Do you remember how the Democrat/Media Complex eviscerated George W. Bush for allegedly failing to take a more active role in dealing with the Hurricane Katrina disaster? Never mind that government at the state and local levels — as well as at the federal — should have acted in a more prompt and competent manner to ease the suffering of the storm’s victims, especially in the New Orleans area. The left and its captive media stenographers put all the blame at the feet of then-President Bush.
Contrast that situation with the current one in Colorado. Wildfires of “epic proportions” in the Waldo Canyon area of Colorado Springs have forced 32,000 residents from their homes as 15,324 acres are ablaze with only 5 percent containment. Even more alarming is the fact that the size of the area being incinerated doubled overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday.
What has been the reaction of the White House to the raging wildfires? After attending his 100th fundraiser of the year Monday night in Boston, President Obama was hitting up wealthy Democrat donors at four more events in Florida Tuesday. Only on Wednesday, more than six days after the fires began to ravage Colorado, did the president finally get around to calling Governor John Hickenlooper and Colorado Springs mayor Steve Bach to get briefed on the situation. Obama has now scheduled a visit to the state and directed federal officials to help. By way of contrast, Bush had declared a federal emergency and mobilized federal agencies fully two days before Katrina made landfall. There is, however, much more to the current problem than simply Obama’s five days of apparent indifference. Once again, the left’s green agenda rears its ugly head.
No matter what Bush did to try to ease the pain inflicted by Katrina on New Orleans, the knock on him from the left was that he didn’t show what his critics determined was the proper amount of concern for the hurricane victims. Yet there hasn’t been even a whisper from the corrupt media regarding Obama’s Johnny-come-lately approach to the fires and those who have been displaced and lost their homes in the Colorado Springs area. He has been obsessed lately with raising campaign cash, taking only a little time away from campaign activities to scarf down chili dogs and squeeze in another round of golf between the fundraisers.
If you recall that Obama’s response to the 2011 Texas wildfires that burned more than 2.2. million acres in the Lone Star State was to deny requests for a disaster declaration and federal assistance, then his reaction to the Colorado fires appears to be an improvement. But for more than five full days, the president fiddled while Colorado burned.