August 31st, 2008
05:05 PM ET
14 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. kimetics

    It looks as though Obama's campain got it right. His website has on its main page how and what to do to help Gustav for those near and far.

    As for McCain.'s website... No mention of it

    Go ahead take a look....

    I ask you which one is ready to lead....


    August 31, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  2. John McGimmick

    Thank GOD!

    Carry on Senator Obama!

    I gotta tell ya,

    I have very little trust in McCain, he has NO idea what to do. I guess he needs some guns, bullets and a big war to be in full control of a domestic situation.

    McCain is off message, poor judgement and provides no direction. He TURNED over the press conference to his campaign manager. That's not leadership, that's a GIMMICK!

    McCain is PATHETIC! Yup Yup!

    I’ve seen what Lt General Russel Honore can do in a crisis and John McCain, you are NO Lt. General Honore! You don’t even know what to do besides tell the Republicans to take off their Republican hats and act like Americans

    You’re no leader, you’re a Gimmick. Lt. Honore doesn’t brag about his medals, he shows his greatness with his actions!


    Yeah, this game is OVER!

    Obama/Biden 08

    August 31, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  3. lou

    Oh Christ...Wake me up on Nov 5th...please

    August 31, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |

    Yes Obama out-Gustav McCain.
    They are full of gimmicks.
    Gas tax holiday
    Drill here and now
    now flip flop on experience.
    I'm for GOP now against it.

    August 31, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  5. RJ

    Typical Obama garbage: a "website" means he is "ready to lead." LOL!

    August 31, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  6. Suzy from Ohio.

    Showing true leadership.

    Obama/Biden 08!!

    August 31, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  7. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Obama and Biden are not eating cake today. They are going
    to make sure Katrina does not happen again. And the Republicans
    prayed for rain at the Democratic Convention. They are hit with a
    hurricane. GOD RULES!

    August 31, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  8. CC Reston VA

    Rewind back to three years ago wasn't McCake celebrating his birthday cake with buddy Bush when Katrina struck? Oh the audacity of hypocrisy. When will America ever learn?

    August 31, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  9. janet

    a women on the ticket will not change my mind I was a Hillary supporter now i am a Obama supporter all the way.

    August 31, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  10. aware

    Wow, if we were under attack, it would be all over before Obama got around to talking about it! He is dangerous! 🙁

    McCain/Palin 08 Action over politics! 🙂

    August 31, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  11. Sam Rose

    yes-Obama is on top of it–he doesnt need to go to the Gulf Coast and disrupt what needs to be done--

    The smart thing to do is for he and Biden to issue a statement via the web-and text messages--

    they should work with the McCain campaign in the spirit of unity

    (THE U.S. kind of unity)–afterall there are no Red States and there are no Blue States when it comes to a potential crisis--

    August 31, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  12. Bill

    Poor Obama, having to meet with Skeletor (another idiot in the most irresponsible administration of all time!). At least the Democrats are being pro-active. The Repugs are sending Bush and Cheney; that's a laugh!

    August 31, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  13. Obama/Biden

    McCain like Bush will bring more threat to our country. Obama/Biden ticket is very strong on national security and Biden as well as Obama is well respected around the world. Obama has better judgment on every single issues that we need on a president than mccain. That is why we must vote Democratic this November to prevent a second 9/11 and have someone who is ready for what ever decission to defend our national security in case of any plot. McCain/Palin ticket I doubt it no foreign policies no experience we cannot risk our country with that ticket.
    Do not listen to the republican scare tactics and believe anything they have to say. The republican is the party we as voters should stay away from this November. They have done enough to our country and the economy and we cannot afford four more years of economic disasters and begging China to lend us money.
    Why are they skipping the convention? is it to show that McCain is not tight to Bush/Chenney? But, Jonh McCain voting record cannot lie that he not only tight to Bush/Chenney, but, will be a continuation of Bush Chenney government.

    August 31, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  14. independentmind

    photo ops or preparing to aid those in need? mccain will be interfering with relief efforts. obama's team will be preparing with unprecedented donations of whatever is needed, with the help of over 36 million supporters of barack and our nation. obama is a uniter, and is best suited to bring everybody together in times of natural disaster and crises worldwide. he may very well be THE BEST qualified to lead this nation, than perhaps any leader in decades.

    August 31, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  15. jason, tx

    Like I have said before. Obama/Biden cares about the poor and McCain/Palin don't give a crap.

    August 31, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  16. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Obama again using good judgement by directly talking with Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff who is responsible for getting it right without jumping in for a photo op opportunity like McCain. McCain just running to Mississippi to sure up support from retired Senator Trent Lott.

    August 31, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  17. BlackMan4Mac

    And again, where is obambi ??? Serving self interest again ??? Just like he was when he skipped the BLACK STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS 2008 in New Orleans. Just like he skipped the MLK DAY in Memphis. Now can my fellow Black Americans see who this guy really is ???

    President John McCain 2008 !!!

    And I was never even in the military, but I just have much more common sense than the average joe. Do you really need a college degree to see right though a farce ??? No. You need common sense. And let me tell you first hand, you can only learn that from one !!!

    Obambi is that used care salesman, with a lot full of lemons...ON STEROIDS !!!

    August 31, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  18. Robert Wooller from Bradford, England, UK

    Talk about Bush being a little slow, he has just stated that Hurricane Gustav is dangerous. Well, you don't say, Mr Bush?! I think something that makes that many people flee in terror is more than dangerous!!!

    August 31, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  19. Kathy

    Obama is on top of things and his site shows it God Bless Him

    August 31, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  20. McCain is put for his self

    He only went on TV for some free advertisement. He was not impressive in his feable attempt to try to give his opinion on the response prior to the Hurricane. Once again, President Bush steps aside to let McCain run his mouth. But there is just one problem McCain is not the President and I'm glad he will never be!!!

    August 31, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  21. chas alabama


    August 31, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  22. McCain is put for his self

    McCain is in it for himself. Why is he holding a press conference on the storm like he is the President??? He is pandering on the National news!!! In his opinion, all is going well??? So he watched CNN like everybody else about the progress of the evacuation. What does that prove??? We were not impressed.

    August 31, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  23. Anthony Kees

    kimetics (in the previous comment) is exactly right, Obama's page has information about the hurricane and how you can help.

    Mccain's page has nothing on it.

    Obama/Biden 08

    August 31, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  24. Poetic Justice

    A good bowl of moose stew is just what Sarah Palin proposes as the answer to this disaster!

    August 31, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  25. eric mars

    obama would be a good , presdent for the u s a . he is a down to earth person. if they end the war in arack the world would be a better place to live , i am a canadain , i love the u s a but if your country don,t leave that war , spending all that 10. billons a month . youall would be homeless . the u s a was a beacon of hope be now is a mess . china is the super power . india , these are the country that taking away the wealth , the jobs , you are browing form money from the chinees to pays your bills your banks falling apart . get out of arack .youe country need the 10 billions , to upgrade the infurstucture that which is falling apart.may god bless the USA THX ERIC

    August 31, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
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