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August 27, 2011

“No Katrina In My Irene-a!”

Given how Katrina blew Bush out of the water, it seems a no-brainer that the President, as soon as the weather maps started going all swirly, would have gotten himself out to FEMA H.Q. for this photo-op.

1. Furniture drives home anti-Katrina optics. Chair symmetry = all our ducks-in-a-row!

2. It’s really impressive how martial this is, especially lining up Obama with the uniform and the shoulder insignia. As proven already, 44 is not afraid to go to war. (Then again, there’s the boardroom vibe. Obama as C.E.O.)

3a. And then, what’s with the name cards? – #1:

Not Chertoff. Not Bush. not Brownie.

3b. What’s with the name cards? – #2:

I’m the other guy.

(photo 1: Pete Souza/White House Photo-of-the-Day. photo 2: Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images.  caption:  (L to R)  White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, Secretary of Health and Human Services Janet Napolitano and U.S. President Barack Obama (L) listens to FEMA administrator Craig Fugate during a midday daily video teleconference led by FEMA to at the monitor the federal response Hurricane Irene at FEMA Headquarters August 27, 2011 in Washington, D.C. Irene, now a Category 1 hurricane, has made landfall in North Carolina on its way up the eastern seaboard.)

  • Serr8d

    Sorry, Barack.

    Bush’s was bigger.

    • tinwoman

      you would have preferred him not to be prepared?  You would have preferred greater loss of property and life?

      Your hatred is illogical.  Most right wing hatred of Obama is.

  • T Perky

    Of course, it’s a no-brainer for the photo-op; that’s what presidents
    are *supposed* to do. That’s why Bush was so deservedly criticized. In
    the two biggest tragedies in the last 50 years, 9/11 and Katrina, the
    President was not on our tv immediately during and after, and it shook a
    lot of people up. The obviously staged photo ops afterward never made
    up for it, either. A photo op’s the least a prez can do to show he’s

    It should be noted that during Democratic presidencies, FEMA is
    competent and prepared – we should and do want that to be the case, it
    should be the norm. I don’t see Obama trying to be not-Bush so much as I
    see the President doing his job. Now to your points,

    1. That’s not a uniform, it’s a flight suit. I can’t read the patch, but
    that’s a pilot. If you want to make a Bush comparison, I suppose you
    could say that Chimpy McFlightsuit’s on the far end of the table
    watching how a real President manages a crisis.

    2. I didn’t get a boardroom vibe; all conference rooms pretty much look
    the same. Normal. Remember the one with Bush in a tiny room, with a huge
    flatscreen at one end of the table and he and the cameras at the other
    end? Abby Normal. And judging by the silly picture from Serr8d, wingnuts are still proud of it.

    3. All our ducks in a row. Nice. Again, normal. “Heckofajob?” Scary.

    4a. I see the name cards as more evidence of early planning, myself, and
    that the op wasn’t set up on the fly. The people at the meeting may
    know each other by name or title, but not by image. Saves time to
    dispense with introductions and get to the topic at hand.

    4b. I should think after all the bad press over the winter storm, Bloomberg is trying to distance himself from himself.

  • glenn

    The caption says its a video tele-conference. So clearly if other confer-ees were participating through video from remote locations, the name-tags were meant to aid in their understanding who was who. Not so weird or staged as you might think.

    Serr9d’s contribution is a fine example of the current wing-nut talking point. They can turn on a dime, can’t they? Just a couple of days ago, they were criticizing Obama because he didn’t pre-emptively stop the earthquake. Now when he’s just doing his job, they accuse him of play-acting. It’s just a perpetual motion reaction machine.

    • BooksAlive

      I agree, I saw some (C-Span-aired) videos of the conference. They kept on top of it.

  • Matt

     the only pictures we saw of gwb at a conference table meeting were of war councils.

    here obama sits with no tie, rolled up sleeves, and no coat under a sign that declares that the conversation is unclassified.

    maybe government has other responsibilities other than military ones?

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