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.”

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  1. Jay in NC

    On vacation, conference call, briefed about a hurricane . This all sounds familiar.

    August 26, 2011 at 11:38 am |
    • miguel

      L_a_Raz_a has pointed out there are funds available to help
      with encouraging new job programs here for Americans after
      reviewing new information.

      How many migrants does it take to remit $21 billion a year
      back to Mexico?

      14,000,000 illegals sending home $1,500 a year

      10,000,000 illegals sending home $2,100 a year

      5,000,000 illegals sending home $4,200 a year

      Did they undercount how many Illegals here?

      "Illegal alien households are estimated to use $2,700 a year more
      in services than they pay in taxes, creating a total fiscal
      burden of nearly $10.4 billion on the federal budget in 2002."

      "A May 28, 2004 study by Bendixen & Associates found that legal
      and illegal immigrants send a total of $30 billion to their home
      countries on an annual basis. Mexico receives $13.3 billion a year.
      The largest amount in remittances ($9.6 billion) is sent from
      California, followed by New York ($3.6 billion), Texas
      ($3.2 billion) and Florida ($2.5 billion). Of those surveyed by
      the study, 24% were Latin American-born U.S. citizens, 39% were
      legal residents, and 32% were illegal aliens. Sixty-one per cent
      of those surveyed send remittances overseas at least once a month.
      A typical remittance is between $150 and $250."

      August 27, 2011 at 3:26 am |
  2. jean2009

    Yes, Jay it does. President Bush was on day 28 of his vacation, at the Crawford Ranch, when Katrina struck.
    Unlike Michael Brown who waited 5 hours after Katrina struck to request workers be sent in; it sounds like Janet Napolitano is already making preparation to do that when asked.

    August 26, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Saturday, Aug 27 2005 – 2 Days Prior President Bush declare a State of Emergency due to Hurricane Katrina. This authorized the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA to coordinate disaster relief efforts and freeing up federal money.

      President Bush participates in a video conference call to Max Mayfield, the governors of Louisiana and Mississippi and the mayor of New Orleans, Nagin, to warn of potential devastation.

      Sunday , Aug 28, 2005 – 9:30 a.m. – With wind speeds reaching 175 mph, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, after delaying by more than 20 hours, orders a mandatory evacuation of the city.

      8:30 p.m. – An empty Amtrak train leaves New Orleans, with room for several hundred potential evacuees. "We offered the city [Nagin] the opportunity to take evacuees out of harm's way…The city declined," said Amtrak spokesman Cliff Black. The train left New Orleans no passengers on board.

      If only Nagin had heeded President Bush's warning and evacuated the city sooner. I think the images of the hundreds of school buses, swamped in parking lots, is the most haunting. Think of the 1000s that could have been evacuated. Nagin failed the city, and typical of other Liberals, did not take any responsibility for his inactions.

      August 26, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
      • jean2009


        August 27, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
      • jean2009


        August 27, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
      • jean2009

        Think this on your misinformation about Amtrak will give you a heads up.


        August 27, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
      • jean2009

        @Jay ...in spite of all, if you and your family are in the path of Irene, I wish you all the best...stay safe.

        August 27, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
      • jean2009

        Jay...seems the whole Amtrak thing was a bid by Amtrak to keep it from funding cuts.


        August 27, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Jean, I read the story at

        It does not say any thing about the Amtrak story being false.

        August 28, 2011 at 8:08 am |
  3. jean2009

    Jay just because there were flooded buses in a parking lot does not mean there were drivers who could drive them, or places to disperse people safely, or means to get them to the bus.


    Jay you can't argue with dated timelines which dispute you.


    August 27, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Where is the dispute? Your source and my post are the same? You are just so full of hate that you can not see the truth.

      You can not stand the fact that President Bush, 2 days before land fall, authorized federal aid to the states. He set motion for FEMA, National Guard to act. The Mayor Nagin failed, If the president declares your state a disaster area, 2 days before the storm hits, that that is a good reason to get the people out! Nagin sat on his but, had time to evacuate, could have saved the lives of those people.

      Can you name anything that Nagin did wrong? Or are you totally blinded by hate, thinking that a fellow Liberals can do no wrong.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:24 am |
      • Republicans elect and attract the not so smart

        @Jay in NC

        The discrepancy in the performance of Bush and Obama is simply these two statements:

        1. ....Mission Accomplished, what followed were 4 thousand dead soldiers and a trillion dollar lose to the US economy so that Iraq could now become a satellite to Iran....Sorry, that was stupid ....or
        2. .....Brownie you're doing a heck of a job....meanwhile, dead bodies are floating down city streets. When ever you are glad handing and patting people on the back, and dead bodies are floating down the streets of a US City, then nobody is actually doing a good job or THE PRESIDENT IS A COMPLETE IDIOT....I don't know which. So take your pick.

        But you need to give this president the same common respect you would have given Bush, unless its about the fact Obama's pigmentation is a bit different. If that's the case, you're too stupid to been given the attention of gopher dung.

        Have a Nice Day!

        August 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  4. Republicans elect and attract the not so smart

    @ Jay NC

    Give it up with the "Liberal Hate" thing. so childish and so faux newsy. Get the bumper sticker and save the rest of your baseless arguments Hannity/Limberger crowd....they love that teatard crapola.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  5. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Now ain't that the truth? They hate this President more than they've EVER loved or ever WILL love America! LOL! They not only hate his pigmentation, his intellect, his cool-headedness, calmness, his wife, her FLOTUS agenda, his children, their familytime, hate him playing basketball or golf, they hate him using AIRFORCE ONE, MARINE ONE, hate him vacationing, even when CONGRESS vacates whenever they get ready, and always have. They claim to hate his policies, yet they claim he hadn't done a thing! PATHETIC!

    August 28, 2011 at 9:59 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Sounds like you are describing how Liberals feel about President Bush.

      August 28, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
  6. Liz Carter in Georgia

    In your usual sick, jaded view, I guess it does!

    August 29, 2011 at 5:43 am |