PHOTO: Obama’s Irene update
President Barack Obama received an update on Hurricane Irene in the Situation Room of the White House, August 27, 2011. Clockwise from left, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood; Richard Reed, Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security; Nick Shapiro, senior policy advisor to John Brennan; John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security; and Chief of Staff BIll Daley. Onscreen are FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Joining by phone are Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Energy Secretary Steven Chu.
August 28th, 2011
12:13 PM ET
11 years ago

PHOTO: Obama’s Irene update

Filed under: FEMA • President Obama
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  1. minnie

    This is a leader. Obama/Biden 2012

    August 28, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. Lois

    Actually each state has been doing a great job through it all. We need to give credit where credit is due.

    August 28, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. ian

    ron paul wants to get rid of fema? really? maybe the media was right to ignore him.

    August 28, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. Charlie in Maine

    We behave as though in poilitics two sides can't be right. This is a mistake we are wrong. Both sides are right. The GOP says "government is the problem, elect us and we will show you" the Democrats say "government can be of help to society elect us and we aill show you". Both camps are absolutely correct in what they say. Fema is a good example; if you put people who believe in FEMA's mission in charge of, like Clinton and Obama did then it will help people in a disaster. If you put people who don't believe in it's mission in charge like GW Bush did then it will fail.

    I've seen enough government failure in my lifetime that I will be voting with the group who belives in government's ability to help. Want to prove that governmnet is the problem? vote for the tea-party.

    August 28, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. Spitfire

    Now that’s imbecilic. What does ron paul propose the States do when overwhelmed by Major Earthquakes, Hurricanes and other Disasters or Catastrophes? When are these visionless selfish and at times hypocritical republican imbeciles going get it? Governments job is to govern and to protect the citizens of Untied States?

    August 28, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  6. Republicans elect and attract the not so smart

    Come on Lois....States need federal emergency funds released. The states DO NOT have disaster relief in place. Yeah, give credit where credit is do ...The Federal Government / President Obama

    August 28, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. MAC

    The fedral, state, and local governments have done a good job with Irene, but to compare Irene to Katrina or Andrew or Hugo is like compairing a hand gernade to a nuclear weapon. I just hope the government has learned lessons from Irene, but I did see that some people in the Northeast did not all learn the lessons of Karina and leave. I guess they were hoping to get to loot or stayed to protect their property from looters. It is a good deal it did not workout for the looters!

    August 28, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  8. diridi

    FEMA eradication is silly, so is Ron Paul, o.k, But, Obama, the way you sit with group of people is not the way I expect. Be little dignified. Put your feet down just like others.....Obama2012.....

    August 28, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  9. proudmemberofglobalzero

    The states have been asking for help. Yes, they are the first line of defense but...Google Irene and see all the news accounts of the President up all night signing "Emergency Orders". He hired the best in Craig Fugate...

    Proud South Florida Resident that survived the 2005 Hurricane season.

    August 28, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. NC

    obama should have stayed in the vineyard. Down deep he was hoping for more devastation, where he could spread the waters and scare the citizens into voting for him. Sorry obama, it didn't happen. The states are doing a fantastic job at taking care of themselves. No need for this community organizer to get involved.

    August 28, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |