Nashville Flood: Obama Doesn't Like White people?

What if Nashville were New Orleans?  What if George Bush Were the President?  The mainstream media would be all over this as a poor response from the Administration.
It is obvious that a total double standard is in play for the current occupant of the White house.  President Obama seems to be immune from any criticism on Nashville and all of Tennessee.
From

ExpressionsByMisti
My kids’ asked me why I chose to use a happy and positive song for this slideshow– because even though we just went through a tragedy, our great city is keeping its head up, being brave, helping each other, and in time we WILL be okay.


via YouTube – Nashville Flood 2010.
Nashville Drowning: Obama’s silent, HOPE crumbles like a Coke can

This weekend, Nashville received around 10 inches of rain – a record breaking rain fall that has caused an astounding amount of flooding. The surrounding rivers swelled and as of this afternoon have yet to crest, so water continues to rush through the streets and into buildings. Thousands have lost their homes. The Opryland Hotel is holding 8-10 feet of water. Businesses have lost everything.
President Obama has yet to acknowledge that anything has even happened in Middle Tennessee… most likely because he’s in damage control mode, trying to salvage a response to the LAST disaster. Time is reporting that Gibbs addressed the emergency in today’s briefing. From George Scoville at IntelligencePlease.com:
via Nashville Drowning: Obama’s silent, HOPE crumbles like a Coke can | RedState.

Barack Obama Hates White People*
I’ve been making quite a stink this morning on Twitter (@stackiii) about how the President of the United States hasn’t so much as acknowledged that the city of Nashville and the Middle Tennessee region have been devastated by flood waters that are without historic precedent. Sure, I know he’s busy responding to criticism that his action on the Gulf oil spill wasn’t quick enough, but excuse me for not caring if a few mullet die when my neighbors are losing everything they’ve spent a lifetime building.

Former President Bush and former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff – for all their policy shortcomings – visited New Orleans two days following Hurricane Katrina. Do I want President Obama and Secretary Napolitano to visit Middle Tennessee? Absolutely not. Their presence there – like Bush and Chertoff’s presence in New Orleans – will have little impact on the actual damage done. But public policy isn’t always about pragmatism and technically sound programs with measurable impacts.
via Barack Obama Hates White People* « Intelligence, Please….

Kanye West: “George Bush doesn’t care about black people”

Singer Kanye West (who is black), in a promotional TV appearance with Mike Meyers (who is white) for the NBC telethon to raise money for Katrina victims.

[Kanye — not reading from teleprompter, as planned]: “I hate the way they portray us in the media. If you see a black family it says they are looting if you see a white family it says they are looking for food. (…) those are my people down there. (…) “We already realize a lot of the people that could help are at war now fighting another way and they’ve given them permission to go down and shoot us.”[Meyers, visibly uncomfortable, reads from prompter script. Camera cuts back to Kanye, who pauses, then says]
“George Bush doesn’t care about black people!”
[camera abruptly switches back to a stunned Myers, then to actor Chris Tucker]

Link to transcript and context in a WaPo story.
NBC quickly issued this statement:

Kanye West departed from the scripted comments that were prepared for him, and his opinions in no way represent the views of the networks. It would be most unfortunate if the efforts of the artists who participated tonight and the generosity of millions of Americans who are helping those in need are overshadowed by one person’s opinion.

via Kanye West: “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” – Boing Boing.

5 Comments

  1. After reading the post on here I felt the need to respond. President Bush flew over New Orleans and was criticized for not landing…President Obama didn’t even bother to do that.
    In New Orleans after Katrina came and went things were bad enough…but the levees breaking is what caused most of the damage. Was that Bush’s fault no absolutely not…that my friends was the state of New Orleans fault, they are responsible for the up keep of the levees. Was it Bush’s fault that the Mayor was to cheep to use all those school buses to get people out of harms way…absolutely not. Was it Bush that but all those people in the dome..NO! Yes, Bush sent in FEMA when the Mayor formally requested help. What upsets me is that the people of New Orleans was told that Katrina was coming and many of them DECIDED to stay. Please don’t play the “they were poor people and couldn’t leave” card because even poor people have friends and family that could have pulled together to get to a safer place. I am not rich and I’ll be darn if I’d sit on my butt with a hurricane coming my way and do nothing…saying it’s the governments job to take care of me.
    Now as for Obama’s response it wasn’t enough if you measure it by the same stick Bush’s response was measured by. Obama was and is so concerned over how he looked over the oil spill that he should have come out as soon as the flood happened to offer help.It doesn’t matter if 10 people die or 1,000 die. I am more upset over the oil spill not that I’m blaming just Obama…I’m blaming the government office that was to over see the safety shut off valves…and now that lands in Obama’s lap. The day of blaming Bush is over….time to step up.

  2. Obama knows that Tennessee voted McCain. Tennessee was won by Republican nominee John McCain by a 15.1% margin of victory. An he could careless about a red state. That’s what it comes down to, it wont help his reelection. I don’t think it’s about race as much as it’s about politics. Which playing politics is just as evil and disgraceful as racism, when people are in need like this.

  3. As for Obama’s response to Nashville. He responded immediately. The amount of attention the media give a story has nothing to do with government’s response.
    Bredesen formally requested help late Monday afternoon and Obama signed disaster declaration for the state on Tuesday. By Thursday 8,500 people had registered with FEMA. By Friday 30 counties has been granted disaster declaration making federal assistance available to them.
    The flooding was very bad, but on the scale of national disasters in the US, this barely scratches the surface of average in terms damage caused. Because of this Nashville, fortunately, was in a position to help itself so there wasn’t really much need to a lighting fast response, but Nashville got one anyway.
    Billion Dollar Weather Disasters 1980 – 2009:
    http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/img/reports/billion/billion2009.pdf

  4. Bush’s response to Katrina had nothing to do with whether or not he visited the area. No one really cared if he physically went there or not. It also had to do very little with him directly and more to do with his administration as a whole, to which he was fully responsible for.
    Bush recognized this when he said: “Katrina exposed serious problems in our response capability at all levels of government, and to the extent that the federal government didn’t fully do its job right, I take responsibility.”
    This had nothing to do with Bush not liking black people or any of the other non-sense people were spewing at the time. He simply failed to recognize the severity of the issue and respond in not only a timely fashion but in an appropriate one. While everyone else in this country watched the storm devastate New Orleans he finished up his vacation. He didn’t even have to leave Crawford Ranch, all he had to do was pick up a phone and light a presidential fire under a few asses to make sure that the response was appropriate, but he didn’t.

  5. Katrina, though a hurricane, was made much worse by the failures of the Corps of Engineers and the White House. The levees failed and people were trapped in the dome. Criminal negligence was involved at the Federal level – remember Blackie? But Nashville’s flood just wasn’t like that. I’m from Nashville and while I’m not there I have followed coverage on blogs, newspaper websites, etc. There just isn’t really anyone to blame except mother nature. I’m a Democrat but not a huge Obama fan, still he got the FEMA money started immediately (that would be federal money that most right-wingers don’t think should ever be doled out – “your’ in trouble, sad but hardly the government’s responsibility” I think is the refrain). Yes, it’s tragic. Yes, I think you should all get help (but I’m a real leftist, unlike Obama). But to compare it to Katrina or the earthquakes in Haiti or Chile (I’ve seen this done) just demonstrates how unaware you are of the impact of those disasters and makes it look like you think white people are more deserving of aid than other folks. And Obama did talk about Nashville – maybe not as much as you think he should, but I’ve gotta tell you that if he had given more time to it I’m sure we’d have seen reactions like “two-faced Obama, trying to win votes for Dems in Nov” and “what a hypocrite, he doesn’t care about us” – so he’s in a lose-lose situation with folks of your mindset. Also, I understand a lot of poor people of all races were hit very hard (as the poor usually are) and I have yet to see the self-righteous blogosphere even mention them. The only things I’ve seen were on blogs by homeless advocates and other organizations who aid the poor.

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