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Giuliani Claims Obama Response To Hurricane Sandy ‘Worse Than Katrina’

12:14 pm - 11/05/2012

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani isn’t exactly famous for his tact, but he kicked his penchant for overstatement into overdrive this Sunday, twice falsely claiming that the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) response to Hurricane Sandy was worse than its botched response to Hurricane Katrina under President George W. Bush.

Speaking at a Romney campaign office in Florida, Giuliani said “[Obama] right now is doing a terrible job of disaster relief in my city, but no one is talking about it…People don’t have water, they don’t have food, electricity and his FEMA is no where to be found. This is a worse response than Katrina.” He also levelled the charge during a Fox News appearance, telling host Neil Cavuto that the notion FEMA was doing a good job was a “joke:”

I think maybe because there’s an election going on, people don’t want to say that, but I think FEMA has dropped the ball, certainly as big they did with Katrina, maybe bigger because they had more warning here and the situation isn’t as big as Katrina.

Watch it:

Giuliani’s view is at odds with the assessment of virtually every other observer of the agency’s performance during the two storms. While the Bush Administration’s famously incompetent response to Katrina delayed the provision of critical federal aid by days and poorly distributed it, FEMA had 1,500 well-organized workers on the ground the day after Sandy hit, which former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security and FEMA critic Paul Rosenzweig called “a massive and admirable [sic] effort.” The New York Times reported that after Bush’s FEMA became “a symbol of pitiful incompetence” post-Katrina, the agency’s recent efforts have “done much to shore up its image” among experts on disaster response and in Congress. Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT), who chairs the Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said that “FEMA is a very different organization than it was during Katrina…[FEMA] was proactive, and it didn’t used to be. It doesn’t wait for the storm to hit; it pre-positions personnel, equipment, food supplies, water, etc.”

Several prominent members of Giuliani’s own party share Lieberman’s assessment. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, one of the leaders faced with most difficult post-Sandy reconstruction, said “The federal government’s response has been great…The President has been outstanding in this and so have the folks at FEMA.” Ed Gillespie, a senior adviser to Mitt Romney’s Presidential campaign, said Governor Romney had no quarrel with President Obama’s handling of the situation. Gillespie added that “from what we’ve heard from the governors, they’re working well with FEMA” and that “there’s a good working relationship between the state and the federal government.”


I can't imagine how deeply offensive this is to people who lost property, friends and/or family in Katrina. I also wonder how much of this comes from general Obama hate and how much comes from the fact that Katrina didn't affect NY and thus can't have been "as bad" to him.
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layweed 5th-Nov-2012 05:18 pm (UTC)
piss off you wanker
astridmyrna 5th-Nov-2012 05:22 pm (UTC)
That gif is how I'm feeling right now tbh.
heartlockedx 5th-Nov-2012 05:23 pm (UTC)
ugh shut the fuck up
ook 5th-Nov-2012 05:25 pm (UTC)
He's just sucking up to his GOP overlords.
rex_dart 5th-Nov-2012 05:25 pm (UTC)
yes but what are ur thoughts on 9/11
ladypolitik 6th-Nov-2012 02:28 am (UTC)
blackjedii 5th-Nov-2012 05:28 pm (UTC)
crossfire 5th-Nov-2012 05:30 pm (UTC)
back_track 5th-Nov-2012 05:40 pm (UTC)
shut up Giuliani. ugh.
purplerains 5th-Nov-2012 05:46 pm (UTC)
They're really getting pretty desperate and obnoxious in these final days...
mickeym 5th-Nov-2012 07:08 pm (UTC)
You mean even MORE desperate and obnoxious -- because I think they were pretty desperate and obnoxious months ago.

I genuinely hope that the last time we ever have to hear from ANY of these asses will be tomorrow night, after Romney's concession speech. *crosses fingers*
tabaqui 5th-Nov-2012 05:48 pm (UTC)
It's my understanding that FEMA isn't responsible for electricity, that's on the city/county.

He really needs to just stfu.
layweed 5th-Nov-2012 05:52 pm (UTC)
That's my understanding of it too. It was Con Ed who was in charge of bringing power back online, and that's no easy task considering how much of the city was flooded. You'd think someone who was the fucking Mayor of NYC would know that...but I guess he conveniently forgot to remember. Not to mention all the more rural areas where power lines were snapped or poles broken or uprooted or whatever.

blah, wtfe. i'm really not in the mood to deal with stupid shit like this today.

Edited at 2012-11-05 05:56 pm (UTC)
rockthecliche 5th-Nov-2012 05:50 pm (UTC)
as a person who SAW THE FEMA RV'S WITH MY OWN EYES on the nj turnpike two days after the storm heading northbound -- probably to the nyc area, tbh -- please take a seat, sir.
trojanchick99 5th-Nov-2012 05:50 pm (UTC)
I can't believe he didn't bring up 9/11 in that interview.
brucelynn 5th-Nov-2012 05:54 pm (UTC)
He needs to stfu

always hated this motherfucker
wldrose 5th-Nov-2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
new Orleans during Katrina has a population of about 450,000 that is the population of Staten Island our city is 20 times that.

Fema was headed here before we even got hit it and both the mayor and governor have been on the ground non stop trying to get things as right as quickly as they can

pretty_angel 5th-Nov-2012 06:08 pm (UTC)
Clearly, Obama should have waited longer before he sent help, AMIRITE?!?
communion 5th-Nov-2012 06:14 pm (UTC)
as someone who has family still not fully recovered from katrina and the after affects, pls fuck the fuck off, you hack.
halfshellvenus 5th-Nov-2012 07:56 pm (UTC)
Didn't Katrina leave people in flooded areas for weeks? As opposed to a really awful surge that then backed off?

Because you can do something, to a certain degree, when the water leaves. But when it's still there, you are so completely stuck. :(
shortsweetcynic so basically what you're saying is...5th-Nov-2012 06:19 pm (UTC)

wrestlingdog Re: so basically what you're saying is...5th-Nov-2012 06:28 pm (UTC)
Beat me to it!
moonbladem 5th-Nov-2012 06:31 pm (UTC)
Dude apparently lives in his own version of reality. I can understand him singing his party line by blaming the President but seriously... FEMA under Bush was a fucking disgrace. But hey, he apparently conveniently forgot that fact or refuses to acknowledge it.
beetlebums 5th-Nov-2012 06:34 pm (UTC)
I need to do some math right now

Preparing for the worst ~2 before the storm hits is greater than letting NOLA fester for 3-5 days

eveofrevolution 5th-Nov-2012 07:22 pm (UTC)
I love how sassy Obama looks in that gif, with his little hand motion that is just cropped out but I'm sure he's snapping his fingers like OH NO U DI-UNT
angelofdeath275 5th-Nov-2012 06:35 pm (UTC)
and at the end of the day all these politicans are using a natural disater for gain and no one thinks of the victims.
i_llbedammned 5th-Nov-2012 06:51 pm (UTC)
I was in the hurricane disaster zone a bit. I actually think Obama did a wonderful job of handling things. He put aside politics and just worked on fixing things for people. It's just hard to return services when so many are affected.

Edited at 2012-11-05 06:51 pm (UTC)
mypetconcubine 5th-Nov-2012 07:09 pm (UTC)
I am so pissed off right now! First Bush's Fema director & his stupid ass remarks and now this guy!

They can suck it.
tinylegacies 5th-Nov-2012 07:32 pm (UTC)
So let me get this straight... Obama is being criticized for both "responding too quickly" and "not doing enough".

Meanwhile, Bloomberg was the douchewad who was trying to hold a fucking marathon in a disaster zone but none of this is his fault?

Okay. Gotcha.
jaded110 6th-Nov-2012 03:43 pm (UTC)
Bloomberg cancelled the marathon.
baked_goldfish 5th-Nov-2012 07:40 pm (UTC)

Someone is feeling his own irrelevancy.
halfshellvenus 5th-Nov-2012 07:54 pm (UTC)
Hahaha! Actually, I think that's it exactly.

We're seeing a lot of Christie, Blomberg, and Booker, but Giulani? Who are you again, now?
halfshellvenus 5th-Nov-2012 07:53 pm (UTC)
Geez, what a tool.

But mainly, I'm commenting because I cannot get over the awesomeness of that frog Gif. What. !
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