White House gets ready for Isaac
August 27th, 2012
05:11 PM ET

White House gets ready for Isaac

WHITE HOUSE (CNN) - President Obama has continued to get updates on Tropical Storm Isaac as it bears down on the Gulf Coast. The storm is expected to become a Category 1 hurricane and take much of the same path as Hurricane Katrina did exactly seven years ago.

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate and National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb updated the president with reports of where FEMA has prepositioned resources around the Gulf Coast ahead of the storm. FEMA response teams are working with the Defense Department to set up bases in Jacksonville, Florida and Montgomery, AL to stage disaster supplies for affected areas. Also teams are in four states- Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi- in anticipation of the storm's landfall.

President Obama also called several state and local officials to express the federal government's support. He spoke with Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

The White House also released a federal emergency disaster declaration for Louisiana ahead of Tropical Storm Isaac which makes federal funding available for preparing and responding to the storm.

Topics: FEMA • Louisiana • Tropical Storm Isaac

soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. BlkPwr817

    Lets see how this administration handles a Federal Emergency. Remember how GWB & his team just sat there while many American citizens suffered in 2005. Another testamate as to who is REALLY for the middle class...

    August 27, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • Howard

      I remember how obama responded to the Iranian protesters, who put their lives on the line, standing up to Amadinajad ... he did NOTHING !!!

      August 27, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
      • BlkPwr817

        I also remember how GWB sat there w/ a Dr. Seuss book & a dufus stare on his face when they attacked the towers. Oh' that's right he did nothing. Don't think Iranian protesters, protesting "over seas" can be considered a FEDERAL EMERGENCY. Which is governed under the United States Department of Homeland Security. Keyword (Homeland)...Try again Sir...

        August 27, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
      • Steveo

        Too bad you don't remember the truth. Heh was reading to school children when he got the news. I guess you expected him to start jumping up and down, yelling and scaring SCHOOL CHILDREN? I guess you did!

        August 28, 2012 at 9:29 am |
      • BlkPwr817

        I do believe I said he had a Dr. Seuss book while indeed reading it to school children. Duh... What I expected was some type of initiative when he got the new that we were being attacked. Not sit there w/ a blank (I dont know what to do) look on his face...

        August 28, 2012 at 11:31 am |
      • Steveo

        Once moe time,

        He was reading to CHILDREN! Yeah he could have ran out the room yelling and screaming and scare the mess of out the kids. OR he could have gathered himself and moved on! YO did not have a blank stare on you face when you first heard and saw the aftermath on television? Besides, what does this have to do with the 8.3% unemployement rate we have TODAY?

        August 28, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
      • Lizzie

        BlkPwr817, so what did you do the day the towers came down, blame President Bush for not stoping the Planes, or where you been in shock like the rest of the nation not knowing what would be next and not believing this could not happen.

        August 28, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
      • BlkPwr817

        Yes I did blame good ol' GWB. Like many Americans who believed that they had information about the attacks before they took place. Kinda the same way the GOP is blaming President Obama for everything GWB did to this country.

        How about two more time. At least until you get it right. This has nothing to do with 8.3% rating. Nor does it have nothing to do with offshore accounts & secret TAX returns. But it does have something to do with the above mentioned title & how GOP & GWB dropped the ball again when this counrty needed their president the most...You're both welcome. And Please come again...

        August 28, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
      • Steveo


        Yes I did blame good ol' GWB. Like many Americans who believed that they had information about the attacks before they took place. Kinda the same way the GOP is blaming President Obama for everything GWB did to this country.

        How about two more time. At least until you get it right. This has nothing to do with 8.3% rating. Nor does it have nothing to do with offshore accounts & secret TAX returns. But it does have something to do with the above mentioned title & how GOP & GWB dropped the ball again when this counrty needed their president the most...You're both welcome. And Please come again...
        Are you a hog farmer? You certainly should be with the slop your serving up! What did Clinton do to the budgets of the INTEL community during his time? What did he do about the U.S.S. Cole? What did he do about the FIRST World Trade bombing in '93? What did he do when our Embassies were attacked in Africa? If you want to play history buff, let's play!

        August 28, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
      • Howard

        In 2008 Americans were deceived by obama, and sold a bill of goods. Everyone got so swept up by his soaring rhetoric ... so that unfortunately, when the honeymoon was soon over, we were left with a FAR left ideologue, who ran this country into the ground. Therefore, those who voted for obama in 2008, at least had an excuse, of not knowing any better ... BUT, anybody who falls for his B.S. in 2012, is just a fool and a sucker, whose gullible lack of judgement will bring down this country ... beyond repair. America is MORE important than obama ... obama is replaceable ... America is not !!! SAVE AMERICA ... ROMNEY/RYAN 2012 !!!

        August 28, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
      • Steveo

        Are you a hog farmer? You certainly should be with the slop your serving up! What did Clinton do to the budgets of the INTEL community during his time? What did he do about the U.S.S. Cole? What did he do about the FIRST World Trade bombing in '93? What did he do when our Embassies were attacked in Africa? If you want to play history b-u-f-f, let's play!

        August 28, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
      • BlkPwr817

        It depends on who you want to be SteveO. Babe or Wilbur...LOL Whatever I'm serving it's filling you up with the knowledge that you desperately need. Clinton went after the Yemen pirate who attempted to destroy the USS Cole. The man responsible for the first World Trade bomb ( Ramzi Yousef) was convicted & was sent to prison. The US Embassy attack in Africa I believe was orchestrated by Bin Laden himself who was later killed by Seal Team 6 under the leadership of president Obama. I was only a teenager in the early 90's. But that's what I recall. I may be wrong I may be right. I m sure you'll let me know otherwise...

        August 28, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
      • Steveo


        My major point is even with all that going on PLUS an air war over Bosnia, the budgets for the intel communities were cut! We ended up depending on a lot of intel from England and other allies!

        August 28, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
      • mcskadittle

        i am not really sure what this has to do with the topic?

        August 28, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
      • Steveo


        i am not really sure what this has to do with the topic?
        If you are addressing me, start at the top and read down!

        August 28, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
    • Caramon

      You do realize that New Orleans must request federal aid before Bush could go in and help. They did not. While on the subject, why didn't the President use all resources available (like foreign assistance, absorbent booms stored in a warehouse, to help clean up the oil spill.

      August 27, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
      • BlkPwr817

        He couldv'e declared it a Federal state of emergency. Yes the President has the power to do that whenever he see's fit.

        August 27, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
      • DEcember 2012



        August 27, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
      • Howard

        Remember after Katrina, Obama had all the Gulf oil rigs sent to Brazil ...sabotaged Keystone ... sabotaged Anwr.drilling .... sabotaged off shore drilling ... and began converting our Navy to bio fuel @ $24.00 a gallon. Now, the price of almost everything has become nearly unaffordable, thanks to gas at over $4.00 a gallon ... and, what's obama's solution ... to double down on all his failed policies. Save America ... Elect Romney & Ryan in November !!!

        August 27, 2012 at 10:48 pm |
      • RealityBites

        The federal government must wait for a request from the STATE"S GOVERNOR before making a disaster declaration .
        New Orleans' emergency evacuation plan can only be activated by the MAYOR OF NEW ORLEANS,.
        WISE people in New Orleans listen and act on evacuation orders.

        Katrina had a big helping help from progressive idiots....

        August 28, 2012 at 11:30 am |
    • Howard

      GWB is not running for President this November, but the liar and thief, who has destroyed America's economy IS !!!. Americans would be commiting suicide if they reelected this TRAITOR !!!

      August 27, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
      • BlkPwr817

        You've been put on notice. I'll be sure to remind you of this after the POTUS win his re-election. Who should we send the 'Remember Howard" flowers to?

        August 27, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        Guess what, Howie, when Wall Street took a dive, popping the housing bubble, Americans DID TAKE THEIR OWN LIVES and the lives of their families along with them. Already happened, dude.
        I'd be willing to send you the dead flowers from the hotel rooms at the Tampa Convention for you to save in yer scrapbook of crappy dreams.

        August 27, 2012 at 8:16 pm |
      • lordknowus

        The country was already run into the ground when President Obama took office. The Great Recession was in full swing when George Bush's was President. Obama deserves credit for moving the country gradually into a better state. No we're not doing amazingly, but the unemployment rate is above 8% at the same time as corporations and the average business have more money in the bank than ever before. I wonder why businesses aren't hiring more workers with that money?

        August 28, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
    • bb

      Dude get real, the gov a dumbocrap didnt want to give bush any positive publicity, so he sat on his fat arse, and didnt declare a state of emergency. Oblunders idea of preparing is to run away to denver and hide, DONT VOTE FOR THE JOKE R&R for a better America, get the inept one out. Dumbocrap also had all the emergency busses moved to low lying area more great dumbocrap non-leadership, Bobby J will handle everything just fine while Oblameo is hiding in Denver

      August 28, 2012 at 9:35 am |
      • Cynthia L.

        bb(s) for brains
        FEMA has it covered dude. They've already been in Florida and the Gulf states for a week now. DUH.

        August 28, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
    • Lizzie

      Or like Ray Nagin high tailing it to Baton Rouge, not using the school busses to move those without means out of the city rather have the busses flooded. Refusing the help of out of state law enforcement to use their own equipment to help those who been stranded.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
    • Kool-Aid Police

      You mean like how Obama didn't visit the BP oil spill for a month?

      August 28, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  2. CCN Fan

    That how the Government must do...Be prepared and ready to help Americans..not like Bush or Republicans...thinking...'hmm..you're on your own..."..that how Katrina disaster happened...and now...they want to have 3rd term of Bush in the White House....No we do not need 3rd Bush Term in White House....but we need Obama 2nd term....

    August 27, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
    • Howard

      Like obama, you obama stooges love obama more than you love America. America is much, much more important than obama. Obama is expendable and replaceable ... America is not !!!

      August 29, 2012 at 12:01 am |
  3. MaryM

    Please dont let the aftermath of Katrina EVER happen again

    August 27, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
    • DEcember 2012


      August 27, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
      • bb

        Wheres Oblunder ? ,ans= hiding in Denver what a pansy u support, Birds of a feather???

        August 28, 2012 at 9:36 am |
      • Steveo

        Sorry Dec! Jindal was more proactive than the Dems who were in charge back then! Speaking of egg! I believe with your statement you just laid one! Sorry! (not really)!

        August 28, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
    • demwit

      no worries. Louisiana has a republican governor now, who has already called Obama's secretary..

      August 28, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
  4. DEcember 2012


    August 27, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
    • Lizzie

      You are kidding, RIGHT.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
      • Kool-Aid Police

        He's so deluded he actually believes it, he's a kool-aid junkie.

        August 28, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  5. Cynthia L.

    Remember Bush saying, 'Heck of a job, Brownie". Then the Ms. came later to the stadium after people were finally allowed to leave and said, "This doesn't look like such a bad place." Hello? Ya'all forgot about the days it took before they could leave? The toliets backed up, the damage to the ceiling, the heat AND COPS killing people who tried to cross a bridge out of there??
    How about the Republican Congress fighting to keep first responders at the World Trade Center from getting treatment for illnesses associated with smouldering debris from the devestation of ground zero after 9-11. Pathetic.

    August 27, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
    • bb

      U have the facts wrong, the dumbocrap gov at the time sat on his hands even after bush offered support, typical Oblunder point and blame Where is the inept one Oh thats right HIDING IN DENVER what a wimp u support

      August 28, 2012 at 9:46 am |
    • Steveo

      No doubt ALL that happened but think for a minute. Why didn't The DEMOCRAT MAYOR Nagin use the school buses that later flooded out? Why didn't HE implement emergency plans to get people OUT? Why didn't teh DEMOCRAT Governor Blanco ensure HER citizens were safe? Why did SHE fail to implement LOCAL emergency plans?
      Blame Bush all day long BUT if the DEMOCRATS (Governor and Mayor) did their jobs, you can BET the outcome would have been much, much different!

      August 28, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
    • Lizzie

      You're unbelievable, wait untill a limo comes to your house to move you and your belongings, right, don't take responsibility for your own action, have the government provide, and if not scream loud and blame everyone else. Then as some of the evacuees in the astro dome complained of not getting a four star hotel room at no charge, maybe you forgot people opened their homes to the evacuees and got robbed and killed, some took the FEMA money and had a ball at the Galleria in Houston buying bling blings, they could always get more FREE money.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
      • BlkPwr817

        And some took that same FEMA money and started over from the ground up. Lets not associate some with ALL. Some chose to do the right thing ( not kill or steal or buy bling blings) Some idiots chose the oppisite. But they are no more or less American that you or I...

        August 28, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
      • Steveo


        Lets not associate some with ALL
        I like that, I like that alot but since you are new, let me help you out. On this post, there are quite few folks who will declare ALL DEMS are... or ALL GOP are.... That is how it is.

        August 28, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  6. uncdig

    After having read the cliff notes on Katrina – Obama better get it right or he'll oprove he's incapable of leading.

    August 27, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
    • Howard

      Obama has already proved he is incapable of leading ... over and over again.
      It's time to dump Obama, and his bafoon V.P. ... and elect Romney & Ryan in November.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:52 pm |
  7. TheLoneStar

    No doubt the Republicans will find fault with whatever actions President Obama takes.

    August 28, 2012 at 2:20 am |
    • Alesia

      Totally true. I don't believe the hate associated with Obama has ANYTHING to do with his policies. Reason – folks like them regurgitate the fear mongering (already proven by multiple bipartisan agencies and sources) falsehoods. If Obama doesn't win a 2nd term, the proof of his warnings will come to pass. Sometimes it takes years of people like George W. Bush, (i.e. Romney) to scrub the country down. Too many people have short memories.

      August 28, 2012 at 9:08 am |
      • Howard

        WAKE UP and elect someone who is actually capable and honest ... Save America ... elect Romney and Ryan in November.

        August 28, 2012 at 11:47 am |
      • Lizzie

        The democrats and liberals are way ahead of the fear mongering and hate spewing, they been doing it for years and are pretty good at it, remember Jack Nicholson, YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH, you believe whatever you're told, no matter what it is. When they tell you to jump, you ask HOW HIGH.

        August 28, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • BinaryTooth

      Even if it turns out worse we have the media on our side and Obama will shine as he always does.

      August 28, 2012 at 9:28 am |
      • bb

        The only thing Oblunder shines at is LYING he has proven he is inept what a pansy

        August 28, 2012 at 9:41 am |
    • Kool-Aid Police

      No doubt you'll applaud and love whatever action he takes.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  8. Alesia

    I have no sympathy for the people that voted for George W. Bush (2x no less), and found themselves broke, busted, and jobless. It is a FACT that under Obama, the health care he passed is allowing ALL Americans the opportunity to access healthcare; allowing women the opportunity to utilize health services (for free) that are unique to women's needs- seen it with my own eyes at the drug store check out; 4.2M Americans are now back to work- nearly the same amount that lost jobs while under Bush. These are indisputable facts- to name a few. All I can say is, if your a middle class citizen or lower, and you vote for Romney (or don't vote at all), you deserve everything you get if Obama loses.

    August 28, 2012 at 9:16 am |
    • Steveo

      But, but, you claim to be tolerant!

      August 28, 2012 at 9:30 am |
    • Howard


      August 28, 2012 at 11:43 am |
    • Lizzie

      You stated FREE, nothing in life is free, but you have not figured that out yet.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
    • Kool-Aid Police

      Double shot of kool-aid this morning?

      August 28, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  9. BinaryTooth

    Obama is gearing up his media machine to hammer the repuks. Remember how Bush handled it before. What a joke. Obama will make sure the media helps us remember and shows how he does it so much better.

    Obama 2012

    August 28, 2012 at 9:27 am |
    • bb

      Yes once again dumbocraps at thier finest, Leadership ??? is why Oblunder the inept one is Hiding in Denver ?? what a wimp

      August 28, 2012 at 9:38 am |
  10. Judy

    The president was on the tube this morning talking about Isaac. Telling people to listen to their officials and do what they ask. He has been on top of this and the contrast between him and the last president is stark.Fema has been in place for a week now. Apparently bb and howard do not keep up with the news but what can you expect from the lamebrain repos. Probably wetting their pants in anticipation of listening to christie speak tonight. Forward 2012

    August 28, 2012 at 10:48 am |
    • bb

      Was that the view or oprah this pansy wont even talk to the pro Oblameo media,, Oh thats right HES HIDING IN DENVER instead of addressing a problem, afterwards he can blame someone else for his ineptness. Action speaks louder than words and Oblunders actions = FAILURE

      August 28, 2012 at 10:53 am |
      • BlkPwr817

        I'm ready to have a Grown Up conversation "bb" as soon as you start makiing some sence...

        August 28, 2012 at 11:55 am |
    • Howard

      @ judy ... Obama wasn't on the TUBE ... obama is flushing America down the tubes !!! ... judy ... I know you think obama is the Wizard ... but this imposter behind the curtains, is nothing more than a two bit community organizer, who was sold to gullible fools like you, by wicked liars, like David Axelrod ... and, YOU were stupid enough to buy the Brooklyn Bridge !!!

      August 28, 2012 at 11:52 am |
      • BlkPwr817

        Oh Howard...

        August 28, 2012 at 11:58 am |
  11. Kool-Aid Police

    No matter what happens, Obama will take credit for anything good and blame somebody else for anything bad.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      Republicans need at least 61% of the white vote to win. I ain't giving my WHITE VOTE to Robme. He's lost the woman vote, the black vote, the Latino vote, the minority vote. NO WAY MITT IS GOING TO WIN. Howard, Steveo, bb(s) for brains, Lizzie, rest in peace along with your boring, dishonest, tax-evading, flip-flopping, tasteless, personality challenged candidate.

      August 28, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
      • Steveo

        Cynthia L,

        So trusting! Well! THIS black man is voting for Romney! I just read where the EXCITEMENT that surrounded the 2008 cycle is severely lacking this year in young voters! UH OH! perhaps they are STILL waiting for the promises to be delivered! ! Perhaps they did a speech verses action comparison! UH OH!

        August 28, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
  12. november2012

    if this weather system leaves all of a sudden...obama will take credit, like he did for Bin Laden.... he has done so little that really merits attention that he grabs all he can get...a true narcissistic personality. He is not to be thought of badly because of this..he is sick and can't help it...a small boy sent away from a non nurturing selfish mother, always the results are predictable.

    August 28, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
  13. uncdig

    The WH got ready for Issac – they taped the windows, stocked up on Homemade beer, had a pick up game of basketball, locked the door & got on a plane to head to college towns to party for the vote, I mean campaign. Leadership atit's best. By the way, I'm a democrat & small business owner t & I'm not voting for Romney, I'm voting against Obama. I believed the promises in his last campaign, but can't chance that the next 4 years are the same leaderless boat as the 1st four. I wish Hillary were running.

    August 29, 2012 at 8:14 am |