time? This time, just go ahead and stay in the car...for that, you'll get a standing 0vation....I guarantee it.

        August 28, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
      • aNTHONY

        No.. he meant LEADER clear enough for me to read it. What part of it don't you understand?

        August 28, 2011 at 8:46 pm |
    • isaac

      si estas loco estas como to que no mira nada vas mirras el dr, por cheque total to perder la cavesa todo que estas peresidente aces es la manera que la mondo termina

      August 29, 2011 at 9:15 pm |
    • isaac

      you ar onlly cnn or ndaa

      August 29, 2011 at 9:51 pm |
  31. AlohaBetty

    Obama evacuated the entire East Coast so that the looters would get their stimulus packages!

    August 28, 2011 at 2:23 am |
  32. Oblivious

    As reassuring as it is to recognize your awareness of the situation, I'm sure we would all sleep more so at night if an immediate, specified response was in order.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:40 am |
  33. yuddha

    Big salute for President. He is doing all he can to save our nation from billionare and trillionare

    August 28, 2011 at 4:50 am |
    • isaac

      to la mismo que estas in fermo loco presidente go to helll bo bo lindo

      August 29, 2011 at 9:17 pm |
    • isaac

      sinuor loco te gosta mr.. bobo loco

      August 29, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
  34. truthman

    It seems the gov't worker could have positioned the FEMA sign a little better so that the "F" wasn't over a crack in the wall. Just sayin' the images does not project confidence an professionalism. And the little name plate on the table in front of the Prez seems a little tacky considering he is probably the most recognized person in the room, if not the world. Are we starting to emulate banana republics or what?

    August 28, 2011 at 6:37 am |
    • DanoMcRoo

      Union job.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  35. truthman

    Wonder just how long were Janet Neapolitano's eyes closed in the picture and was she snoring out loud? Is there a video to go with the picture?

    August 28, 2011 at 6:42 am |
  36. truthman

    Wonder just how long Janet Neapolitano's eyes were closed and was she snoring out loud? Is there a video to go with the picture?

    August 28, 2011 at 6:43 am |
    • jean2009

      Three posts to point out just what a moron you are...keep going.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  37. Roedy Green

    When you consider Irene could just as well could have gone to a category 4, what sort of damage would have happened then? America was simply not ready even for a relatively gentle tap from mother nature.

    New Jersey is suffering mainly because it was already waterlogged with record rain. Nobody seems willing to acknowledge the connection between greenhouse gas emissions, temperature rise, and freakish weather. This is not new science. The great Swedish chemist Svante Arrhenius (the guy who discovered ions) worked out the basic math way back in he 1800s. It is an outright lie that his science is controversial. We have statistics on how much fossil fuel we have burned each year, and chemistry to tell us how much greenhouse gasses that released.

    Claiming that the sharp CO2 rise is not man-made is as bogus as claiming a a broken jar of jam of the floor has some mysterious origin when you know perfectly well you just dropped one.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:47 am |
    • jean2009

      If you record a phenology garden for several years you know weather is being affected by our pollution.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
      • Pete

        PERRY – ROMNEY 2012 Restore America

        August 29, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  38. Liz Carter in Georgia

    If anyone is interested I'd like to encourage you or invite you to watch the 1997 rendition of 'AMISTAD' Morgan Freeman and Anthony Hopkins, on WGNA TV. It's on right now in Georgia. It is a very good and detailed depiction of the beginnings of a systemic assassination, by the 'supremast establishment' of the spirit, the integrity, the self-worth, the dignity, the history, of an AMERICAN people. 10am-1pm. If you miss it, watch for it to come on again.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:21 am |
    • Jay in NC

      Yep, typical Liberal rewriting history. Morgan Freeman's character is a fictional creation. In real life, it was Josiah Willard Gibbs (white man), who discovered James Covey, the Mende sailor who served as a translator for the Amistad captives. Makes you wonder what else they got wrong.

      August 28, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
      • ANTHONY76

        Troll of Hate spotted.

        August 28, 2011 at 9:07 pm |
  39. douglas james

    Obama, it has been a long term for you, and for those of us of whom have to put with you. Deal with 72 hours.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:52 am |
  40. Joe M.

    Christie 2012

    August 28, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
  41. Liz Carter in Georgia

    The UNTOLD STORY/EMMETT LOUIS TILL-TVONE-CH 71 in Georgia on right now.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
  42. DanoMcRoo

    No Barry. It's going to be a long 14 months.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • Mstafa

      Theresa O'Brien – WOW ..I must say how beautiful August loekod!! I jsut loved looking at all these pictures of the happy couple! The pictures are wonderful and it will be sooooo hard to pick the favorite ones!

      July 31, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  43. Diogenes3p0

    A long 72 hours looking for enough disaster to try and spin Obama on top of things, to bad he does not spend this effort cutting his wife's $10M taxpayer vacation-a-thon

    August 28, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • ANTHONY76

      But do you have ANY solutions to offer, since this country is in such a mess? Or are you mainly proficient at snive, petty remarks? Some of us "thinking folks" want to know.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
    • Juan

      And on top of that God also gets hurt,fells pain,cries and needs you to love him just as I needed my wife in my past to love me,But she did not,she bokore her promiss to me all together just for lust.She loved lust more then me,Now how can I be a good husband to some one who does not even love me but but only to my face with a lie? its impossible.

      July 31, 2012 at 4:23 am |
    • Ranjit

      The thing that I really get a kick out of reidnagrg all of this is that everything that is coming to pass under Obama's watch is stuff that many of us predicted would come to pass due to Bush's incompetence. Obama inherited an impossible situation. While I think he has done a lousy job, no one could compare to the disarray that the Bush regime caused.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:10 am |
  44. NW1000

    Going to be a long 14 months.
    Until we can vote this clueless boob out.
    Took a hurricane to blow him in off the golf course.
    Draft Hillary now.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  45. Dontbow

    Obama must be racist, he didn't personally go around and make sure everyone evacuated.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
    • isaac

      eres stupido como tu sinuor bobo w up america

      August 29, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
  46. Juliet

    So... Let's recap. We expect the President to resolve issues created over a seven year period, within a mere 2 1/2 years. Not to mention when Prez Clinton left ofc, we were in the Surplus. Obama took ofc when we were, what?,,,What's dat?... Oh yeah!.. That's right, A TRILLION DOLLARS in debt. This is not about the presidency. This about desperately trying to assasinate a BLACK MAN, so why mince words!!?!. Who cares that our fellow citizens are in need. The Tea Party will stop a nothing with their spread of HATE. I would say their 3-11 status is working splendiferously... Oh, for all the 'educated' folks out there, '11' is for the 11th letter in the alphabet, in CAPS, mulitiplied by three. I'll give you an hour so to figure it out. God Bless America!!!... Signed off.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  47. stiker

    Obama is doing what anyone else would in this situation, like him or not. People have to stop being so bombastic.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
    • isaac

      iim bombistik for mr.. bobo ba stupid likes you bobo ba

      August 29, 2011 at 9:24 pm |
  48. Sharon

    As a college educated medical profession I have been very impressed seeing how FEMA was revamped over these last two years. My husband would have been too, but unfortunately I lost him a few years ago to cancer. But my husband was a California EMS commissioner for over ten years and was actually part of San Franicsco disaster planning task force. A disaster plan is very, very complex and involves federal level on down to governors/states/ city/town/police/fire/transit systems/EMS emergency responders/hospitals/volunteer groups agencies/ etc/etc/etc. All work together with certain people designated to be in charge of each designated section of planning/response and continue to work cooperatively well together in team effort. I have observed the disasters that have occurred in US this year, and am impressed with the seen new revamped FEMA disaster plan. Have seen and heard lots of praise from those affected this year. I have been watching CNN 24 hour new coverage and have heard good praise about FEMA's assistance with Hurricane Irene from governors/mayors/police/fire/etc.. Hurricane Katrina FEMA plan/response was pretty bad, so the new seen revamped disaster plan, as a medical professional familiar with disaster plan/response, is wonderful and a much welcomed improvement to see. The complex top level to bottom level mult-agency preparation/response for Irene was excellent. At least so far. Has been amazing to watch, understanding all the complexities that make this possible..

    My husband and I were very involved when Loma Prieta Earthquake struck San Francisco 1989. No sleep for us, and many long hours spent working during our actual time off. I know from first hand personal experience, what it is like workng during a natural disaster. Disaster plans are a huge, huge must

    I send my sincere congratulations to President Obama, Head of FEMA, Janet Napolitano, and all those at state/local/volunteer level that were involved in planning/and now responding to Hurricane Irene. States were quite lucky as Irene lost steam over North Carolina, and never regained it's strength. Damage effects left elsewhere will still be huge though. Lots of flooding problems/etc. seen. The worst could have actually happened quite easily, and as such all disaster plans approach to deal with the worst scenerios. They have no other choice – consequences could very well be devastating if they don't. No one has a magic genie to accurately predict what will happen. You always plan for worst, but hope for best.

    From a medical professional that knows the full scope of disaster planning/response. I am impressed and very pleased with what I have seen and continue to see. Damage could have been so much worse if plans had not been that not good and well co-ordinated. The continuous new media coverage and all the alerts was excellent to really get people to listen and pay attention/react/deal with all aspects. People are human beings and typical psychological reaction aspects do come into play here. The continuous media coverage/repetitiveness is a must to get the message out to the public. I want to sincerely thank CNN for their excellent coverage. Was appreciated and was great.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
    • isaac

      howww mr. bobo ba stupid bo bo ba president wiht experiens waht the hell he was doind mir. bobo ya ya go to hell

      August 29, 2011 at 9:29 pm |
  49. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Yep, just you Jay! Just a typical conservative with yet another jaded view of what the truth about a historical documentary, that was based on the TRUTH is! It's sad that he feels so much hate against TRUTH that he picks one petty little addition, that was probably used to enhance the storyline, to discount, degrade and dismiss a whole multi-Academy Awards Winning documentary; 'AMISTAD', which was written by 5 brilliant people, produced and directed by 3 brilliant ones! What a selfish, begrudging person.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
  50. Liz Carter in Georgia

    He has the audacity to question David Franzoni, Anthony Hopkins, Djimon Hounson, Matthew McConaughey and Morgan Freeman, all of whom studied the historical values, wrote the story and had it put on the 'BIG SCREEN', by one of the worlds greatest producers and directors, Steven Spielberg, and also another great director Debbie Allen. Jay, during those times, many whites were 'abolitionists', and we certainly thank GOD for that, but FYI, there were also many brave blacks active in securing our own 'freedom'!

    August 28, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Yes, I have the audacity to question. Isn't that the point of the story, to question the prevailing authority. To not just accept what the elite of the day tell us to believe but to dig deeper and find the truth. Liberals want someone to guide them, tell them what to do, be it the government or Hollywood (big corporation). Most Liberals can not handle real responsibility, that is why they do not own businesses.

      The fact remains, Josiah Willard Gibbs, who discovered James Covey, the Mende sailor who served as a translator for the Amistad captives was a white man, not black. The question is why do you want to negate the efforts of whites. Why are you so adverse to the fact that white people worked hard, gave their lives, and livelihood to end slavery.

      Take the Quaker in Penn. They were the first in 1682 to sign a 'no slaves agreement' That the new colony, and future State, of Pennsylvania would be free for all men and women. But I am sure the Liberal elite would rewrite that story as well.

      August 29, 2011 at 8:58 am |
  51. ANTHONY76

    Obama could swim out and save you from drowning, and some of you hate-filled individuals would still curse him the entire swim back to shore. How pitiful. Whatever your political views, religious views, or social views, this Country needs to seriously start standing united, versus all this division and hatred that isnt helping rebuild anything. I bet if a capable country like China decided to go to war with us (for whatever reason), I bet you folks would start singing a different tune when their stealth fighters were headed this way with a couple loaded nuclear warheads, and their massive population took arms and put boots on our soil.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
    • Pete

      He would only do it if he was 200% safe and would get him votes
      obam is a snake oil saleman

      August 29, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Barry's chickens are coming home to roost.

      August 29, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
    • isaac

      mr. bobo ba tax china 25 prece for all and redos the defecit den retur backs your michel to visit the family in kenia mr.. obamo you ar f k i n g loser big time

      August 29, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
  52. James

    It's been a "LOOOOOONG 2 1/2 Years–

    August 28, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
    • Pete

      keep your chin up Bozo's on his way out

      See him grandstand all weekend..... anything for votes what a snake

      August 29, 2011 at 10:57 am |
  53. Dee

    If you think this is a long 21/2 years just wait untill you vote Perry in and you will think it is the end of the world.

    I have been following Jay in NC for a while he is so negative and always spew hatred this we do not need in a time like this. Some of us say positive things to help the country and there are other who will not take heed and try to tear this President down and other americans who don't agree with them. We can be respectful and agree or disagree this is the beauty of freedom in America.

    August 29, 2011 at 11:01 am |
    • Pete

      At least Perry will know what he's talking about ..... He ran companies before
      obama just runs his mouth

      August 29, 2011 at 11:05 am |
  54. Liz Carter in Georgia

    'Adverse to the fact'?!? 'Negate the white efforts' towards ending slavery?!? You're spinning, yet another lie against MY character since I called you on your first 'racist' post. You brought race into this whole 'AMISTAD' debate! Freemans' character should've been white? Every intelligent, studied African American who knows anything at all about the history of chattel slavery knows full well of the honorable, brave efforts of the many humanitarian, God fearing whom many choose to call 'Good White Folks'.

    August 29, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      You ask "Freemans' character should've been white?" the answer, YES. Because the actions he took in the move were based on a white man in real life. Why is that so hard for you to accept? Maybe Freeman should play George Washington to make you feel better. Get real, if white people did not want slavery to end then it would have never ended. Period. You have to give credit where credit is due. The man that helped those black men back then was a white man, not Morgan Freeman.

      August 29, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
  55. Pete

    Demorats were the biggist slave owners in the South

    August 29, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • Russell Brown

      let he who is without sin cast the frist stone.

      August 29, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
      • Russell Brown

        does your faith teach forgivness or bitterness

        August 29, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
  56. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I've spoken about this type of a Bold American, on this blog and many others! I've pointed out how many whites still exist, even now, who stood and are standing in the gap so to speak, for us right today! Who've marched, been beat, fought, dogged and died for the cause of OUR freedom and equality! I've humbly acknowledged them, thanking them for their BRAVE assistance towards our onging struggle for total and complete justice. So you can stop lying when you get ready Jay! You certainly aren't one of them!

    August 29, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • Pete

      give up the slave talk all of this crap is bought up to "make americans aware that now we have a black President"

      We need a President not black not white but a President

      and right now we don't have one

      August 29, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
      • isaac

        stupid we gat bo bo ba im soo p of bobo

        August 29, 2011 at 9:35 pm |
  57. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Every white person in AMERICA doesn't possess that sick, supremast mentality....we know that! Jean2009, and many others on this blog are good examples of that being true! Just like us, they detest the ones who do and the fact that it still thrives and boils in America, after all that's been lost to put that fire out! These are the ones who believe in equality, giving people the same unbiased opportunity to excel. This same GODLY mindsets are who helped us elect Barack H Obama for President! Thank you all.

    August 29, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
    • Pete

      Obama won strickly on race
      90% blacks would have voted for the devil as long as he was black
      Liberal white america Hated the Republicans so much they would have voted for rhe devil as long as he was not repblican
      obama could have been a great president if he knew what the hell he was doing

      APresident with Experience Courage and streagh makes a president not color

      August 29, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  58. Pete

    Most of us don't object to a black president Color has nothing to do with it
    We want a qualified President which we don't have now

    August 29, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
    • Russell Brown

      we acknowledge your statement
      we absolutely reject your comment
      we want a qualified president,, we belive the president is a qualified leader .

      let pray for our leader we are the biggest costumer that they all have .
      please join america in pray our leaders need jesus help.

      August 29, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
  59. Eli in Texas

    Aha! Just as it happens in any article that so much as mentions the name Obama, the discussion ends with a debate of race. As if an African-American politician is of a different species than White politicians. You should all be ashamed of yourselves for your petty insults and unintelligible remarks.

    August 29, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  60. isaac

    to all cnn you ar loser and nat corectad neows time to cheng your game obama his losing

    August 29, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
    • Bensu

      I can answer that for you, it might take a colupe postes so please bare with me ok.God the father is not even a little bit insecure But he knows we are and he also knows most people would sleep around on there wifes or even leave them for another just for the sake of lust or money or fame. With that being said if you are to leave your wife for another even after you made a declruration to stay with them there whole lives then there is no way you would stay with God for eternity.

      July 30, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
  61. Liz Carter in Georgia

    The first thing is, the only reason I asked the question was indicating where you decided to bring race into the discussion. I already gave my acknowledgement and thanks to the 'good white people', then and now.They had to be brave, strong and GOD-sent to stand against such a beligerent, greedy, hateful, racist, white supremast establishment! And there still are some; those are the one you fight on the blog. 'Get real, if white people did not want slavery to end then it would not have ended. Period'. LOL!

    August 30, 2011 at 6:22 am |
  62. Liz Carter in Georgia

    We know the majority of white AMERICA wanted the lucrative, money-making business of slavery to continue. That's why we know what those white soldiers were up against; GREED and SUPREMACY! They were hated for going against the white ideals of the society. THEY STILL ARE! We know the story...it's been passed down to us through the generations...'Us whites ought to be sticking together'. 'One thing we hate worse than a ni@@er, and that's an old ni@@er-lover'! I've given my credit where its due, why don't you?

    August 30, 2011 at 6:54 am |
  63. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @isaac; go take a class in American English-writing; come back and then post...the only thing we can understand you saying to the PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES, where most of us DO speak and read English is...'GO TO HELL'! If you can't at least do that, then I will say to you too...go to hell!

    August 30, 2011 at 7:09 am |
    • Pete

      if you want everyone to speak english make Boxo in the white house pass the law making english our traditional languge
      obama is trying to break down our traditional values President Bush instilled our Values obama is destroying them

      August 30, 2011 at 7:44 am |
    • Jay in NC

      Liz, I thought that Liberals were supposed to be compassionate.

      August 30, 2011 at 7:46 am |
  64. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Pete; I'd rather believe that they were 'DIXIECRATS' back then, PETE. They weren't loyal or obligated to any one of the parties...but as greedy and as money-mongrelling as the Republican party is, it would stand to reason they'd be Republicans! They killed the Republican President Abraham Lincoln for his part in ending slavery! Slavery was MONEY!

    August 30, 2011 at 7:52 am |
    • Pete

      And Jonson had Kennedy Wacked so there is your Twisted Demorat party
      to you read what the head of the Liberal Left NY times is saying about Religion and Christians
      you Demorats are really screwed up

      August 30, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
  65. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Jay, I thought the same about GOP/conservatives....well that was what I'd believed for most of my very young life; especially since we were taught and often reminded by conservative-leaning Americans, that there was none other besides the Grand Old (Compassionate) Republican Party (Conservatives) who 'freed us from slavery'! Well now Jay, what happened to all of that compassion? Seems the Abraham Lincoln Grand Old Party was infiltrated by the inhumane, money-chasing, non-compassionate Dixiecratic mentality.

    August 30, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
  66. Pete

    Government watchdogs are blasting the Obama campaign’s decision to name its 2012 voter-registration initiative “Project Vote” — the same name as a group closely linked to the discredited ACORN organization.

    Members of ACORN were caught on undercover video giving two supposed clients detailed instructions on how to commit fraud, and ACORN faced a number of voter-registration fraud cases following the 2008 election.

    Use of the Project Vote name by the Obama campaign is “truly astonishing,” Tom Fitton, president of the conservative Judicial Watch good-government group, tells Newsmax. “We knew President Obama was the president from ACORN. And if this isn’t an indication of it, we don’t know what is.”

    ACORN-linked Project Vote is a Washington, D.C.-based 501c3 nonprofit organization that supports voter-registration drives in “historically underrepresented communities.”

    But there is “no wall of separation” between Project Vote and the well-known ACORN organization, according to Matthew Vadum, the Capital Research Center editor who wrote “Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts Are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers.”

    He calls Project Vote “the branch of ACORN that’s most notorious for voter fraud.”

    Vadum wrote in an American Spectator piece on Monday: “On registration and mobilization campaigns, ACORN and Project Vote work together to the point where it is a difficult, if not impossible, to tell the difference. They share staff, office space, and money.”

    As an example he cites Project Vote’s field director, listed on its website as Amy Busefink. In November, she pled no contest to two counts of conspiracy to commit the crime in Nevada of compensation for registration of voters. In January, she received a year of probation and a $4,000 fine. Vadum calls that incident “a major ACORN-approved voter fraud conspiracy.”

    Vadum tells Newsmax that the use of the Project Vote name for Obama’s new voter-registration drive “says the Obama campaign is up to the same old tricks, that they’re not afraid of being called out by the media.

    They know that they can continue to operate with impunity, encouraging voter fraud, and they’re not going to be held accountable.”

    The decision to employ the Project Vote name was clear in a recent email from the Obama campaign: "Project Vote will embark on a voter registration effort to maximize voter participation. Project Vote will drive our campaign strategy — from paid media, to digital outreach, to grassroots organizing and voter registration efforts — to communicate with and engage key demographic groups."

    Adopting a name so closely linked to ACORN, and President Obama’s political career, could hardly be an accident, says Fitton.

    “It collapses the façade that there was any distinction between the Obama campaign and Project Vote in 2008.”

    Fitton speculates adopting the “Project Vote” name is intended as a “dog-whistle” to the Democratic base.

    He adds: “If the Obama campaign was intent on trying to disassociate itself from the criminal activity which took place with its vendor last time, which was ACORN, using the name of their partner seemingly would be the wrong way to do it.”

    Obama has had well-documented ties with ACORN. In the 2008 race, his campaign paid $832,000 for voter-registration services in key primary states to Citizen Consulting Inc., an ACORN umbrella group that Fitton describes as “an ACORN front.” The money was initially reported to the Federal Election Commission as payments for “staging, sound, lighting.” The reports were corrected after their true nature was revealed by a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review expose.

    In 1995, Obama helped represent the group in a lawsuit that forced Illinois to adopt a bill relaxing the standards for establishing voter eligibility, and he helped train ACORN’s staff in Chicago.

    Obama’s 2008 campaign relied heavily on expanding the electorate and registering new voters. His political strategists have indicated it will be a key component of his re-election effort as well.

    Fitton says the Project Vote name shows that the Obama campaign plans to continue running its 2008 campaign playbook, despite the fraud associated with voter-registration activities that cycle.

    “It should alert people to the fact that Project Vote hasn’t gone away,” he says. “One of the big misconceptions has been that ACORN and Project Vote, which had been associated with voter registration issues in 2008, disappeared as a result of the scandals, as a result of the videos. And they haven’t disappeared — the state ACORN groups are still operational, and obviously Project Vote is still using the ACORN method to register voters.”

    Vadum, whose book documents 54 voter-fraud convictions stemming from the 2008 elections, tells Newsmax that he expects ACORN to be just as active in the 2012 campaign as it was in 2008, although under a different brand. ACORN’s state chapters have reconstituted themselves under new names, he says, and its affordable housing arm is now receiving money from HUD under a new name.

    Read more on Newsmax.com: Outrage as Obama Names New Voter Initiative After ACORN
    Important: Do You Support Pres. Obama's Re-Election? Vote Here Now!

    August 30, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  67. Liz Carter in Georgia

    ACORN did this ACORN did that. Why ACORN's been in business assisting voters for years and years and years! How many other Presidents have they helped to get elected fraudulently? Why the big FOCUS on them NOW? You people need to get over it! Barack Obama got elected President the same as every other President before him, besides GWB, was elected! The electoral due to the popular vote. Now...Ooooh!...All of a sudden, and after all of the other past Presidents were elected, OBAMA'S the fraudulent one? Huh?

    August 30, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
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