WhiteHouseDossier: Obama Headed to New Jersey Wednesday
.... Unlike previous catastrophes that were not as close to Election Day, such as the attack on the embassy in Benghazi, the wildfires that ravaged the nation this spring and summer, storms that killed several dozen people in April 2011, and the BP Gulf oil spill of 2010, President Obama is all over this hurricane.
Let us add to that list, the massive wild fires in Texas last year:
Texas Governor Rick Perry criticized the Obama administration ... for not responding to a request for a disaster aid for the parched state, where wildfires have scorched nearly 2 million acres.
“You have to ask, ‘Why are you taking care of Alabama and other states?’ I know our letter didn’t get lost in the mail,” Perry, a Republican and frequent critic of the federal government, said after addressing a Texas emergency management conference.
President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency for Alabama, where storms — including a tornado that ravaged Tuscaloosa on Wednesday — killed nearly 200 people this week. The White House said Obama will visit the state on Friday.
“There is a point in time where you say, ‘Hey, what’s going on here?’” Perry said.
Perry had requested a federal declaration of emergency for Texas as the wildfires began to rage across the large state. The request has not been answered...
“They watch TV, they know what’s going on here...” Perry said.
That was April. Five months later, in September, the "dispute" was ongoing:
.... The dustup is the latest in a dispute between Texas officials, including Gov. Rick Perry, and the Obama administration that began in April when Perry submitted a broad request that 252 of Texas' 254 counties be given a Major Disaster Declaration because of large wildfires burning throughout the state. The federal government denied that request, which Perry appealed; in July, the federal government granted the request for 45 counties.
Of course we cannot expect any "reporters" to remember all the way back to 2011. They are much too busy trying to get Obama re-elected -- in the only way possible, by stacking the deck against his opponent:
.... As editor in chief, Mr. Smith will hire more than a dozen reporters right away, said Jonah Peretti, who founded BuzzFeed with Kenneth Lerer, “and then we will keep growing from there.” The reporters will be scoop generators, Mr. Peretti said. “By breaking scoops and drawing attention,” he added, they will help increase traffic...
- New York Times 'Media Decoder Blog'
December 12, 2011