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Politicians react to Haiti earthquake

Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.):

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Haitian people in the wake of the devastating earthquake that struck last night. The United States‹including the State Department and USAID‹ and the rest of the international community are acting quickly to save lives and provide immediate humanitarian support to Haiti during this critical time of need. As we begin to learn more about the scope of this tragedy, I plan to work closely with the Administration and others in the international community to ensure that the people of Haiti are receiving the resources they need.

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio):

House Republicans are deeply saddened by the tremendous loss of life that has occurred in Haiti, and our heartfelt condolences go out to the families of the victims, particularly those who have lost children.
I am pleased that the United States and our allies are already providing assistance to help prevent additional loss of life and deliver relief to those in need.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.):

While the U.S. is already sending federal aid and assets, I am confident that the generosity of the American people will be what it so regularly is in these tragedies--an inspiring expression of responsibility and benevolence. I appreciate the administration's immediate response to this crisis and that of our partners around the world.

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.):

We appreciate President Obama's immediate response to this catastrophic tragedy, and stand ready to assist in any way. In this pressing time of need, I know that the good faith and generosity of our citizens will no doubt help. Our Government and the American people prepared to do all that we can provide assistance, comfort and resources to the people of Haiti and their families.

By editors  |  January 13, 2010; 11:24 AM ET
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Anyone who politicizes Obama's respone to the Haiti disaster must be sub-human. How can one view the devastation of this disaster and not want to reach out to these unfortunate human beings. One wonders why God doesn't do something with these critical "persons" to make them understand. A note for Rush: it might just take three days to obtain information on and devise a proper respons to a terrorist attack, but with television it takes only seconds to see the devastation in Haiti. Try to wrap your pathetic mind around that!

Posted by: littlepaws | January 14, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Why is it the powers that be in the US become responsive to the poor nations only when a catastrophe hits. While I appreciate their apparent condolences and saddened reactions of the above and other politicians, I think they come off rather disingenuous. Do you really think these same politicians really give a damn about the Haitian population otherwise. It's only in times of crisis that we'll throw money towards the recovery/development of these poor countries/nations, perhaps to only further our imperialistic tendencies.

I sincerely pray and send good thoughts for everyone affected by this tragedy in Haiti.

Posted by: jac3 | January 13, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

TO: Black Op Cencom

Did extreme low frequency ground waves play any part in this?

And would clued-in scientists blow the whistle if they knew?

Just thinking aloud.

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 13, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

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