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. Dan J


    "Good Job republicans!

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

    God is good!"

    You know who is getting hit? Innocent Americans. You should be ashamed of yourself celebrating a hurricane. This is why people are so turned off by the democratic party. They keep showing time and time again that they are the most hate-filled of the parties.

    August 31, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  2. Perusing-through


    For a long time I use to equate McCain to Bush.

    After watching and listening to McCain on the campaign trail for the past two months (including his ill-advised VP shocker), I now see Bush as clearly superior to McCain, and I will never insult Bush again by saying McCain equals Bush.

    August 31, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  3. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Allan, It is anything Obama does not Obama do.
    Get up at 4:30 and practice.

    August 31, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  4. Hispanic for Obama - Ricky

    I mean these hurricanes arent gettin stronger because of global warming right? Which Palin believes isnt man made.

    Obama is expressing concern, telling people to take shelter, and talking more with Homeland Secuity than Bush is! This man will be the best leader since Clinton was elected in 1992.

    McCain has no idea what to do. He spends 12 hours a day resting his vastly aged body and is more concerned with Czechoslovakia. The man just doesnt get it!

    Obama/Biden '08!

    August 31, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  5. bill s DE

    To give someone a compliment that they look good is not a sexist statement . I all ways thought that was a feel good

    August 31, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  6. Mike in Houston

    Barack, stay out of the way. You didn't help last time.

    August 31, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  7. Bridget

    Thank you Barack Obama, for not getting in the way. John McCain, we're begging you, do NOT go down to the Gulf Coast. You will be a distraction and much needed resources will be diverted to making your stay possible. Please, Please, don't use this disaster-in-the-making for political gain.

    August 31, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  8. Greg, Hamilton Ontario

    independent now - and you wonder why women actually lost the vote at one time in your history. You guys keep flapping the, "I'm really a Republican but I'm to chicken to admit it", garbage and you might get your wish. That could lead to McCain taking away your right to vote. If you think that's impossible think about what GW did to habeus Corpus and your rights to privacy. He didn't ask for them he just took them and he is still alive to say so. There was a time in America he wouldn't be. So you independents better do some serious thinking.

    August 31, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  9. Sarah

    I am just an observer from Canada and I think this is poetic justice – almost 3 years to the day – last time around during Hurricane Katrina both George Bush and John McCain were celebrating McCain's birthday and much attention was not given to New Orleans in a timely manner – their response and reaction this time sure proves they learned something from that experience.

    However, I have been wondering for some time now if all this talk of McCain's POW experience and the terrible torture he went through has not in some way affected his thinking – the way he talks about war and brings his answer to every question around to his POW experience makes me question the stability of his thoughts and judgment. For all we know, he may still have a lot of mental scars from his experience and do you all feel it safe to have his hand on the red button.

    Also, if all this information coming out about his VP pick, Sarah Palin, is true who may I ask vetted her? John McCain did not even campaign with her before he chose her or am I wrong about that. How could John McCain just use Romney, Lieberman, Pawlenty, etc. when John was not leaning towards them (in fact on Thursday I heard Pawlenty was asked to clear his calendar and head back home because he was on top of the list) – I question his judgment, integrity and trustworthiness! And to think he was my first choice – such sadness and disappointment.

    August 31, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  10. Chris

    I love the fact that the hurricane gives everyone the chance to talk about how great Obama is.

    Adam mentions that McCain's being in Mississippi is showboating he can do nothing as a Senator, Barack Obama is a Senator also – yet he somehow is saving the day. Everyone thinks he is so great for putting phone numbers on his web page. Yeah, I go to in the face of an emergency – note the sarcasm. So yes it is a nice thought, but anyone who goes there for help in the first place has bigger problems.

    Anyway, shame on all of you for making this a partisan affair. You all took off your American hats and put on your dunce caps to use this as an opportunity to bash the candidates, and even bring in VP choices.

    Try applauding the Republican Governor Jindal, who has the same numbers Obama has on his website, and the Democratic =Mayor Nagin for their efforts in evacuating the area.

    In short, grow up.

    August 31, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  11. Lourdes

    "Are you for real" I LOVE your post. you are right on!

    As for my response to this article, go Obama! You are prepared and presidential.

    And perusing-through, you are also right...McCain doesn't equal Bush, he is actually worse. THAT SCARES ME.

    August 31, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  12. aware

    Dream on Obama fans! Obama, the arrogant follower, will never be president of the United States of America! 🙁

    McCain/palin 08! 🙂

    August 31, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  13. banderson

    Going to the hurricane area during emergency preparedness as a presidential candidate is only going to serve as a distraction to the workers trying to prepare for the storm. At least Senator Obama understands that by contacting Director Chertoff first to ascertain the situation and not going there and creating a unwanted diversion. On the other hand Senator McCain saw a photo op.

    August 31, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  14. Bridgette-PA

    "ALLAN USA"- Please stopy playing yourself. You can't bash someone when you can't spell! Can someone say....spellcheck! Stop using your energy hating OBAMA and use it to focus more on your spelling.


    August 31, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  15. BW

    ...because Chertoff doesn't have anything better to do with his time today, than talk to presumptuous candidates. What good does this do the people of the Gulf Coast? None at all. What good does it do the democratic ticket? Plenty, as evidenced by the comments above.

    August 31, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  16. ran

    Obama/Biden the change we all need now and in the future.

    August 31, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  17. aware

    Dream on Obama fans! Obama, the arrogant follower, will never be president of the United States of America!

    Obama is an inexperienced, senator who has done nothing but campaign (make like a sophist politician) since he gave that speech way back when and Biden is an old boys club Washington insider, status quo senator. They are not a winning team! 🙁

    Now, Senator McCain and Governor Palin are both authentic reformers with proven records of accomplishment!

    McCain/Palin 08! 🙂

    August 31, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  18. RJ


    August 31, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  19. Rob

    Be nice Chertoff. Your speaking to your new boss.

    August 31, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  20. Simba from Toronto,canada

    Wait until the Russians attack Georgia again, Palin as vp will order Air force one to Atlanta to defend Georgia. That is how good is her foreign policy experience.

    JOB 08-12!!!!..........................................WELL DONE
    JOB= JOE and OBAMA

    August 31, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  21. Patriot

    THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN Republicans & Democrats.
    Republicans can pretend to be happy about Palin even though they don't know her. Republicans have succeded in actually brain watching people with fear. Macain with experience has been wrong with judgement especially in areas where he is supposed to be good-Foreign policy. Yet——-
    And if Republicans are coming up with executive experience. What they are actually saying is that Palin has more experience than Macain who has only senate experience as Obama. Ignorance is a desease.
    Republicans are good in putting fear in people.
    Democrats lifts people up with positive encouragement.
    And for those who thinks that there is no money to do what Obama is proposing, Republicants have always said no money for health care but we can afford to pay 10b monthly in Iran. Where is common sense. I wil rather take a chance on Obama than same 8 yrs of experience of abuse of power.
    Independent for Obama.

    August 31, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  22. RJ

    As a former Hillary supporter,


    August 31, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  23. Deb, Allentown, PA

    Perusing-through, I agree. I never ever thought I could find someone worse than Bush/Cheney, but McCain/Palin take the cake.

    At least with Bush/Cheney, we knew Cheney was pulling the strings. With McCain/Palin, neither of them will be pulling the strings; they'll both be puppets for Rove, Limbaugh and the far right.

    And Sito, that was a horrible thing to say. While I don't agree with Dan about people being turned off by the Democratic party, and I don't like his sterotyping the Democrats, I will also say that you are a poor representative of our party.

    August 31, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  24. Mike

    McBush called Chertoff also. Palin could be heard giggleing in the background saying, we don't have Hurricanes in Alaska.

    August 31, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  25. lmao

    Has no one noticed that the "ENTIRE" attention has gone from the democratic convention to the Vice President of the Republican nominee. I hate to break it to you liberals out there, but not only does Sarah Palin know what she's doing, but she took all of Obama's mojo in this race. Even Hilary had good things to say about her. It's funny i live in probably the biggest liberal community in the world. Everything has been taking away. No one cares if Obama "listened" to what is already being done, who cares. The job is already being done, u can call me and tell me what's happening and still it doesn't matter. What makes Obama not eligible is that he hasn't done anything and if someone says he's a community leader...hell i've run a community program myself, should i run against him? ....keep up the comedy and we'll see once again another Republican candidate in the office.Toomany demo leaders don't think as if they are the people they represent they still to what they think that what the American people "need". Excuse me i'm smart enough to know what i need, and it doesn't involve holding Obama's hand.

    Also...the change we can believe in.....did no one see Star Wars....Obama's the one who brings balance to the is fantastic the way it is....the only change i can think of is negative. And the policies he wants to impliment makes me sure that if he were President the history books would show the demise of America.

    PS: love the comment from the new vp of Obama, already love struck with the Rep vp Sarah Palin....what an idiot.

    August 31, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
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