Take Irene seriously
August 26th, 2011
12:50 PM ET

Take Irene seriously

On his last full day of vacation, President Obama spoke to the traveling press pool and warned east coast residences to be prepared for hurricane Irene.  This is part of what he had to say.

I cannot stress this highly enough:  If you are in the projected path of this hurricane, you have to take precautions now.  Don’t wait.  Don’t delay.  We all hope for the best, but we have to be prepared for the worst.  All of us have to take this storm seriously.  You need to listen to your state and local officials, and if you are given an evacuation order, please follow it.  Just to underscore this point:  We ordered an aircraft carrier group out to sea to avoid this storm yesterday. So if you’re in the way of this hurricane, you should be preparing now.

If you aren’t sure how to prepare your families or your home or your business for a hurricane or any other emergency, then you can visit Ready.gov - that's Ready.gov - or Listo.gov.  That's Listo.gov.

Now, since last weekend, FEMA has been deploying its Incident Management Assistance Teams to staging areas in communities up and down the coast.  FEMA has millions of liters of water, millions of meals, and tens of thousands of cots and blankets, along with other supplies, pre-positioned along the Eastern Seaboard.  And the American Red Cross has already begun preparing shelters inNorth Carolinaand other states.

These resources are all being coordinated with our state and local partners, and they stand ready to be deployed as necessary. But, again, if you are instructed to evacuate, please do so.  It's going to take time for first responders to begin rescue operations and to get the resources we've pre-positioned to people in need.  So the more you can do to be prepared now - making a plan, make a supply kit, know your evacuation route, follow instructions of your local officials - the quicker we can focus our resources after the storm on those who need help the most.

To sum up, all indications point to this being a historic hurricane.  Although we can’t predict with perfect certainty the impact of Irene over the next few days, the federal government has spent the better part of last week working closely with officials in communities that could be affected by this storm to see to it that we are prepared.  So now is the time for residents of these communities - in the hours that remain - to do the same.  And FEMA and Craig Fugate, the director of FEMA, will be keeping people closely posted in the next 24, 48 hours.

Topics: FEMA • The News
POTUS updated on Irene
August 26th, 2011
11:03 AM ET

POTUS updated on Irene

From White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest:

“The President convened a conference call and was briefed once again this morning by DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley and other senior White House officials about preparations being made for Hurricane Irene.”

Topics: FEMA • President Obama • The News
July 27, 2004
August 26th, 2011
07:00 AM ET

Friday fun: Presidential tie talk

In a world where children's lingerie is acceptable and no one bats an eye at a man with black eyeliner (we’re looking at you, Russell Brand and Johnny Depp), even the most fashion-illiterate male knows to follow a few rules: don't fasten the bottom button of your suit jacket, always match the color of your belt to the color of your shoes and never wear white socks with black pants. NEVER. In recent years, however, other articles of clothing have moved into the glaring spotlight of the fashion police, including the tie.

Some have said that the tie makes the man. But when you're a man who represents an entire country, the seemingly monotonous job of picking out some neck bling in the AM becomes a lot more important than, say, the man-sandals debate. Suddenly, the president's decision to wear red with white dots instead of blue with grey stripes is taken a lot more seriously. And though there are some who'd argue that it's a tie-ersome subject or isn’t suitable for discussion (puns intended), there's no denying that it’s an intriguing topic. In fact, entire websites, like neckofstate.com, are dedicated to the analysis of presidential neckties.

So what do you think? Does the tie make the man? Or should we just clip the tie (whoops! we meant nip the tie) talk in the bud?

Topics: President Obama • The Buzz • The Visuals