August 31st, 2008
05:05 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama speaks with Chertoff

(CNN) – Barack Obama has spoken with Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff about Hurricane Gustav preparations, Obama advisor Robert Gibbs said Sunday.

He was briefed on the status of the storm, the evacuation process and coordination between federal, state and local authorities, Gibbs said.

soundoff (191 Responses)
  1. me

    Doris. What a horrible thing to say. Some Obama people are just plain awful.

    August 31, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  2. McCainGoHome!!

    NO WAY NO HOW NO PALIN…. PUMA FOR OBAMA-BIDEN 2008!!!!!

    August 31, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  3. Nana -NJ

    God knows McCain /Palin that women who wants to compare her self to our brave and honoured woman hillary! are not good for the country that is why Gustav is approching at the same day they are having convention, I am a women and independent but i will prefer to stay home instead of voting for Palin/McCain/Bush! The same!No Way, No How, No McCain/Palin/Bush.

    August 31, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  4. Rob indetroit

    Obama is way ahead of MCcain the way Playstation is to Atari.

    August 31, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  5. Joe Reg

    Thanks God, the Dems will be in charge soon, in about two months. November 4th is our time to make history.

    Obama/Biden 08/12.

    August 31, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  6. Bea, Texas

    Obama and Biden are surely ready to lead this country. Their timely and appropriate response to GUSTAV with communication with the media, their website and to their supports has been outstanding.

    As they are communicating with people before the storm/hurricane, about the potential needs of the people from New Orleans and elsewhere.

    Unlike, the Republicans in August 2005, when Bush was at his ranch in Texas on vacation and totally ignored Katrina victims before, during, and after the hurricane. The people from New Orleans barely got any positive results three years after the devasting hurricane. But I was not surprised, as the Republican Bush ignored the Katrina victims that terrible August 2005, just like he ignored the us, the families of the fallen in Iraq, seating right on his backyard that August 2005 at Crawford, Tx.

    Obama is READY to LEAD THIS COUNTRY, no doubt!
    2008 is the year for "CHANGE" & NOT more McSAME--policies–

    August 31, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. A CANUCK

    Good for you Obama........you can't trust Bush to do the job !!!!!!

    August 31, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  8. Louise

    McCain and Palin are doing this too. Mr Obama is desperately trying to get some street cred now that his thunder has been stolen

    August 31, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  9. tedious898

    The poor republicans! They wished so much negativity on the DNC convention – even using the old fashion rain dance. ...and look what happens. God is not to be mocked. Guess that wasn't in the republican bible.

    May GOD bless those people around the gulf coast and maybe just maybe the republicans will learn what it means to help others in need. We shall see!

    August 31, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  10. Scott

    I'm glad he made the call to Chertoff, but I hope he goes to the Gulf States shortly after Gustav blows through, rolls up his sleeves and says something good. Maybe stay a few days, even.

    August 31, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  11. tedious898

    McCain = Country dead last. Republicans = ownership society..i.e. if you need help...."you're on your own"

    August 31, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  12. common sense

    Was Obama even a senator during Katrina?

    August 31, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  13. Texas Vet

    Don Quixote McCain and Sally Panza Pallin

    There he goes again tilting a Windmill called Gustav. He is going to need a long lance to reach it from a photo op in Jackson Mississippi. Another Carp Shoot? I suggest he rides a helicopter this time, at least Sally has a lot of experience shooting bears and wolves from one.

    Sorry I couldn’t help it. I respect any Veteran that has served his Country. But I would have a whole lot more respect if his voting record showed he supported Veterans. It takes more than being a Veteran and a POW to be qualified to be President.

    It’s time for a Proactive Government that really understands our needs. If McCain wants to gransstand to prove his cojones, he should camp out on one of the oil rigs that he says never get damaged in Hurricanes. Talk about a Celebrity Wanabe.

    August 31, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  14. Donkey Party

    Palin?????? Hah, what a joke. No Mitt, no McCain. I'm voting for Obama!

    August 31, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  15. walter hughes

    i cant believe mc-cains pick for vp,its and insult to woman and scary for all of us,theres so many woman in this country that could be qualified to be vp and president,im very disapointed in mc cain,im an independent and im for obama,he has the qualifications for commander and chief,mc cain is bush again.

    August 31, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  16. Tiffany

    Obama/ Biden put country first by giving the country a good ticket Obama/ Biden

    August 31, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  17. Reginald Day VA

    In 68,88, and now in 2008, republicians made risky picks for VP. In 68 and 88 the risky pick worked and the won the election, but those years after was filled with scandal, angew had to resign, and Dan Quayle couldn't spell potato. The country suffered both time as the economy went down. So this America dont fall for the gimmick .

    August 31, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  18. bk

    Polical postering. Where were you Obama when the people needed help when Katrina hit? The Clintons raised millions of dollars for the people. You did nothing.

    August 31, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  19. bk

    The Obama campaign calls CNN everyday and tells them what to report. What a fair and balanced network.

    August 31, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  20. stacy

    wait, he's not president yet.

    August 31, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  21. Melinda

    I thought it rather odd that Senator McCain would say "It's time to take off our Republican hats and put on our American hats." What exactly does that mean? Aren't Republicans/Democrats/Indpendents Americans? Unless I am mistaken, this is not a "hat" one can choose at random of when to put it on or take it off. I would think that immigrants would be the persons told to put on their American hats in preparation of this hurricane since American citizens always come together in the midst of devastation. As such, I find the statement totally unnecessary.

    August 31, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  22. Holy Toledo

    Why are Obama and BIden still in Toledo? Do they understand that when hurricanes are threatening your immediate area, the internet is the last thing you think about? Way to go Dems.

    McCain pretty much canceled half of the Rep convention and is or will be in Mississippi soon.

    Anyone else see Obama and Biden joking about how good lookin Biden was in Toledo? Way to go guys.

    August 31, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  23. TEXAS

    Barack is taking care of business. He is going to be a great President. Thank you Barack for putting Hurricane information on your web-site with emergency numbers and web sites

    Thank you for your concern and judgement.

    August 31, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  24. RONNEBRASKA

    Well, here goes a comment into CNN moderation limbo. It is funny how the wacko fringe prayed for rain during Obamas' stadium speech and perfect weather resulted, and now the wacko fringe convention is disrupted by a hurricane. God is talking wackos, are you listening!!!!?

    August 31, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  25. Oxigen

    Can he compliment her without being sexist. Yes, she is young and good looking since it is Joe Biden who said it; it is sexism.
    When you talk about taking women seriously, the democrats take women more seriously than the republican. Since the 1980 the democrat been putting women on major political ticket. Geraldine Ferraro was a democrat VP running mate in the 1980. Tell me a mojor republican woman that hit that miles stone in the 1980; none, zero. Hillary Clinton was the front runner in this race for quite a while and she is a woman democrat. How can you talk about democrat think women is no brainer when they are the one who introduce them to hold these big political position. What you can say is that John McCain is using a woman to try to take some of the people that was fallowing Clinton by using a woman to do so since Hillary was a woman. McCain know how a lot of Hillary's suppotters feel about her been treated unfair and pick a woman VP to see if he can get their vote very manupilative.

    August 31, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
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