Remember Hurricane Katrina, the “worst natural disaster in history”? With an estimated $125 billion in damage, the effects are still lingering today.
And it was all Bush’s fault, from start to finish, from the inadequate berms protecting New Orleans to the looting, the rapes and the inability of FEMA to get water to refugees in the Superdome — or so we were told.
The reality was somewhat different as many of the post-disaster delays were the fault of foot-dragging and red tape imposed by the Democrats in charge of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana.
Now comes Hurricane Sandy, with damages already estimated upwards of $50 billion, and the media paint a completely different picture. The story we are being fed today is that Hurricane Sandy has given Obama the chance to look presidential just before the election, especially by reaching out to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is apparently more than willing to lick the hand that writes him a check.
Further, the hurricane is giving the media a chance to paint Romney as a callous villain because of his comments about letting states handle disaster relief rather than FEMA and because — gasp — he hasn’t endorsed the absurdity that is the theory of man-made global warming (something liberals now think is a slam dunk because, Lord knows, there have never been hurricanes before now).
The media even got on Romney’s case for trying to help by bringing supplies to the Red Cross in the aftermath.
Once again, the reality is different from the media picture.