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. bertha doucet

    I commended John mcCain On due to the hurricane,He is not focusing on the GOP convention,peoples lives are more important. Houston Texas

    August 31, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  2. Obama08:white, 60 yr old woman

    Excellent leader...isn't trying to get attention by calling news conferences, keeps abreast of what is going on the ground, has a multitude of resources available when he is informed of what the people on the ground need and stays out of the way so people can do their jobs.

    McCain is the one who is doing the pandering after eating birthday cake with Bush cake whileKatrina devastated the coast!! How soon people forget!!

    August 31, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  3. ibsa kedida

    This is not about Obama or McCain; it is about truth, reality and future of America. McCain's Judgments was tested on his pick of VP, he thought he will get women’s vote by picking un experienced conservative anti-abortion women. American women are much smarter than that. McCain is now like a person lost in the sea and do not know how to swim. No way out now, too late.

    August 31, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  4. Dan J

    A phone call does not equal what's seen on the ground, especially for a nominee that is billed as an "elitist snob."
    Hey, but at least while McCain is squandering his time by going to the southeast, Obama is rallying.
    And to the dispicable people who are saying "GOD RULES" because the hurricane hit during the convention, I'm sure the millions of innocent victims will be happy to have their lives destroyed for the sake of having the Dems win. You are disgusting. Go to Hell.

    August 31, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  5. Charlotte

    God doesn't play politics. Gustav is headed for Louisiana with a force of a #4 hurricane. This is sad news for this country. I pray for a miracle, that some how this will peter out before it hits.

    August 31, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  6. oldsoldierboy

    McCain is heading down to the gulf coast to pretend that he is doing something and his running mate recently admitted she does not know what the VP does. Yet, the bandwagoners will try to convince us that she knows what she's doing. This is scary. They are willing to put peoples lives in jeopardy. Also, she is already under investigation for abuse of power. We have already seen what destruction can be caused when someone abuses their power. Obama's campaign should be all over this. They need to stop being nice guys and go on the attack.

    August 31, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  7. Joe H

    Being an outsider from Canada, although mother is American, I follow the news closely. I love my country of Canada as much and as furiously as do Americans love theirs. My Grandparents were strong Democrats, and being of Irish descent loved JFK and RFK, but following the Blog’s and the messages that are placed for everyone, all I seem to read is the hate the people show towards either candidate. The worst seem to be from those that support Obama/ Biden. Maybe it is the fear that there is a chance that a once in a lifetime opportunity for an African American to hold the most powerful office in the world could slip away. All the name calling and but downs only serve to awaken those Republicans who may not have taken the time to vote last time and to get out this election.
    I think everyone would be better off if you forget that someone is black or white, was rich or poor, male or female, young or old, but rather they are “Americans” who care for the country, and believe they can help make it better. Listen to the solutions to questions put forth, not the spiels and jargon which most politicians hand out. It is easy to say "I have a plan" but what you need to hear is what is the plan is in detail. I think Biden as usual was way of line with is comments on Palin, I found then to border on sexist and he should apologize immediately. These are the things that can go to hurt Obama's chance.
    Stop the hate mongering and name calling, instead of putting down the opponent try just praising yours. Be the bigger person as they say.

    A Canadian prospective but as your hearts do declare, “God bless America” and good luck.

    Joe H

    August 31, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  8. gene

    Difference between Obama and McCain:

    Obama: Already has plans in motion for relief and organization for the aftermath of the storm.

    McCain: Campaign announces that they'll be looking for a way to put him into a storm-wrecked region for a photo-op.

    And Doris.. I made the exact same observation. I also said it was horrible to say.. and that I hope the people in New Orleans make it through ok... but the irony is just amazing.

    August 31, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  9. What?

    I knew once I read the headline there would be a McCain supporter stating something negative about Obama............Apparently learned nothing from McCain when he bullied, pressured and complained about Obama time frame for not visiting Iraq and Iran. When he saw the leaders of these Countries treat Obama with respect, he whined 24/7, although it was his bullying....ops....... request.

    Nice to have a President nominee candidate that don’t have to wait to be elected to care and do right for ALL people, very refreshing.

    A CHANGE YOU CAN DEPEND ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 31, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  10. SANAR

    McCain is just so out of touch...if he wins Sarah will reeplcae him as President...ZERO REPERIENCE!!!!!!!!!

    August 31, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  11. Gina in Chicago

    In one fell swoop, McCain just handed the presidency to Barack Obama with this, shall I say, "unique" choice of VP. The MSM is trying as hard as they can to spin this in McCain's favor. Meet the Press had almost NO news about the convention. It was all about explaining Sarah Palin to America and trying to make her palatable. But listen to talk radio or read the blogs, and it's clear that ordinary Americans believe John McCain has completely lost his mind.

    Voters who were staunchly for him are now trying to figure out what to do because they cannot in good conscience allow this woman to become president in the all-too-likely event that McCain doesn't survive all four years of his presidency. Palin hasn't been vetted, there's really no time to really vet her now, and if McCain's plan was to secure disgruntled Hillary supporters, it totally backfired. It's offensive that this neanderthal actually believes women will vote for his ticket just because his running mate has ovaries.

    The GOP saw that not only did the DNC convention go off without a hitch, but it was the greatest convention ever, and was watched by hundreds of millions of people nationally and abroad. I think they totally panicked and barfed up this woman in desperation, hoping to preempt Obama's convention coverage and steal attention away from its success. Clearly it worked, but it would have been just as effective (not to mention entertaining) if McCain had just gone on TV and blown his brains out. Basically he just did that to his campaign.

    August 31, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  12. Democrats Up For Grabs !!!

    Here he Goes Again Showing how inexperienced he is . Another Obama Gimmick . The ony experience he has is runnimg His Mouth . And nobody is better off because of it . What a waste of time and enegry .

    Nobama , No More Gimmicks !!!!!

    August 31, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  13. Javone

    Me: please get over it. EVERYONE who is religious knows that when you wish something bad on your fellow man that God brings it back to you two fold. Geez! No one is happy about a hurricane.

    August 31, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  14. Sherry, Atlanta


    OBMA/BIDEN '08-'12

    August 31, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  15. sito

    Good Job republicans!

    They tried to do a rain dance to squash the democrats! Well look who's getting hit!

    God is good!

    August 31, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  16. NoMcSame No ReThuglicans

    Chertoff will be a name of the past next year at this time. But it seems as if he IS doing a better job than last time. I wish him the best though and I hope and pray that N.O. is spared. I can see old FAT tub of crap John Hagee preaching to his people that God is sending that hurricane to finish the job. How sad to have preachers like that.
    The Rethuglicans prayed for rain and got a hurricane.
    Lord help us if McSame wins this thing. This woman has NO experience in Washington and if McSame DIES in office others will run the country. People are voting gender and race and if we continue this we will be in trouble.
    Her baby is an infant not a child. Woman that I work with have taken leaves of absence to take care of their infant but this one does not seen to care about the nurturing love that only a mother can give a child. MCsame is that the best that the Re Thuglicans have to offer?

    August 31, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  17. Bea, Texas

    Respectfully, to "Holy Toledo", the only reason McCain canceled partial of his Rep. convention, is for a photo opportunity and media attention. Is a perfect opportunity to earn compasion votes.

    If McCain really cared about his country, like he saids "Country First", he would have not selected a person with hardly no experience as the VP. A person (VP) with no experience, would be a heart beat away from –President-meaning, do you want a person with hardly no experience leading this country? I guess that would answer if McCain really believes "Country First".

    August 31, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  18. Adam

    McCain being in the Mississippi area is pointless show-boating. He can't do anything at this point. Even as a Senator. The evacuations and preparations don't need his authority to proceed or get any more done. It doesn't show that he cares more than others that he went there. That was simply show-boating.

    As others have said, the McCain website has no mention of the hurricane at all. The Obama website has news on who you can contact if you want to help as well as contact information if you live in the area and need help getting out.

    Altering the RNC Convention was the right thing to do though.

    I find it disgusting that McCain would say it was time to take off his Republican hat and put on his American hat. He is making it seem like when is Republican hat is on, he is not American. Obama seems able to keep his Democratic hat on while still being a caring and concerned American.

    August 31, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |

    You people who love Obama, no matter what Obama do you go nuts , and no matter what McCain do you not happy. You start attack PALIN "wrong kind of women", BUT how dare anybody can say Obama "wrong kind of BLACK man"

    August 31, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  20. tedious898

    I agree oldsoldierboy...but I saw this blog yesterday.

    The Gov. from Alaska is a "head fake". At some point she will step down as it will impede her ability to care for her challenge baby. If the Obama campaign starts really lighting up the RNC with negative attacks, you can see what will be coming " Obama is insensitive, they hate women, a mother with a child with health issues, ...see why dems are for right to choose" Its obvious when viewed in the those terms.

    Obama is basically ignoring Palin. Soon we will be able to ignore the entire Rep. party and good riddens I say

    August 31, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  21. Wow, Bobby Jindal

    Did you guys see Bobby Jindal? This guy is a serious politician and should have been the VP pick. He is very presidential and is all over the Emergency response in LA. This guy should have been McCain's VP pick. The fact that he is doing everything that the officials did not do during Katrina is the best audition for a National post that I have ever seen. If McCain had picked him, he would have won in a cake walk! Does anybody else see my logic?

    August 31, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  22. Michael

    Obama must have thought Thursday was the oath of office. That's OK, his fantasy will only has a short time to last.

    August 31, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  23. Willow, in Iowa

    Allan USA, the difference is Obama was voted on and picked by a majority of Democrats. The people rule. Palin was picked by one person, and I guess the Republicans get what McCain wants. Palin is under investigation by an ethics committee, was almost kicked out of the Mayor's office, and her favorites ranking dropped from 90% down to 60% and is dropping still. Big difference.

    And I don't mind if you say "wrong kind of Black man. " because I know you are wrong.

    August 31, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  24. Clinton/Obama supporter

    I'm insulted that McCain thinks that by putting a women on his ticket, he could woo me. PALIN WILL NEVER BE HILLARY CLINTON...and Palin needs to stop putting herself in the same sentence as Hillary's name.

    McCain is insulting me and every other American women, to think we don't see through this political ploy.

    August 31, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  25. OBAMA Supporter all the way

    Ok Allan – Palin is the wrong kind of person to be a heart beat away from the white house.

    August 31, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
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