Obama: 'Going to be a long 72 hours'
August 27th, 2011
12:34 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama: 'Going to be a long 72 hours'

(CNN) – President Barack Obama toured FEMA headquarters in Washington Saturday as Hurricane Irene continued up the east coast of the U.S.

On a conference call with emergency officials, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and FEMA administrator Craig Fugate, while at the command center, Obama warned of the worsening conditions, saying “it’s going to be a long 72 hours.”


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  1. proudmemberofglobalzero

    I am glad this administration is up on disasters. I lived through the Hurricane season of 2005 here in South Florida. No matter how much you prepare...when power is out for 1, 3 and 16 days....it is really rough. Ice melts within 3 days. Food is gone from every grocery shelf so you cannot restock. Restaurants are closed due to not having electricity. It took almost a week for FEMA to get down here. They forgot to pack their own fuel....when gas stations do not have power...you cannot pump gas.

    I am happy this President knows what he is doing. Craig Fugate in charge.....GREAT CHOICE!!!!

    August 27, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. thomas

    In the words of our last Texas cowboy Presadent ,

    Famous Bush quotes: You're doing a hell of a job, Brownie !

    OBAMA 2012

    August 27, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Ron Paul says we do not need government interference when dealing with hurricanes and, sadly, most of the GOP Baggers agree. Hard to believe that there are dolts who actually buy into the looney libertarian philosophy.

    August 27, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Well done Mr. President. We do not need a 'Hekkuva job Brownie!" moment.

    August 27, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  5. BB

    President Obama, FEMA, the military, first responders, volunteers, and all other government officials are doing their jobs. When Bachmann, Perry, Romney, and the rest of the GOP emerge from hiding in their rat holes, they will still be spewing that government is bad and, therefore, needs to be dismantled.

    August 27, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. proudmemberofglobalzero

    The one thing I want to add....getting power back on as fast as possible will be the best thing that you can do for people. Oh, FPL...I did not appreciate getting billed for a full month when the power was off for over half of it.

    August 27, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. Charlie in Maine

    Globlal warming is real and active this summer. Huntsmans is the only Republican running for President who recognizes that "gloabal warming"( I prefer the term "climate hellification) is real. It angers me that the other idiots are willing to ignore the science, or make up their own to justify denial of scientific fact. Rick Parry should stop going to New Hampshire and spend a few days in Texas to see how "that denial thing "is goin for the ranchers in his republic"

    August 27, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  8. marg

    I'm glad he's on the case. This President seems to be everywhere doing everything. I'm grateful he's the one in charge right now. I know he will doing everything possible to bring aid to those effected.

    August 27, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. doug

    Take all the words spoken from Obama and Biden, if this hurricane was only going to effect red areas of America, they would be hoping that as many people as possible would die. Sad thing is that its not just them, its pretty much every single Democrat in America, they all wish harm and death on their Republican neighbors, just listen to them, they don't even try to hide it anymore.

    Obama "Republicans are the enemy"
    Biden "Americans who belong to the tea party are terrorists"
    Maxine Waters "The tea party can go to hell"

    Funny how the most rabid partisan talk show hosts like Limbaugh, Beck, and Hannity have never once said anything remotely as hateful, partisan, and inhumane as what Democrat elected officals have said.

    The Democrat party stands for taking away our rights and freedoms, stealing our hard earned money and throwing some crumbs at their lib leeches, having a total disregard for the lives of your fellow Americans as witnessed in public and on the roads of the bluest parts of America, and wishing harm and even death on any and every American who dares to not vote Democrat and march lock step to the National Socialist ideology of today's Democrat and Democrat party.

    August 27, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  10. Dee

    I am glad to see the President at Fema it shows that he is on top of things and this is a huge storm we lucked out in NC wilth lots of rain, wind and following the advice of leaders. However there will be some who will criticize him but I feel he is doing everything he can to protect us.

    After the storm and clean-up I am anxious to see how many GOP Governors, Teaparty people and
    GOP candidates, who think the government should get out of the way will accept Emergency Fema money for their constituents and area. Eric Cantor has already said we need to find money from somewhere else to support Fema he is already making it political how sad and how devastating for american people who will be hurting by this storm.

    President Obama keep up the good work the Lord is testing us to get our house in order this is why we are seeing so many things happening to us in this country. He is trying to get our attention and trying to tell us we need to stop fighting and try to work together for the betterment of this country.

    August 27, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  11. The Elephant in The Room

    This is what quiet competence in the Oval Office looks like – – I hope we never slip back and take it for granted.

    This administration has been prepared for, and managed well, the natural & made made disasters on iit`s watch.

    – Mississippi flooging [pre-election]
    – H1N1 flu pandemic avoided
    – Multiple, massive F-4 / F-5 Tornadoes [Alabama, Joplin MO, even boston]
    – Deepwater Horizon oil well Rupture
    – Nuclear Plant safety [both after the Japan & Virginia quakes]
    – Plus countless others across the nation that I don`t even know about.

    I`m not ready to take the car keys from the smart kid in the class and hand them back to the science, intellectually challenged, Flat Earth Society.

    Thinking Independent voters, I sure hope you remember this quiet competence when you go in the voting booth.

    August 27, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  12. Nadeem

    What a contrast when compared to George W Bush. A President that actually cares.

    August 27, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |