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. Doris

    That Pastor was praying for rain at the Democratic Convetion not knowing that there is a God in Heaven who is in control. Now the Republican convention is in a mess. Never wish something bad on others. So Republicans this should make you think twice in what you do and are thinking of doing. GOD IS GREAT

    August 31, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  2. Patriot

    Gov. Sarah Palin firmly put her foot in her mouth during her debut speech. She violated the first premise of operational security for military families. She announced to a world-wide audience her son’s specific unit, his MOS (military occupational specialty) and the specific dates of the unit’s deployment. This just is not done, ever. If I were the commander of that unit I would be screaming to the Pentagon to change the deployment and I would transfer that boy as far away from my unit as I could.

    BTW, I am a military father and I did command an Air Force squadron during the Vietnam War.

    Sarah Palin does not understand national security and she does not understand the needs of our great military. Sarah Palin is dangerously naive.

    August 31, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  3. MARYANN Oswego IL

    Hillary we need you....

    August 31, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  4. JP

    independent now: I'm an Obama supporter, but I give props where made a funny!

    August 31, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  5. sydney

    Dan J. has a good point. There will be thousands who will suffer as a result of the storm and that's sad.
    What I also find sad is how clueless many of you are by attributing the rain or storm to god. If you knew anything about the basic principles of science you'd realise how rain really occurs.

    August 31, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  6. nadeem

    Isn't it ironic that Republicans and evangelicals were praying for rain in Denver.

    August 31, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  7. dot in Detroit

    We all know McCain is a puppet and can only express the opinions of his advisors. Then he finally makes a decision to pick a woman as VP. This shows how intelligent he is. Anyone still interested in the McCain-Palin ticket has similar problems.

    Obama-Biden 08

    August 31, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  8. Independent turn O/B ticket

    Cornhuskers for Obama. Ronnebraska am with you. Boomerang on Macain. You will think that the so called evangelicans can read the hand writting on the wall and stop using pro life as an excuse.

    August 31, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  9. Perusing-through


    A GOP supporter claiming to interview Senator Obama for POTUS over the past 18-months and still say they don't know him; while simultaneously seeing and salivating over a "beauty queen" applicant for less than two days and claiming she has earned the job to be a heartbeat away from POTUS and Commander-in-Chief. *

    Ref. "American National Political Dictionary", 232nd edition, 2008, page-1

    August 31, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  10. Michael

    It's amazing how many Democrat Obama supporters now think God has a place in politics. Like this is some sort of vengance on the Republicans. I'm not sure what they believe in anymore.

    Maybe God is just letting McCain prove one more time that his life has been about putting the needs of others first before his own. First as a POW when he refused to be released because by rights, others should be released before him. Then countless times when as a Senator he put himself at odds with his own party to lead and support bills not to the liking of his party base. And now to give up his convention because it is the right thing to do.

    When has Obama made any kind of deep sacrafice for the greater good?

    August 31, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  11. facts are facts

    Republicans should immediately get McCain out of the area as it will take too many able bodies away from those that need it just to watch over his publicity stunt. I am only saying what everyone knows whether they are Democrat, Republican, Libertarian or Independent.

    I am really starting to think McCain just might be America's worst nightmare representing a clear and present danger.

    August 31, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  12. The CNN voice

    This is an example of REAL NEWS.

    Notice how the staff and editors here at CNN decide that we should shorten the story (read: not hearsay) to a mere two paragraphs. We feel that brevity is the best policy

    August 31, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  13. LA2NC

    Dan J August 31st, 2008 6:32 pm ET

    A phone call does not equal what's seen on the ground, especially for a nominee that is billed as an "elitist snob."

    Dan, this comment is really dumb. The elitist snob is the one that wears $520 shoes, has multiple homes and can't relate to the average American. I think that Obama has it right, as a candidate, it's best that they BOTH stay away until the time is right to help, there is nothing that either can do now......... Let Bush, Jindal and Nagin handle this.

    I agree with your response to Sito- there is nothing to celebrate in a hurricane. As someone born in Louisiana and now living in NC, my thoughts and prayers are with the people in my home state.

    August 31, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  14. Hillary Supporter

    It's clear where Obama gets his supporters - straight from the gutter!

    August 31, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  15. mel from Ohio

    There's no doubt that Obama is a leader and will make the kind of President that this country so desperately needs. Smart, forward-thinking and most of all emotionally stable. McCain probably hasn't focused on Gustav just yet because he's somewhere telling people about being a prisoner of war almost 40 years ago....have you noticed, he keeps telling those same stories or is that senile dementia slipping in?

    August 31, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  16. Jackie

    I live on the Gulf Coast (Houston) and I know there is nothing Senator McCain can do at this point. To piggyback on Perusing-through's comment, even George W. (Dum)Bush knew to stay out of Louisiana and came to Texas in an effort to not get in the way of evacuation efforts. If McCain was truly to be effective, he would have helped evacuate people.

    McCain wants to use this as an opportunity to show that he is different from Bush from Hurricane Katrina. It's pandering. He wants to act like he is suspending coverage in the best interests of the people; however, I'm not buying that load either because we all know that the hurricane would have gotten more press coverage anyway. So he just gracefully bowed out when he could not garner the attention he was looking for during the RNC.

    August 31, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  17. Unhappy Republican now for Obama

    McCain should support the residents of the Gulf Coast region, like Obama, from afar. He is not the President of the United States. The suffering of those residents should not be used as a photo op. This is the same guy whose off-the-cuff comments inflamed tensions with Russia.

    Think before you act and speak McCain. That's what a competent leader does, McCain.

    August 31, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  18. RLE SacTown - Independent

    Allen USA,

    First of all, drop the USA, because you are promoting racism.

    With regards to adding a little humor to the campaign, good grief. In what way does a joke about Palin being good looking effect anything in relation to the hurricane?

    Moreover, the republicans should not have said what they said about asking people to pray for rain uring the DNC. You should have been offended by the thought of them asking God to do that in the first place. I "do not" believe it is irony either. The hurricane had been predicted before the comment was ever made anyway. Therefore, one thing has nothing to do with the other.

    McCain is out to win the "white house" period. That's why he picked Palin. He is trying to appeal to the uneducated and emotional women voters who supported HRC. However, most of those women see right through the pick of Palin. It should be offensive to them. He is hoping that they ignor the fact that she "does not" stand for the things that HRC did in the first place. Not to mention, HRC and Obama are very close on their issues.

    I am a former republican that changed my affilliation to independent 2 months ago. I will be voting for Obam/Biden.

    And.... it's not even close. McCain wants to use war, the oldest political trick in history to stimilate the economy. Therefore, he is willing to send young Americans to war for profit. Can you say mercenary? Oh, it's "Country First."

    August 31, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  19. RLE SacTown - Independent

    What a terible thing to say, "Hillary Supporter." It appears that you may need to take a look in the mirror. That's a harsh thing to say about people with opinions just like you.

    August 31, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  20. gotcha

    Presumptous Obama, you are not now or never will be the president. Why dp you have the nerve to speak with any ot the people in charge/? Stupid idiot. They have very important jobs and do not have time to brief an idiot.

    August 31, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  21. Guy

    What NOT to do in case of an emergency....

    August 31, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  22. Josh

    Wait a second... I thought he was a Senator, not president yet... The ignorance and narcissism is so obvious with Obama.

    And Doris,Memphis,TN... I hope you just said that to get a reaction... You need help.

    August 31, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  23. Hillary supporter for Obama

    Showing up at an evacuation site is meaningless when there's nothing you can actually do. Obama uses this fancy new device called a "telephone" to get the information he needs and he's already told all of the officials down there that if there's anything his campaign can do, all they need to do is ask. Just like when he was overseas, Obama sees the bigger picture, realizing that just showing up somewhere like a typical politician isn't necessarily in the best interests of the people. That's the kind of judgement I like to see in a President.

    And while I think any gloating over the hurricane by Democrats is absolutely repugnant and uncalled for, I don't really see any similar sentiments towards the people who prayed for rain to wash out Obama's speech.

    August 31, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  24. No Hillary = No Obama

    Obama keeps play acting as Presidential. Like we can't see through this curtain. Boy this guy really knows how to "act" and "talk" – I find his presumptive behavior very offensive.

    August 31, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  25. domyresearch

    Sam, that was funny.

    Hillary Supporter, only a person from the gutter would make your comment. Look in the mirror.

    August 31, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
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