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The Biggest Disappointment of the Obama Presidency

President Obama's brief display of drive-by compassion Thursday in New Orleans was, for me, by far the worst outing of his presidency thus far -- and the biggest disappointment.

I covered Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath -- the flood in New Orleans that drowned a great city, the storm surge in Mississippi that erased whole communities, the devastation, the agony. For weeks afterwards, I had trouble sleeping. I couldn't forget the scenes I'd witnessed or the stories I'd heard.

More than a year later, I covered a Senate subcommittee hearing in New Orleans on the lagging reconstruction effort. I watched as a young senator who was thought to be considering a presidential run -- that would be Barack Obama -- used his Harvard Law skills to eviscerate Bush-era officials for not doing enough to rebuild and revive the Gulf Coast region.

So it was strange and disheartening that Obama would wait nine months to make his first visit to New Orleans as president. It was stunning that he would spend only a few hours on the ground and that he wouldn't set foot in Mississippi or Alabama at all. But worst of all was the way he seemed to dismiss the idea that his administration could and should be doing much more.

I know that local officials say the Obama administration is more responsive and more effective than the Bush administration, but that's not saying much. What says more is that New Orleans still doesn't have an operational full-service hospital. And that an adequate flood barrier is still not in place.

"I wish I could just write a check," Obama said. If that was his message, he should have stayed home. We now know that our government can make hundreds of billions of dollars available to irresponsible Wall Street institutions within a matter of days, if necessary. We can open up the floodgates of credit to too-big-to-fail banks at the stroke of a pen. But when it comes to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, well, these things take time.

I doubt these are the priorities Obama wants to be remembered for.

By Eugene Robinson  | October 16, 2009; 10:07 AM ET
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Obama is the biggest disappointment of the Obama presidency.

Posted by: barryrosenfeld1 | October 16, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Well I guess you are confusing Obama the candidate with Obama the President. You see, Obama has already been elected so now he does not need votes and he really doesn't care. Obama the candidate went by the 'say anything' strategy where he promises everyone everything to get votes and then once elected, he does as he damned well pleases.

You must be confusing him with someone that cares.

Posted by: RobertNYC | October 16, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

No one can help New Orleans out of the worst storm in the past century.
In fact one could argue New Orleans will have to make the best of a bad situation and revise its expectations.
The government cannot halt the Mississippi or the Gulf of Mexico.Many regions around the Gulf remain shells of their former selves because of hurricanes.The entire state of Florida took over 50 years to recover from the hurricanes of the 1920's,and the four hurricanes in one year sent the same message to insurance companies and homeowners this past decade.
More people should visit Mt.St Helens and see what can and cannot be done after a natural disaster.Obama is like Moses,he wants to lead people away from a bad place.

Posted by: TarheelChief | October 16, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Government is not the solution to the problem.
Government IS the problem.

Sheeple of the world, whatever you do DON'T UNITE! Turn on the TV and listen to the nice man tell you how great things are even if you know better.

Posted by: theduck6 | October 16, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Have you noticed that LA is a red state? They don't want anyone's help, no stimulus, etc. They got the government they deserve--Jindall.

Posted by: tmcproductions2004 | October 16, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson brings to light a VERY good point from a ring-side view both in New Orleans and in Washington. Obama has failed to live up to many promises and his actions are beginning to uncover his real priorities.

Posted by: rel82l8 | October 16, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Remember, Obama is a "citizen of the world" first. He's prefers those international flights on Air Force One to dull domestic travel.

Posted by: judithod | October 16, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

I'm wondering if you're not expecting more than a bureaucracy can quickly deliver, and ignoring the political realities of Lousiana and New Orleans to being able to do what's necessary from their end. FEMA has changed, but not solved all its problems, which have existed for a long time; it can't turn on a dime, no matter how much we (and FEMA) would like that.

There are political reasons the levees were inadequately built in the first place, and I doubt those have gone away. In fact, the fact that they're being rebuilt to only a Category 3 Hurricane level shows me that they're alive and well still.

Should Obama have been there more than 3-4 hours? Maybe, but not necessarily IMO. Can he make things happen just by himself? No.

You have the right to feel what you feel and express your opinion, but I have a different one. I don't expect Obama to be able to do alone what he can't do alone.

Posted by: JohnMHightower | October 16, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

I am no Obama supporter, but at some point we are all going to have to stop looking upon New Orleans' residents as perpetual victims of a Hurricane that occurred over four years ago.

Since that time the US has spent billions of dollars in aid and committed untold resources to the crescent city. And what has the city to show for it? Surprisingly little given the extraordinary amounts of time and money spent on its behalf.

If anyone cares to see a contrast, examine the scores of thousands of eastern Iowa flood victims and how they handled their own natural disaster in 2006.

You do not hear about Iowa because most Iowans are not culturally inclined to assuming the role of lifelong victims. The indigenous population of New Orleans, on the other hand, seems both intent and destined to remain forever wards of the state.

So kindly get off President Obama's back. At some point the incompetently re-elected Mayor Ray Naggin and his neer-do-well New Orleans constituents will need to look inward and ask themselves whether they have any responsibility in their own recovery.

Packard

Posted by: pgould1 | October 16, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

mr robinson---you are snorting again--oink,oink.your homestate is the biggest disappointment and now so r u !oink oink snort

Posted by: smozzley | October 16, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Et tu Eugene?

Posted by: rlcampbell | October 16, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

many of you sound like dribbling fools talking about this promise failed and that promise failed. Do you not realize that he President Obama inherited (1) The worst economy since the great depression and (2) Two active wars (one was a waste). Each turned out to be worst than expected (which is logical because the information one receives as president is not likely the same information that other folks know. He did not get a piece of cake scenario like Dubyah received. Therefore...if you expect President Obama and his team to fix everything at the same time then you're truly naive. New Orleans is not exactly a high priority item compared to many other endeavors RIGHT NOW. Fortunately he has stopped the economic free-fall and the stock market has rebounded (yea 401K account and stock holdings). The man has a plate that you and (nor any president in the last 40 years) can handle. We can all sit around and play armchair quarterback all day but Obama is handling tests tougher than any President since WW2. Fortunately he is excelling. Check the headlines lately? The recession is over with and life is good and getting better.

Posted by: bcs2k | October 16, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Robinson, New Orleans has many full service, operational hospitals.

Posted by: TheBigEasy | October 16, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Oh,and while I'm thinking about it, WHAT is up with the Post? Did News Corp buy them?

Posted by: rlcampbell | October 16, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse


We have some "refugees" from Louisiana and the accompanying spike in violent crime. I would love to send them and their crime back to New Orleans.

Posted by: alstl | October 16, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Considering that LA invested all of their funds given to them by the federal government to upgrade their already inadequate levees prior to the storms on CASINOS, NOW they demand help. And now it's apparently our current presidents fault. LA is in serious need of a political house cleaning... one of, if not THE most corrupt state governments in our country. This is where the "good ol' boy" system will get you. Stop crying and take care of your state.

Posted by: DCampione | October 16, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

"Drive-by compassion" ?! Spare me. President Obama has done has done what a good leader should, which is to send the help to New Orleans which has been desperately needed to dig through the pile of work that has to be done. It's time to stop all of this just too clever criticism of President Obama both from the left and the right. There seems to be a fad developing to see what pundit or blogger can be the quickest a/o nastiest in their verbal assault of our great new president. It's no wonder that a 9 year old boy asked him "Why does everyone hate you?," 'From the mouth of babes.'

Posted by: vitaletti101 | October 16, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

And yes...I'm a black man. I visited New Orleans for the first time 11 months ago. Sure it's devastating and all but I did not expect it to be high on the agenda compared to other issues that are (honestly) more important. Obama is the hardest working president since Kennedy. He --like you -- can't be everywhere at once. Give him a break!

Posted by: bcs2k | October 16, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

if any state today depends on the federal goverment they are in big trouble...
if obama could care less about jobs...
what makes you think he cares about you...

Posted by: DwightCollins | October 16, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Well I guess you are confusing Obama the candidate with Obama the President. You see, Obama has already been elected so now he does not need votes and he really doesn't care. Obama the candidate went by the 'say anything' strategy where he promises everyone everything to get votes and then once elected, he does as he damned well pleases.

You must be confusing him with someone that cares.

Posted by: RobertNYC | October 16, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse
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Heh-heh-heh. I was going to write this. You beat me to it. Full support, lol.

Posted by: ZZim | October 16, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

The biggest disappointment of the Obama presidency is that Americans were foolish enough to elect him.

Posted by: thebink | October 16, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

I am glad to see such a relevent and unbiased article from Mr. Robinson. Why yes, Obama is disapointing on many levels.

Posted by: affirmativeactionpresident | October 16, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

The point about money being made available to banks, but not to New Orleans, is narrow minded and naive. Was it Obama who wrote a check to the banks? No. That was a massive act of congress and senate, heavily lobbied for by many powerful influences. To suggest that Obama could do something similar for New Orleans all on his own is simply not true.

Posted by: wmbates | October 16, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

I'm sick of this whining about Obama. Of all people, those who pushed hardest for Obama's election now join the freaks and wingnuts to find something new to complain about every week. "You didn't come to my event", "you didn't stay in my town long enough", "you don't do every single thing exactly as I want it done", and on and on. How many hours are in a week? How many important issues does the nation face? How many interests are nagging and competing for Obama's every waking moment? We expect the right wing ignoramuses to cheer for the defeat of everything the US while Obama is President. Why are his alleged supporters constantly undermining him in the public's little mind too?? Mr. Robinson you are not thinking big enough or long-term enough about what political successes need to happen in the US else we go right back to the dark ages of conservative (fearful) ignorance.

Posted by: swift02 | October 16, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

The author is pretty honest about the fact that he has a personal/vested interest in New Orleans. So the article is is opinion, but I'm glad he shared.

For me......How about his actions to perpetually wage war? How about his actions to expand the invasive/aggressive war? Those actions result in dead American lives and thousands of dead civilians in the middle east (the middle east will remember this, especially the young).

What has been gained and what has been lost? If we continue to wage war for many more years (8yrs and counting), will more be gained or more be lost? How do we know when the war is over? How many troops to make that happen (68,000 and counting)?

Posted by: yjeep93 | October 16, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

I am not sure I agree or disagree with Mr. Robinson. Maybe I lean towards agree. However, This oped is the first time I actually think he is being objective about Obama instead of just agreeing because he shares the same skin color. Robinson is write though. If we can spend billions in Iraq and Afaghanistan we can help our own cities and get the economy moving again. Pres Obama definately has not done enough to get the economy moving in the right direction. When people have jobs we can worry about inflation and healthcare plans until then everything else should take a back seat.

Posted by: politicalobserver1 | October 16, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Will wonders never cease. Eugene finally calls one right.
What Eugene doesn't get is that this type of effort is emblematic of Obama's entire administration. But not to worry, the "main stream" media will not even mention this issue.

Posted by: BubbaRight | October 16, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

It seems like a good thing IF states could not rely so much on Federal monies(support) and could take care of their own needs. I know this seems like a long shot, but the states dependencies on federal support indicate irresponsible state government in several areas. There seems to be so many rules when you receive federal funding. Of course, this has been occurring for years. I agree, Obama can not do anything alone for the sake of Louisiana. But sometimes things happen, some tragic and some not so tragic, that should make some people stop and reconsider how they have been handling state business.

Posted by: mildlywatching | October 16, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

"Oh,and while I'm thinking about it, WHAT is up with the Post? Did News Corp buy them?."

They don't have to spend the money, what with Fred Hiatt and the dittoheads crawling around in these forums while doing the Murdoch-Fox dirty work for them.

Posted by: zoot1 | October 16, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

It may have been Obama's first visit to New Orleans, but it was his administration's eighteenth. Obama's people have visited the Gulf Coast region more than any other place so far.
In all honesty, it hasn't even been the man's first year; he's obviously still dedicated to that region, despite the fact that he's dealing with a downtrodden economy, a radical new health care plan, a UN that isn't doing its job, and unjustified polemics from angry republicans.
I'm not saying cut him any slack--that hospital obviously needs to be seen to--but give the man his due. You can't say he hasn't got enough to do, and he obviously hasn't been slacking. And that's including when it comes to New Orleans.

Posted by: Memphis1392 | October 16, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

"Biggest Dusappointment of the Obama Era"? The problem lies with the question. That "era" isn't even two years old. Don't you think a little patience is in order before we start racking up lists of disappointments, broken promises, etc.? The truth is that no president's record can be adequately judged in so short a period of time. This habit we all seem to be indulging lately of needing instant gratification from the president on each and every issue is counter-productive and sometimes just plain silly.

Posted by: brdirck | October 16, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

I have to say that this reporter's remarks are right on the money. This, in my opinion, was Obama's worst performance since he has been president. How did his high powered staff allow this to happen? I lived in that part of the country for a number of years working in the health care field. I was offered two positions with hospitals in New Orleans, and turned them down because I felt it was an accident waiting to happen. That this country can make billions of dollars available to banks and have Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama the way it is after four years is shameful.

Posted by: probonopublico | October 16, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Oh please, stop the whining! Shall the president be required to visit every site of every disaster and spend a day? One is sure he, like nearly everyone, does really care, but what do you expect? Tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and terrorist attacks are devastating but no one can turn back the clock -- what will be the benefit from keeping horror alive? Celebrate the recovery. Let the pain become a stabilizing, private force, but don't expect everyone, not even Obama, "to wear it on the sleeve".

Posted by: jacquerel | October 16, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

I find the commentary by Mr. Eugene Robinson norrow and poorly thought-out. However, since he has the power of the pen/press, it appears that he can say anything.
The primary responsibility facing President Obama 9 months ago was the national economy.... I think that Mr. Robinson has failed to acknowledge the necessity for the President to "Prioritize" issues/problems. The fact is that the economy is on the mend! The other fact is that any disaster is first a local event, then secondarily a Federal issue if it rises to the level of a NIMS or National Incident Management Issue.... Had the Governor of Louisiana, and the Mayor of New Orleans done their jobs, the Hurricane Katrinia event would have been less of a disaster.... and probably much further along to RECOVERY, than it is now!

The Truth of the matter is that President Obama visited the reigon to determine the progress or lack there-of, on the ground, and develop a plan to mitigate or eliminate similar problems in the future when the BELOW SEA LEVEL "Big Easy" floods again..... You Mr. Robinson should be ashamed of yourself for being small minded and senationalistic in your commnetary!! Stick to the facts, and stop trying to minimize the one person that has attempted to solve a host of issues and problems he was faced with when assuming the office. Problems which the Bush Administration didn't deal with and ignored!!! The Post Gulf Region, the War in Iraq, and the crumbling economy were handed to Obama as well as the detention camp at Gitmo!!

I'd like to read your soloutions to the problems that President Obama inherited, if you can think of any.

Bill C.

Posted by: billychoops2 | October 16, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Well, it must feel good to have so many, um, conservative folks agreeing with you Uncle T, er, I mean Eugene.

Posted by: rlcampbell | October 16, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if folks recall the people that stayed at the superdome after Katrina, but a contractor was hired to pick up the enormous trail of trash left behind.

Here you have a whole group of storm victims, with nothing to do, time on their hands, and they can't throw their litter in a f******* barrel?

So figure there is no more interest in New Orleans' "entitlement" mentality four years after the fact. You can only milk this stuff for so long.

Posted by: oracle2world | October 16, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Well, you know, he is the President of the United States. It isn't like he doesn't have anything else to do. He only has two wars, a broken economy, massive debt, a Social Security and Medicare looming disaster, the threat of WWIII in the Middle East, a craven Congress and a whining electorate, by which I don't mean the victims of Katrina. If we all stop complaining, buckle down, recognize that we will all need to pay more taxes, and stop the second guessing, maybe this poor guy will be able to get something done.

Posted by: svoyer | October 16, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm...I had family in FL when it was criss-crossed by 3 hurricanes in 2004 - so I sympathize with this article and the people of New Orleans...been to that city twice prior to Katrina and always enjoyed my visit. It's horrible what happened...what's interesting to me is how people are so easily critical of Obama now for saying or not saying what they want him to say...come on people this guy inherited and volunteered to lead a country that was left in complete disarray in so many ways - give him at least 1/4 of his term to try to get things right...seriously! Would you rather him just start making up words and creating "vocabularic" sentences, start declaring war on sovereign countries, and having Oil buying parties at the White House?? Wish people would stop playing the blame game on this guy and just let him try to do his job..

Posted by: rushingdragon | October 16, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Why is the federal government (and taxpayers in general) at fault for New Orleans lack of good government over many years and responsible citizens before, during, and after the storm? And why should anyone rebuild the failed welfare state that Louisianna was? I didn't seen many white and brown people on the news after the storm. Just lazy and/or stupid black folks waiting for the Gubment to save them. Maybe the writer can address this in a future column.

Posted by: mgrantham2 | October 16, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

If New Orleans is such a priority, why has not all spending been appropiated to infrastructure, hospitals, housing,levys, etc? These article links are old, yet they are post Katrina:

http://www.dailycommercialnews.com/article/id27069

http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2009/05/surplus_spending_plans_sail_th.html

There has been a major upgrade to the Superdome especially with the addition of VIP suites/boxes. I understand it was an attempted investment, but so was the federal bailout for the banks.

Do your own homework, demand action from your local & state government. Hopefully Federal will come through as well. However, in retrospect, I don't understand how anyone can expect help when they have prioritized a football stadium over it's own citizens.

Good luck New Orleans...and I'm not talking about the Saints.

Posted by: Someone_else | October 16, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

The Obama era! He's been in office since January 20, that's hardly an era. An era is usually used to designate a LONG period of time, nine (9) months generally doesn't qualify as a long period of time. I don't think Kennedy even got an era, and he was in office for 2 1/2 years.

Give him a chance, there's been lot going on these past nine months. Maybe he can start helping New Orleans, only 4 years after the hurricane, and with no real help during the failed Bush administration.

And we thought young people had a short attention span!

Posted by: momj47 | October 16, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Eugene, what's going on? Did you and Barack have a falling out of some sort? Your head is usually so far up his a** that he'd break your neck if he sneezed.

At least you, like the rest of the world, is starting to realize that he doesn't care now that he's the prez.

Posted by: RobParker | October 16, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: mgrantham2 | October 16, 2009 12:13 PM
Why is the federal government (and taxpayers in general) at fault for New Orleans lack of good government over many years and responsible citizens before, during, and after the storm? And why should anyone rebuild the failed welfare state that Louisianna was? I didn't seen many white and brown people on the news after the storm. Just lazy and/or stupid black folks waiting for the Gubment to save them. Maybe the writer can address this in a future column.Gene says "it was strange and disheartening that Obama would wait nine months to make his first visit to New Orleans as president".
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I tend to agree with you. It was a wake up call to all those folks waiting for their checks. My first impression was my God, they don't look like they are starving. I mean all those overweight folks. Now they have to move away and start over. In the meantime, New Orleans recovery must be slow.

What was Obama supposed to do? Stay a couple of weeks and hand out food stamps. My God, I am surprised Gene is whining about this. What, he should save New Orleans and the hell with the rest of the country and two wars. I don't thinks so Mr. Robinson.

Posted by: sherardg | October 16, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Can you say solid gold plated phony?
Good job Mr. Robinson.
Happy to see someone had the guts to write this observation.

Posted by: FormerNewYorkerNo9 | October 16, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Well, I agree with Mr. Robinson that Obama's treatment of the Katrina aftermath is disappointing. But the biggest disappointment? Hmmm ... I think the health care reform fiasco taking shape right now is going to blow everything else away. And his inaction on civil rights for gay/lesbian Americans has been shameful.

Posted by: LK2008 | October 16, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

The thinking of many millions of us who are neither well left or well right was that this new administration would come in with a "Smart Deal" -- not so much a New Deal in the sense of the old fights over government versus private, initiative versus handouts, etc -- but a real advance on the old and stale standoffs toward a template that brings people into alignment again. Something to capture the imagination of independents and the middle class, while, admittedly, providing much needed momentum to progressive ideals for governance, if not necessarily every progressive agenda item. The thinking was not that the new administration was going to implement Leninism, but it certainly equally was not that the administration would act timidly, without reference to a grand and specific plan for the new age, and without first laying out -- "Contract with America" style -- the vision and the core component steps. That is: what is our economy based on today, and what does it need to be based on tomorrow? What are the essential characteristics of our lifestyle that can be sustained in the world that is unavoidably coming forth? What role are we to play on the planet going forward, and what steps are we to take toward that model? Where can we live, how can we work, and what are the relationships we need to have with the planet going forward? All the granular debates -- rebuilding cities, health care, financial bailouts, broadband, unilateralism/multilateralism, wars vs diplomacy, etc -- were expected to be means to achieve the big ends, not BAU protocols. The administration is giving us, essentially, BAU, just from a different angle. It's bad stuff, it's not what we thought we were getting, and it has sapped us of the energy we invested and hoped to continue to invest. It's not a personal indictment of Obama -- I don't particularly care about that. Rather, it's about failing to ensure that we have the opportunity to measure up to, and meet, the challenges of our generation. For that, with all due respect, he does suck, at least at the moment.

Posted by: tcmarcus | October 16, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Eugene: You may be dissapointed in Obama, but I am deeply disappointed in you. If the worst thing Obama has done in 9 months was not give enough face time to your peeps, then I say his tenure has been a triumph! Obama is the leader of the free world, with far bigger fish to fry than the perputual, systemic and deeply corrupt issues of Louisiana. Quite frankly, it's amazing he took the time to fly there at all, when you consider the epic battle that is currently taking place on health care, and the need for immediate rethinking of our strategy in Afghanistan. Unlike our last President, Obama can multitask. Let's praise him for his effort to do so, than join the leagues of haters who detest the mere existence of President Obama and find fault with every single solitary thing he does or does not do. Shame on you, Eugene. You have dropped dramatically in my esteem.

Posted by: October10S | October 16, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Once again, Mr. Robinson shows us that he is a great reporter and an even better human being.

Posted by: JamesNorth | October 16, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

We just approved $626B for fighting two wars of choice and feeding the endless appetite of the military-industrial warmongers. That's one year's budget.

Yet we can't afford to take care of our own people, save those in the board rooms of the corporations the mercenaries we call the Armed Services are sent to die for.

It's time we stop acting like the world's police force and time for our so-called allies to take up the slack and share that burden. We can't afford to do it for them any longer.

Posted by: trippin | October 16, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

My God, Gene, why did you have to remind again about Odumbo's ruinous beliefs..."write a check"?? Why not? He's been writing checks with insufficient funds since he took office.

I guess it's like reparations in another name, isn't it Gene??

Posted by: tjhall1 | October 16, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

As if handling the great recession, the Detroit-bailout, health-care overhaul, Guantanamo, Afghanistan, were not enough; but now we need to fix our every problem instantaneously? Give the guy a break and wait in line!

Posted by: skeptik3 | October 16, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Obama is the biggest disappointment of the Obama presidency.

Posted by: barryrosenfeld1

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Word.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | October 16, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

I am no Obama supporter, but at some point we are all going to have to stop looking upon New Orleans' residents as perpetual victims of a Hurricane that occurred over four years ago.

Since that time the US has spent billions of dollars in aid and committed untold resources to the crescent city. And what has the city to show for it? Surprisingly little given the extraordinary amounts of time and money spent on its behalf.

If anyone cares to see a contrast, examine the scores of thousands of eastern Iowa flood victims and how they handled their own natural disaster in 2006.

You do not hear about Iowa because most Iowans are not culturally inclined to assuming the role of lifelong victims. The indigenous population of New Orleans, on the other hand, seems both intent and destined to remain forever wards of the state.

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Packard, love your post. Amen.

Posted by: BeckyinMo | October 16, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Not to mention Obama's defense of Bobby Jindall.

It might as well have been Bush standing on that stage.

Posted by: solsticebelle | October 16, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

"The biggest disappointment of the Obama presidency is that Americans were foolish enough to elect him."

I suppose we should have voted for Palin?

Oh my, that would have worked out just fantastically, wouldn't it?

Or maybe Ru Paul? Thereby wasing our votes putting Palin within a heartbeat of the Presidency with a geriatric man at the helm who sang "bomb, bomb Iran"??

Evidently you're experiencing memory loss.

Posted by: trippin | October 16, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

According to Gene, the US government has unlimited resources. Gene fala muita bobagem.

Posted by: GeneWells | October 16, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

"I know that local officials say the Obama administration is more responsive and more effective than the Bush administration, but that's not saying much."

Really? Do you "know" this or do you think this, much in the same way you thought that Obama was going to be so different Bush?

I bet that if you actually did talk to local officials, they would be unable to point to any concrete differences in the administration.

Posted by: bobmoses | October 16, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Gene,

Finally, a degree of objectivity from you relative to President Obama. But this was not the first indication we may have elected a President who loves the office and trappings so much he is fearful of losing them by engaging in a President's primary task: leadership!

The New Orleans visit was emblematic of the style vs. substance personality his White House has adopted since Day 1. they are still campaigning as if that is an excuse not to govern! The constant trips, messages of the day, photo ops, town halls and staged events for key constituencies (e.g. the Latin Music concert to celebrate Hispanics, the visits to schools with Arnie Duncan, etc. etc. etc.) indicate he and his crack team of advisors believe a President's #1 responsibility is to keep the poll numbers up and avoid any really tough work.

President Obama is quickly turning into a slicker and more polished version of the empty suit of his predecessor. Bush lacked the intellect and gravitas; Obama lacks the commitment and ability to understand it is not a President's job to be loved but to be respected.

Like many who voted for him on the premise he would lead a real change from the policies and habits of his predecessor, I have been disappointed by his either inability to understand or lack of personal courage that the job description of President is to lead, not to pose.

His excuse to the audience yesterday that he was trying real hard to make things better but couldn't do it alone was half true. No, he can't be held responsible for the incompetence of his predecessor or the bureacratic inefficiency of the Federal, state and locals in New Orleans. But, he needs to stop pointing the blame elsewhere and instead of spending four hours on the ground in photo ops and then jetting off the California for a $30,000 a plate fund raiser, instead, spend the weekend in New Orleans or Baton Rouge with his key staff finding ways to knock heads, cut the red tape and start taking names from those who are part of the problem rather than the solution. That is what a real leader would do. Instead, I suspect he will be back to New Orleans sometime in the future cutting the ribbon on a new house or two and, once again, asking people to be patient as he fights the good bureacratic fight for him in spite of all the incompetents around him.

At some point, a lot of people are going to ask: when are you in charge and when is it going to be your responsibility? 2012 may seem a long way off but if his performance to date is any indication, he isn't going to risk doing anything substantive to change the situation from a status quo where his personality not his performance seems to be his claim to the office.

Posted by: bobfbell | October 16, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Who is this clown pretending to be Eugene?

Posted by: bnw173 | October 16, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I am so disappointed in so much already in this administration. What happened to "us" he spoke of defending and providing for?

Posted by: sellingpencils | October 16, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Eugene: You may be dissapointed in Obama, but I am deeply disappointed in you. If the worst thing Obama has done in 9 months was not give enough face time to your peeps, then I say his tenure has been a triumph! Obama is the leader of the free world, with far bigger fish to fry than the perputual, systemic and deeply corrupt issues of Louisiana. Quite frankly, it's amazing he took the time to fly there at all, when you consider the epic battle that is currently taking place on health care, and the need for immediate rethinking of our strategy in Afghanistan. Unlike our last President, Obama can multitask. Let's praise him for his effort to do so, than join the leagues of haters who detest the mere existence of President Obama and find fault with every single solitary thing he does or does not do. Shame on you, Eugene. You have dropped dramatically in my esteem.

Posted by: October10S | October 16, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse
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Hyberbole much?

Oh, and just what has Obama done for health care reform other than delivering meaningless speeches while passing the buck to the pro-health insurance industry Senate?

Eugene speaks the truth - and it's disheartening to see so many Obama supporters now acting just like Bush supporters did in their defensive refusal to hold him accountable for anything.

Posted by: solsticebelle | October 16, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

And why should we spend good money rebuilding a city of which vast parts of it are below sea level, only to have it all destroyed again by the next hurricane? Why should the rest of the US subsidize the residents of a city that is doomed to continual flooding and destruction? Let Bobby Jindal and his corporate friends fund the reconstruction. The citizens of the USA have already given more than their share.

Posted by: Chagasman | October 16, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I actually agree with Eugene for once.

However, Eugene, those of us who didn't vote for Obama realized all along that all he has ever really cared about is his own political ascendancy. We knew all along that we was way over-promising and couldn't deliver even 1% of his "change," not matter how hard we "hoped" for it.

Unfortunately, however, enough gullible fools actually believed what he said during the campaign, despite almost nothing in his record to suggest he could actually accomplish ANY of it, and voted this inexperienced, clueless neophyte to the highest office in the land. He's a newer version of Jimmy Carter, who suffered through a totally ineffective Presidency, but with one difference: he actually cared about people, not just himself.

This New Orleans example is classic Obama. He thrashes the previous administration for not doing enough to correct a dire situation, then completely ignores the situation for nine months. Meanwhile, Wall St. is back at their old profit-grabbing ways, thanks to the stimulus which he fully supported.

And, apparently, many more folks are still buying into this Obama fallacy, including the Nobel folks who, to my knowledge, awarded the first peace prize EVER to a leader who INCREASED the number of foreign troops on another country's soil. Priceless.

So, no, many of us are not surprised by yet another example of an Obama "contradiction." Only fools like you are.

Posted by: johnwp | October 16, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson;

Noted with interest your article regarding New Orleans... Go back to the worst flooding in years in Iowa, and Illinois along the Mississippi. The citizens of THAT land, took the problem on their OWN shoulders to clean up, to restore, and re-open their businesses. You didn't hear them whining, complaining and begging for someone to come and drop money into their cup! They took the responsibility upon THEMSELVES to restore their cities and their farms! You didn't hear their outcry to have the Government to come to their rescue... They, indeed, have a perfect understanding as to WHO is the GOVERNMENT!!
God bless them, and increase their tribe.
Oh yes, I'm from Tennessee, so I didn't see these people except through the eyes of the Press.

Posted by: smokey33 | October 16, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I am generally happy with president Obama and cut him some slack because what his set of circumstances (economy, Iraq, Afghanistan, H1N1, etc.) have been pretty unique... and then he did jumpstart healthcare... I don't know how realistic it would have been to do all things for all people right out of the gate.

However, on New Orleans, I see it a little differently. This would have been a very practical point to focus stimilus activity. In fact, all along that gulf corridor... fortifying infrastructure to make sure it can stand up to major storms... and that the whole region is economically viable for expansion. Detroit and Vegas are other good focal points as well... but the point is, we didn't have to sidestep New Orleans until we dealt with the economy, it should have been married to those efforts.

Posted by: porkbellies37 | October 16, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Who says the taxpayers in the rest of the United States owe New Orleans a new hospital. It's not our fault Katrina wiped out their fragile city that sinks by the day and is at the mercy of an impossible dam.

No matter what the taxpayers do for New Orleans, it won't be enough in their eyes. They want brand new houses, cars, all free, compliments of the taxpayers or the printing press or from the federal borrowing commnittee.

Some time you in New Orleans got to ask the question, "WHAT CAN WE DO FOR OURSELVES". Oh what a terrible question.

Posted by: reginacoeli | October 16, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

I watched the town hall meetings on CSpan and they made me angry. Telling was Mr. Obama's response to a question from a recent returnee to LA who has been living in CA since the storm destroyed her home. She asked why, when we are rebuilding, that there is no recycling program when clearly there are environmental needs. His response was arrogant, dismissive and disrespectful. He smirked and pointed to "those guys over there taking notes who will get back to you" and launched into a speech on oil independence. I was appalled. In addition to his own arrogance I also question the judgment of Raul Emanuel and the rest of the senior team--they should have prepared him better.

Posted by: louisvilleky | October 16, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

hmm...What do you tell people that live in the desert with no food...get the f out of the desert. What do you tell people that live below sea level next to the ocean?

Posted by: tismonte | October 16, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

...what's interesting to me is how people are so easily critical of Obama now for saying or not saying what they want him to say...come on people this guy inherited and volunteered to lead a country that was left in complete disarray in so many ways - give him at least 1/4 of his term to try to get things right...seriously! Would you rather him just start making up words and creating "vocabularic" sentences, start declaring war on sovereign countries, and having Oil buying parties at the White House?? Wish people would stop playing the blame game on this guy and just let him try to do his job..
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Obama didn't inherit the job, he worked hard for it. He and all of his supporters need to man up now that their public relations machine worked and they got the job they supposedly wanted. Poor Obama. He inherited such a mess...bull. You didn't hear Bush blaming Clinton for 9/11, which occured shortly after he took office. I guess with his few days in the senate before running for prez, he didn't get any leadership lessons. Leadership does not involve stoking sensitive local issues (police acted stupidly), causing division (let's not meet with Republicans for months, then call them liars on national TV, repeat after me "we won"), and using the office to pay off political debt (let's raise tarrifs on tires from China to please the Union, let's take over GM to protect Union pensions, let's avoid tort reform in health care proposals, let's do it all behind closed doors, let's put a tax-cheat and tons of lobbyists in the cabinet). Not to mention let's not support Iranian citizens looking for freedom from a crazy dictator who will threaten us all with nuclear power. Wake up liberals!

Posted by: BeckyinMo | October 16, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Too bad Barack doesn't take acting lessons from Billy Bob. Yesterday would have been another media love-in with Obama expelling a well-timed tear - shortly after telling the locals that solving their problems is his number one priority. Then on to the next quagmire and repeating his performance. Billy should have been Barack's VP - then Billy could have taken his act on the road for just these situations. After all, Barack has already been crowned the Savior of the World by the Bleached-white Norwegian Lefties. He cannot be bothered by the Little People.

Posted by: GuyThompto1 | October 16, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

What, people want to get back to the days of random invasions, torture, rendering, spying on citizens, ignoring sunken cities altogether...??

You can have your Bush - and eat it, too.

Posted by: DrDave1 | October 16, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JamesNorth "Once again, Mr. Robinson shows us that he is a great reporter and an even better human being".
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That's pretty funny!!!


Posted by: wearedoomed1 | October 16, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Oh my God- I'm starting to think like Gene I thought the same thing when I heard that this was the Big O's first trip to nola. I'm surprised he didn't use the opportunity to remind the folks that this was a disaster clean up he inherited from God and the last administration. Why doesn't he take the 1.4 mill from his undeserved Nobel winnings and send it down. Face it, this guy brings new meaning to the term "empty suit."

Posted by: harvey4 | October 16, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

THE STIMULUS PACKAGE HAS SENT $1.2 BILLION TO CREATE 8,000 NEW JOBS IN OREGON PER OUR GOVERNOR. THAT'S $150,000 PER JOB. THAT'S PREPOSTEROUS. WHEN THE NEXT ELECTION ELECTION ROLLS AROUND THERE WILL BE LOTS OF HEADS ROLLING. OBAMA SHOULD CONCENTRATE ON JOBS; OTHERWISE, HE'LL LOSE HIS.

Posted by: DANSHANTEAL1 | October 16, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

"Wish I could write a check." What is this the tease me game??

Obama is so useless, unless it is pumping up his own ego!!!

Posted by: jjcrocket2 | October 16, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

When Eugene is rapping the Messiah you know things are bad!!


Obama is done before he starts!!

Posted by: jjcrocket2 | October 16, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

I don't blame the President for seeming irritated. I too am FED UP with the people of New Orleans. Move. STFU. Get a job. Stupidity is no excuse four years after the freakin' fact. Enough!

Posted by: rlcampbell | October 16, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Oh, so now it's Pres Obama's fault New Oleans is still not fully healed...

Hummm, I guess Pres Obama was too busy saving the economy to keep EVERYONE afloat than to go to New Oleans and ....what....?
What exactly did Mr Robinson want him to do exactly?

Any suggestions Mr Robinson, or is the only thing you can think of to do is criticize with no solutions.

By the way, at least Obama went there and showed the people they are in his thoughts.

And just what did YOU do Mr Robinson besides cover the story and get paid for it?

Posted by: MUPPET | October 16, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

I have always felt that the government really agreed with Dennis Hastert that New Orleans should not be rebuilt but can't say so politically. The plan seems to be to say one thing in public and do nothing in private and hope that if you don't build it, they won't come. I have to say that I agree with that. New Orleans was a mistake that just gets worse every year.

Let's start with alluvial soils. The entire city is built on soils that were deposited by the Mississippi River over millenia. These soils are loose and naturally compact over time and will drop back below sea level if not replenished by further deposits. Putting buildings, people, etc on them only accelerates that process.

As a result, the entire city has sunk about 7 feet over time. At the same time, sea levels are expected to rise at least 3 feet in this century due to global warming and the frequency and severity of storms may increase.

Meanwhile, we are going to have to start worrying about the rest of the Eastern Seabord and Florida.

Anyone looking at this rationally can see that it is folly to be rebuilding anything in that location. All of the arguments to do so are emotional ones born out of attachement to what used to be a great city. We just can't afford New Orleans any more. Too bad. Obama is doing the right thing, if not the popular one.

Posted by: UsedtoBinDC | October 16, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

What, people want to get back to the days of random invasions, torture, rendering, spying on citizens, ignoring sunken cities altogether...??

You can have your Bush - and eat it, too.

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Tell me what random invasions you are talking about? Do you remember 9/11? Do you remember threats we made to the countries harboring terrorists? And do you consider police action torture? Because the terrorists we "tortured" did more than most American lawbreakers do who get tazored, and there was more at stake here. Would be nice if Obama shared what we learned from waterboarding, but he refuses to do anything that doesn't help him politically. Spying on citizens? How about sending emails to the White House of fellow Americans who don't buy the health care propaganda? Did Bush ever ask citizens to do this? Bush did not ignore New Orleans, but the Louisiana governor (a democrat, mind you) failed to call in the national guard. Is this Bush's fault too? I didn't like everything that Bush did, but your talking points are too much.

Posted by: BeckyinMo | October 16, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

I remember that after 20 years, some areas of Watts had not been rebuilt after the riots. It seems that the Federal government, whether Democrat or Republican, moves at glacial speed when it comes to fixes such as this. What they need to do is the same thing that is done in other countries, have non-government organizations assist in the rebuilding. Of course, this would mean they would have to watch out for the corrupt and the embezzler as government money was handed out. Why not go with a proven one, such as Habitat for Humanity? Give them a hunk of money and watch them go! And the people of New Orleans that need the housing would be required to heft a hammer to boot.

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | October 16, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

But...he gave a speech. I saw it on tv. That's how Obama fixes things, he gives speeches.

By the way, has anybody else noticed that people no longer faint in the front row during his speeches like they did during the campaign with Obama producing a bottle of water to rescue the fainter? I guess that tactic got a little old.

If it would get these people from Louisiana to go back home I would donate money myself to fix the place up. We have had a big increase in violent crime since the Katrina "refugees" showed up.

Posted by: alstl | October 16, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

What most people fail to realize is that New Orleans is 'doomed' by the forces of 'Mother Nature'. ... No politician can 'touch it'. ... If the indicators of scientific study were showing a 'cool down' of the Earth's atmosphere, ... there would be no debate. .... Unfortunately, the evidence clearly reveals a 'warming trend'. ... New Orleans is a 'no go' scientifically. ... They are doomed.

Posted by: deepthroat21 | October 16, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone ever think that some things are best left broken as opposed to throwing more and more money at them. Until today, I didn't think NOLA was one of them but now I do. Thanks Eugene. Illuminating column for you. Now we know why you can't pick a stand and stick with it.

Posted by: rlcampbell | October 16, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

"...New Orleans still doesn't have an operational full-service hospital."

The federal response to Katrina has been horrid, but the fact NO doesn't have an operational full-service hospital four years after Katrina reflects more on state and local officials and citizens than Obama.

Posted by: summertyme40 | October 16, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry too much Eugene if this was your biggest disappointment from Obozzo; it will soon be replaced by an even bigger one, and a bigger one, etc, etc, etc,.

The amazing thing about this imbecile and the morons who support him is that he or they don't allow you to dwell on his failures as they come so fast and furious.

Posted by: Bcamp55 | October 16, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Four years since Hurricane Katrina and not much as been done. Now, Obama is supposed to have fixed this devastation too in 9 months. And fix Gitmo, Iraq, Afghanistan, the economy,the recession, unemployment, foreclosures, did I miss anything? Really, Eugene. I expect the people on the right who mockingly call President Obama the messiah to write this garbage, but I didn't expect this from you.

He has pledge to send more money. What else would you have him do? Would another couple hours on the ground been good enough? Why don't you focus some of this outrage on Mayor Nagen and Governor Jindall?

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | October 16, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

President Barack Obama is another politician. So far the Administration have done zero to fix out banking problem.The same Wall Street people are in charge of the Feds-so do you think they are going to change course-I dont think so!! Nice speeches dont cut it for me.I voted for Obama and I'm willing to give him a chance to change things around-more of the same dont cut it for me.

Posted by: lagrsf | October 16, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Had Obama been President in 2005, he would have raised his staff and parted Katrina.

Obama has already stopped global warming in just nine months. No hurricanes this year. The best way to protect New Orleans is to make Obama the permanent emperor.

Posted by: pkhenry | October 16, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to Washington Fox.

11 members of Obama administration visited New Orleans during the last 9 months. Eugene admits that local officials say the Obama administration is more responsive and more effective than the Bush administration. In fact 78 of 120 stalled New Orleans projects are completed and the rest in progress (after 3 years of stagnation under Bush)

But he why not slam Obama? It's the new sport at Washington Fox

Posted by: tchanta | October 16, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Poor Gene! Don't worry you'll be getting that tingling up your leg again as soon as you gaze on your sweetheart again, "THE ONE" the only "ONE".
Gene you forgot to mention that Obambi after spending FOUR HOURS! in New Orleans, flew off to San Francisco to a fundraiser. Only $34,000 a plate. Get some of that good Kobe beef with his very rich liberal friends.Maybe HE can send the leftovers to New Orleans.

Posted by: beecheery | October 16, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson. The President went to talk to the people on the ground living through the slow recovery of New Orleans. I do think that saying that he could just write a check was a bad answer.But you know the buearacracy and the back and forth between the Federal government and local governments. You act as if you don't remember that President Obama had to take the first few months after his election and first two months after getting sworn in getting a stimulus bill passed. Then he had to focus on health care. Lastly Obama's FEMA director has only been on the job for 5 months. He was confirmed on May 13th. FEMA and Louisiana are set to go to arbitration early 2010 and federal judges will decide how much the federal government should pay. This arbitration will break the beauracratic deadlock. If I were Obama, I wouldn't just trust Jindal's numbers. Let the courts do their job.

Posted by: ne_voice | October 16, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Eugene,
When Obama said: "I wish I could just write a check"

I'm pretty sure he meant, that "he wished it were THAT easy"

I mean, I wish I could just cut a check and make everything better as well. But that isn't going to bring back the dead. That isn't going to erase the horrible memories. That isn't going to reinvigorate Louisiana.

it's not about money..but if it were..it'd only be too easy to 'fix'..

Posted by: OneGovt_Worker | October 16, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Anyone that expected more of the empty suite was only fooling them self's. Obama is the worst President in US history.

Posted by: askgees | October 16, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Rebuilding New Orleans again is a mistake. The only responsible thing to do is orderly abandon most of the city. More rebuilding equals more catastrophe in the next flooding event.


Posted by: squier13 | October 16, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I have not read the comments above so please forgive me if this is a repeat of what has already been said but. WOW! I am so impressed that he COVERED the storm, that he was there to WATCH people suffer. Well I was one of those people and frankly I am so unimpressed with the supposed compassion Mr Robinson feels he is showing for the New Orleans people! New Orleans is a very special place and it is VERY hard to get things done there. If the people putting the city back together say that there is a change and that things are better, he needs to take that at face value. I was not there for Obama’s visit, but I can tell you everyone I know who was said it was great. The people of New Orleans don’t want presidential visits, they want help when they ask for it and that is what they are getting. I don’t know if Mr. Robinson has ever worked in New Orleans but a important part of the relief effort is making the people of the city feel as if their needs are being met. That is why a blank check does not help! Right now they have money, but it is hard to find a way to spend it well, and they are doing that now. And if Mr. Robinson has never been in a New Orleans school I can inform him the school system has made a dramatic turn around after the storm. That what was once a terrible system is now flourishing. It is not the job of New Orleans to get back together no matter what, it is their job to do it right! Come see, work for some time in the city, talk then judge.
The time since Obama took office has been a real change for the city. I too feel like Obama was a lot of talk and not doing much that I can see about a lot of things, but if New Orleans is any example then he is doing a great job it is just hard to see! There is a lot to clean up, it takes time, and change does not happen over night!

Posted by: lee6 | October 16, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Eugene be careful....The whitehouse will put you on the list with Fox !!!! You kno how Obama cant take criticism of any kind.

Posted by: livefreeordie2 | October 16, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Obama can't fix New Orleans. It was and is among the most corrupt cities in the country. New Orleans' moment of sympathy has passed because we have bigger issues. New Orleans and the state of LA needs to step up and take responsibility instead of trying to continue milking Katrina.

Posted by: dgary1107 | October 16, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson you are a fraud. And it's time Louisiana stood up on its owntwo feet and got over it. Accordingly to several articles Idredged up by Googling "how much money has been spent by the Federal Government on Louisiana for Katrinia recovery"? and the answer as of last years was $32 BILLION DOLLARS!!!!!!!!! $32 BILLION DOLLARS - Where has it gone? And you and yours and still whining for more? In the meantime, by the way Mississippi and Alabama, who got hit almost has hard and got an infentesimal amount of Federal funds have recovered, rebuilt and are operating just fine, thank you. KNock of the crap and get off your dead arses and fend for youself, for a change.

Posted by: sandynh | October 16, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

bnw173 wrote:
LifeBeforePrinciple wrote:
Who thinks Obama is doing a good job? Most of the world. Who thinks Obama isn't doing a good job? Neo-cons and the Taliban.
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His approval rating dropped below 50 yesterday. Explain that please.
10/16/2009 1:14:34 PM
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Only on the Republican Rausmassan Polls and in FOX Land.

Poll Date Sample Approve Disapprove Spread
RCP Average 9/29 - 10/15 -- 52.3 41.0 +11.3
Gallup 10/13 - 10/15 1547 A 52 42 +10
Rasmussen Reports 10/13 - 10/15 1500 LV 47 51 -4
FOX News 10/13 - 10/14 900 RV 49 45 +4
Marist 10/7 - 10/12 913 RV 53 41 +12
CBS News 10/5 - 10/8 829 A 56 34 +22
Ipsos/McClatchy 10/1 - 10/5 1296 A 56 40 +16
Associated Press/GfK 10/1 - 10/5 1003 A 56 39 +17
Quinnipiac 9/29 - 10/5 2630 RV 50 41 +9
Pew Research 9/30 - 10/4 1500 A 52 36 +16

When you are out of power and have no ideas, you whine. I understand.

Posted by: sherardg | October 16, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Your article is unfair. President Obama has a lot on his plate and is doing the best anyone could do with the resources that congress allows. Congressional members who control funding include obstinate Republicans as well as some Democrats who are in congress for personal gain rather than for helping their constituents. The Louisiana governor and the senators representing Louisiana are of different parties and block each other's efforts. Obama is a fresh and welcomed breath of fresh air.

Posted by: ThelmaMcCoy | October 16, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

And I am DISAPPOINTED in ROBINSON and I am also sick and tired of folks complaining and wishing Obama would "WALK on WATER". Hell he ain't God, nor is he God incarnate.

If it ain't the gays and lesbians $itch'i%, it's the vegan organizations wanting vegan foods to be made available to vegans in public schools.

If it ain't the Vegans $itch'i%, it's the extremists on the right that want what they want. No car bail outs, no wall street bailouts, No Cap and Trade, No Stimulus, No Nobel Peace Prize, No Health care reform. No, No, No, No.

If it ain't the extremists on the right, then you have the extremists on the left,
Yes Car bailouts, Yes, Wall street bailouts, Yes, Cap and Trade, Maybe Stimulus Package, Maybe Nobel Peace Prize, Maybe Health care reform. Yes, Maybe, Yes, Maybe, Yes, May. No, well Maybe.

And now Robinson comes along and trashes the President because of what he thinks the President should be doing concerning the travesty that occurred in 2005, 4 years ago, under a Republican Administration.

You're right Robinson, President Obama has only been in office 9 months; therefore, can you give the man a F'ing break, you and the rest of the fanatics.

After all some things take time to correct, rebuild, or change AND he is just the President of the U.S. and NOT Jesus Christ, or a God.

What do want him to do, wave his magic wand over New Orleans and make all that ails the city magically disappear.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | October 16, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Good gosh almighty! Katrina was years ago, there've been scads of natural disasters since then, and none of those latter disaster victims are still begging for handouts. The people of New Orleans have been suckling at the government teat for long enough. Get a life.

Posted by: shoveit | October 16, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Uh, Mr. Robinson, have you noticed all the other problems this country has? I hate to sound insensitive, but New Orleans is not exactly top priority given the other collossal fires that needed to be put out when Obama came into office. Should he have spent more time? Absolutely, but to somehow suggest that a state where a Republican governor is against accepting stimulus funds, is going to suddenly going to partner with the President on anything is delusional thinking. Lets also be clear that LA has other problems, like the fact that it's coastline is eroding. Fixing that problem is what would have prevented the tragedy in New Orleans. I don't see that happening with a Republican governor, and frankly until that kind of solution is taken, helping rebuild a city that will drown in the next big hurricane is a waste of money. I'm no fan of the bailouts, but letting the banking sector go bankrupt would not have helped the city of New Orleans. Instead of spouting rhetoric, it would be nice if people thought a little bit more critically. Solutions to any problem are difficult and take a long time to implement. Guess what? Nine months isn't long enough, and we have a lot of problems that need fixing.

Posted by: BB1978 | October 16, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

You expect Obama to be superman and fix all the problems of the past 8 years in the past 10 months? Ond you'll be disapointed he doesn't walk on water either, get real and give him a break. The mess in Orleans is also due to their Gov. Get on his case first.....

Posted by: Jonesmunoz | October 16, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I guess if New Orleans wasn;t controlled by a corrupt Democratic party and inept mayor, perhaps more could be done with the money provided.

Posted by: jschmidt2 | October 16, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

bcs2k wrote:

"Fortunately he has stopped the economic free-fall and the stock market has rebounded (yea 401K account and stock holdings). The man has a plate that you and (nor any president in the last 40 years) can handle. We can all sit around and play armchair quarterback all day but Obama is handling tests tougher than any President since WW2. Fortunately he is excelling. Check the headlines lately? The recession is over with and life is good and getting better".
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First, "he" hasn't done anything to stop the economic free fall. Markets and the economy will correct themselves, if you let them.

As for the "good times", tell that to the 10% (and rising) who are unemployed. Business aren't hiring or spending because they don't trust this guy.

As for the "tests" you say he is handling: Most of these "tests" are of his own doing - via his so-called "fundemental transformation of America" priorities.

In the meantime, foreign policy continues to come unraveled.

Sad, really...

Posted by: wearedoomed1 | October 16, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

The storm surge was 28 feet in Mississippi. The storm did not hit New Orleans.

The greatest disaster to hit New Orleans is the Democratic, and now nearly exclusively black, corrupt and incompetent government.

Obama snubbed the Gulf Coast, whereas Gene at least addressed it.

Thanks for remembering Mississippi.

And please recall that New Orleans built itself below sea level. And now has its hand out, yet again.

Apparently Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, with their New Orleans Project, directed their Hollywood Pal Obama to visit.

Never fails.

The Middle Class, forgotten but taxed.

The Middle American States, great for food and energy and campaigning, but forgotten.

The Urban League ACORN Prez visits the most corrupt Chocolate City. Big Surprise.

How's that Task Force on the Middle Class and Financial Reform going????

Oh, Goldman Sachs, aka Government Sachs, Inc. says, Thanks Obama. We as Your Biggest Contributor Thank You for Your Attention to Health Care, to Gay Rights, and to Poor Poor New Orleans.

Instead of Jobs, the Middle Class, Education, and That Whole Economy Thing.

Posted by: georgieporgie2 | October 16, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse


Robinson, You mean you are just finding out Obama isn't going to do anything? What was your first clue?

It should have been his unremarkable record as the only unpublished President of the Harvard Law Review, his failed Chairmanship of the Annenberg Challenge, his voting of present 100 times as a state senator instead of having the courage to vote, his record as US Senator having been Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Afghanistan and not having one meeting. He told reporters he was too busy campaigning for President. I think he should have held some meetings, so he would have been better prepared now.

Further, Obama didn't help out the Midwest which was ravaged by storms some months ago. They had to fend for themselves.

So what made you think he would do anything differently in New Orleans?

Words, just words.......

Posted by: janet8 | October 16, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the poster who asked us if we remembered that Louisiana was a red state. They don't want any government aid, Mr. Robinson, because government is the problem, not the solution. And they don't want government assisted health care, Mr. Robinson, because that's socialized medicine. And they don't want any federal dollars for their educational system which is among the worst in the nation. Why, Mr. Robinson, before you know it, that big evil government is going to be brainwashing their kids, teaching them things like humans coming from apes.

President Obama did the right thing. If he'd offered billions in aid they'd have gone on a rant about how he was trying to bribe and trick them or some such other nonsense.

Posted by: francis4 | October 16, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

I promised myself to never believe another candidate. I took early retirement at age 51 from the US government where I spent almost 26 years as a federal criminal investigator. I am stunning to read almost on a daily basis that a retired top manager with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement got arrested for being a drug cartel member, the ICE SAC Los Angeles and his Deputy SAC being suspended, badges, creds, guns taken away, all while the ICE SAC Los Angeles was on his way to HQ on a promotion? Last year another top ICE manager got arrested and sentenced this year to 7 1/2 years in the fedrela pen for corruption and bribery crimes that took place when he was the Customs Attache, Venezuela. Yet, he kept getting promoted. According to federal laws, policies and regulations, if a federal employee is under investigation, he or she cannot be promoted.

Then in April 2009, we have the Deputy for Investigations, US Treasury's IG for Tax Administration lying to a US Senator. I was told that Obama was to bring transparency and run a clean administration. Guess I was wrong.

Posted by: doctormiguel | October 16, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

I was asked by a black lawyer why I would not vote for the 0? I said, "simple, lack of experience." His ubiquitous and constant campaign rhetoric exemplifies my response. I also believe he thought he would never really be elected, and therefore had no plan if he were to be president. Thus, the results we see today.

Posted by: RepublicusMaximus | October 16, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Ha! Ha! Ha! I can't believe I am enjoying reading your columns so much. I love when someone on the "inside" finally states "The Emperor has no clothes on." Forget about Republicans screaming socialism, no one but the far right is listening to them but when a well known liberal columnist states the obvious it is so delicious to read. I have been gagging on E J Dionne's floppy, sloppy, love affair with Obama for months now. Even Obama challenges folks to challenge him. Why does the press fawn so much over him? Thank you, thank you, for being honest and brave enough to disagree. You have my vote.

Posted by: tomb5 | October 16, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson, it's been bad in NOLA no doubt but to ignore some of the facts on the ground in wrong.

This admin has been to NOLA 35x by 20 diff. officials in the last 10 months. This admin has released $1.5B in stuck FEMA funds and has been actively involved in housing and reconstruction since March (see here: http://ow.ly/uOoc).

To question accomplishments or lack thereof is right but ask the right questions. How about asking the status of the OSC investigation on safety of pumps in the reconstruction of the levees? That needs to be answered. How about asking why LA itself has taken the lead in rebuilding Charity Hospital? It's a state hospital! LA of all states expecting FEMA to 100% foot the bill.

Help where you can, but this isn't help.

Posted by: kcarstens | October 16, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I have a video from PBS on the hurricane damage in Galveston at the turn of the 20th century. Included in the video was a computer mock up of what would happen to New Orleans should a hurricane reach it and the damage that would ensue. The engineers who created the mock up stated that the army corp of engineers had begged the state of Louisiana to fix the levies, but Louisiana was too busy staying corrupt. Then Katrina hits and Bush gets the blame. The ice storm that hit the south at the beginning of this year....Obummer waited nearly 2 weeks to send aid, I guess that was his measure of compassion since the states hit the worst had not voted for him in the general election. What a guy. I went to New Orleans driving all along that coast and it is terrible - still. You see dump trucks driving around filled with debris. Louisiana needs to pull itself up by its own boot straps and stop waiting for the government to take care of them. All the wasted tax dollars through the years, the earmarks that went to this state and it refused to fix what they new could decimate that area. Obummer is not the answer, he will always be the problem.

Posted by: candyzky | October 16, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I have never understood Obama's allure ( or many other politicians' attraction, as well). All that hope and change nonsense- there was no substance to those vague concepts at all. I've written better published letters to the editor in the L.A. Times and Los Angeles Magazine that mentioned the concept of hope in a much profounder and shocking way. Terminology is my thing, but I like to use it a much less mundane fashion than the usual politician. I saw him the first time at the Democratic Convention 2004. He gave his usual deep-voiced, rousing oratorical speech that has become all too familiar. The white women in the crowd responded to him like he was the rock star, Prince! I liked Prince , but you know, his "1999" song was much more compelling than anything has said. It's time to get these entertainers in their right context. Obama does not belong on the Tonight Show or David Letterman's. Obama has been kind of a searcher- I hope he doesn't feel that he has found his gift at last- stand-up comedian or talk-show guest!

Posted by: ncoleman32 | October 16, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

BTW: New Orleans did not decide to build itself there, the US Navy did. The city was almost always under about a foot of water until the Army Corps put in pumps for the protection and trade of the nation.
And to the Gulf Coast, we feel terrible they are feeling left out of the love. We know it happened to them too. We have family there! The reason NOLA was so hard to take is the people had no place to run. I think they should get same money, same care, same same! But people don't pretend that 911 in NY was any less terrible than it was because Washington got hit too. It is one thing, one terrible thing.

Posted by: lee6 | October 16, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

I like President Obama. I voted for him and I support a number of his initiatives. However. What happened during Katrina was a tragedy of epic proportions. Yes, many failures occurred on the Bush watch, but there is a new administration - that of a man who, as Eugene points out, made Katrina recovery one of his big causes as a Senator - which can and should be doing something to address the situation. I'm saddened by Obama's unwillingness to spend more time and effort addressing the situation - I know he has a lot on his plate, but as Jon Stewart pointed out re: DADT, he's the president. Get a bigger plate and chow down.

Posted by: sophia86 | October 16, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Please, Mr. Robinson, get real.

Do you expect Obama to wave a magic wand and make all problems disappear? The president inherited from Bush two unfunded wars, a severe economic recession, and a collapsed financial system. Moreover, the GOP minority in Congress is determined to see him (i.e., America) fail, and is playing the obsructonist card at every turn.

Posted by: Gatsby10 | October 16, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

correction to post:
How about asking why LA itself has taken the lead in rebuilding Charity Hospital?

should be:
How about asking why LA itself has NOT taken the lead in rebuilding Charity Hospital?

Posted by: kcarstens | October 16, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Many of those displaced by the flooded 9th Ward left the city to live indefinitely in government subsidized hotels and housing elsewhere rather than return soon to rebuild their homes and neighborhood. It’s the typical take-care-of-me mentality. I noticed many outside organizations (NGOs and faith-based groups) came to help in the reconstruction. Now many are outraged that government (aka taxpayers) haven’t restored the area to allow the previous residents to return to taxpayer-restored homes. It shows what decades of welfare have done. Look at what the equally-devastated Gulf Coast communities have accomplished – they’ve responsibly rebuilt their communities after Katrina. Of course, our politicians will pander and continue to write checks on the taxpayer’s nickel.

Posted by: sero1 | October 16, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Kudos to Gene Robinson for calling President Obama out on this. His "visit" was an embarrassment. He didn't even bother to visit the gulf portion of Missisippi then jets off to a 35k a table fundraiser in San Francisco. He is beggining to look like a major dissapointment. The promises made during his historic campaign are looking like empty rhetoric. It's shameful.

Posted by: dbunkr | October 16, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

here's what I don't get: conservative military families COMPLAINED VOCALLY and PUBLICALLy about Obama visiting New Orleans, saying it was a waste of his time, and Obama should be directing all his energy in Afghanistan (our new multi-billion $ graveyard). these are the same tea-party complainers who believe in the birther nonsense and dictate the next big media story (ACORN nonsense while ignoring that ACORN and Feds exposed widespread mortgage fraud that they're sheepishly paying for now).

now Obama visits, New Orleans and he's blasted by both media and GOP.

you know if I were president, OMG, but if I were, my next press conference would simply contain just this statement: WTF?!

EVERYONE is "bishing" and moaning as if Obama is more than a man and can solve all and do all EXACTLY the way they'd like him to (after not giving a damn about Rove or Cheney), and then EVERYONE will be happy, including the people who hate him and those who voted for him. Yeah, right!

I actually feel sorry for him. Cheney-Dick had free range to wreak havoc wherever he went PUBLICLY, the sheep, including media, sat quiet. Obama comes in after the mess is allowed before everyone's eyes, and is scrutinized right down to the socks he wears and how he greets a visitor. Obama can't even walk across the White House lawn w/o prying eyes, but Cheney-Dick can damn near burn down a section of White House UNSUPERVISED.

man, where have I seen this before? oh yeah, on the job where a woman is in charge for the first time!!! grow up, realize the state of this country plus two no-winable wars, therefore, not every AVOIDABLE-IF-YOU-WERE-PAYING-ATTN disaster can dictate personal handholding from start to finish. if the media had done this much scrutiny in 2004, maybe we wouldn't be in the mess we're in now.

I'm a New Orleans native. I'm sickened MORE by the fact that levee improvement funding was DENIED 3 years before Katrina. The TimesPicayune published an article THREE YEARS before the disaster about what would happen in the event of levee failure. where was the microscope then??

FAIL: media, GOP, Senate, and paid-pundits, which includes Palin-For-Sale. Rising stars: The House minus Boehner who nodded to a bumrush-us bailout of FAILURE AT ITS FINEST!!

Posted by: tamramb | October 16, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

IT'S ALL BUSH'S FAULT!! He convinced Obama not to like black people so that's why Obama didn't stay long. Right liberals??

Posted by: salblomo | October 16, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

If Eugene Robinson is disappointed in Obama, then I say welcome to the club. I'm gay and my disappointment started right after the election, when Obama picked Rick Warren for a prominent position at his inauguration. Since then it has been going downhill. All talk but no action. I guess Obama feels it is better to patronize and dismiss gays than it is to antagonize conservatives by fulfilling his campaign promises.
His response has been there is nothing he can do, it is up to Congress. It appears as if this response is becoming a theme of his presidency, whether it is on gay rights or New Orleans or healthcare or anything else that he finds inconvenient.

Posted by: KevinMJR | October 16, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Very good points you've made Eugene-given your knowledge and background on Hurricane Katrina issues-I do hope the Obama Administration pays attention to this article, and directs its DHS to take concrete action-no full-service hospital? Where are we, the developing world now? That is beyond outrageous!

Posted by: Spring_Rain | October 16, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

This is the democratic party - "we will rob from the rich and give to the poor"... but they don't. At least the Republicans are up front - "we're not going to give hand outs to the poor".

We can give $23 billion to GM (and we didn't loan it - we gave it to them as it's now gone forever apparently)... because Detroit couldn't afford to lose the jobs. But the jobs are gone anyway - so where did the $23 billion go?

Car dealers are the # 1 political contributors in Va - I imagine they contribute a lot of money federally too. Democrats and Republicans will always listen to who pays them - and that will never be the poor.

Posted by: mockymock | October 16, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

You guys have lots of time in the world to criticize everything Obama is doing. Despite doing his best, I think he is being held at very high standards than any one else before him. Common, cut him some slack will ya?

And besides I agree with some of the commentators here, New Orleans is old news and they have state government there to take care of them. There are much bigger and urgent things Obama has in his plate than New Orleans.

Posted by: CC320 | October 16, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm mildly surprised to read criticism of President Obama from Eugene Robinson, who usually defends Obama against all such critiques. But Robinson is right, in this case. Obama may have thought his "charm" would make New Orleans residents swoon and forget all about their troubles, but no such luck. Fixing the Big Easy is considerably harder than candidate Obama said during the 2008 campaign, but he can hopefully do better than the Bush administration (remember "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job!) did.

Posted by: pookey12 | October 16, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Thus far, Obama is a failure. Given the ways in which he has failed, it is hard to believe he can turn it around. Expectation has far exceeded performance. He's an empty suit.

Posted by: Auburninbp | October 16, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse


Rahm Emanuel and the DLC Neo-Liberals could care less about NO. If there were Israeli Settlements there it would be different.
The DLC does NOT care about NO only about Wall Street, perpetual war, trade deregulation and Economic Hegemony.
Obama is a best a TOOL of his own making.

Oh and let me add: the current health care insurance bill by Baucus is a crime against humanity.

Posted by: Darwin26 | October 16, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Eugene, I ususally enjoy your comments on the President but think your criticism of his stop-over in NO unfair and reactionary. Cut him no slack if your wish buty at this time in his Presidency he needs all the support he can get, and needs to hear from us when he is on the right track. With frinds like ER who needs the GOP? We are retired and we support the POTUS's on health care and the public option.

Posted by: engbergs | October 16, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

forgot a big one in the failure list: Dems! all DROPPED the ball on us BIG TIME. So I'm sickened that they're all getting a pass while everyone as a microscope on 1 person AGAIN: Obama. we're setting ourselves up for another big disaster. it's the same pattern as with Bush. more people spent all their time hating him, they overlooked the Senate (and their kickbacks), lobbyists, investors raking in cash but nothing coming back and a whole lot more!!!

NEVER, EVER put all your faith in one human being to be the end-all, solve-all, as in make them more powerful than they are. you will be let down hard. I'm waiting for Glenn Beck's fall, which is inevitable.

people have forgotten all the processes we have in place to improve on local, state & national level, because they're too busy sitting around waiting for "someone" (one person) to fix everything.

and this after shopping @ WalMart (Made in China), allowing outsourcing and supporting businesses that sold us out w/the Senate approving hundreds of thousands of H1-B visas, ignoring investor fraud and waste (investors raised billions annually since 9/11 including at the height of the highest gas prices, but nothing to show for it).

EVERYONE IN A POSITION TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IS TO BLAME FOR BEING SO COMPLACENT while hob-knobbing w/ or ignoring source of problems! if you sat at a Capitol Hill dinner w/Karl Rove or Cheney-Dick anytime from 2000 to 2008, YES YOU TOO!!!

Posted by: tamramb | October 16, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I am constantly amazed at Obama supporters who expect him to be a miracle worker. He's been in office less than 10 months. In that time he has, among other things, helped to stimulate an economic recovery in the teeth of the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression, he's moved us closer to health care reform than we've ever been, he's changed attitudes abroad about the United States, and he's launched major efforts to deal with global climate change and financial regulation. In less than 10 months! Give the guy a break. Has any President ever inherited a worse situation and accomplished more in less time? Local officials believe the Federal government's response has improved. That should satisfy us for now.

Posted by: wengerjm | October 16, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Obama, the megamouth phenomena, can't fix problems!! It is that simple, he is a thinker, not a doer. His psychology is one of dreamland socialist ideology, not concerned about concrete results, which is exacerbated by deafness from non constiuent. This is his way of punishing a red state, just like he thinks he is punishing Fox News, which is guilty of holding the megamouth wonder, accountable.

Posted by: zzapperz | October 16, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

As a New Orleanian, I empathize with those of you who'd like to see a check written on the spot.

What I'd like, however, is a thorough accounting of the money that HAS been sent to the Gulf Coast and to NOLA specifically. I don't blame anyone for not writing us a check after how it was spent (or not spent) the first time. Let's get that crap cleared up first ...

Posted by: Captain_Sassy | October 16, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

How many thousands of people would be complaining about another "Obama Vacation" if he had stayed any longer?

Posted by: bluebird5 | October 16, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Eugene. I, too, thought it was a rather pointless visit. All of the information dispensed by Obama that day could have been written on the back of a postacard. All the campaign-style arm waving filled up the sorry hour. A waste of his valuable time and mine.
As someone who lost everything in New Orleans, it was very painfully trite. Thanks again ,Eugene, A shiny fleur de lis will be pasted on your forehead!!

Posted by: balletbertha | October 16, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Have you noticed that LA is a red state? They don't want anyone's help, no stimulus, etc. They got the government they deserve--Jindall.

Posted by: tmcproductions2004 | October 16, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse
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This from the Bush bashing pary of hope, change and tolerance.

Posted by: AkCoyote | October 16, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson seems to be in the punch-a-key-on-your-keyboard mode that rules political commentary these days. If there is an issue, a poke on the keyboard is what will fix it. Unfortunately, that type of "fix" is temporary at best and most likely illusionary. PRESIDENT Obama (why does everyone want to call him "Mr.?") is seeking solutions to real problems, not merely window dressing designed to win elections and do nothing substantial. So, while Mr. Robinson taps on his instant-fix keyboard, President Obama is churning the earth with his team of shovels. Twenty years from now we won't remember the tapping, but will be enjoying that which was built to last.

Posted by: MikeInTexas | October 16, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

THE BIGGEST IS DOING NOTHING AT ALL TO PASS THE FIRST RESPONDERS BILL IN CONGRESS
FOR THE SICK ANDDIEING FIRST RESPONDERS OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTER ON 911
WHAT A SHAME BUT HE IS WATCHING US DIE EACH DAY 5 LASTWEEK HOW MANY MORE NEXT WEEK??

Posted by: ukiebishop | October 16, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Government is not the solution to the problem.
Government IS the problem.

Posted by: theduck6
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Hope you'll remember that the next time you need a cop or a firefighter. Oh, and don't forget to send back that Social Security check.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | October 16, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

THE BIGGEST IS DOING NOTHING AT ALL TO PASS THE FIRST RESPONDERS BILL IN CONGRESS
FOR THE SICK AND DIEING FIRST RESPONDERS OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTER ON 911
WHAT A SHAME BUT HE IS WATCHING US DIE EACH DAY 5 LAST WEEK HOW MANY MORE NEXT WEEK??
MR.PRESIDENT PASS THIS BILL WE NEED YOU NOW!

Posted by: ukiebishop | October 16, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Check the headlines lately? The recession is over with and life is good and getting better.

Posted by: bcs2k | October 16, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse
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Can I please have some of whatever you've been smoking?

Posted by: AkCoyote | October 16, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Good for you. I agree. The RV capital of the world that he has visited place is in a world of hurt and, sadly, a very clear example of high unemployment and foreclosure, but I think it's appropriate that his visits have been for a few hours. Never heard a complaint about that.

New Orleans and the entire Katrina-struck Gulf Coast are in a different category. What a lost opportunity to visit several places (after all, there are no blue states and no red states, just the United States of America...) and dialogue with different communities, including some that have rebounded.

This is unrelated to the Copenhagen trip but it shows why that was so irresponsible. He had an overnight to go there but only a few hours in Louisiana on the way to a fundraiser? This calls for a do-over.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | October 16, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Obama the candidate thought he could do too much; Obama the President thinks he can do very little! Frankly, everyone in his cabinet that has any connection or experience in Congress needs to be summarily dismissed(fired); Congress was and is a corrupt, ineffective and polarized lackeys -- filled with spineless Democrats, traitorous Republicans, and Zionist Lieberman -- they are all toadies of corporate gangsters especially the "Lords of the Universe" financial bosses.

Posted by: Chaotician | October 16, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Robinson, are you kidding me?

Obama is balancing about 12 crisis issues that are far more serious than the New Orleans flood. I mean, really. He is not Superman.

You should have kept your thoughts to yourself. Save your criticism for the politicos who are not moving fast enough to pass the health care reform legislation or for Wall Street's $700M theft, er, um, I mean bailout.

Give me a friggin break!

Posted by: jpost2000 | October 16, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I've been to both New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast dozens of times since Katrina and I can tell you two things are certain. It was a tragedy and they need to work to get past it. Camille was over 35 years ago and while you can still hear stories about it, people moved on with their lives. Katrina made landfall late August 2005; it's time to stop picking apart what did or did not go well and start to focus on finishing what needs to be done.

Florida was hit by 3 hurricanes in one summer and you you'd be hard pressed to find the remnants of just one of them. The Mississippi area was hit HARDER than New Orleans and what you see there are people that have already rebuilt and moved on, or are rebuilding and working towards something better.

Posted by: thensell | October 16, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Although I tend to not agree with Robinson, I think this post makes sense. How is it that our government was able to pass the bank bailout bill so quickly, but cannot provide $300 million for a full-service hospital in New Orleans?

Posted by: columbiaheights | October 16, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Ok, just becuase I was courious and didn't know.

How much money has been spent on New Orleans. And yes, I do think we as a nation should help them. But only up to a point. so again, how much HAVE we spent on New Orlenes.
http://money.cnn.com/2007/08/02/magazines/fortune/no_reliefmoney.fortune/index.htm
This article is as of August/2007


---the federal government has allocated nearly $27 billion for housing, rebuilding the levees, and what's known as hazard mitigation, the messy job of removing debris and repairing critical infrastructure, like broken sewer lines and potholed roads. Too few of those dollars, however, have found their way into the local economy.
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What I find anoying is I can not find a good DETAILED account of:
1). What money has gone to New Orleans, by year.
2). Where it was spent, by year.
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So, anyone have ANY links to information on this. I'm looking for accurate information. I don't care if it slams the Bush administration or not. I want to know HOW MUCH MONEY has gone to New Orleans, for what, and when. And how much was actually spent. I found articles showing money allocated for New Orleans, but it not being spent because of either laws or Bureaucracy.

What ever.. Nobody can say one way or another if New Orleans has been helped or not if nobody knows how much, where, and when the money was spent.


Posted by: LiberalBasher | October 16, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

"I wish I could just write a check," Obama said. If that was his message, he should have stayed home."

If Obama really said this then ER is right, he should have stayed home. The feds have been writing checks like crazy. They can write a check when they want to whomever they want to. They don't today for New Orleans for good reasons or bad, does not matter. What a mistake to bring that point into focus.

Posted by: shrink2 | October 16, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Enough complaining about the time Obama spent in New Orleans. This disaster did not happen during his administration. How much time did Bush actually spend in New Orleans???

Besides, what is Louisiana doing about their problem??? Maybe these people just have to forget about moving back to their old neighborhoods. Why waste money on living in a flood zone? Another storm and another flood and more money down the drain. Grow up and deal with reality. Sometimes you just can't go back.

In Wisconsin a few entire towns have had to relocated because of chronic flooding problems. It's not easy, but it beats having to keep cleaning up after flooding.

Posted by: missingwisc | October 16, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

There's plenty of blame to go around for how the aftermath of Katrina was handled.

Sure, Bush deserves blame -- a lot of blame. But contrast the efforts of local and state governments in Louisiana with neighboring Alabama. People fared better in Alabama because the government there, regardless of party, is more competent.

Re-electing Nagin told the rest of the country that N.O. loves being a victim.

On visits to N.O. in **1999** and again in **2002** all the local papers said it wasn't when a big hurricane was going to hit, but how hard.


Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | October 16, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Wrong Eugene,the biggest dis-appointment of the Obama presidency is the fact that he is incaple of keeping any promise,vow,or pledge. He can not seem to tell the real truth about anything because either he has no idea what the truth is or he just doen't care.He is the biggest dis-appointment of a president since Carter.

Posted by: mikem12 | October 16, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

New Orleans and Gulf Coast residents' problems are primarily with the insurance companies now, not FEMA or the Federal Government. Their state governments need to quit serving the casino interests ahead of the real problems of their citizens. Perhaps you are just advocating a federal handout, but the wisdom of that is debatable.
I think the "free" market (state-regulated insurance industry) is now telling Gulf Coast residents what the environmentalists have been saying for decades--that it's risky to build next to the beaches and wetlands. I sympathize with the tragic losses suffered by so many who thought they were insured, and I condemn the insurance companies for selling insurance to people who were left without a clear understanding of their exposure to risk, but who should now subsidize the risky behavior of those that insist on owning a piece of beach property? Me, through higher insurance rates in non-risky areas? Or me, through higher taxes for handouts after a disaster (that is certain to happen again). Figuring out the right thing to do is a serious, difficult question, that requires serious thought. If you are going to get emotional about the length of the President's visit, and equate that to a lack of federal action on a huge problem, you are not enlightenmening anyone on the real issues.

Posted by: Ron5 | October 16, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Does this negative Obama piece make Robinson a racist?

Posted by: SMWE357 | October 16, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I live in New Orleans and the only people who need help are the same people who always say they need help. these are the same people that wont work when work is there for the taking.So I hope the goverment sends not one more dollar to help the lazy hand out losers who seam to be crying all the time.I have lost my belongings in a flood in Texas years ago and I lost most of belongings in Katrina,I have never collected unemployment when I was unemployed and God willing I never will.I went as far as the 8th grade and was on my own in life and I have made the best I could with what I had. As far as Mr Obama I did not vote for him because he has not ever had a real job in his life.to me he is another empty suit.

Posted by: jeffe5 | October 16, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Although I tend to not agree with Robinson, I think this post makes sense. How is it that our government was able to pass the bank bailout bill so quickly, but cannot provide $300 million for a full-service hospital in New Orleans?

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Columbiaheights--why do you think the national government should buy you a hospital? $35 billion so far. There are other disasters in our country and people work hard and find their way to clean up and begin again.

Posted by: BeckyinMo | October 16, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

ncoleman32 wrote,
"I have never understood Obama's allure ( or many other politicians' attraction, as well). All that hope and change nonsense- there was no substance to those vague concepts at all."
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Then I would suggest that you did not experience the shock of the Bush Administration that some of us did. It was scary to see power usurped from the people and the Constitution from a right winged neo-con Executive with complete obeisance from a weak and complaisant Congress. Not to mention a war for oil instigated by deceit.

It looked like a right wing South American dictatorship and it scared some of us.

Posted by: francis4 | October 16, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

When will the Democrats and Republicans realize that President Obama is the Greatest Republican President since Lincoln?

Look at his appointments, his unwillingness to have his Justice Department go after racists and GOP criminals, his unwillingness to help Small Businesses, his protection of Big Businesses. He’s the PERFECT Republican.

He ‘folded’ on healthcare, ending the war and closing the Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp. He has nothing to say about the up-tick in police violence against citizens and the GOP operation of taxing the citizens thru police and judicial actions. His stimulus package has ‘Billions’ of dollars set-aside for the building of new prisons. All GOP values!!!

The problem is that the racist right can’t get past his skin color. President Obama is so caught up on trying to make GOP friends that he doesn’t seem to get the fact that most of what’s left of the GOP hates him.

Posted by: question-guy | October 16, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Maybe, in Kanye West's famous words but slightly adjusted, "Obama hate black people".

Yeah, that's what I thought. Such a saying was stupid then, and it would be stupid now.

Eugene, the reason why huge companies get loans provided to them is because they produce profits more so than losing money.

I don't understand why the state of Louisiana is so inept in at budgeting enough funds for its own disaster relief?

By the lines that were waiting outside of the Superdome prior to the arrival of Hurricane Katrina we were witness to why there isn't enough money. The state was overburdened by welfare recipients who not only waited to be told what to do (???), but also destroyed portions of the place that was granted to them to survive through the horrible ordeal.

Eugene, you need to address the correct issues. Government social handouts result in lazy societies, and a lack of funding for things that really need to be addressed.

Posted by: jmounadi | October 16, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Mr. Robinson is being very fair to the President. His administrations has been sending dozens of officials to NOLA and things are getting better. New Orleans doesn't need the President to overnight to see how bad the situations is there. He has been getting continuous report and has freed up some of the red-tape, even Jindhal has acknowledge the improvement in relations with the Federal government. Additionally, he visited the area several times as a senator and a candidate. New Orleans is not the center of America and it has received billions in aide---what more can we do? It took hundreds of years to build the region, a storm destroyed it and it will take time to rebuild.

Posted by: sherminta | October 16, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

To tmcproductions2004:

I doubt if you will see this, but the fact is that at the time of Katrina Louisiana was a Blue state. It was the Democratic Mayor Nagin who screwed up the evacuation so bad that FEMA has changed their rules (it used to be that the city was in charge of any evacuation plan; now FEMA has taken that responsibility). He just sat around, partying on the top floor of the Marriott, crying "Where's the government? Where's the government?" Newsflash, Mr. Mayor: YOU ARE THE GOVERNMENT!!

The Democratic Governor Blanco, despite having several conversations with the White House over the weekend prior to Katrina's touch-down, did not realize that she was required to call the President and request that he disperse the National Guard. She sat around waiting for two days, wondering why the Guard never showed up.

So yes, there was plenty of government malfeasance, and it started at the local level, and they were Democrats, not Republicans.

And one thing everyone always leaves out: The government responders (at ALL levels) were sent to respond to a hurricane; they ended up fighting a flood. Each event requires different preparations and responses.

Posted by: Nick_in_Alexandria | October 16, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Florida was hit by over 9 large storms in 15 months between 2004-2005. Boo-hoo New Orleans.

When Ivan FLATTENED my town, we did not boo-hoo and whine about FEMA; we started the slow process of cleaning up and moving on. Five years later, you can hardly tell that the entire Pensacola Beach island was descimated. New Orleans has Brad Pitt and every college student on some spring break mission under the sun down there trying to rebuild it. It still looks like a mess.

Let's face it, as a survivor of too many hurricanes to count, I am much happier to see a FEMA agent with a check in hand than any stupid politician.

Posted by: wevans11 | October 16, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

I was down there for most of three months, and I can tell you Mississippi, in a lot of ways, got hit worse than New Orleans did. They didn't sit there and whine, "oh whoa is me, where is Bush?" They got to work and started cleaning up. Don't get me wrong, what happened to New Orleans was a tragedy, but the Feds spent what, 100 Billion on it? How much spending was stolen? This romantic fantasy that the Federal Govt is all saving and all perfect has got to end. I was there and I know that govt intervention caused as many problems as it solved, if not more.

Posted by: GregJolysGhost | October 16, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson,
I sincerely apologize for ever having doubted your sincerity. Clearly you are a man of principle and compassion. Just one small question - Would your indignation at Barack's ineptitude be as harsh if he was ignoring middle class caucasions? Please continue your fever for the "righteous", just assure us you'll be colorblind.

Posted by: CS_GUY | October 16, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Poor Eugene, he is beginning to see the True Obama. Don't you know he was campaignin gin Louisiana, he is always campaigning. He does that best. He was in a big rush to get to San Fran to that $34,000. dinner. He doesn't have time to spend in LA. He thinks that is George Bush' problem you know?? Poor Eugene. Some of us get to the table late.

Posted by: r_rlindemann | October 16, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a fan of form over substance. Whether he stayed an hour, a day, or a week, the real test of his convictions is if fund are expended. That is; not that it looks likes he's sincere; but that he actually does something.

Posted by: esteewynn | October 16, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Obama came to town.
MMMMMM MMMMMM MMMMMM
Obama left town.
MMMMMM MMMMMM MMMMMM

Posted by: comeasygo | October 16, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

You know you southern states are getting on my last nerve! - Why aren't you banging this drum on the Governor who left his State - lead by his other "head" it sent him into the arms of another woman! Do you have any ideal what sort of damage that would had done to a Democratic Governor??

Oh wait! Splitzer got dogged out in less than a year (although it was that dogmatic of awarding illegal driver licenses that really destroyed him)

WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH EVERYONE???

EVERYONE EXPECT FOR THIS MAN TO DO EVERYTHING EVERYBODY WANT'S IN LESS THAN A YEAR - WHAT A BUNCH OF WHINNERS AMERICA HAS BECOME

GEORGE BUSH HAD THIS COUNTRY BY THE BALLS PEOPLE WERE AFRAID TO SAY ANYTHING BAD FOR "FEAR-MOONGERING" CHENEY WOULD COME AFTER YOU....

EUGENE ROBINSON MY DISAPPOINTMENT IS WITH YOU - WHY AREN'T YOU SPENDING TIME TALK ABOUT YOUR GOVERNOR ARE YOU AFRAID? OR DO YOU FEEL SAFER TALKING ABOUT ANOTHER BLACK MAN

YOU JUST AS BAD AS STEPHEN SMITH AND MICHAEL STEELE???? WHERE DO BLACK MEN LIKE YOU COME FROM???? SOOOOOOO DAMAGE!!!!

Posted by: danson1 | October 16, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Obama WILL be remembered as the worst modern-era occupant of the White House. Sadly, when America needed pragmatic leadership, statesmanship, and political courage, we got Mr. Obama instead. Granted there was no true choice for this last election, but I continue to wonder why, in a nation as great as ours with so many brilliant people of all persuasions, we are saddled with unqualified political shills from both major parties. It is a damn shame...

Posted by: wcmillionairre | October 16, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

By the way, you see the mess in New Orleans? Well thats our government at work. Picture this. Your health care will soon be in the hands of these same people. Think about that!!

Posted by: r_rlindemann | October 16, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

"If that was his message, he should have stayed home."

I agree. Get a clue ODumbo.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | October 16, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Would you like some cheese with that whine, Eugene? Please, give it a rest. Its getting old. Obama is NOT going to do exactly what you want him to do, in exactly the way you want him to do it, and on your precise time table. Get over yourself already.

Posted by: jayelle5 | October 16, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

From an article on Huffington Post:

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On Thursday night at a DNC fundraising dinner in San Francisco, President Obama took a new analogy in addressing his critics. "Another way of putting it is when, you know, I'm busy and [Speaker] Nancy [Pelosi]'s busy with our mop cleaning up somebody else's mess -- we don't want somebody sitting back saying, you're not holding the mop the right way." Obama paused for applause. "Why don't you grab a mop, why don't you help clean up."

Obama continued riffing -- "You're not mopping fast enough. That's a socialist mop" -- but sobered up quickly. "Grab a mop -- let's get to work."

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Mr. Robinson, I guess you fall into the "..not mopping fast enough" category. The man has not even been in office a full 9 MONTHS yet! Give me a break!

Where's your mop, Eugene?

Posted by: VAreader | October 16, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Rest of the World understands Mr. Obama much better because they stand in the sidelines. In Germany his approval rating is at 90% - Now if you are an American that is BAD THING and when the World hates an American president that is a GOOD THING (George Bush had an approval rating of 12%).

It is like Mr. Obama was asked to stay 200m behind the starting line in a 100m sprint. It would take a life time to get out hole that George Bush dug. What is unfortunate that Americans are not willing to give Mr. Obama 2 years. With that attitude you will get another 8 years of George Bush sooner than later. Of course, you will feel good (because you would have earned the World's hatred, not to mention the feel of the joblessness)

America does deserve the likes of George Bush!

Posted by: pattr1 | October 16, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

francis4, what brand of koolaid are you drinking these days? Obama boasted that his stimulus money created or saved 30,000 jobs. One example, millions for 8 kobs at a peanut butter plant in So. California! Wow! Yet California's job losses continue to mount and are near 13.% The national level is near 10.% Obama admires Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro, while his new press aid, Anita Dunn is mesmerized and influenced by Chairman Mao. If you feared Bush, you should fear the anointed even more! Wait until you file your tax returns in 2010! You'll hope there will be some change left!

Posted by: nmg3rln | October 16, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm wondering if you're not expecting more than a bureaucracy can quickly deliver, and ignoring the political realities of Lousiana and New Orleans to being able to do what's necessary from their end. FEMA has changed, but not solved all its problems, which have existed for a long time; it can't turn on a dime, no matter how much we (and FEMA) would like that.

There are political reasons the levees were inadequately built in the first place, and I doubt those have gone away. In fact, the fact that they're being rebuilt to only a Category 3 Hurricane level shows me that they're alive and well still.

Should Obama have been there more than 3-4 hours? Maybe, but not necessarily IMO. Can he make things happen just by himself? No.

You have the right to feel what you feel and express your opinion, but I have a different one. I don't expect Obama to be able to do alone what he can't do alone.

Posted by: JohnMHightower
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Well that's funny. According to Obama, democrats and a lot of the public Katrina was all Bush's fault. It wasn't the city government dropping the ball, it wasn't the state not calling the feds and not preparing or executing such as having parking lots of evacuation buses underwater. It was all Bushs fault.

Funny how the tides turn depending on what party is in charge. This is why I have learned to not really listen to liberal nagging and whining. It is just a smokescreen and a load of BS and the tune changes as soon as a democrat is in the same situation.

Posted by: Cryos | October 16, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

I think the author of this article ought to take the blinders off. One should not think too highly of one's self. If the writer believes New Orleans is Obama's biggest disappointment, then he certainly doesn't know much. Your real problem is in your own state capitol, sitting in the governors mansion.

Piyush "Bobby" Jindal is a terrible governor, some of you ought to get together and put some recall petitons together and get that stumbling block out of your way.

The governor of New Orleans made that state a red state. He stopped and blocked money from coming to this state that is apparently well needed. What do you whinners have to say about that? Oh, you care what pot the money comes out to fix your problem. Oh, you don't want money from stimulus? Honey, let me tell you something, all the Benjamins spend the same !

It's sad that Obama is being blamed for what the previsoous administration bungled up. How soon we forget ! Now despite your governors efforts to block money coming to your state and despite the fact that New Orleans has a big reputation for corruption, and despite the previous administrations blatant failures ... you want to blame Obama for not getting out his magic eraser to puff puff away your problems.

It's time for New Orleans and Louisiana to get leadership that has a heart for the people. Get rid of that governor, get some leadership into New Orleans that has some integrity, and make it happen for yourselves !

Posted by: joyce5021 | October 16, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

The Mayor once shouted to the top of his lungs that New Orleans would once again be a Chocolate City. We'll the Chocolate got a little lighter with the influx of thousands of illegal immigrants who are now having children by the dozens. Local Hospitals can't keep up with it. My compassion ran out for those people long ago. Many sat in their homes knowing damn well that a cat 4 storm was on the way. But I will agree that it was tragic to see so many people in need and the failure of Local, State & Federal agencies to get help to them. Was a very embarassing episode for the US.

Posted by: Cobra2 | October 16, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

to all the black people out there...
are you glad that obama is in the white house...
sure you are...
does it matter that he is drowning America with debt...
it should...
because everything he does will be paid by all of us...
not just some of us...
you don't get a pass...

Posted by: DwightCollins | October 16, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I went to an 'intimate' fund raiser for Obama in New Orleans in May of 2007 with Nagin and Blanco (the former governor) and peppered him with questions about the recovery not only of New Orleans itself, but of the entire Gulf Coast ecosystem. Sadly, he was full of platitudes and vague prescriptions, and he seemed utterly unaware of the specific environmental and economic issues facing the region. In fact, if I recall correctly, he spent even less time on that trip than he did on this most-recent one. That he now hasn't got the time or attention span to focus on New Orleans and its problems is NO surprise at all, although it is disappointing.

Posted by: armar | October 16, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully not too off-topic.

Do you suppose, now that we are going on five years after Katrina, we can call it a day? Nobody even thinks of it anymore, even when some media hotshot is looking for camera time. At what point do the citizens begin to either take their lives into their own hands like all the other survivors of disasters? I'm thinking the people of NOLA like the attention/money they're getting from the government. How many visits from Obama's staff in the past year? As is the case with other projects that are unnecessary in times of financial unsteadiness, someone needs to hit them upside the head.

Posted by: rlcampbell | October 16, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

"I wish I could just write a check," Obama said.

He could have – to Small, Minority and Veteran-owned companies, but he didn’t and he won’t. He hates these firms and loves big business. Stimulus checks to Small, Minority and Veteran-owned companies in New Orleans and parts of Mississippi could have stimulated the economy at a huge discount. It’s the reason he will only do one-term. We should have elected Hillary.

I don’t know if he is slow-to-act, indecisive, incompetent or a liar and could careless at this point. He needs to go, because he doesn’t get it. Once he loses Congress (and he will), he will be impeached and sent back to Chicago before his term is up.

This foolish President will still be ‘reaching out’ to Republicans as they are removing his furniture from the White House.

Posted by: question-guy | October 16, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

"School bus" Nagin and the gov. Blanco were the most inept mayor and governor. They didnt' have the sense to start organizing to save their own citizens. They waited for the feds to take care of them. Typical liberals.

Posted by: r_rlindemann | October 16, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Does this negative Obama piece make Robinson a racist?

Posted by: SMWE357 | October 16, 2009 2:26 PM
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It is criticizing Obama so it must be. Obama must also be racist for his handling of Katrina.

Mr. Robinson think about that the next time you post one of your "racism" columns and the hate and prejudice it CREATES not SOLVES. If you were white all the posts in here would be full of nasty comments calling you one of the most insulting forms of ignorance; racism.

Posted by: Cryos | October 16, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Governor Blanco D-LA, na dMayor Nagin D-NOLA, were incompetent in coordinating aid to the Parishes, moreso than GWB. Another piece of history- After Hurricane Andrew, Lawton Chiles D-Fla, governor of Fla. waited over a week to ask for help from the federales (which is the law due to state sovereignty) because he didn't want George HW Bush's help. Many Floridians suffered because of that delay. And Bush 41 was blundeoned for slow response to that hurricane by slick Willie. See a pattern here?

Posted by: GregJolysGhost | October 16, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Question guy writes..... don’t know if Obama is slow-to-act, indecisive, incompetent or a liar and could care less at this point.

Well he is all of the above. Don't you get it?


Posted by: r_rlindemann | October 16, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I usually agree with Eugene and I am thinking about what he has experienced. I think that many have put hopes in Obama that are not realizable as a politician. A great spiritual leader or even fronting a rock group, maybe. But a politician? One thing that Obama cannot do is come into office and FEMA suddenly changes from BushFEMA to ObamaFEMA - aint going to happen. It took almost half a centuary for Galviston to recover fully from its hurricane. However I trust Robinson enough that when he outlines Obama's quickie trip its not enough. He needs to be more involved and go to the different places and spend a bit of time. He may not be able to wave a wand but he could have hung a bit longer. Then again do politicians want to do that when they know they can't produce? Then they just get criticised by the locals.

Posted by: Mnnngj | October 16, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

The governor of New Orleans made that state a red state. He stopped and blocked money from coming to this state that is apparently well needed. What do you whinners have to say about that? Oh, you care what pot the money comes out to fix your problem. Oh, you don't want money from stimulus? Honey, let me tell you something, all the Benjamins spend the same !
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I would suggest educating yourself on the strings attached to the stimulus. There are significant long term costs to the states.

I bet you're the type who when in debt the solution is to get a credit card. Unlike you the states can't just not pay the bill and have it written off.

Posted by: Cryos | October 16, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

"...We should have elected Hillary..."


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Honey, Hillary would have been even less likely to spend more time and money this long after the fact when we are so broke. She's no fool.

Posted by: rlcampbell | October 16, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I never thought I'd see the day Eugene would go off on Brother Obama. October 16, 2009.

Posted by: forgetthis | October 16, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Eugene
What did you want the president to do? It seems to me that whatever he does, someone does not like it. And, where were all of you critics when Bush was in office? President Obama has been president for about 9 months and he is to have solved everything. It seems you all really do think he is superman.

Eugene, I was wondering when you would get on the band wagon.

Posted by: bigeyes1 | October 16, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

tmcproductions2004 - LA is a red state? Last time I checked, NOLA is controlled by the Democrats, both houses of the state legislature are controlled by the Democrats, and oh how convenient, the Governor at the time of Katrina, Kathleen Blanco, was a Dem. Jindal is a Republican, but don't kid yourself, the state of Huey Long fame is hardly a bastion of Republican dominance. All levels of govt at the time of Katrina were controlled by the corrupt Democratic machine.

Posted by: 70sn80s | October 16, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes Obamas incompetence and lack of moral fiber is so easy to see even Eugene can't put a libertard spin on it

Posted by: Straightline | October 16, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Katrina and Louisiana, just another Georgie Boy and Repukes screw up.

Posted by: Classic60 | October 16, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Eugene, Mr. Obama is way too busy blurring the red, white and blue that our fore fathers fought so hard to distinguish to be concerned about a problem where he isn't positioned to be viewed as the savior.

Posted by: sah2 | October 16, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Geez, thousands came out in the streets in San Francisco to protest the Empty Suit.

http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/san_francisco&id=7067308

They look like ordinary people to me. The fact that this is Nancy Pelosi's home town isn't a good omen. It's good to see the momentum growing as people come to their senses. Obama, his policies and the company he keeps, is toxic to this country.

Posted by: onecent100 | October 16, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

It is a shame that the Louisiana government and the New Orleans government did not plan to take care of its citizens. The federal government, as the second fiddle, did not perform well either. It is interesting that the blame for Katrina went to the federal government when the primary failure was the state and local government.

Why was the South Carolina government held in primal blame when Hugo blasted its shores, and the federal government given a pass for a delayed and weak response?

Double standards abound these days, as they have for years.

Posted by: thelaw1 | October 16, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Robinson is trying hard not to approve of everything Obama does because he Robinson has lost all credibility as an independent journalist. Obama could not give the Katrina victims more help because he has given all the money to the Seniors. Each one is going to get $250 bucks instead of a raise in their social security. Man what a generous guy is our Messiah.

Posted by: mharwick | October 16, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson,

You should remain above the fray and not let prejudices cloud your writings. This piece you have written tells me that you feel that Mr. Obama (even though black) is not doing things fast enough for black people.

Mr. Obama on the other hand, may be thinking of himself just a man and not necessarily white or black or brown for that matter. Isn't that how everyone is supposed to feel?

Posted by: pattr1 | October 16, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

If I have a good, caring and efficient doctor, I don't care if I get minimal "face time".

Posted by: JimZ1 | October 16, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Given what President Obama was faced with when he took office -- not to mention what's been thrown at him since then, I would say that this complaint is ill-considered. Mr. Robinson, shame on you!

Posted by: AZANNE | October 16, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

OMG!

Eugene suffering a moment of Clarity!

The fact the Phony Messiah has abandoned MILLIONS of Working Americans who did not qualify for un-Employment or Welfare;

because we ONCE were Self-Employed, or sent into Marginal Employment before the real collapse was missed entirely!

Or, the FACT that 20 Million Illegally residing INVADERS destroying our wages and wrecking our systems are NOT WANTED or NEEDED-When an equal number of Americans would dearly love the Jobs and benefits at this time...

But hey! He's there for Socialist Regimes all over the World, and those Banks! :-(

Posted by: SAINT---The | October 16, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Some already caught the error. New Orleans does have hospitals. It just doesn't have a PUBLIC hospital.

Posted by: forgetthis | October 16, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

and i thought you were just an obama lackey. This is the first time I ever heard u sir say anything negative about the boy king. This is quite a relief. Your credibility has been restored. While you are at it you should check all of the other crap obama put out there and has done beans about. But I will be satisfied with this for the moment.

Posted by: mjenk60995 | October 16, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Amazing.

If Obama shot someone with a handgun, I'd expect a Robinson op-ed defending Obama's 2nd Amendment Constitutional rights.

Regardless of the content, I'm flabbergasted that Robinson would be critical of Obama about anything.

Posted by: p1funk | October 16, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Eugene:

Billions of Federal dollars have already been spent on New Orleans...Maybe we should ask what we have receieved for the dollar$ already spent via an audit before we pour more money into the SWAMP!

I am not saying that we couldn't do more but until politcal reform of the second most corrupt political machine this country has known has been tossed out by the voters (the award for # 1 goes to the Daley Machine of Chicago) I don't see anything changing for the better. Nagin's got to go!

As far as a working hospital is concerned I think that is the responsibility of the state of Louisiana.

Posted by: King2641 | October 16, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson,

You should remain above the fray and not let prejudices cloud your writings. This piece you have written tells me that you feel that Mr. Obama (even though black) is not doing things fast enough for black people.

Mr. Obama on the other hand, may be thinking of himself just a man and not necessarily white or black or brown for that matter. Isn't that how everyone is supposed to feel?
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Let's see how that works out for him - next time.

Posted by: question-guy | October 16, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

The next time you decide to criticize this president be prepared to have a ton of right wingers join you in complete agreement, adding every small factor that "justifies" their hatred of Mr. Obama. You have put yourself into the enemy's camp, Eugene. Good luck with that. It is shameful!

Posted by: cy31b | October 16, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Grow up, America! You watch too many movies, have too many super heroes and are therefore extremely stupid. Does any human being have a magic wand to wave and fix all problems instanteously> That's exactly what you retards expect from Mr. Obama. Instead of mature reasoning, you hurl your criticism non-stop at our President, no matter what he does or says.
Robinson, stop being such a damn whiner. Go to the insipid little puke, jindle, and complain, complain, complain!

Posted by: ib422000 | October 16, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

If this is the "biggest" disappointment of the Obama administration, then I'd say he's doing a great job.

Posted by: stearlgirl | October 16, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

INSANITY

"No one can help New Orleans out of the worst storm in the past century."

FACTS ABOUT N.O.:

1. In a HURRICANE ZONE

2. By an OCEAN

3. BELOW SEA LEVEL!!!

What part of STUPID do the COMMIE-CRATS not get????

Let there be a NATIONAL REFERENDUM on building houses on BELOW SEA LEVEL lands next to HURRICANE ZONES!!!

Posted by: russpoter | October 16, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

"I wish I could just write a check," Obama said....."
Er, actually, he can.

Posted by: Ladyrantsalot | October 16, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

There are a lot of good people in New Orleans who, like the folks in North Dakota, Kansas, Texas, Minnesota, Mississippi, Iowa, outstate Louisiana, and many other places, have worked quietly and tirelessly to bring their beloved, and worthy, city back from a horrible disaster. Sadly, Robinson, like all black racists/professional victims, chooses to speak for the that unfortunate portion of the people of New Orleans, who see their responsibility as a citizen as being limited to sitting on their butts and screaming "Gimme!" (The henrietta hughes component, if you will). Quoth Robinson..."But worst of all was the way he seemed to dismiss the idea that his administration could and should be doing much more." Yah, right. Robinson says "more", what he and his disciples really mean is "everything".
Picture a mob of overweight, overbearing, angry, threatenng, welfare dependant loafers, wearing SEIU or ACORN tee shirts, carrying signs that look like they were prepared by third graders, being led by revrun sharpton, revrun jackson, or eugene robinson....
"What do we want?"
"EVEYTHIN!"
"When do we want it?"
"NAH!"
I agree that the messiah is a disappointment, nay, I'd say an abject disaster, in many areas, but his handling of Katrina, certainly isn't one of them.

Posted by: hughglass | October 16, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

What more can anyone do for New Orleans? What the heck, should Obama move the White House to Louisiana, or something? He did enough by visiting.

Posted by: ccs4756 | October 16, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

I think if you look at the majority of comments here, a few things become clear: By & large, your readers believe you are off-base, Mr. Robinson.

New Orleans needed to help itself, and stop electing corrupt politicians. They didn't do well by their people in the first place when they misappropiated money years ago earmarked for shoring up their levees. We see now where their priorities were then, and the politicians were just hoping a major natural disaster wouldn't hit on their watch. Well, the mother of all natural disasters DID hit, and exposed New Orleans' weaknesses for all to see.

They didn't do all they could in the aftermath of Katrina for THEIR OWN PEOPLE. They shipped off their bums and criminals to other states where they continue to wreak havoc and are no longer welcome. Not all of them, mind you. Just a select few who make the rest of New Orleans look bad.

Government can't answer all your problems. Pick yourselves up by your suspenders and start doing for yourselves. And remember, you live next to the ocean. With global warming kicking everyone's butts, you might want to hurry and shore up your levees before another Katrina comes along and puts you under water...for good.

Posted by: Jubileedoo1 | October 16, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

If one wants to maintain the dollar as the World's reserve currency one must conclusively demonstrate that the system is much more responsive to capitalist pressure than democratic pressure. Therefore, all US social spending must be revenue neutral. Tax people for breathing for example to fund health insurance. Sign the poor bastards into indenture to maintain private helath industry profits. Fine. However you choose to abuse your population is up to you. If you want to fund banks which guarantee our investments or wars for control of oil or stuff like that then this is alright to borrow money for but one cannot borrow money for democratic purposes. One must reinforce the willingness to lay whatever taxes and levys on the population that are requirted by the currency lest people loose faith in the currency. Democratically responsive systems are much more likely to enact policies that benefit the population at the expense of capital interests and that simply can not be tollerated. Which is why this goon says he can't write a check. Fine. I understand that point of view. I rally do. What I don't understand is if Obama knew all this, and he obviously does, then why did he blatantly lie about all of this during the campaign? This man is perfidious. Bush as merely incompetent but we at least knew nothing democratic would be forthcomming from him. So he was at least fundamentally honest. This is a much lesser crime than being perfidious. Obama is guilty of perfidy in my estimation. I might also add that the ancient penalties for this offense are most severe as the ancients considered it a very high crime.

Posted by: jhadv | October 16, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Obama preached a good sermon to all Americans when he was running for president. Now he is the President, no need to keep preaching and do what he promised. He is no different than any other politician. He just preaches better then the rest!

Posted by: bailey50 | October 16, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Among some of the more useful projects that the economic stimulus funds could have been used for would have been a major rebuilding of the levees to a higher standard as well as providing New Orleans with a public hospital. But we seem as a nation to forget about this great city when it was destroyed.

And buy the way why is still nothing but a big hole in Manhatten where the WT Center was. That should have been finished years ago.

Posted by: marctrain1 | October 16, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Oh, get over it! The hurricane was four years ago. Obama spending a few more hours of his precious time in New Orleans would accomplish exactly nothing. Jindal doesn't want the stimulus money that would help alleviate the problem. What's Obama supposed to do about it?

Posted by: thrh | October 16, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

First of all, President Obama has been in office nine months. So, let's give the man a break. Secondly, after Katrina happened, experts told us that it would take a decade to rebuild New Orleans; it's only been four. Third, while the people of New Orleans, Mississippi and Alabama are important, we are fighting two wars (one of which was started needlessly), rebuilding the economy and reforming healthcare. It may sound cruel but New Orleans may have no choice but to wait in line. Hey, it would have been nice for the President to stay in New Orleans a while longer, tour Coastal Mississippi and Alabama and make promises that only Congress can keep but even Superman could only be in one place at a time.

Posted by: SeanBoyd | October 16, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

But Eugene, your Nobel Prize Winner had to get to that fundraiser full of millionaires in San Francisco.

You know, same fundraisers that heard your president call the "little regular people" BITTER CLINGERS in the primaries.

I seem to recall that YOU called the "little regular people" bitter racists about that time, too.

The only color that matters to Obama is green, Eugene. A lot of us knew that, long before you finally admitted it.

Welcome to under the bus.

Posted by: auntmo9990 | October 16, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

So Mr. Robinson according to you because the President spend a few hours in New Orleans makes it The Biggest Disappointment of the Obama Presidency. How much time would have been sufficient for you, four, five,six hours. Maybe a week would have satisfied you and all his critics. So here we go agin, it's now hell and damnation for the President.

The truth is nothing would have been sufficient for you and every idiot who nit picks about everything he does. Did you see the way he blew his nose ,oh dear God, how could he? It's the worst thing he has ever done. He should have stuck one finger up his nose, then turned to the left. NO he should have said excuse me then politely blow his nose. People, please.

Mr. Robinson I know you are trying to show that you are not always a President Obama's one man cheering team, but if you are going to go against something he does, make it something of substance.

With a schedule as tight as his and at a time when his critics are looking for the slightest negativity to impeach him, you should know better. On the Rachel Maddow Show could you do me a favor and speak a little more clearly without all the ughs and mumbling. It's annoying.

Posted by: minnie2 | October 16, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Obama.. is French for "not my fault."

In 2010, when Obama loses House and Senate seats, he can quote his own name for the reason. In French: trim suit, narrow tie, distant look, Gauloises at the ready, smoking furiously like a chimney.

Not his fault. Move along now, nothing to see. Nothing happening, either. Seek elsewhere for redress of grievances.

Alas, the cares of being Emperor with his beloved Michelle. Mon Dieu!

Thanks much. HLB

Posted by: HLBeckPE | October 16, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

I don't know by what standard others are judging Obama, but it has nothing to do with the performance of other Presidents.

Very unfair commentary by his critics, who are mostly addle-minded right-wing parrots.

In Robinson's case, I choose to disagree. The President has only so many hours in his day to address the massive clusterfuxx that Bush left, so I don't expect him to be everywhere at one time or focused on every issue in the same manner.

Posted by: stoplying | October 16, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

IMO, the hole in NYC left by the destroyed WTC is more symbolism than laziness. I think the people would rather not pave over the heartache so to speak. New Orleans on the other hand is an entirely different story. The people of NOLa, regardless of their lot in life, seem to be the stuff of trailer parks.

Posted by: rlcampbell | October 16, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

It's ok if you want to keep blaming everything on George Bush, no really go ahead. Obama's massive power grabs will continue to go unnoticed as long as crap like this is filtered through as news. Anybody notice his (cohorts) attacks on foxnews? His supporters are all about shutting down Freedom of speech for select people. Am I the only one completely terrified by this? It seems like 9-11 was only a handy excuse for Bush AND Obama to wage war on their own country's constitution. I'm so tired of hearing the "but George Bush.." arguement. It's so old it's senile. Eventually he will have to take responsibility and then what? Probably nothing because the Secularist's God can do no wrong. Sorry off topic but needed to vent. I'm sure some lib will happen along and tell me how stupid I am so until then, Peace out.

Posted by: Jscott1785 | October 16, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

many of you sound like dribbling fools talking about this promise failed and that promise failed. Do you not realize that he President Obama inherited (1) The worst economy since the great depression and (2) Two active wars (one was a waste). Each turned out to be worst than expected (which is logical because the information one receives as president is not likely the same information that other folks know. He did not get a piece of cake scenario like Dubyah received. Therefore...if you expect President Obama and his team to fix everything at the same time then you're truly naive. New Orleans is not exactly a high priority item compared to many other endeavors RIGHT NOW. Fortunately he has stopped the economic free-fall and the stock market has rebounded (yea 401K account and stock holdings). The man has a plate that you and (nor any president in the last 40 years) can handle. We can all sit around and play armchair quarterback all day but Obama is handling tests tougher than any President since WW2. Fortunately he is excelling. Check the headlines lately? The recession is over with and life is good and getting better.

Posted by: bcs2k | October 16, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse
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You not only drink the cool-aid you are taking a bath in it. Seek therapy now!

Posted by: rm2slam1 | October 16, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JamesNorth .. Once again, Mr. Robinson shows us that he is a great reporter and an even better human being.


I agree, couldn't have said it better.

Posted by: paris1969 | October 16, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Its sad huh? Eugene he's just a man after all. Not some "chosen one". Much of his experience with this country is almost 3rd world because of his upbringing. And you had to know that what was going to happen when he had to face the very FIRST WORLD problems the United States faces. An existential angst felt by all peoples worldwide.

As C.S. Lewis once said, "and he bowed is head and groaned and repined against his fate-to be just a man and yet be forced up into a metaphysical world, to enact what philosophy only thinks ..."

And this is now where Obama finds himself, not in a world of black and white, a world of rich and poor, of have and have not but one in which the very nature of who he is and what he believes is constantly challenged and eventually worn into the one of those tittering shades that purportedly inhabit Hades.

Now, Eugene you of all people couldn't see this coming? Have some compassion for the man what he faces would daunt most.

Posted by: periculum | October 16, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Eugene, you have Obama all wrong. Obama's job is not to fix anything- his function is strictly narcissistic, to get applause and camera coverage. New Orleans has been wracked by problems, as has Chicago, from time immemorial, all the while governed by Democrats. Now that you have begun throwing brick bats at Our Leader, would it be ok if non-blacks joined in without being called names?

Posted by: mhr614 | October 16, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Right, let us just keep rebuilding and rebuilding every house and business that locates right on the water, and, then, shock, big wind, big wave. Oh, hey, give us your money so we can live on the water iowa, or montana. Love it.

Posted by: pervleft | October 16, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Eugene. Eugene. Eugene. What is Obama supposed to do? You offered no alternatives, just a beat down of the President.

Was he supposed to spend several days in New Orleans and do what? There's nothing he can do there that he can't do in DC.

His priorities are bigger than New Orleans, he has 50 other states that needs his attention.

Posted by: wlockhar | October 16, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Eugene is starting to open his eyes. Obama is all about fluff and photo ops....he doesnt know how to govern...he just knows how to pose. Many people out there are kicking themselves for trashing Hillary and treating Obama like the Prom King. You voted for it ... Hope-changey Kumbaya....yes he can.... but the reality is NO HE CANT.... Think before you vote next time... or you may put more Communists in the White House.

Posted by: JUNGLEJIM123 | October 16, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Eugene. Eugene. Eugene. What is Obama supposed to do? You offered no alternatives, just a beat down of the President.

Was he supposed to spend several days in New Orleans and do what? There's nothing he can do there that he can't do in DC.

His priorities are bigger than New Orleans, he has 50 other states that needs his attention.

Posted by: wlockhar | October 16, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Hey, barryrosenfeld1, I wish I had written that. Obama is the biggest disappointment of the Obama presidency: that was great!

Posted by: tiberiusjacksonIII | October 16, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Honestly, Mr. Robinson my guess is that you moved away from New Orleans for a reason! I am no Obama supporter but really. I used to live in New Orleans and I can tell you that it is plagued with generational poverty and political corruption that makes DC look progressive. While there are plenty of hard working people in New Orleans, there are more that who are not. Most of the people in New Orleans are looking for a government handout and have no interest whatsoever in improving their situation.

So, I would agree with an earlier poster who said that if the people of New Orleans really wanted to rebuild their city, with the millions, if not billions of dollars that have been given to them by both public and private donations, they could have done so. What pray tell is Obama supposed to do for them that they can't do for themselves?

It is Robinson's mentality of governmental handouts that has created the mess that New Orleans is in today. New Orleans is a welfare state and has been for YEARS. Do not pity the people of New Orleans--they have chosen the life they live. They also chose not to evacuate. I lived there for 8 years and people were always refusing to evacuate for hurricanes.

As for flood insuance? I'm sorry but if you CHOOSE to buy property below sea level and CHOOSE to not buy the appropriate insurance, then please do not expect the government to bail you out when your property is ruined, particularly when all you do is talk about when "the big one" is going to come and do just that.

Posted by: iteach1 | October 16, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Let's get this right, Obama should be all wired because New Orleans has only one hospital -and he's been in office less than a year, and Bush was in office how long after Katrina? Why isn't Jindal and Nagin making this a priority? It is their city. Didn't they get a load of bucks from the Feds to rebuild hospitals, housing and other facilities? If that hasn't happened, don't point the finger at Obama. Point it at the people who live there and run the city and the state.

Mr. Robinson, you blame Obama for a mess that should have been cleaned up years ago, long before Obama became President.

Posted by: mgkonyx | October 16, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Obama only visits states that voted for him. Obviously, he did not visit Alabama and Mississippi and only spent 4 hours in Louisiana.

Posted by: tcdif | October 16, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Is it reasonable to assume that in 9 months a person could fix the worst economy we have seen in most of our lifetimes, finish up two wars, fix New Orleans, fix gay rights, fix healthcare... you get the point. It is absolutely absurd to criticize this president for not doing enough when he is working so diligently to fix so many problems. Has he fixed every problem yet? No... Actually, if he didn't have a Congress full of nay-sayers to contend with, he could probably get a lot more done. It is not as simple as waving his magic wand and everything being perfect. We, as a nation, are not being realistic if we honestly believe that it is reasonable to have these types of expectations. I believe that Obama is addressing every one of his campaign promises with vigor. I believe that if he had gone to New Orleans and spent more time, someone would be critizing him for spending time in New Orleans whenever there are important issues on the table that need to be dealt with. We'd be seeing more "Is his plate too full" headlines. You folks in the media should just back off and let the guy do his job. That is why WE elected him, and I, for one, am glad that we elected him. I certainly can't see McCain/Palin handling these situations anywhere near as effectively or as gracefully as Obama.

Posted by: sarah37 | October 16, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Obama is the most dangerous demagogue EVER to surface on the American political scene. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ELECT TO PARTAKE OF THE OBAMA KOOL-AID, THAT'S MOST CERTAINLY YOUR PREROGATIVE; BUT, DON'T DISPARAGE THOSE OF US WHO ARE ALARMED AT THE INCIPIENT DAMAGE BEING WROUGHT ON OUR CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC BY AN EXTREME LEFT-WING MARXIST RADICAL; and, belay the "racism" nonsense. Greg Neubeck

Posted by: gneubeck | October 16, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

America is about the ability to have different ideas, right? Prioritizing is kinda hard when facing two wars, when trying to help along our country in her struggle toward equality, in trying to stop angry mobs from slandering a president over a health care plan they don't fully understand, when trying to piece together a historically prominent region and when facing a withering earth. Is it that America is just angry? After spending 8 years in just teasing a leader they were tired of, not openly criticizing him, are we now just trying to find fault in our new leader for not ending the previously mentioned problems in 9 months what took over 8 years to build up? I wish we all could be a little more patient. I wish we, as a country, could be a little hopeful that our home will show the resourcefulness it's shown since its beginning. This recovery will be slow. There are so many problems plaguing our country because of our past. Could we show a little variety in this generation and cling to a future?

Posted by: KaylaInPurple | October 16, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

I understand the Obama Administration has done more and had more administration officials visit but all that was ruined by the check writing comment which was very off putting.

Posted by: rlj1 | October 16, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Geez. First, Obama is taking on too much. Now he's not doing enough. If he had spent days in Louisiana, people would be carping that he's ignoring more pressing problems.

Posted by: monk4hall | October 16, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

The whole nation should be ashamed at the way we have let Congress neglect the Katrina aftermath. And I also agree with you, it did look like a drive by, I feel your pain, campaign stop.

Posted by: AverageJane | October 16, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

N.O. is doing fine.The Saints are undefeated!
Get your priorities straight Mr. Robinson.

Posted by: adamnescot1 | October 16, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Don't defend this guy. The man may have come in to office with problems that were made in the past "BUT" this man made promises to get elected. He knew what he was getting into before he was elected. he made those promises to you and me. He pointed out what was wrong and how he was going to fix things. He went on TV debates and in from of america and told us that he would fix these things and we bought it. We voted this jerk into office because of what he promised. It wasn't just one or two promises he has broken it was half of what he got elected for saying he would get done.
The president faces opposition for broken promises to the anti-war and homosexual activist communities. He faces opposition for his determination to break a "no tax increase" burdening families with health care reform, as well as cap-and-trade legislation, not to mention bailouts, stimulus, and budget concerns.
He's promised a public option for the uninsured, but then said it would not be required for final passage.
He's promised to win the "right" war in Afghanistan but is wavering on his own military adviser's request for resources.
He's promised to close Gitmo, it sits open today.
He's promised to create millions of jobs and not allow the unemployment to exceed 8%, but today its at nearly 10% nationally.
He's promised to be the most transparent president in history, yet conducting the final rounds of talks for health care reform entirely behind closed doors.
He's promised to put all legislation on the Internet for at least five days before he signs it into law but has not done this on any of the legislation he's signed in the first year of his administration. Right now he is pushing a reform bill that hasn't even been writen yet and he has most of us fighting each other to get it passed. Some of us are blindly defending the president with this unwriten bill, which is just insane.

Posted by: rainman2 | October 16, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

"I wish I could just write a check," Obama said.

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I can't believe he actually said that! LOL!!! What a joke! How much of a check is needed? After spending $700+ Billion on a "stimulus" package, a few billion more on "cash for clunkers", what is another $5 - 10 Billion to build hospitals or repair levees. VERY DISAPPOINTING OBAMA!! I guess the euphoria of his campaign is wearing off. After all he won the Nobel Peace Prize, so who cares anymore, right?? LOL!!

Posted by: sanmateo1850 | October 16, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Purple, black, white, yellow, think-skinned, thick-skinned, short, fat, tall, skinny, from East to west, north to south -- it makes no difference, Eugene. This is what all of America is dealing with -- an empty suit.

Posted by: JAH3 | October 16, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

You know what the president meant, come on now damn.

Posted by: parisadon | October 16, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Obama has done an incredible job in 9 months. Nine months of GW Bush got us attacked. 8 years crippled government, destroyed the economy and gave us one bogus war and one totally mis-managed one.

Bush was handing out medals to the incompetents ignoring New Orleans. The ship of state turns slowly but it is turning, hard!

You're off base here Mr. Robinson.

Posted by: thebobbob | October 16, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

So this wouldn't have anything to do with the fact that the Governor of LA has $2 billion for his state from the stimulus funds and has only spent $648,000?

Where is the Govenor in all of this and why did the audience BOO the governor. I think there is a little more to this story.

Just add this to Obama's list of magic tricks called: How to fix a mess in 9 months!
1. Economci Tsunami - check
2. 2 wars out of control - check
3. Health Care reform - check
4. Gay rights - check
5. Stay in NOLA more than 4 hours - check
6. Regulate the financial industry - check
7. Don't accept Nobel Peace Prize = check
8. Don't get Olympics for US - check
9. Create jobs out of thin air - check
10. Pay mortgageds for all Americans - check
11. Fix education system - check
12. Listen to constant whining from the Right - check

This is a President - NOT a short order cook. The people who are complaining sat by for 8 years watching bush be a one-item President, yet they expect Obama is Mop UP Bushes messes in 9 months - good luck with that!

Rock on Mr. President. The American people have ADD due to an overdose of cable chatter , talk radio, and bloggers. These people don't actually have to fix problems, their job is to tell you HOW to fix everything. they offer no help and no support.

Posted by: Julescator | October 16, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Personally don't think they should rebuild levees or anything else for those areas below floodplain, the country is large enough that people do not need to live in such places. We are not Denmark...

Posted by: datdamwuf2 | October 16, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Obama is the most dangerous demagogue EVER to surface on the American political scene. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ELECT TO PARTAKE OF THE OBAMA KOOL-AID, THAT'S MOST CERTAINLY YOUR PREROGATIVE; BUT, DON'T DISPARAGE THOSE OF US WHO ARE ALARMED AT THE INCIPIENT DAMAGE BEING WROUGHT ON OUR CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC BY AN EXTREME LEFT-WING MARXIST RADICAL; and, belay the "racism" nonsense. Greg Neubeck


Posted by: gneubeck | October 16, 2009 4:39 PM


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No problem.
Who needs racism when we have all this idiocy?

Posted by: rlcampbell | October 16, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

I really think it is a shame that Obama did not get the economics and literature Nobel prizes. He is a prince among men!

Posted by: farpq | October 16, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

I realize that the bloom is off the rose with Obama and that his popularity numbers are plummeting. But even he must be stunned that Eugene Robinson is now even saying something critical about him.

Posted by: DreamOutLoud | October 16, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Your editorial coupled with the report that Obama has only filled 23 judgeships since taking office make me wonder how he will reconcile his ambitious rhetoric with his ineffectiveness as a leader come election time both in 2010 and 2012. I can tolerate Obama the dud as long as he is shoring up the judiciary with progressive judges. But when even that is not happening it may be time to consider a third party progressive candidate in 2012. Blacks will scream racisim, but this pres is not cutting it.

Posted by: cougartonyusa | October 16, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Obama is the most dangerous demagogue EVER to surface on the American political scene. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ELECT TO PARTAKE OF THE OBAMA KOOL-AID, THAT'S MOST CERTAINLY YOUR PREROGATIVE; BUT, DON'T DISPARAGE THOSE OF US WHO ARE ALARMED AT THE INCIPIENT DAMAGE BEING WROUGHT ON OUR CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC BY AN EXTREME LEFT-WING MARXIST RADICAL; and, belay the "racism" nonsense. Greg Neubeck
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Can you "qualify" that for us. It's nice to sprew but add some substance. Give us a "for example". What damage has been "wrought on our Constitution". Now be sure to quote Rush verbatim.

Posted by: Julescator | October 16, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Just add this to Obama's list of magic tricks called: How to fix a mess in 9 months!
1. Economci Tsunami - check
2. 2 wars out of control - check
3. Health Care reform - check
4. Gay rights - check
5. Stay in NOLA more than 4 hours - check
6. Regulate the financial industry - check
7. Don't accept Nobel Peace Prize = check
8. Don't get Olympics for US - check
9. Create jobs out of thin air - check
10. Pay mortgageds for all Americans - check
11. Fix education system - check
12. Listen to constant whining from the Right - check

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Don't you mean Write out a "check" ...Thats alls hes done is talk and write checks for money that our kids and grand kids haven't even earned yet.

Posted by: rainman2 | October 16, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

I thought it was great that Obama said "I wish I could just write a check." It feels better to see him act like a regular human being. I imagine that, by now, the President has had enough. I know I have.

Posted by: rlcampbell | October 16, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

"What says more is that New Orleans still doesn't have an operational full-service hospital. "


The reality is that the Bush Administration crafted that largest and fastest response to a natural disaster of that magnitude in US history and of course was severly blamed for the perception that it was too slow. Bush was blamed for the failure to evacuate New Orleans by local and state officials. Of course that was not a federal decision but yet, Bush was blamed anyway. Several hundred thousand people were moved, housed, clothed and fed yet the anger was such that you would think Bush was intentionally waging war on the people of New Orleans.

The Obama Administration is only greasing the wheels of the massive aid machine the Bush Administration set in motion. I am tired of this issue being used for politics.

Posted by: AnotherContrarian | October 16, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Greg Neubeck,

Your giving the president to much attention. He can not control all of the things that people think are going wrong. I don't understand how you can call the president a radical, is it because he wants our children to grow up in a better America, is it because he wants to see all individuals have health care? What is radical about these positions? I think people give the position to much power, the president can only sign things into law, he can't create things. How is he ruining our "constitutional republic," I would like read your response?

Posted by: parisadon | October 16, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

"I wish I could just write a check," Obama said.

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I can't believe he actually said that! LOL!!! What a joke! How much of a check is needed? After spending $700+ Billion on a "stimulus" package, a few billion more on "cash for clunkers", what is another $5 - 10 Billion to build hospitals or repair levees. VERY DISAPPOINTING OBAMA!! I guess the euphoria of his campaign is wearing off. After all he won the Nobel Peace Prize, so who cares anymore, right?? LOL!!

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Make up his mind. When he writes checks to fix things you guys cry - he is spending my grandchildren's money. So he stops writing checks and now you whine - why isn't he writing checks on the spot.

What a fickle nation. I am glad Obama is in the White House and none of you are.

I bet none of you get through you to do lists which are much lighter than this guys. Patience! The whole nation needs to Chill! My goodness.

Posted by: Julescator | October 16, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

This piece read like a fake criticism from someone who is trying to find something to criticize in order to cover up for his obvious bias in favor of the government.

I don't fault Obama for not doing enough in New Orleans. Perhaps he realizes now that his initial criticism of the Bush government was overblown. It was, afterall, a hurricane, and a nasty one at that. We had hyper-partisan people like Al Gore suggesting that Bush created the hurricane.

Really, I would cut Obama some slack on this and also Bush. Could people do more? Perhaps. But that is true all the way down the line to officials like New Orlean's Mayor Ray Nagin.

A natural disaster is cause for everybody to pull together and help, it's not cause to assess blame to your favorite political enemy. But, a lot of misguided people never understood that during the aftermath of Katrina.

Posted by: ttj1 | October 16, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Just add this to Obama's list of magic tricks called: How to fix a mess in 9 months!
1. Economci Tsunami - check
2. 2 wars out of control - check
3. Health Care reform - check
4. Gay rights - check
5. Stay in NOLA more than 4 hours - check
6. Regulate the financial industry - check
7. Don't accept Nobel Peace Prize = check
8. Don't get Olympics for US - check
9. Create jobs out of thin air - check
10. Pay mortgageds for all Americans - check
11. Fix education system - check
12. Listen to constant whining from the Right - check

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Don't you mean Write out a "check" ...Thats alls hes done is talk and write checks for money that our kids and grand kids haven't even earned yet.
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Your great grandchildren will be paying for Iraq and Afghanistan. - Sorry. Obama is on to your great great grandchildren!

Posted by: Julescator | October 16, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if someone has said this yet, but has anyone ever thought of the fact that nobody should be living in New Orleans in the first place? It's UNDERWATER and is disappearing every year as the sea level rises and as tides pull out the sand!

The place won't even be there in 50 years and people are trying to build it back up. There are reasons why these sorts of things happen, yet people still insist on living in places that are not good environments for human life. (Alaska, Las Vegas, many parts of Utah and Florida, etc).

Get a clue and move out of the place that's UNDER the water level! Katrina gave a lot of people that chance to start over and many didn't.

It seems insensitive. I care about the people in any part of America and think the federal government should provide relief, but people should not be living in New Orleans (most parts of it, at least).

Posted by: khofuswiftclaw | October 16, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

What's your problem, Robinson? Obama has been quietly getting kudos since he took office for his efforts to improve the post-Katrina situation from Bobby Kindal and others. Have you not been playing attention?

Posted by: st50taw | October 16, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

This is called the Marion Berry strategy,

No matter how bad you are or how you treat them, black people will vote for you if you are black.

Why should obama heip you , you will vote for him anyway.

Posted by: rlkidd58 | October 16, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Are you going to write a column about all those soon-to-be disappointed "I Want My Obama Money" folks in Detroit?

LOL

Posted by: Spitfires | October 16, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

As an Obama supporter I hate to write the guy off at this point. But I do believe time is all ready running out on him. His Viet Nam will be the economy, specifically TARP and the failure to address unemployment, combined with the escalation of the war in Afghanistan. These issues will overpower all other actions by this administration, good or bad.
Its just a pity that our country may have to endure two failed presidents in a row.

Posted by: dfdougherty | October 16, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Apparently, Eugene Robinson still hasn't learned that Barack Obama is a world class fake.

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | October 16, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Glad you stirred up the Obama haters again. Proud of yourself? I don't get these people who either want Obama to do nothing like his predecessor, just leave everything alone so it can rot in peace, and the other side, who want him to accomplish everything at once and criticize him for not achieving everything in his first eight months.
We are much better off than we were a year ago, and will be better off a year from now, and a year from then. It just is not going to happen all at once, It took eight years to get where we were on January 20th.

Posted by: taxing | October 16, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

This is called the Marion Berry strategy,

No matter how bad you are or how you treat them, black people will vote for you if you are black.

Why should obama heip you , you will vote for him anyway.
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Obama's cabinet members have been there over 18 times since he took office. That's twice a month. He can't be everywhere no can he. WHERE IS THE GOVENOR. WHY HAD JINDAL ONLY SPENT $648,000 OF THE $2 BILLION HE GOT FROM THE STIMULUS MONEY.

Posted by: Julescator | October 16, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Glad you stirred up the haters again. Proud of yourself? I don't get these people who either want Obama to do nothing just as his predecessor did nothing, just leave everything alone so it can rot in peace, and the other side, who want him to accomplish everything at once and criticize him for not achieving everything in his first eight months.
We are much better off than we were a year ago, and will be better off a year from now, and a year from then. It just is not going to happen all at once, It took eight years to get where we were on January 20th.

Posted by: taxing | October 16, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

President Obama, more than most Presidents, came into office having to immediately face a number of monumental problems. So it may take him a little longer to address and create time for the many less pressing issues that deserve time and focus. Let's try showing a little more patience and understanding.

Posted by: harttenj | October 16, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Honestly, I'm tired of hearing about New Orleans. What about other cities that have been sticken by natural disasters? You don't hear much about them, do you? It's been four years now, and it's time to realize that neither the government, nor Obama, can or should do it all.

Posted by: whodunit | October 16, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

And yes...I'm a black man. I visited New Orleans for the first time 11 months ago. Sure it's devastating and all but I did not expect it to be high on the agenda compared to other issues that are (honestly) more important. Obama is the hardest working president since Kennedy. He --like you -- can't be everywhere at once. Give him a break!

Posted by: bcs2k | October 16, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse


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The other presidents must have been completely inert for Obama to be perceived as "hard working".

Indeed, Obama does appear to work hard on buffing his image--perhaps harder than any other president since Bill Clinton.

Posted by: ttj1 | October 16, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson:

As a supporter of the President I couldn't agree with you more. I am not just disappointed in his lack of time in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast but that President OBAMA and his staff seem oblivious to the importance of his physical presence as a "representation" of hope. His physical presence is so important. That's why a cheap print of FDR, sometimes not framed, hung in many farmhouses during and after the Depression. Policy and politics are important, but I'm disappointed President OBAMA (and you would think he's read enough Presidential history by now) does not seem yet to understand the unique role, the symbolic hope, a President represents for the people. I hope he soon wakes up to that understanding.

Posted by: ljines1 | October 16, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Next week, some columnist -- probably from the Washington Post, no doubt -- will write an Op-Ed criticizing the president...for eating a hamburger.

Posted by: Gladiator2008 | October 16, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

It is silly to see the problems of New Orleans as the fault of either Mr. Bush or President Obama. There has been wholesale corruption in the local government since the 1950s at least.

The risks of just such a hurricane were known then and the money to prepare was accepted, but nothing done. Why not blame someone who actually was at fault?

Posted by: Peter22 | October 16, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Okay do Obama did a drive by

BUSHIE DID A FLY BY and just screwed with those poor people as much as he could. Their illustrious leaders did not do much better.

Bushie was worried about WARS and REWARDING WALL STREET.

Obama is trying his hardest to fix things.

BY THE WAY _ MAYBE OBAMA WAS AFRAID OF THAT LOVELY RACIST JUDGE WHO REFUSED TO MARRY A MIXED RACE COUPLE - guess you all did not read that one. YEah it happend in Louisiana IN THIS DAY AND AGE>

I was one of the first people to arrive in New Orleans following Katrina. I was there for weeks and the whole process sucked - from FEMA TO LOCALS.

It is not all Obamas fault ya know.

Posted by: kare1 | October 16, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Oh, where have you gone, Mister Robinson? Now that you are writing Rush Limbaugh's columns for him there is very little that he has do do. I'll have to mark this date on my calendar. The HOC (Hate Obama Club) will nominate you for star status after this article. What exactly, were you thinking?

Posted by: cy31b | October 16, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

This happened four years ago for crying out loud! With all due respect, what is going on in New Orleans is not a matter of life and death. This isn't about the government helping New Orleans, it's about New Orleans attracting new businesses, new investors. If there aren't enough investors to complete a new hospital so be it. In case Robinson doesn't realize, were coming out of a deep recession. What more can Obama do other then give New Orleans more money?

Posted by: kubrickstan | October 16, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

C'mon Gene wake up. Brutha Barack has been in the White House 9 months, and he is yet to set foot in Anacostia, a whopping 20 minutes away..You gotta face it, he has more in common with Harry Reid than he does with the community.

Posted by: SMWE357 | October 16, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Obamas chickennnS are comming home to rooost!

Posted by: Imarkex | October 16, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

What a short memory you all have. How many of you watched the debates between the canidates? Obama knew about all these problems and looked right into the camera addressed each issue and told america how and what he was going to do to fix/change things. He was voted in office because of those things he said he would do. If he had said he could fix things but we all had to be patent and it would take a long time he would have never been voted in. If he had said his answer to jobs and the economy was to write checks and print more money he would not be in office now. Yet this is what he has done. The man was elected because of promises. He knew how things were because he addressed each issue before being elected. He has broken too many promises and I hear the term "obama haters"...Your dam straight! I learned a long time ago to never trust a man who lives on broken promises.

Posted by: rainman2 | October 16, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

" I watched as a young senator who was thought to be considering a presidential run -- that would be Barack Obama -- used his Harvard Law skills to eviscerate Bush-era officials for not doing enough to rebuild and revive the Gulf Coast region.

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you mean , obama talked..

really Gene, grow up and realize you support a man who simply talks a good game , but really isn't any different in action than bush

just another corporate shill

Posted by: tru-indy | October 16, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that we don't hear all this whining from Mississippi, which was also devestated by Katrina? Other hurricanes have hit Texas, Alabama, and especially Florida. Could it be because of the culture of corruption in Louisiana in general and New Orleans in particular; reconstruction funds lining crooked politicians pockets and not going to rebuilding? Or, is it that Louisiana is the only truly Blue State on the Gulf, and is less self-reliant because of their dependance on government welfare?

Posted by: V4vigilant | October 16, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

How many of you criticizing the President helped in the aftermath of Katrina? I spent my Spring Break in college gutting houses and building new ones. You can't even imagine the devastation. You have no right to criticize Obama for "not doing enough" if you haven't given your time, energy, and money to the cause.

Furthermore, the man's got a whole lot of problems to deal with - more than any President in recent memory. Don't believe me? Turn on the TV next week. I guarantee some pundit will be criticizing the President on a completely different issue. He's only been in office nine months. And it doesn't help that the Republicans are voting against EVERYTHING Obama supports in the hopes that he'll fail.

Let's go down the list:
-Afghanistan: War in response to 9/11. Bush pulled significant troops out to send to Iraq
-Iraq: War started by Bush, screwed up by Bush, passed on by Bush.
-Economy: Happened before Obama took office, things are starting to turn around.
-Katrina: Bush did a FLYOVER (not even an appearance) many days after Katrina. Visit only happened after he took criticism from the public.
-Health Care: We've been ignoring this one for decades. Obama's been the only one to back up words with a worthy attempt. Don't forget who's been voting "No" on everything that comes up for a vote (Republicans).

Don't get me wrong. I still expect him to perform. I'm just being a bit more patient than the rest of the population.

Posted by: damascuspride04 | October 16, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Putting a city below water level at the mouth of a large river and near the open sea in a hurricane zone has to rank as one of the biggest engineering mistakes of all time.

The only money that we should have invested in New Orleans after Katrina should have been used to relocate the parts that are underwater somewhere else.

As the old ad used to say: Don't mess with Mother Nature.

Posted by: ad9inaz | October 16, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe you don't have a million excuses for Obama's behavior in New Orleans!! I never thought I would see the day! I thought he could do no wrong? You finally admit reality? Amazing!!

Posted by: creed4275 | October 16, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

You too? Apparently absolutely everyone has tuned in with his/her disappointment over how Obama spends his time and where. If someone had the time to make a chart that covered every person in the last 9 months who has stated that Obama isn't doing enough about something, well, I was going to say it would be interesting - but no one would be interested. It's so much more fun to focus on whatever one aspect of this hugely multifaceted job he must do is pissing you off than to remain patient and give the man a chance - and more than 10 months of a chance. So you can get in line behind the gay people who dont' think he's rid us of don't ask don't tell fast enough, the Hispanic farmers who are pissed they're not getting the same deal as the black farmers, he's not picking judges fast enough, and how about that Olympic bid? FIll in your issue here________________.
I know we all had high expectations but our own lack of patience with him is really reaching the point of ridiculousness. For the fun of it I'd like to state that it's too bad he's not spending more of his 24 hours a day with his kids, so there.

Posted by: madlyf | October 16, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm just wondering if the racist posters who are 'fed up' with the people of New Orleans realize that the city lost almost 50% of its population? 485,000 to 290,000. When people around the world saw images of the worst environmental disaster in the history of the U.S., they were amazed that the most 'powerful' country in the world had so many poor people. Americans aren't amazed. They're disgusted. And btw, the U.S. is no longer the most powerful country in the world.

Posted by: muslit | October 16, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse


Wow, after being criticized for taking on too much, now comes an editorial that, in 9 months, the President hasn't done enough.

I concede that the hospital situation probabl could have been addressed (gee, maybe health care reform has gotten in the way . . . ), but providing a new flood barrieer in 9 months? C'mon . . .

Posted by: kenhyde | October 16, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Here are a few comments from a New Orleanian.

The wetlands of Louisiana must be restored, or any other building projects are completely irrelevant. The oil companies dug gaping holes into the swamps that are now being destroyed by the incoming Gulf. Since the oil companies, the people of Louisiana, and the Federal Government exploited the land for financial benefit all three parties should work out a way to rebuild the coastline they have done so much to annihilate.

The city is not all below sea level. The parts that were not, including my own house, survived the flooding. Certainly the whole area could be built smarter, but we are not the only delta city in the world. Cities exist in this environment because they are crucial as transportation hubs.

We admit the state and city have a deservedly poor reputation for government, but know that there are many of us here who are hard-working and who have the entrepreneurial spirit, across race and class lines.

My words for Obama - please focus on what's going on here. The WETLANDS, the WETLANDS, the WETLANDS. If the land disappears, then levees are irrelevant.

Posted by: nolaman1 | October 16, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

A few facts:

First, New Orleans' problem is New Orleans' ... really, I've been there. They are incompetent and corrupt. There is no helping them; they NEED to help themselves.

Second, Senator Obama was the typical sidelines critic when he "eviscerated" others with regards to post Katrina issues. Having no skin in the game, having shed no blood, sweat or tears, his self riteous indignation was an epression of his ego and a pandering for fame and votes more than compassion for a people he has nothing in common other than skin color. He merely saw a national issue he could latch onto and ride. Typical ambulance chaser ... really.

Third, MAYBE he's learning it's not so easy being the President. Talk is cheap. I don't know if his ego will let him learn this.

Posted by: facts-please | October 16, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Officials in N.O. are not complaining about lack of support from the Feds. There are many complex problems in New Orleans that must be solved on the local level. Besides, how many more of his tax dollars is Mr. Robinson willing to spend on a city that is partly below sea level, situated between the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi river?

Posted by: dcharles1 | October 16, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

President Obama has alot on his plate, too much to be sure. That was a sad and disappointing visit he made to New Orleans, he could have stayed at home for all the good it did. New Orleans needs more federal help, but New Orleans needs to hold itself accountable too. They re-elected that dismal mayor who is still in office, they need to get out and vote in the next election, they need to write, call and e-mail their representatives and politicians and hold them accountable for helping the city. They need to get out there and make demands for better services to the federal and local governments. When they do their part, others will do theirs.

Posted by: Listening2 | October 16, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

You have no right to criticize Obama for "not doing enough" if you haven't given your time, energy, and money to the cause.

Furthermore, the man's got a whole lot of problems to deal with - more than any President in recent memory. Don't believe me? Turn on the TV next week. I guarantee some pundit will be criticizing the President on a completely different issue. He's only been in office nine months. And it doesn't help that the Republicans are voting against EVERYTHING Obama supports in the hopes that he'll fail.

Let's go down the list:
-Afghanistan: War in response to 9/11. Bush pulled significant troops out to send to Iraq
-Iraq: War started by Bush, screwed up by Bush, passed on by Bush.
-Economy: Happened before Obama took office, things are starting to turn around.
-Katrina: Bush did a FLYOVER (not even an appearance) many days after Katrina. Visit only happened after he took criticism from the public.
-Health Care: We've been ignoring this one for decades. Obama's been the only one to back up words with a worthy attempt.
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Like I said before and I will say it again. during the debates before his election he addressed each problem and knew how bad they were, has done alot of talking, writing checks, (the average 5 year old now owes $38,000). He said he would preform and hasn't, (don't promise if you can't come through). If a man says he can do something and doesn't all while knowing all the facts standing in his way is not someone I want running the country. I worked for a major military logistics agency where we sent supplys in record quanitys and in record time so I was personnely involved in helping during katrina so I can and will voice my disapointment for any one who doesn't do what they promised or fix what they said they would do. It doesn't matter who or what caused it or if it was inherited. If you promise knowing all the facts especialy when the out come of peoples lives will result from those broken words then you should hear from me and all the other people you lied to so you could get elected.

Posted by: rainman2 | October 16, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Dear Eug,

BO seems to able to disappoint on so many fronts:

Gitmo: still open for business...
detainees: still being sent to countries known to torture...
Iraq: still a war...
Afghanistan: still a war, but bigger...
massive annual federal deficits: even more massive...

"...he [BO] seemed to dismiss the idea that his administration could and should be doing much more." -- Don't confuse yourself: just because he thought "W" should be doing more doesn't me he thinks HE should be doing more...

"I wish I could just write a check," Obama said. -- The theme of the BO campaign becomes the theme of the BO admin... okay, more like, I wish I had a bigger limit on my credit card...

ps -- I can't say whether Louisiana got the government they deserve... but I'm confident they haven't gotten the one they've paid for... none of us have... I want my money back...

Posted by: srb2 | October 16, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

YES YES YES, I am so glad you did not write a glowing response to the President's brief outing on the ground in New Orleans.

I think it is an American embarrassment that this city has not yet been rebuilt. The embarrassment begins with it's governor for not raising national hell and the city government for not raising statewide hell.

Eugene, that we have given BILLIONS to banks through TARP shows that we are willing to throw the nation into deficit to save a few "too big to fail banks" but we are unwilling to help put Americans' who suffered from one of the most catastrophic national disasters to hit the nation. It is utterly sickening.

Our priorities are in the toilet.

That there are Americans willing to line up behind banking and insurance executives and their over inflated bonus', even those who have taken corporate welfare from the American people is deeply unsettling.

The government is made up of folks elected by THE PEOPLE, they represent what THE PEOPLE claim they want. And THE PEOPLE are the one's getting the shaft at every turn.

Until the American PEOPLE wake up, they will always end up last.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | October 16, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

I am a 53 yr old Black male and I voted for President Obama. I have a BA in Communication and I haven't been able to find even an entry level job since September 2008.

President Obama talks a good game but I am getting tired of hearing and seeing him blow hot air EVERYDAY and not delivering tangible results.

A lot of my Black friends consider it sacrilegious to criticize President Obama. But Tavis Smiley was right when he said;

"Don't fall so madly in love [with Obama] that you surrender your power to hold people accountable. . . . I'm not saying overlook Senator Obama, but you better be ready to look him over." That president Obama needs to be questioned about the SUBSTANCE of his policies, programs and actions. "It's all about accountability,"

I don't think that President Obama earned the Nobel Peace Prize that he was just awarded because he hasn't accomplished ANYTHING except to give a bailout to the financial corporations that are now calling me 5-6 times a day because I can't pay on my loans because I can’t get a decent job.

CAN I GET A BAILOUT Mr. Obama?

Posted by: whatyoutalkinboutman | October 16, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

He is a poseur of the worst kind. But maybe this is what POTI must be.

Posted by: uzs106 | October 16, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Obama needs to stop constantly 'dating' his wife and start working for for the people.

Posted by: bluelagoon21 | October 16, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Everyone has their complaint. Too many people put extraordinary high expectations on one man. He can only do so much and he's been in office for less than a year. So he didn't spend more than a day in New Orleans. And? We have an entire country to be concerned about, not just one city. People will always have their complaints about government as it pertains to their lives and their interests. I, personally, would rather the government and our President spend their time working toward the greater good of the country as a whole rather than targeted interests.

Posted by: smileystar78 | October 16, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

The elder Bush ( whose son refused to listen to the will of the people), now doesn't like it because the people are upset that Obama and this Congress isn't listening either.


The direction of this Country is in the wrong direction as the needs of the People in the USA are ignored.
From funds for troop support, to home loans to buy foreclosed homes, and now even to help to rebuild and fully engineer a flood zone, is all on the back burner.

The Cousin Mohammad Sausage Factory meat grinder gets 7.6 billion to fund war against us in Afganistan, as we uncover diverted military money into Congress corruption.
The banksters lock down home sales for bundling into toxic assets, and while they report profits the people are in food lines because Americans live in tents on the streets.

Now it is clear that we cannot get our devastated cities re-engineered and built up to withstand flooding, because the jobs went to build DC and the Homeland Defense CZARS 3.6 billion dollar "place to hold meetings".
The same Czar attacks law enforcement in Border States trying to defend the people and enforece their State laws, from border crossing onslaughts that she entices.


Bear revolt call for REDRESS "NO CONFIDENCE " recall of the entire FED 2009 to void all of their signatures, is because of what people like Old man Bush would allow to happen to us. He was the original NEW WORLD order idea guy, to rip us to pieces.

No one trusted the polls for 8 years before Obama again makes us all think they are totally fraudulent here in the USA.

The People come first, and we the people must stand up for ourselves and demand representatives. The States stick together, inspite of the worst Government and Congress in History for the last 17 years putting us into the position we are in.

LIARS are not what we want, but what we keep getting.

Can you hear me now rallys are happening because of NO CONFIDENCE.

Posted by: dottydo | October 16, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

New Orleans and Louisiana have had plenty of time to utilize the money they have already been given to show tangible results.
Why are there so few "results"? Because the political leadership at the city and state levels have seen to it that there aren't any.
Read Douglas Brinkley's book, "The Great Deluge", if you want a picture of Ray Nagin, for example, and many other local leaders.
I, for one, am GLAD that Obama has sent his appointees to New Orleans and LA. some 18 times and seen fit to NOT associate himself, personally, any more than he has.
The place is a mess and will remain a mess no matter WHAT he personally does because Louisiana politics is NOT about their people, it's about the politicians.

Posted by: cms1 | October 16, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

B.O. = N.O.

BEAR REVOLT was started by Veterans ( Czar nick named terrorists) seeking to empower the active troops with a clear documentation of the majority's will of the people via petitions (signatured by all men, women, and children who have No Confidence this 2009 Federal Government). The signed petitions are being entered into County recordations offices as a "recorded document", then pooled and placed as a" Document" into the Library of Congress by the people of each State.
The well documented majority with " no confidence" can allow the defenders of the US Constitution the ability to carry out the "will of the majority", and allow an emergency election to void all signatures of the current Fed 2009.
This Redress call was named when Pelosi went to THE BEAR REPUBLIC of California , threw imported ACORNS at their heads, then called them astroturf and walked on their backs with her spikey heels out the door absolutely refusing to listen to them saying NO.

The Archival quality hard bound signature books contain the long form PETITION:

The REDRESS of the 2009 Federal Government of the United States of America
For NO CONFIDENCE
By the recall of :
The Congress, (all names listed both Partys)
The Hill , ( all names listed both Partys)
The Cabinet, (all names listed)
The Czars, ( all names listed)
Barack Hussein Obama ( all "currently" known names listed: Barack Hussein Soroeto, Barack Hussein Dunham )

Posted by: dottydo | October 16, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

It would be much more disappointing if the Federal Government pumped even more money into a city built BELOW SEA LEVEL.

Comparisons are made to the Dutch. Wrong. The Dutch would have drained Lake Ponchetrain. If the Army Corps of Engineers tried to do that, people would complain about losing their lakefront homes and/or not being able to go fishing anymore. We are not the Dutch. And until and unless we start acting like the Dutch on these water projects, in which safety and environmental standards take precedence over political wish making, the Federal government should allow New Orleans to become a smaller city surrounded by wetlands and bayous, like it was earlier in the city's history.

Posted by: ripvanwinkleincollege | October 16, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

By and large, Hurricane Katrina was maudlin for a Hurricane. I've lived in Louisiana since 1973 and have been thru about twenty or so. The damage in New Orleans was not really done by the winds, but by the failure of the levee system coupled with the ignorance of the Democrat City Administration in emergency planning and the Democrat Governor in failure to employ the National Guard.

For Obama and those not up on current events, the areas outside of the Democrat Party Negro feifdom of New Orleans and to the West were also hit by Hurricane Katrina.............and Hurricanes Rita, Gustave and Ike. But the whining for Federal Dollars and Gubmint' assistance is decidedly more muted.

Posted by: eteeuwe | October 16, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

ripvanwinkleincollege,
Robinson is right.
If we can build New YORK city where it is, ( a coplete land transformation) we could have elevated the City of New Orleans over the last few years, or in the next few.
Employing America means taking on the job of re-engineering, rebuilding, and redesigning, our devastated City.

Posted by: dottydo | October 16, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Obama needs to learn more from his predecessor. All that is needed is to say and do very little, look presidential, appear at schools reading to children, and take lots of vacations. If he does this, he'll be a success. Oh, and he should regularly cut taxes on the rich and corporations so they'll stay sweet. Everything else is a waste of his time.

Posted by: Matthew_DC | October 16, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Put on your Aluminum Receiver Helmets .... Code Pinks, Earth First Bombers, Mao dreamers and generally nutty Democrats everywhere:

Erase
- Bush War is bad ...
- Global warming means the planet is getting hotter
- Less polar Bears means Global Warming

Repeat:
- Obama war is good
- There is Global Warming because the planet has been cooling since the end of excessive Solar Flares in 2005 (Wikipedia)
- More Polar bears proves Global Warming

- Obama war is good
- There is Global Warming because the planet has been cooling since the end of excessive Solar Flares in 2005 (Wikipedia)
- More Polar bears proves Global Warming


- Keep aluminum foil helmet on all night to receive urgent messages from Fat Al and "why" Nobel Obama

This message brought to you by the people on Wall Street and Bankers, that buy Democrats everywhere - thanks Schumer, Dodd and a DoD howdy for Murtha

.

Posted by: highkey11 | October 16, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

well you have to admit that boy hussein is consistent. he never actually has done anything he has promised to do.

Posted by: infantry11b4faus | October 16, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Politics makes for strange bedfellows: Obama and Jindal. Four years after Katrina destroyed Gulf states, you might expect more could have been accomplished. But these things take time, money, and a lot of hard work. Following the mass destruction of New Orleans, there is still much work to do. Many people have been forced to re-locate to safer cities. There is not a lot congress can do with tax dollars when so many people want a "smaller government."

Recently congress has determined to bail out Wall Street titans, and auto makers. There can't much left to bail out New Orleans. It might sound harsh, but is rebuilding New Orleans a "national priority?" Was New Orleans deemed to be "Too big to fail?" Obviously, congress does not see New Orleans as a big deal.

Posted by: rmorris391 | October 16, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

All you OBAMAPHILES had a BUSH BASHING BALL over Katrina and everything else Bush did or didn't do and you didn't care when he was in office that the ECONOMY was headed down the toilet for 2 months before CLINTON left office . You couldn't know that though because your heathen filled SERVILE MEDIA wouldn't want that cat out of the bag .

YOU blamed the shortage of Military equipment on BUSH after CLINTON cut back and weakened us for the 9-11 attack ! The Democrat way of creating a phony surplus.

And now DURING WAR TIME DEMOCRATS have diverted 2.6 billion from defense funds that pay for fuel, training , ammunition, vehicle repairs, supplies, food, planes ,ships and spares to some of their FREAKING PET PROJECTS !

25million for WW2 museum in New Orleans
20 million to launch an Institute named after Kennedy and Obama approves sales to CHINA of missile and space technology .

Meanwhile 8 troops were killed after intelligence reports warned several days ahead that TALIBAN INSURGENTS were planning to attack . REPORTS WERE DISMISSED AS ..." INSIGNIFICANT" ....

So you LIBIDIOTS will just have to excuse those of us who don't feel your INEXPEIRENCED AND UNQUALIFIED PARTY doesn't seem to have an excuse to EFF UP !!!!

This is no longer BUSHs WAR or Bushs ECONOMY .... It is the same one that BUSH inherited !!!

Why don't you ever blame the INEPT AFFIRMATIVE ACTION MAYOR down there on KATRINA ??? He was elected all over again after he failed his community !!! ... WHY CAUSE HE'S BLACK ?

Posted by: noHUCKABEEnoVOTE | October 16, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Wake up, Eugene. There have been many disappointments of the Obama presidency. You've just kept your eyes and ears closed to it all, not wanting to pay attention for obvious reasons, just as all of the other liberal members of the press. I think you are finding out that Obama isn't who he says he is. He is just the shell of what he has portrayed himself to be - and only those too shallow fell for it. Shame....

Posted by: PittAlum | October 16, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

4 years and several BILLION dollars later and lots of graft.

Maybe Piyush should man-up and do something about it.

Posted by: JRM2 | October 16, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Obama the candidate for president was a center-left politician, promising major health care reform, opposing an individual health care mandate, curbing the influence of special interest groups, allowing transparency in government, etc. When he became president he seems to have decided he liked being president so much, being re-elected was more important than keeping his most important campaign promises. Hence he has become a cautious, center-right president, who has been as subservient to a wider variety of special interest groups than perhaps any president in history. This is not change anyone can believe in.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | October 16, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson,
I agree with you and your anger leaps off the page, in contrast to your other pieces on our president. I think in the future you will find other competitors in the "biggest disappointment" of the Obama presidency.
Keep telling the truth and telling it the way you see it.
CC

Posted by: corvuscorax | October 16, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Eugene,

Told ya' so.

Na-Nee-Na-Nee-Boo-Boo

Signed:

Everyone Who Saw Through Obama-The-Perpetual-Candidate

Posted by: JackESpratt | October 16, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

It makes little sense to rebuild below sea level until the levies are fixed to take a cat 5 hurricane. But once again the left complains about rebuilding and logic takes a holiday.

Posted by: clankie | October 16, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

A Louisiana Judge today (10/16/2009!) turned down an interracial couple applying for a marriage license, so I can just imagine the general reaction in America if Obama had gone "out of his way" for New Orleans, or shown anything but a few hours of attention to a city that is intent on remaining "pitiful".

Jindal turned down Federal Stimulus Funds for his state - so what exactly should Obama be doing for NOLA, exactly? Holding Jindal's hand?

This calls for a story I heard in church:

A man in a hurricane watches from his home as the flood waters get higher and higher. He prays, knowing that the Lord will save him. He ends up on the roof, watching the water rise higher still. A family in a boat rows by... "Get in!" the family calls to him. "No - the Lord will save me!" the man replies from the roof. The family rows away. The water continues to rise.

In an hour or so, a helicopter drops a ladder to the man. "No!" he shouts, signaling with his hands and arms. "THE LORD WILL SAVE ME!" The helicopter flies away.

The man eventually drowns.

When he arrives in heaven, he asks God: "Lord! Why didn't you save me??"

God replies: "I sent a rowboat and a helicopter, son... it was your own choice to drown."

[FYI - I was BORN in Louisiana, visit NOLA and Baton Rouge annually, and love the state dearly.]

Posted by: prosediva | October 16, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Using Kanye West's logic, I guess Obama doesn't like black people....

Posted by: denves | October 16, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Why should New Orleans expect more from Obama? They need to research the living conditions of his blood relatives still living in that African village. 'nough said. After all...nobody expected anything from Bush. "President Bush don't like black people".
- Kanye West (the first of many statements before snatching the microphone from that pretty little young white girl.)

Posted by: ddnfla | October 16, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

This is just another example of how low obama has fallen. He is running out of adoring crowds he has to go the "welfare state" of the Union!!

Posted by: thornegp2626 | October 16, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Obama bring new meaning to the phrase, "do nothing".

Posted by: catotheelder1 | October 16, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Please, Mr. Robinson, get real.

Do you expect Obama to wave a magic wand and make all problems disappear? The president inherited from Bush two unfunded wars, a severe economic recession, and a collapsed financial system. Moreover, the GOP minority in Congress is determined to see him (i.e., America) fail, and is playing the obsructonist card at every turn.

Posted by: Gatsby10 | October 16, 2009 1:38 PM
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I don't think anyone expects Obama to wave a wand and make every think OK, but he insists on telling the world that he can, then the people ever right to believe he can.
As far as Obama being left with a mess from Bush (This Democrat is no fan of Bush) But the real truth is this, and Obama was in Congress for two of those years: Please read,
A brief history of financial crisis,
1977: President Jimmy Carter (D) signs the Community Reinvestment Act guaranteeing home loans to low-income families 1999: President Bill Clinton (D) puts the CRA on steroids, pushing Fannie & Freddie to increase the # of sub-prime loans. 2003: The White House calls Fanny & Freddy a systemic risk. Bush administration pushes Congress to enact new regulations. 2003: Barney Frank (D-CN) says F & F are not in crisis. He bashes Republicans for crying wolf and calls F & F financially sound. Democrats block the Republicans-sponsored regulations legislation. 2005: Federal Reserve Chair Alan Greenspan voices a warning over F & F accounting. We are placing the total financial system of the future at a substantial risk 2005: Sen. Schumer, (D-NY) says I think F & F over the years have done an incredibly job. 2006: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) calls for reform. For years I have been concerned about the regulatory structure that governs F & F & it needs to be reformed NOW. 2006: Democrats again block reform legislation. 2008: housing market collapses Democrats blame the Republicans.

He continues to campaign like he was still running for President. He is our President so act like one! The New Orleans trip for Obama was just a chance to tell everyone he was fired up - fired up & ready to go. He really would be a good used Car Salesman.

The USA can't afford to pay our Countries bill or let us have a good Health Care Bill. (like President Obama & the rest of Governments workers has) They will penalize, tax, or fine us to death. Also if we are so broke how can he send Billions to Pakistan as he said yesterday he would do.

Posted by: wildfire1946 | October 16, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

I just have to add something: I see that the Obama apologists are out in force on this message board. You can't keep making excuses for your man! He wanted the job and he got it. EVERY president "inherits" problems left over by the previous administration. George W. inherited a terrible recession from Clinton, along with an Islamic terrorist problem that wasn't dealt with, leading to 9/11. And bcs2k actually has the gall to say the recession is over! OMG! Where dude? Unemployment is approaching 10% and will likely hit 11% before it's over. Millions have given up looking for work, which is keeping the actual jobless rate lower. Oil prices are heading up again, inflation is just around the corner due to the unbelievable growth of deficit spending. And Obama has done exactly zero in stopping Iran from getting the bomb. Russia just told his Sec. of State that they will not go along with sanctions and North Korea is closer to acquiring the bomb as well. I'm afraid Obama's make-believe world is making things more dangerous and the USA less properous...

Posted by: denves | October 16, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Is Mr. Robinson agreeing to foot the bill to rebuild New Orleans?

Where in God's Name does Eugene think the cash is going to come from?

What? Are we to build more levees around the city that the next hurricane will destroy again?

Enough of the promised patch work quilts of the past bandages made on New Orleans.

If it isn't going to be fixed properly (Which our country doesn't have the money for.) Why bother doing anything at all!

Help them to exist for now, like the rest of the country, and fix it when we're able.

Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | October 16, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

I just have to add something: I see that the Obama apologists are out in force on this message board. You can't keep making excuses for your man! He wanted the job and he got it. EVERY president "inherits" problems left over by the previous administration. George W. inherited a terrible recession from Clinton, along with an Islamic terrorist problem that wasn't dealt with, leading to 9/11. And bcs2k actually has the gall to say the recession is over! OMG! Where dude? Unemployment is approaching 10% and will likely hit 11% before it's over. Millions have given up looking for work, which is keeping the actual jobless rate lower. Oil prices are heading up again, inflation is just around the corner due to the unbelievable growth of deficit spending. And Obama has done exactly zero in stopping Iran from getting the bomb. Russia just told his Sec. of State that they will not go along with sanctions and North Korea is closer to acquiring the bomb as well. I'm afraid Obama's make-believe world is making things more dangerous and the USA less properous...

Posted by: denves | October 16, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse

The audacity of bullsh-t.

Posted by: birvin9999 | October 16, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse

From my perspective, President Obama is so far over his head as President that he's not even in the game. He's relying on his "team" of recycled Clintonites - well past their due date. Another one term Democratic president, and deservedly so.

Posted by: RickW4 | October 16, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Eugene continues his man-crush on Obama.

In summary:

1) Obama cares so much he wants to do more for all the people

2) but he can't. It's probably Cheney's fault.

3) So he was just too honest and blunt when he says he wishes he could do more.

4) Eugene also wishes he was a woman so he could have Obama's baby.

Posted by: Skeptic1 | October 16, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Leaders do not blame- period. Just watch any military officer. They will never blame; always take responsibility. This guy has checked off a number of "do not" items on the list of how to lead. (This was just one of them.)

Posted by: nosam32 | October 16, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

He couldn't stay longer in New Orleans because he was expected at a ritzy fundraiser in San Francisco. He knows what his priorities are.

Posted by: annetta3 | October 16, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Well, Eugene, nice to see you awake for a change. I'm an Obama supporter, but I wasn't "high on change" throughout the campaign, am not an idiot. Remember his hilarious promise to bring jobs back from overseas and fine those companies that didn't comply? LOL, for me, yes, not for those who believed him and worked for him after listening to this b.s.

Now, Gene. The economy is worse than it was when he took office. He backed down on gay marriage rights. He sold out Tibet once again (his christer buddies do business with the Chinese), the worst insider trader scam in history was just announced (christers, of course) under his SEC and Justice Department watch.

New Orleans. A person of courage, principle, would demand a full accounting for the money spent. The feds have moved in on less corrupt areas than New Orleans.

(Must be too busy prayn' an' apologizin' an' such)

AND then there is DARFUR. Pardon me while I puke. I understand Christian greed, have seen it all my life, in more than one country. BUT TO DO BUSINESS WITH A WAR CRIMINAL INDICTED FOR GENOCIDE, well, I don't get it.

Maybe, he could take it up with his "Faith Council." And, btw., how much are those people getting paid?

Posted by: Farnaz1Mansouri1 | October 16, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

a few months ago i would have called you crazy if you mentioned a left wing fringe but i think that Eugene has somehow angered the very people he supports. Eugene is so far left of Obama that he actually appears on his right due to the curvature of the Earth.

Eugene actually supports single payer health care, gays in the military and all of the other left wing fringe ideas. yet he speaks about Obama not being 'left' enough and he is demonized. you people need to wake up and smell what is happening.

great that we have a president with a little color but what good is it if we don't hold him accountable. he has done little for the very people that supported him and we should be asking questions. not just of him but of every democrat who seems so weakened by power, for example see H. Reid.

when the Repubs were in power we got a right wing agenda, going to war on a whim, tax cuts for the rich and cozying of gov't with business. now that the Dems are in power we get, a continuation of wars, bail outs for the rich and more cozying of gov't with business. if we don't start yelling at our electing officials instead of the true party leaders who have kept them honest such as Eugene, we will become a country that can be easily bought and sold.

Posted by: anonymous3 | October 16, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Fact check, please. What is the basis for your claim that New Orleans still doesn't have an operational full-service hospital? The folks at Tulane, Kindred, and Children's Hospitals (to mention only three of the largest in the city) would beg to differ. Perhaps your mis-statement arose from the situation at Charity Hospital in downtown N.O. According to an AP report today:

"In response to a question from Bordenave about the former Charity hospital, which once provided indigent care and was a main training hospital, Obama replied that he wished he 'could just write a check' but 'we've got to go through procedures.' The dispute over the hospital's funding will be decided by a panel of judges in arbitration by early next year."

It seems your anger about the slow pace of recovery in N.O. has led you to play a little fast and loose with the facts, and clouded your judgment about where the blame lies (since you seem determined to find blame). The rebuilding of Charity Hospital has been held up by legal disputes, not by a lack of action by Obama or the federal government, and N.O. has several fully-functioning hospitals. And as for an adequate flood barrier not being in place, do you think the President could simply order the Corps of Engineers to build a system that will withstand a Category 5 storm, and get it done fast? This is such a massive and complex undertaking, that it is quite irrational for you to be condemning Obama for the current state of that system. Not your best work, Eugene.

Posted by: Kuihao | October 16, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Barry's drive-by in New Orleans showed very nicely that his true priorities lie not with all of the Poor-(mostly black)-Folks who voted for him last year but with the Rich-(mostly white)-Folks he partied with in San Francisco later that evening. He should have concluded his speech with: "Sorry New Orleans, I'd love to stick around, but I have to raise money from some fat-cat Californians who are dying to bask in the glory of my presence!"

Posted by: jshay | October 16, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

OK, I'm a conservative and not a big Obama supporter.

However, give him a bit of a break here. He is up to his neck in aligators. This country has other priorities now aside from the rebuilding of New Orleans. Mostly because the gov't isn't setup to rebuild New Orleans. That will have to be left to its residents.

Posted by: scott3 | October 16, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the answer is....the nation has done what it can for you (New Orleans). There is an end to the public aid to rebuild a city. The rest you must do for yourself.

Posted by: logan303 | October 16, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

The president understands that Bobby Jindal, the Republican governor of Louisiana doesn't want any more help for his state. Remember, Jindal returned some of the stimulus money.

Posted by: bailm20 | October 16, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Eugene, The problem is that governing is much different than campaigning. Words are plentiful, but deeds are precious. Obama is failing because he is reckelss and only paying attention to himself and not others. I guess we are not post racial as the President has stated. Perhaps he should hit the "reset" button for the USA and not Russia.

Posted by: jgdonahue | October 16, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Let's clear up something else.

The initial damage to NO was caused primarily by a city unwilling to pay for it's own survival.

The loss of life was caused by a Local (Democratic) government that wouldn't get people out of NO in time.

The slow pace of recovery was not caused by the Federal government or Bush or Obama, rather, the sheer corruption in NO basically stole the money.

It's more black on black crime is what it comes down to. But people like Eugene won't acknowledge that DC is backwards because of a corrupt government, and NO is in shambles years later because the people in charge steal the money.

Who can forget the cops basically looting in NO. That wasn't Bush or the government, it was local folks of color preying on each other. And they continue to prey on each other.

Eugene tell the people in NO to look in the mirror for the root of their problems and stop asking for Obama checks.

Posted by: Skeptic1 | October 16, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson, I really admire your writing but I have to disagree with the generalities you are positing. It is true that the Bush Administration turned it's back on it's own. The Gulf States are the reddest of the Red States. We could dump truckloads of money on the doors of their respective Capitols and I guarantee that their Republican or Blue Dog Democratic representatives would never spend the money to mitiigate the damage done to the poor from Hurricane damage. Benign neglect reins supreme in The South. You have to remember that the miscreants who represent these citizens have touted a mantra that says government is the problem. If Government delivered the funds to fix their problems then that would quickly disprove the mantra that keep these obstructionists in office.

Posted by: fabricmaven1 | October 16, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Eugene. What do you mean by, "New Orleans still doesn't have an operational full-service hospital?" There are plenty of fully operational (24/7 ER) and normal hospitals in NOLA (set your leg, carve out a kidney, tinker with your ticker). I think you are referring to the still destroyed Charity Hospital, the reconstruction of which was entirely held up by FEMA.

Soon we will see if that delay was legitimate. An independent arbitration panel should rule soon and most everyone believes they will rule in favor of the city and state.

New Orleans and Louisiana have lots of problems. You need not look further than recent headlines about a racist Louisiana Justice of the Peace to see that we need a lot more than what B Obama can provide. I hope that America is not losing faith in the 'city that can'. What would it say about this country if we let one of its great cities die? answer: a lot.

Posted by: MRSAM4aolcom | October 16, 2009 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Eugene. What do you mean by, "New Orleans still doesn't have an operational full-service hospital?" There are plenty of fully operational (24/7 ER) and normal hospitals in NOLA (set your leg, carve out a kidney, tinker with your ticker). I think you are referring to the still destroyed Charity Hospital, the reconstruction of which was entirely held up by FEMA.

Soon we will see if that delay was legitimate. An independent arbitration panel should rule soon and most everyone believes they will rule in favor of the city and state.

New Orleans and Louisiana have lots of problems. You need not look further than recent headlines about a racist Louisiana Justice of the Peace to see that we need a lot more than what B Obama can provide. I hope that America is not losing faith in the 'city that can'. What would it say about this country if we let one of its great cities die? answer: a lot.

Posted by: MRSAM4aolcom | October 16, 2009 10:56 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to see our tax money that went without our consent to the Wall Street bankers returned to us in Social Security checks, subsidies for small businesses, teachers' salaries, go to help the suffering people of Louisiana, Mississippi rebuild their homes, schools, hospitals; subsidies for solar heating, mortgage payments for people threatened with losing their homes, subsidize the re-opening of manufacturing plants closed down because the owner couldn't afford wages and health care and to compete, replanting of trees in areas devastated by fires or cut down by lumber companies for toilet paper for Japan. That would get the jobs going again. "Yes", Mr. Robinson, our president is worse than a disappointment. He apparently is just a continuation of the problem.

Posted by: MiriyamGevirtz | October 16, 2009 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Barry ACORN Soetoro could not care less about N.O. or America. His only concern is him and his Radial agenda to weaken America. He is an arrogant Street Agitator Fraud. And those that voted for him and his remaining cult members are his useful idiots. His media created facade is crumbling and what remains is a Street Punk Empty Suit.

Posted by: FraudObama | October 16, 2009 11:25 PM | Report abuse

I meant to add that Mr. Robinson is right. President Obama should have written a check to New Orleans and Mississippi.

Posted by: MiriyamGevirtz | October 16, 2009 11:27 PM | Report abuse

It's been four years!

Why haven't these people gotten off their fat a$$es and done something for themselves.

They are still in trailers because the government hasn't given them a home? After four years?

Obamacare rationed health care should not target old folks, but these lazy, worthless, POS people in NO!

Posted by: 2xy4k9 | October 16, 2009 11:41 PM | Report abuse

George W. Bush made 13 trips in 3 years to New Orleans to assess the recovery effort. His Administration spent billions of dollars on this rebuilding effort. Barack H. Obama makes his first trip to New Orleans about as far into his administration as was Katrina into GWB's second term. Will BHO make 12 more trips to NOLA now? Oh, that's right....he's a POLITICIAN, and he only got 40 percent of the vote in Louisiana...figure it out.

http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2009/10/barack_obama_has_failed_to_mat.html

Posted by: riderX | October 16, 2009 11:42 PM | Report abuse

The worst things about Hurricane Katrina were the Mayor and the other local leaders. The day before the hurricane hit, Mama called me up and said "why is the Mayor not getting off his behind and getting people out of there. Doesn't he know there are only two roads?" I said, "don't worry Mama. That Mayor is so wise. He'll make sure nothing happens. You just watch."

We all watched, did we not? Nagin sat there in his plush hotel suite blaming everyone but himself; the man in the moon was more responsible for the fiasco. Remember that idiotic helicopter display? Didn't you want the pilot to kick him into the clear blue sky so hungry citizens Nagin had served so poorly could have some political pig for supper?

Then, of course, one learned the levy money had been absconded. What remained was utilized for the football stadium that housed folks who lost homes thanks to the lack of improvement in the levies.

New Orleans had always been one of my favorite cities. It's just too bad America's "chocolate" city was so badly ripped off by its wicked leadership, browned from a coating other than African American skin or a moral sensibility of a delicate, refined sweetness.

Posted by: Martial | October 16, 2009 11:43 PM | Report abuse

The far left eats its' own when it has nothing else to eat. Now that Bush is gone, the left has nobody to trash,belittle,tear apart, accuse of racism and generally whine about. Eugene says the city is a mess. It is. N.O. is run by bumbling dems. The residents are on the dole. No hope for a city that thinks others will do their heavy lifting. In 7 yrs N.O. will still be the same mess.

Posted by: -PBL- | October 17, 2009 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Okay Eugene, why don't you tell the Obama administration exactly what to do and from where to get the immediate resources to do it. Until then, just shut the f@#k up.

Posted by: Absolute_0-K | October 17, 2009 12:14 AM | Report abuse

Hate to say it, PBL, but when it comes to New Orleans, you're dead on. Until responsible leadership arrives at the local and state level, Obama would simply make himself look bad by going there. When the responsible leadership does arrive, please tell me. I've always wanted to ice skate above Hades.

Posted by: Martial | October 17, 2009 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Isn't it time for the people of New Orleans to do their own rebuilding?

Posted by: JoeNTx | October 17, 2009 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Look, who ever said Obama was a progressive in the FDR (or even LBJ) tradition? The man is actually very moderate. I personally think he respects "competence" more than ideology, which is a shame.

If he was on the correct side of the issues, money would have flowed to NOLA quickly, and very slowly to Afghanistan, Iraq and Wall Street. But, so it goes.

We probably need a Socialist party to get things done here in America.

Having said that, he's not a total failure, like Bush/Cheney were, but that is setting the bar pretty low.

Posted by: santafe2 | October 17, 2009 12:29 AM | Report abuse

President Obama is a very busy President. I was surprised that he took the time to go to New Orleans and look around and speak to people and then speak at the college. What is wrong with people who will never be satisfied about what the President does? He went and he was gracious and encouraging. If you don't like that, well too bad. He is not going to please the right, but he is always going to please me.

Posted by: equalon | October 17, 2009 12:57 AM | Report abuse

Buyer's remorse, Eugene?

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | October 17, 2009 1:20 AM | Report abuse

When are you going to see President Obama for who he is and not what he tells everyone in his speeches. There's nothing in Louisiana for President Obama to take over. Louisiana wants money. President Obama wants money too, someone else's money. Louisiana is nothing but a welfare state thanks to former mayor Ray Nagin. There's nothing in Louisiana for President Obama to corrupt. No one to bully to amend their reports to favor his administration. President Obama picks and choses who he wants in this new world he's creating for liberals. I guess his new world doesn't include Louisiana because it needs too much work.

Posted by: houstonian | October 17, 2009 1:26 AM | Report abuse

right on, eugene.

not without some significance is the fact that the Obama administration and Congress just approved BILLIONS MORE ANNUALLY for Pakistan's "schools, roads, infrastructure."

Piyush Jindal was probably rolling out the moldy carpet for him, too.

Posted by: forestbloggod | October 17, 2009 1:48 AM | Report abuse

Just be glad that Michelle didn't bring her 22 member entourage of taxpayer funded servants along for the stop-over.


$172,2000 - Sher, Susan (CHIEF OF STAFF)
$140,000 - Frye, Jocelyn C. (DEPUTY ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT AND DIRECTOR OF POLICY AND PROJECTS FOR THE FIRST LADY)
$113,000 - Rogers, Desiree G. (SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT AND WHITE HOUSE SOCIAL SECRETARY)
$102,000 - Johnston, Camille Y. (SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT AND DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS FOR THE FIRST LADY)
Winter, Melissa E. (SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT AND DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF TO THE FIRST LADY)
$90,000 - Medina, David S. (DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF TO THE FIRST LADY)
$84,000 - Lelyveld, Catherine M. (DIRECTOR AND PRESS SECRETARY TO THE FIRST LADY)
$75,000 - Starkey, Frances M. (DIRECTOR OF SCHEDULING AND ADVANCE FOR THE FIRST LADY)
$70,000 - Sanders, Trooper (DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF POLICY AND PROJECTS FOR THE FIRST LADY)
$65,000 - Burnough, Erinn J. (DEPUTY DIRECTOR AND DEPUTY SOCIAL SECRETARY)
Reinstein, Joseph B. (DEPUTY DIRECTOR AND DEPUTY SOCIAL SECRETARY)
$62,000 - Goodman, Jennifer R. (DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SCHEDULING AND EVENTS COORDINATOR FOR THE FIRST LADY)
$60,000 - Fitts, Alan O. (DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF ADVANCE AND TRIP DIRECTOR FOR THE FIRST LADY)
Lewis, Dana M. (SPECIAL ASSISTANT AND PERSONAL AIDE TO THE FIRST LADY)
$52,500 - Mustaphi, Semonti M. (ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR AND DEPUTY PRESS SECRETARY TO THE FIRST LADY)
$50,000 - Jarvis, Kristen E. (SPECIAL ASSISTANT FOR SCHEDULING AND TRAVELING AIDE TO THE FIRST LADY)
$45,000 - Lechtenberg, Tyler A. (ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF CORRESPONDENCE FOR THE FIRST LADY)
Tubman, Samantha (DEPUTY ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR,SOCIAL OFFICE)
$40,000 - Boswell, Joseph J. (EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE CHIEF OF STAFF TO THE FIRST LADY)
$36,000 - Armbruster, Sally M. (STAFF ASSISTANT TO THE SOCIAL SECRETARY)
Bookey, Natalie (STAFF ASSISTANT)
Jackson, Deilia A. (DEPUTY ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF CORRESPONDENCE FOR THE FIRST LADY)

I wonder what it cost to tow all them around the country on AF1 with you?

Posted by: dbs313 | October 17, 2009 2:18 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson, in the end I agree with you on this one. If the President has more photo ops like this one where he is 'so happy' and his constituents are so unhappy well you know the disconnect.

Can't wait for Colbert King to tell us tommorrow what we have to do as a just society, Mr. Robinson when was the last time you walked around DC? btw I am not joking, if we cannot solve our DC problems on our own, catholic and protestant, black and white then what sort of nation can we give to our children?

Posted by: DCDave11 | October 17, 2009 2:23 AM | Report abuse

"We can open up the floodgates of credit to too-big-to-fail banks at the stroke of a pen. But when it comes to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, well, these things take time."

Or when it comes to employment, foreclosures, health care (oops! insurance reform to benefit insurance.)

Gene, Meet the real Obama.


Posted by: Single_Payer | October 17, 2009 2:26 AM | Report abuse

And Colbert my stand is there for you on the volunteerism. We must not retreat. Tell us an article that actually matters to the people of DC. Black and White we are wonderfully educated, unafraid and ready to help out the poor.

Posted by: DCDave11 | October 17, 2009 2:29 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson, Just so you know there is still Sam Cooke on U stret, and after that there is the Duke. Don't be disappointed the President could never channel Ella at Dukes place. vendui DC.........

Posted by: DCDave11 | October 17, 2009 2:49 AM | Report abuse

President Obama has not cured all the Ills of the world Eugene, It's Jesus your looking for? In the meantime I side with our President, he is doing a super job with what he has to work with. As far as not paying a visit to Alabama and Miss with all those ropes still hanging from the trees I would not either. Are you reading these comments Eugene? Recog the trailer trash Bigot remarks posted? This President is plowing through a lot of muck with amazing speed. He has my backing and support, why not yours?

Posted by: eaglehawkaroundsince1937 | October 17, 2009 2:53 AM | Report abuse

cause every DC boy knows that this is the most beautiful music ever made in DC.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezGHapF8-lY&feature=related

Posted by: DCDave11 | October 17, 2009 2:55 AM | Report abuse

Obama knows he can't carry Louisiana. Most of his attention goes to potential battleground states. N.O. was just a stopover on the way to the main event: a $36,000 a couple fund raiser in San Francisco. The campaign never ends.

Posted by: emmet1 | October 17, 2009 3:19 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson, Yes, we thought we were voting for Stevie Wonder, but we got Bill Withers instead. Paul Metsa, Mpls. MN

Posted by: metsainmpls | October 17, 2009 3:33 AM | Report abuse

Eugene to dance around the fire like a winner with the poor souls there, in new orleans, and to pretend that their lament, has been solved is shockingly arrogant.

Could Obama not spare his smile for an instant. Instead he treated it like a college rally..................

Posted by: DCDave11 | October 17, 2009 3:41 AM | Report abuse

You said it yourself - fine talk back then... and you WANTED to believe it!

It is astounding that a Washington Post journalist could have been taken in so easily by Obama's talk!

Everything (ambition, throwing friends under the bus, change for advantage - Chicago politics and ACORN) in his past was known and covered up by journalist like you - who wanted to be fattered "intellectually" ...

It is amazing to me you all really could not see who Obama and Biden really are (their substance or lack thereof through their own past actions) - while staying so focused on the superficial view of both McCain and the SNL interpretation of Palin... not her actions.

Hopefully this Obama, "what I want to hear" experiment in American Idol elections will teach Americans a lesson for a decade or two!

Posted by: sally62 | October 17, 2009 5:04 AM | Report abuse

"I wish I could just write a check".
Isn't that what the stimulus was for? I'm sure it would put lots of people in LA & Miss to work and improve their economy!
But that left over 700 billion is for your Marxist war chest isn't it.

You moron!

Posted by: jbangels | October 17, 2009 5:16 AM | Report abuse

When I'm disappointed in Obama, I simply remember the 8 HORRIFIC years of Bush and Cheney!! - and the BIG MESS Republicans left for Obama to clean up.

It's no wonder the GOP preferred throwing the 2008 election - to spend years bashing Obama while distancing themselves from Bush - the WORST PRESIDENT EVER!

Obama's "can't just write a check" was insensitive considering the BILLIONS taxpayers have handed over to the corrupt and greedy banks and financial institutions. But Democrats have consistently had to FIGHT the Republicans for every dollar sent to areas ravaged by Katrina!

Obama should "write that check" and watch the Republicans howl some more!

Posted by: angie12106 | October 17, 2009 5:35 AM | Report abuse

I typically agree with Mr Robinson but this article ignores reality. When Obama took office, as CBS investigation revealed in February, 2009 the turf wars between Baton Rouge and the overwhelming corruption for which Louisiana is reknown has kept the rebuilding of New Orleans at an unneccessary slow pace. There was good reason why Bobby Jindal was booed. The funds for housing in New Orleans were allotted by Gov Jindal to housing in Baton Rouge. Why aren't your concerned that the governor of New Orleans chooses not to spend the funds designated to rebuild New Orleans elsewhere?

One of Napolotano's first actions following confirmation was to replace the FEMA deviants who were running the FEMA office in N O as a house of ill repute and a one stop shop to purchase drugs. In February 2009 4 billion of the six billion dollars allotted for the rebuilding of the Gulf Coast had yet to reach the appropriate detinations. In the past 10 months, this administration has managed to get 1.5 billion where it was suppose to go in New Orleans versus Baton Rouge. Obama's presense in New Orleans doesn't speed up the process of rebuilding the city.

For the record, I was on the front lines following Katrina and the last thing that was needed was a president or a vice-president pulling resources away from where they were desperately needed for a photo op. Bush got a bad rap for the fly over but we never needed his physical presence. We needed him to get back to Washington and go personally to FEMA and kick butt. Did you fail to notice that the governor of LA didn't go to New Orleans for 72 hours and refused to send the national guard period. She held up the military coming to the rescue for 24 hours after Bush trumped Cheney and decided to send them.

What exactly would Obama spending a week in New Orleans accomplish? Do you suppose that he could end the turf war between the municipal government in N O and the state government in Baton Rouge that has existed for centuries? Do you want him to go door to door checking freezers across the state for missing funds? Why aren't you concerned about those who suffered from the devestating floods up and down the Mississippi River last year? Pointing a finger at a president may make you feel better but it doesn't change that most of the problems that face the slowed recovery of New Orleans lie directly at the feet of a very corrupt state govenment.


Posted by: xclntcat | October 17, 2009 5:51 AM | Report abuse

Given obama's governing style (Disappointment du Jour), I would hardly put New Orleans as the most grievous. As a previous poster put it, obama has bigger fish to fry. But there are two points to consider: one. obama hardly loves America. What do you expect? Second, those disappointed in the situation of New Orleans need to hold the state and local governments to accountability. The mayor was, and remains, a sorry, entitlement-driven racist.

Posted by: wmpowellfan | October 17, 2009 5:58 AM | Report abuse

Wall Street movers and shakers are people that matter. Economically distressed black people in a weather-ravaged area are people that don't matter. The nation's disgraceful and continuing failure to respond appropriately to the mess should cause some heads to roll. But it is the south and that's the way things are done in the south. Well-connected southern politicians whose private buildings were destroyed got assistance pronto. Others got days of neglect in a sports stadium, euthanasia in a flooded hospital, buses to nowhere, because of a lack of timely coordination, and smelly FEMA trailers. Leave it to the Bush Administration to concoct a debris clearance scheme in which the government contracts at inflated prices with Republican-connected large businesses who sub-contracted out to underpaid minority businesses who did the actual work. No disaster goes without a gold lining. Poor old New Orleans sits in a depression. Once it was protected from hurricanes by a buffer zone that was removed to help speed cargo traffic. Profits Before People, not In God We Trust.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | October 17, 2009 5:59 AM | Report abuse

God helps those who help themselves !!!

All you had in New Orleans were lazy, ignorant, uncivilized, unemployed blacks living on welfare and handouts.

Now, 4 years later, they are STILL UNEMPLOYED AND JUST AS LAZY. THEY ARE LOOKING FOR HANDOUTS AND FOR SOMEONE TO DO ALL THE WORK REBUILDING FOR THEM !!!

It's just their culture of laziness and violence.

Posted by: SideShowBob1 | October 17, 2009 6:28 AM | Report abuse

"Just be glad that Michelle didn't bring her 22 member entourage of taxpayer funded servants along for the stop-over."

What an eye-opener! I wonder how this compared to what previous First Lady staffs looked like, hmmm? Hey, if your POTUS's wife ya gotta have a staff, right? And ya gotta have deputies, and special assts, et al, right? And these folks gotta have assts, too? Where will it end? It won't!!!

Unfortunately, this is NOT a joke. I'd like to know who authorized all this. Maybe POTUS's chief of Staff? That's my guess.

Posted by: sdansker2002 | October 17, 2009 6:33 AM | Report abuse

I bet you tried to forget that Mayor Niggin stated, "he wants New Orleans to be a chocolate city again !!"

And the CHOCOLATE PEOPLE are the ones who made this mess and continue to procrastinate.

GET JOBS AND FIX YOUR OWN PROBLEMS !!

Ray Niggin is the modern-day version of Marion Barry.

Posted by: SideShowBob1 | October 17, 2009 6:45 AM | Report abuse

I'm shocked!!! Shocked I tell you that Gene criticized Obama and he judged him on the content of his character and did call Obama Uncle Tom!!! How can this be, how can this be!!?? The chocolate of NO is made up of all ethnic backgrounds, and the the cause of the depressingly slow recovery of the 9th ward are the direct effects of what socialism does to people; depress initiative, foster dependence on the state and wait for the state to dole out the 'relief'. This is what Obama and his minions want for the US; another graphic example of why he and his naive acolytes hold Marx, Lenin, Mao, Chomsky, Alinsky et al in such high regard. BTW, ShowBob1, don't couch your disparagement of the mayor of NO by intentionally misspelling his name to show an epithet; it's Nagin. I know he doesn't deserve much respect, but class IS what you show.

Posted by: BeanerECMO | October 17, 2009 7:06 AM | Report abuse

I was raised in the Ozarks. We always knew never to build a house in the valley close to the creek or river. It doesn't seem wise to me to rebuild in the flood plain of the Mississippi river even if dikes are in place.

Posted by: edxmd | October 17, 2009 7:16 AM | Report abuse

Robinson - you are such a dope. First, why would you expect much from Mr. I-said-anything-necessary-to-get-elected? Second, why would you rebuild a city below sea level? Its the height of stupidity...

Posted by: sjr0691 | October 17, 2009 7:19 AM | Report abuse

Oh, boo hoo. The poor people of New Orleans. Bla bla. If these people had any sense to begin with they would not live in harms way, I do not feel sorry for anyone dumb enough to live in a designated floor plane and not have adequate insurance.

Posted by: jrnberrycharternet | October 17, 2009 7:26 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson, you could say the same thing about many other Obama campaign promises, heallthcare reform, for one. Healthcare reform, we have come to find out, was all about making deals with Big Pharma to be able to charge whatever it wanted to for prescriptions. See www.politico.com. Katrina was about doing nothing.

I agree with you that "better than Bush" is not good enough.

For an African-American man to say it so simply and so well is great. No one can accuse you of being a racist. But I am afraid that Obama, like Bush himself, is impervious to criticism from individuals.


If you were head of the delegation from Big Pharma to negotiate just how much "reform" it would allow before it withdrew industry campaign contributions from the Democrats, and you were about to walk out of the room, you would be heard.

Does Obama saying he believes in something but doing nothing about it really make him better than Bush?


Posted by: eyemakeupneeded1 | October 17, 2009 7:39 AM | Report abuse

FINALLY - some objective commentary on President Obama from the press. We will all be better served by the 4th Estate once they put down their rose-colored glasses and start seeing this administration in a critical, skeptical, and objective manner. The worse from this administration is only now beginning to be seen - from Iran to gaining a nuke - to the misplaced priorities of "health-care reform" (the lobbyist are still at the table - and the people have been dismissed as a mob) instead of the one out of every ten citizens without a job (and millions more with lower wages and shorter workweeks - not by choice).

Posted by: clawrence35 | October 17, 2009 7:42 AM | Report abuse

Thank you, Mr. Robinson, for pointing out that posturing but failing to act does not make Obama better than Bush.

We have seen this in healthcare reform.

We have found out that Obama was making deals with Big Pharma while he was telling us he wanted to bring reform. He was making the same deal Bush did to allow Big Pharma to charge whatever they wanted for prescription drug benefits. That's what Bush did with Medicare. See www.politico.com for yesterday's article on healthcare reform deals made by the White House behind our backs.

I am afraid that despite the fact that there will be no Jimmy Carter this time calling you a racist for stating your views, the Democrats are not listening to you.

If you were a lobbyist for Big Pharma negotiating just how much reform the organiation would allow before it would withdraw campaign contributions, and you were walking out of the room, you would be heard.

Unfortunately, journalists are not heard, the people with their $5 campaign contributions given via email through the inernet are not heard, but large corporate interests are heard.

Obama's campaign claims it got huge campaign contributions from internet solicitations of $5 here, $10 there, from small donors. I really wonder if that amounts to more than what they get from large corporate donors. I mean every member of Congress and every Senator,not just for the Presidential campaign. I think not.

Is Obama's all talk and no action better than Bush?

I say it's worse because it is misleading. We don't care what his intentions are if he doesn't carry them out.

Posted by: eyemakeupneeded1 | October 17, 2009 7:52 AM | Report abuse

Despite the bungled attempts by the Bush presidency to bring aid to New Orleans, Obama is doing all that he and his administration can to free up funds for such a gigantic task. I would give Obama credit for going there and exercising the type of diplomacy that builds bridges of understanding between people and groups. After all, the last time that I checked, Louisiana did not vote for Obama. In a strictly political world according to Repubs, if you don't support us, we don't support you. I found inspriation in Obama's words and deeds. Short of Obama picking up a hammer and nails, he has done as much as any President can do. The guy has a lot to do. He is out there being President to a lot of people. The media and the opposition have put Obama or any other politician that they have problems with right where they want them by either saying they are doing too much or doing too little. It is nice to have it both ways all the time. Obama goes about being the best human being that he can be. He has no scandal surrounding him. Therefore, we must manufacture something. I think that Mr. Robinson missed this one. We all need to sit back and take a deep breath.

Posted by: EarlC | October 17, 2009 7:52 AM | Report abuse

I'm kind of torn on this one. In a perfect world, we'd take the bonus money going to wall street plus TARP II and send it to New Orleans. However I don't think even that godly sum would be enough to fortify New Orleans against a category 5, which while appearantly possible, is ridiculously expensive. Add to that the idiot ramblings of Jindahl and the health care fence sitting of Sen. Mary Landruei and you begin to see some of the politics that could unfortunately be involved. Good intentions though, just perhaps not as well thought out as you'd hope.

Posted by: wsblount | October 17, 2009 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Obama screwed up big time. We need to tell him. Call your representatives and the WH. This is a participatory democracy - you can make a difference.

Be part of the solution.

Posted by: Babzter | October 17, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

After Katrina, many people throughout the country went out of their way trying to help out. That includes President Bush and many in his administration. They might not have been perfect, but they did not attempt to take the name of a hurricane and turn it into a racist codeword for political purposes. Clearly Mr. Robinson is part of the crowd such as Louis Farakhan and Jeremiah Wright who did. Bush was far more effective than those racists at responding to Katrina. The party now in power has very effectively leveraged the "Katrina" racists to broaden their power base. They have the support of them, so all that was needed by the president was a brief drive-by. He had far more important obligations raising money for The Party in now devastated California.

Posted by: raym39 | October 17, 2009 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Some things are true all at the same time.

-Obama is an idiot who is incapable of speaking extemporaneously without revealing his true beliefs; a narcissist who cares only about showboating and campaigning while he outsources hard work and details to others.

-The people of New Orleans are a bunch of lard-azzed whiners who didn't have the good sense to leave a city that's below sea level in the face of a Cat 3+ hurricane and who fired bullets at helicopter rescuers (all white) or mindlessly chanted "Help, help, help..." whilte standing outside the Superdome which they trashed.

Posted by: RedderThanEver | October 17, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

I saw the pictures the US government was distributing of the hurricane before landfall and filled my car gas tank with gas. I lived on the east coast at the time. I was wise to do so.

Had I lived there, I would have done everything I possibly could to have gotten away from where I was before that storm hit.

When does New Orleans stop being everyone else's problem? I'm real sorry that pony boy screwed up the disaster response, but that wasn't the fault of any weatherman. It wasn't the fault of the current president either. Perhaps it is a good thing the people who led by majority then do not lead now. Perhaps not, but at some point, New Orleans, and the entire state needs to start dealing with tomorrows storms, not yesterdays.

While you're all off whining about this, there's American homes lying in ruins from a tsunami, and regular citizens struggling to provide their neighbors with relief. So please, get off of yesterdays problems and move on to what we live with right now.

Posted by: timscanlon | October 17, 2009 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Welcome to our World, said one of the Gays. When they have less on their plate, they will get around to us; in the mean time, here's a nice speech to keep you at arm's length.

Posted by: Arlme | October 17, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps President Obama recognizes that it makes no sense to spend billions of federal dollars to rebuild an area that is prone to flooding again and again. The leaders and citizens of New Orleans have taken far too long to deal with the reality of the natural limitations of the area. Until they do and develop plans accordingly, no significant federal funds should be expended to rebuild. Hopefully, that was the quiet message delivered to the political leaders by President Obama.

Posted by: jdcolv | October 17, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse

What makes me sad is that even when an improperly described "tidal wave" hits someplace in the United States that it matters less than a four year old rainstorm.

Can we argue more about god, guns, babies that haven't been made, glory holing teabaggers, "wide stance" family values, "The Children And What New Things We Must Outlaw For Them", what manner of solar exposure your genetics leave you suited for, as well as what jobs exist where this matters in the slightest to do?

If not those things, I suppose we can talk about how to have fun with a balloon, or a big rain storm that happened four years ago.

Never mind your neighbors who had the entire ocean in their living room, no we all got better stuff to talk story about than that huh?

Posted by: timscanlon | October 17, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

I think the short stay and failure to visit the other states has a lot to do with SECURITY.

We know that the threats against Obama abound, and that's very wild country down there.

Posted by: FedUp1 | October 17, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: purpleenergy | October 17, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Eugene critizing Obama? Have to say it's about time. Obama IS proving to be a big dissappointment, but that's to be expected. Seriously, what did Obama ever accomplish before he ran for POTUS that would lead one to believe that he could be an effective President? Basically, he was great at reading speeches off a tele-prompter, and that was about it. Of course, a lot of blame goes to journalist like Eugene Robinson, for abicating their responsibility of asking the hard questions about Obama, instead they bought into the "love fest" that surrounded Obama. It appears that America bought into that "love fest" and got pretty much what it deserved for doing so. Perhaps next time, BOTH parties can offer up candidates that TRULY have what it takes to be a President. Perhaps American voters can start listening more to what some "third party" candidates have to offer, as the "two party" system has become very much corrupted and has a lack of any "new ideas". Of course, I'm not holding my breath on either one of those things happening. Americans really are going to have to get smarter about who they put into office, and that's going to require more thought and work than most Americans are willing to do.

Posted by: sibwalker | October 17, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Oh hey and by the way, if the city wasn't allowing the gulf to be poisoned, perhaps the water surfaces in the gulf would have had lower water vapor transference if there was any biomass present that could have absorbed fractional energy events across a large water surface.

In other words, keep poisoning the water and the water will bite you back for it. I'd recommend trying some sort of O2 remixing upriver a bit, but hey who cares about the river right? Just keep throwing crap in the water, watch it go "away", no problem...

Posted by: timscanlon | October 17, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

This article neglects to mention that members of the administration have made 35 trips to New Orleans in the few months of this administration.

Does the CEO of a large financial institution with branches in multiple cities visit them regularly? No - he depends on trusted members of his company to see things first-hand and report to him.

Sure - we would all like to have the president's total interest in our own cities and states, but have to remember the logistics and other programs that need his interest also. Two wars, economy, health care reform and many other crises are also in need of time.

Posted by: Utahreb | October 17, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

He was disappointing because he is still campaigning. It is the strongest aspect of his game. He is the master of empty promises and most Americans are too stupid to realize it. Be prepared for three more years of disappointment.

Maybe it is good that the government is not doing more. The city is partially below sea level, which means gravity will eventually win and there will be another flood in the future. Not every piece of earth is meant to be inhabited.

Posted by: garrett4 | October 17, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps he knows these poor folks are already in his corner, voting-wise, and so he's concentrating his efforts on those that aren't, such as aliens, better known as undocumented democrats.

Posted by: GordonShumway | October 17, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

It good to see liberal journalists critical of their own kin, something conservative journalists are less willing to do.

Posted by: muslit | October 17, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Well stated - the entire gulf coast needs FED assistance ASAP (yesterday not tomorrow)

Posted by: munsonb | October 17, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Billions in taxpayer aid has been squandered on people who don't have sense enough to build above sea level. Enough.

As for Oboobma, let him move back to Norway or wherever the hell he came from.

Posted by: thebump | October 17, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Mr Robinson, I watched Morning Joe on Friday and the discussion that seems to have preceded this column. I think someone needs to hire more research staff. The time was taken to gleam out a video clip from the President’s New Orleans appeance; apparently no time was taken to research any underlying story.

It, the story, is about Louisiana’s famed Charity Hospital, substantially damaged by Katrina. It never reopened and services were substantially moved to nearby University Hospital, administered by LSU, as was Charity. The state decided to build a new facility to be called the Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans. Funding is yet approved. There’s the issue between FEMA and the state.

The state originally claimed Charity sustained more than 50% damages, therefore FEMA owes the LSU system a purported $492 million; FEMA rejected the assertion, offering $150 million.

Google to find differences of opinions, not a few of which agree with FEMA, claiming that the old Charity Hospital was a wreck before Katrina, or pointing out that the old hospital was indeed cleaned to satisfactory standards after the storm but none the less then Governor Blanco made a decision, not unreasonable, to simply build a new and decent hospital that might once again attract the talent New Orleans deserves.

The state government is smartly holding out for as much money as possible from FEMA as part of the funding for MCLNO. FEMA was careful with federal money.

Recently an agreement was reached for arbitration. Apparently there is no question about too much delay in arriving at a decision to arbitrate. Senator Landrieu worked hard to move Homeland Security, and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, chairing the applicable subcommittee, was reported by nola.com to have helped at last in early 2009.

Prevailing opinions on blogs from New Orleans seems to weigh against the state in this matter. That doesn’t make them right or wrong, but if opinion is an issue there it is.

People in New Orleans have hospitals. They are not going without hospital care as I seemed to understand, perhaps mistakenly, listening to the aforementioned Morning Joe discussion. Surely a new one is needed, in part expecting New Orleans population will return to the pre-Katrina level. I did not Google to question how adequately served is the current lower population and how that issue may relate to any urgency about building a new facility.

Of course, the state could proceed to construct while waiting settlement of the Charity Hospital money. They are separate acts. Perhaps expediency with respect to the needs of the current population is not a serious issue.

Mr. Robinson, I found enough of this information online while the Morning Joe folk were still ranting about how irresponsible was President Obama to make his constitutional reference to writing a check. It isn’t that hard to get some facts, enough to determine if more fact checking isn’t necessary.

Posted by: Donlee25 | October 17, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Obama's complete lack of leadership honesty and integrity are the biggest dis-appointments so far.He ran as moderate and then surrounded himself with radicals and extremists,he continues to vote present on critical issues and his on the job training in leadership is hurting America on every front.Everything he has done has hurt.The stimulas cost more jobs than created or saved by scaring away those who would create them.His apolgy tour has bolstered our enemys and scared our allies,he has wekened our military and intelligenc ability at every chance. He is a far more polarizing figure than Bush or Clinton because of his radical extreme policys.

Posted by: mikem12 | October 17, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Someone said Obama is the hardest working President since Kennedy. Wow! Our Government schools at work.
BTW.....Obama was voted Car of the Year by Motor Trend Magazine!

Posted by: joeschmo28 | October 17, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Everybody is missing the point. Mr. Robinson is not the only Obama supporter that is complaining. Ask your self, why is Obama getting slapped with comic shows, media,and editorials. Yes, he does have a full plate, you can only blame Obama, there was no reason to throw gun control in the plate, same with the Olympics. The speech with the Gay community, etc etc. He does what he does best, trying to distract the people of his short commings. He used the word "promise". Vote for me and I promise I will make the change. Well, he is in a hole, and does not have the expierence to get out. Now we are calling him on.

Valcast60

Posted by: Valcast60 | October 17, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Dear Mr. Robinson, What is disheartening, is seeing you get on this "Blame The President BandWagon"! After all he is only a President and not KIng. Those of us, who which to see this President succeed, need to remember that the first 3 words of our Constitution,We The People. So, we need to call and email our legislators. Tell them if they won't be part of the solution, then they are part of the problem. Many elected officals think that getting back in power means doing everthing in their power to cause this President to fail. Get on this train, or be left at the station.

Posted by: stjam | October 17, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

There's not much Obama can do in New Orleans. All the chronic welfare-state residents are gone. No one to hand the Gubment Check to. Please try to write a balanced column about Obama. He already has enough black fans...

Posted by: mgrantham2 | October 17, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Eugene Robinson. Another example of unfulfilled Obama campaign promises is the Mississippi Delta and its brown water. They too are disappointed to learn that they are not getting stimulus money for filters that can eliminate the brown in the water which although healthy is off putting for residents and potential businesses. I have been to both areas.

Posted by: lighterer | October 17, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

BTW Obama is not the hardest working president since Kennedy. He is the hardest working president since Jimmy Carter. Carter too was painfully disappointing.

Posted by: lighterer | October 17, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Let me ask something: all of the people that say they have been disappointed by President Obama-did you think he was Superman or God at some point in time as you voted for him? If you thought he could do it all and fix every freakin problem then, you should be disappointed. Glad you are disappointed. President is just an ordinary man with extraordinary talent but, he cannot wave a wand and make years of disorder suddenly disappear.

Maybe he has a big ego but, even that he certainly understand-"He must decrease in order for God to increase". Those who go around saying what he has not done or they are so disappointed because he promised so and so-need their heads examined. All politicians make promises they cannot keep but, they hope they manage to sneak a few in before they leave office. So, hope they do hope and pray.

President Obama is no different-he did not evolve into some God in his road to the White House. Hopefully, he bent his knees and came to realize the true power of God as sustaining him on his journey there and back.

So, no don't be disappointed in President Obama-be disappointed in all those who were responsible in positions in New Orleans and did not do their jobs over the years when they had opportunity. Blame Corps of Engineers; Big Business; City and County Governments; Managers and higher up citizens who sat on their fat behinds for years like they weren't warned of the problems that were there all along and are still there. Are the levies any stronger or newer? Has anyone studied evacuation or prepared for the citzens without transportation a way out? Aren't folk still building in areas that are still unsafe? So, when another big one comes will it be the same or worse? President Obama cannot even send anything without Congress or Senate or Treasury dollars so, be disappointed in wasteful spending in the past and present and pure stupidity saying, "oh we are so disappointed". Again, you damn sure should be.

And California are you waiting for the big one and got the same problems or worse-so whatcha doing? All the fires; storms are just a prelude so, cities, states, America when it happens-are ya blaming a man named Obama or your own dumb as.s.es for sitting on your butts waiting for a man or government to bail ya out?

Heck the banks ain't gonna; Wall Street ain't gonna; Iraq, Iran; France; Saudia Arabia; Austrialia etc. damn sure ain't sending doodly squat so, America bett wake the heck up!! No man can do anymore than is allowed by the Creator or those that work together for good-so shutup with the "I am so disappointed". They all promise but, they all tell "little white lies too". President Obama is no different than any of the other 43 promises, promises-liar, liar pants on fire-sorry to open ya eyes but, the "truth is the light." Be disappointed in your self and believing a man can fix all your damn problems.

Posted by: Scar1 | October 17, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Well, I think we always knew they COULD do things quickly if they wanted. It's just that they generally don't want. The bail-outs, etc. happened post haste, because Congress was willing. I don't know the exact number, but I feel sure there are nowhere near enough members of Congress willing to appropriate any more money for New Orleans.
I heard someone mention on the 'cables' that N.O./ Gulf Coast had gotten more money in these last 9 months than in Bush's 8 years. If this is so, I think that is about all they're going to get any time soon.

Posted by: LauraNo | October 17, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

For the record, I was on the front lines following Katrina and the last thing that was needed was a president or a vice-president pulling resources away from where they were desperately needed for a photo op. Bush got a bad rap for the fly over but we never needed his physical presence. We needed him to get back to Washington and go personally to FEMA and kick butt. Did you fail to notice that the governor of LA didn't go to New Orleans for 72 hours and refused to send the national guard period. She held up the military coming to the rescue for 24 hours after Bush trumped Cheney and decided to send them.

What exactly would Obama spending a week in New Orleans accomplish? Do you suppose that he could end the turf war between the municipal government in N O and the state government in Baton Rouge that has existed for centuries? Do you want him to go door to door checking freezers across the state for missing funds? Why aren't you concerned about those who suffered from the devestating floods up and down the Mississippi River last year? Pointing a finger at a president may make you feel better but it doesn't change that most of the problems that face the slowed recovery of New Orleans lie directly at the feet of a very corrupt state govenment.


Posted by: xclntcat | October 17, 2009 5:51 AM | Report abuse

City and State, you mean. President Bush got a very bad rap on this one. The ones to blame were right down there. And they still have done nothing about the basic problem. One could imagine a discussion between the President and the Mayor:

President: So they tell me the levies were the big problem. What's been done?

Mayor: The main thing was to get my chocolate city back. I mean, it's a culture thing you know.

President: The only "culture thing" would be from raw sewage if the levies fail again. Didn't the Dutch basically offer you free assistance?

Mayor: Well, they did not offer enough under the table, if you know what I mean.

_______

National government should forget about that city until the politicians decide that serving the people is more important than lining their pockets. You could pour forty billion into the place and not accomplish a blasted thing. God it hurts to say these things. I do love that city so.

Posted by: Martial | October 17, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

I highly respect Eugene Robinson, and see his point. However, Obama HAS inherited a major mess from 8 yrs of GWBush. Still, Obama prided himself in assembling a very effective election campaign team. What I see presently is a lack of ability to motivate his current team to utilize the same passion and principles of his campaign. Though he's an inspirational leader, Obama is only as effective as the people to who he delegates responsibility. Without an inspired and highly motivated team, Obama seems to be having a bit of difficulty multi-tasking. 10 months is not a long time, but is it long enough for him to have forgotten how to push his people toward excellence, or was it really his campaign team that was pushing HIM all along?

Posted by: aichess | October 17, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Ah, now some in New Orleans are learning about the game of snooker - as in "being snookered." Forget about the "Big Government" solution, it never really works, does it?

No. It just makes it so much harder to help yourself. Makes it so much harder for local communities to take care of their own. Sorta' hard when you have allowed all governance and wealth to be sucked out of the local community so that it can be consolidated as power for the "Hope&Change" elite. The elite who will keep telling you how bad America has been and that we owe our penance to the third world. Demanding help from those far away in DC is like asking to make yourself dependent on a foreign power.

Get ready for more of the "fundamental change" to America that Obama promised. Get ready for a change toward growing poverty and national weakness - for these will be the results of the Obama cabal.

Connect the dots of what seems to be disjointed policy. Disregard what he says and look at what he does. If you consider the worst case as a possibility, you will see how it all makes sense. So far, he is succeeding in setting the USA on a course for national destruction.

When you are willing to give up liberty and personal responsibility for government-promised "security" and for "free" stuff, you will have none of it - and you will be enslaved.

Posted by: DeserveLibertyDotCom | October 17, 2009 8:43 PM | Report abuse

"The Obama era! He's been in office since January 20, that's hardly an era. An era is usually used to designate a LONG period of time, nine (9) months generally doesn't qualify as a long period of time."

Nine months? Hell, it only took Bush 8 months to plan, set-up, and execute the Sept 11th attacks, and only one of them failed!

I was at the beach last weekend, I didn't see any difference in the sea level. Weren't the oceans inundating the coasts supposed to start falling on Jan 20th?

Posted by: ParadEMakewater | October 18, 2009 12:09 AM | Report abuse

The-Won just used you all for a photo op on his way to San Francisco. He didn't give ya nothing. So what! he knows that 97% of you upstanding citizens will still vote for him in 2012.

Posted by: shelleylevans | October 18, 2009 12:49 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson, if you think Obama is going to waste a lot of time in Louisiana and keep his base, the wealthy elite in the the People's Republic of San Francisco,waiting, you are sadly mistaken. Just because he worked as a Community Organizer at one time doesn't mean he is for the "little" people. That was purely a political move, to become "connected" and well known in political circles. This guy is a fraud, an empty suit and a one term President. We will be lucky if we still have a Republic by the time this Amateur Hour Oracle is tossed OUT in 2012!

Posted by: priley8104 | October 18, 2009 1:04 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson,
I respect what you wrote in your article. Have you remotely considered that Mr. Obama's brief visit to New Orleans was shadowed by the ever darkening storm clouds of ACORN, Bertha Lewis, Wade Rathke et al? The growing scandal will be a Seminal Moment for his Administration, and will ultimately cripple the Administration, bring it to its knees as the Blue Dress did for Mr. Clinton.

What Mr. Obama just did in New Orleans, was to slap the Crescent City across the face. it was an insulting "Thank You" at best.

Thank you for your article Sir.

Posted by: CowboyLogic | October 18, 2009 1:20 AM | Report abuse

Gene - Wake up. Obama only "cares" about the poor when they are politically useful to him. His half-brother is literally living in a cardboard shack in Kenya and Obama has never given him a dime. Numerous European media outlets found and interviewed him. Why has Obama done nothing for him?

Go back and look at the tape of Obama's press conference in the aftermath of the Iranian elections. The reporter asks him about the fate of the protesters who were being beaten and shot in the streets. The look on Obama's face was chilling. There is a stoneheartedness there that verges on the sociopathic.

Go look and tell me I'm wrong.

Posted by: bill2216 | October 18, 2009 2:51 AM | Report abuse

This behavior is just a reflection of him and his ideology. What in the hell did people expect when so many opposed him during the campaign? A man who doesn't give a damn about newborns fighting to survive after a botched abortion, a man who donated less than 1% of his income to charity isn't a paragon of virtue and isn't very concerned about others. I don't care what he says; the phrase 'actions speak louder than words' seems to have been forgotten by too many!

"Give him a chance", "He inherited..." this has nothing to do with what he is doing CURRENTLY. These policies only seek to eviscerate the middle class and destroy this economy. Why do you think he had Jeff Jones help write the stimulus bill? Besides, in the 230 years of this country's existence is he the only president who came into office during a recession? Others who have been in this position before him did what needed to be done and didn't constantly speak about the previous administration.

Yes, it's only been 9 months; just wait, the worst is yet to come.

Posted by: KrlyQ67 | October 18, 2009 4:15 AM | Report abuse

Rev. Robinson it is high time the people of New Orleans get to work and rebuild their own city and stop waiting for the federal government's bloated nitwits to do it. New Orleans is never going to recover when it is lying on its back. We have Amish friends who are contractors who went down immediately after the storm to help to rebuild they told us stories of home owners who were sitting on their porches while they were working to help rebuild. These men said they would never return because if a man is not willing to help himself you have no obligation to do things for him. Help yourself New Orleans and the country will work with you but if you sit with your hand out the only thing you will get is a handful of empty promises.

Posted by: LadyChurchillUSA | October 18, 2009 6:04 AM | Report abuse

Eugene, you consider Obama's "drive-by" compassion of New Orleans his worst? Dude, where have you been? Although bad, this doesn't even rank in the top 10 of Oblunders.

Posted by: johnhiggins1990 | October 18, 2009 6:38 AM | Report abuse

Hey Ugene, haven;t you been watrching what's going on in Iran? Our GREAT President, responding to Russia, sells our European allies down the tube on missile defense in a BOLD move to bring Putin on board for tougher sanctions on Iran. Did you see Hilliary humiliated last week in Russia as the Rusians said 'nyet' to tougher sanctions.

Our appeasement President chatting idly while Iran gets the nuclear bomb,,,,and you worry about some slock city in New Orleans that is run by Dem criminals.

Posted by: hartwr1 | October 18, 2009 8:40 AM | Report abuse

U Gene, How's that Obama stimunlus package working? We know your fellow traveler is stimulating the deficit (and higher taxes on our kids), but don't look like it's stimulating anything else except job losses.

Of course this doesn't rank up there with Obama's fly by over New Orleans.

Posted by: hartwr1 | October 18, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

YouGene, how is the war on terror in Arghanistan going? You know, the war that Obama said was 'the war of necessity'. 28 American soldiers killed this month while our clueless President diddles on a new strategy because he apparently doesn't trust the 'new' strategy he put in place 6 months ago.

Of course the death of American soldiers while our clueless President diddles pales in comparison to him not payin enuff attention to the Dem hacks who run New Orleans.

Keep up the good worry, u gene.

Posted by: hartwr1 | October 18, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

The longer Obama is in office, the more he realizes how right Bush was about things.

There is no federal magic wand to turn away hurricanes and rebuild cities overnight.

There is no good place to send enemy combatants held in Guantanamo.

The roving wiretaps allowed by the Patriot Act are necessary in a world of disposable cell phones.

Getting Iran, China, Russia, North Korea, etc to play nice isn't as easy as merely apologizing and sucking up to them.

Wars are slow and difficult.

So you can chalk his drive-by-compassion to just one more instance of "Gee, I guess Bush was right!"

Posted by: TheMSMControlsUs | October 18, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

And, you're JUST catching on?

Obama is a fraud and a liar.

It really is THAT simple.

Posted by: notbuyingit | October 18, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

If this is your biggest disappointment of the Obama presidency, you must be a narcissist.

Posted by: mikefixac | October 18, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

To me, the biggest disappointment of the Obama presidency so far was his complete non-response to the ice storms that paralyzed the Appalachians in January 2009. 55 people dead, 24 in Kentucky, from freezing or from carbon monoxide poisoning trying to heat their houses and stay alive when the power went out and the temperatures fell into single digits.

The press were too busy covering the Presidential honeymoon to even notice that a disaster had happened far worse than Katrina, and no one seemed to care.

Coincidently, the victims were white.

In a sense, it's comforting to realize, with Obama's snub of New Orleans, that it wasn't necessarily racism. Obama doesn't care about other Americans, be they black or white.

Posted by: jms9 | October 18, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I suspect what you're seeing is political calculation at work. A poster up above mentioned that LA is a "Red" state. It got that way because New Orleans emptied out after Katrina and the people have never come back. Until the hurricane LA was about the last bastion of Democrat power in the deep South but mostly because the 9th Ward could be counted on for several tens of thousands of votes. The 9th Ward is empty now so LA has gone GOP and Obama has little reason to hope it will fill up again any time soon - and if it does, they probably won't vote straight ticket Democrat anymore. So he has no interest in the place anymore.

Posted by: orionca | October 18, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

brdirck - Right on, well said. I agree with you wholeheartedly. I'm so sick of people whining and complaining about anything and everything. I for one am grateful to be an American, have freedom, and have the bare necessities. People during tough times tend to focus on the negative side of things, tend to be pessimistic, and tend to focus on wants rather than needs. For those that continue to whine, I would suggest going to live in a 3rd world country for a week, and then get back to me about how crappy this President or country is. I am grateful to have a President who can multi-task, who can read and write, and who actually analyzes issues before making stupid, arrogant, and self serving decisions. I am grateful that this President works for the American people and doesn't take 3/8 of his Presidency off. I am grateful that this President doesn't require a lot of sleep, as compared to going to bed at 8:00 every night like the previous disastrous President. I am grateful to be an American.

Posted by: PaulMoATX | October 18, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

What I find strange is that so much is made that he took time out from his busy schedule to stop in NOLA and they should be happy when he is working on so many other things. No mention of the fact that the reason he left so quickly was that he was holding a fund raiser in California and that was more important than the people of NOLA.

Personally I think more than enough has been done for NOLA. Mississippi which actually had more damage than Louisiana has been able to do a lot of upgrading on its own and made better use of the funds from the feds. Jindal is trying to work things out but with the rest of the political milieu of Louisiana he is rather strapped to change it all. When I look at how Iowa and kentucky have pulled themselves up from being as damaged as NOLA was in half the time and NOLA is still crying about what they have been given. Shame on them.

Posted by: rhomp2002 | October 18, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Otrauma's is a rookie. Embrace the dissapointment as I expect you'll be seeing a lot more of it. You're both losers.

Posted by: MDDem1 | October 19, 2009 1:20 AM | Report abuse

It might have been easy and convenient to say the biggest storm to ever hit New Orleans was all President Bush's fault. But the fact is that it was a great storm and would have done that damage no matter who was President. Not even President Obama can turn that train around.

So why blame him? He knows enough to get out of the way.

Posted by: gary4books | October 19, 2009 5:23 AM | Report abuse

Hello,

The Obama Administration should do more. However the big problems in the New Orleans situation is not Federal Government but Local and State Governments. Why have the La. Governor pressed and campained for more funding to build the hospital. The Federal government only builds hospitals for Veterans. FEMA could contract construction firms to rebuild but I don't think they have the power or authority to rebuid a detroyed city from the ground up, but the State Government does. That's why the Gov. Jindal and Mayor Nagel defended Pres. Obama, but it is "their" responsiblity rebuild the city. If New Orleans is still in shambles it is not the Federal govenment who's at fault, it is local officials who should get the blame. They should be advocates of the poor in New Orleans.

Posted by: twindog4@yahoo.com | October 19, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Pllllease. What does it matter that Obama is paying a courtesy visit to New Orleans? It's completely immaterial. He is doing well to spend his time on issues where his presence is needed. Regarding New Orleans, what matters is that the administration is not holding up funds and performing its tasks. Nothing about this in Robinson's article.

I am not an Obama true believer, but give the guy some slack and stop attacking him from the left. He's working 10 times harder than Bush, and he's being pragmatic.

Posted by: snap1 | October 19, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Well Eugene is still here with this I see.

Again blame New Orleans their government officials and citizens for not heeding the warnings and ignoring the situation they had and still have. And, of course the Corps of Engineers who talk about the problem but, have done very little to the construction of the levies and drainage problems they have their. It is all about Casino; Restaurants; Shipping and making money and low wages to its workers who are the backbone of New Orleans-who are just collateral damage. In other words work for us and hopefully we will get our money and if something happens who cares? And Black folk ya better look out for your own butts from now on. Look all churches-get those buses ready cause Katrina was not the last storm brewing. Make sure your children got ID and get fired up and ready to go and roll with it.

When I went there I was like Jesus! That was shortly afterwards. Things were going through my mind as I crossed each bridge and saw what people went through-I didn't even want to think about it but, I did. Lord it was pure anquish and I was not there but, some people really went through living hell.

Then there were those folk who killed people trying to leave and get to safety-now that was really ugly but, it won't happen again-believe that. It will be even.

So, government and President Obama cannot carry the weight of the world or America. He did not create the mess-that is something America did all by itself.

Posted by: Scar1 | October 19, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Actually, some folk do not care. When it comes to an area that is heavily populated with Blacks and poor Whites and the less wealthy some in La. could care less as long as they can live in their Southern Mansions; eat their gourmet meals and give out that Southern charm bull. But, these same folk ya kick are the very ones who helped build and renew and the ones who pulled you to safety as you sank to the bottom of things.

So, Casinos; High brow elite and those who hold political office and sit in your seats of comfort-God got something even bigger coming not only to New Orleans but, to the World. Do not think that you can beat God in planning and go to the Moon and elsewhere thinking ya can stop His coming-the Word says the Elements will fall so whatever is up will come down including that nice Space Station and potential real estate you see above. Ain't that a "B" for ya!!!

Posted by: Scar1 | October 19, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

If you really believe that it's a disappoinment that Obama hasn't visited New Orleans I will weep for you, and your lack of common sense.

Posted by: xtenaciousmex | October 19, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

My, my!!! The hypocracy of the right knows no bounds! If you buy Mr. Robinson's rather self serving logic, you must believe that the answer to our problems is the government. I am sure that all of the r wingers must of forgotten to say "it is not the job of the government to restore this below sea-level city! It is the beloved market that will save all things!!
I love the hypocracy.

Posted by: jtmolloy | October 19, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Greetings, I am from New Orleans and I did loss everything due to Katria. I just wanted to say to anybody and everybody who is critical of us that until you have lost every single thing you worked for,have lost your home and are living on interstates and living in a park in tents with your kids, hungry and no drinkable water for days then tell me you would not want help from your government. As soon as I recieved a very small fema trailor and MRE's from the army so that my family had shelter, food and water oh yea and clothes from the red cross Then I was able to focus on rebuliding. It take a long time to get ones life back after total destruction of a city. I did. I am not a victim. I did not need or want a handout. I did need and wanted a hand up. I got it. Now my life is back to as normal as could be after a disaster like Katrina. So until you have lived through and walked in our shoes you should not judge. For you who judge shall be judged.

Posted by: arseneauxd | October 19, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Obama doesn't even comment on all our troops in Afghanistan. He is self-serving and probably felt obligated to go to New Orleans. I am so surprised that he doesn't praise our troops more for their hard work and sacrifice.

I wish I could take my vote back. I was fooled by his chrisma. He only wants to change things his way not what THE PEOPLE want. He could have stopped AIG and Goldman Sachs from getting money. He could fix New Orleans like Mr. Robinson suggests. Obama is just another politician following his orders. He is not in charge.
The People were fooled.
I should have listened to the sceptics that pointed out all the questionable people he hangs out with. Our Media is so biased they are to blame. We believed that he was someone he is not. Shame on them.

"During his campaign Obama said, "of you who want to know who I am, all you have to do is look at who I surround myself with", this in essence says a lot about who Obama really is, if you look closely at the people that he calls his friends, you can learn a lot. Need I say more.

Now the petty Fox issue is crazy. He has bigger issues on the fire why is he sending all his people to tear down FOX's credibility as a News organization? He is trying to control free speech. People have brains and can decide or change the channel if they don't like Fox News; but for the White House to get involved makes them look like bullies.

I pray that the Healthcare reform doesn't get passed until next year! It is too expensive and full of cuts and provisions that they don't want THE PEOPLE to know about until it is too late. We will not be able to keep the insurance policy we have because employers will be forced to pay more if they want to keep it for their employees. The government will put our employers at a disadvantage where they will have no other option then to drop our insurance coverage and then Obama can say "I didn't change your coverage, your employer did" This is a Scam! People tell your congress to vote NO on the current healthcare bill. Have them come up with one that has Tort reform! and save some real money!

Posted by: LeeYu | October 20, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

When did you go to work for FOX news? If you can't say anything nice-shut the F up! Traiter Uncle Tom..

Posted by: MarxBro | October 21, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

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