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President, News Anchors Absent from Kentucky Disaster

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 8:56 pm - February 3, 2009.
Filed under: Katrina Disaster,Media Bias,Worthy Causes

When two readers, within fifteen minutes, alert you to the same post, I always make sure to check it out.  And they were right.  This one is worthy of a link.

Michelle Malkin received a letter from a reader in Paducah, Kentucky who wrote to tell her just how bad things were in the Bluegrass State, “The situation is much more depressing for those who live in the rural area of our region as utility poles were snapped in half by the weight of the ice all over far Western Kentucky.”  According to the Paducah Sun:

The word from utility workers with direct Katrina experience is that ice storm devastation to western Kentucky’s power grid is worse than that inflicted by the infamous Gulf Coast hurricane.

“We’ve got linemen here from southern Mississippi who were there when Katrina hit, who worked the area after the hurricane,” said Kevin Inglish, a spokesman for West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corp.”

What stands out Michelle’s correspondent is that “no news anchors from any of the Big 3 or any cable news channel including Fox News” have flown in to cover the devastation as they ran to cover Katrina.

The president has yet to visit the region.

If you want to help out, FEMA lists volunteer agencies providing relief efforts.

Michelle details some of the relief efforts here.

Related:  Storm Hits Kentucky, FEMA Absent, Media Silent

UPDATE from Bruce (GayPatriot):   President Obama Reads Children’s Book While Poor White Folks in Kentucky Ignored After Natural Disaster.

Hey, this scene looks familiar…. My Pet Goat, Obama Style!  (h/t – Grande Conservative Blogress Diva Nominee, Ann Althouse)

Who would have thought that President Obama would make President Jimmy Carter look competent and in-touch?



  1. I live in KY. I concur; there is NO FEMA PRESENCE.

    Comment by Evil Monk — February 3, 2009 @ 9:34 pm - February 3, 2009

  2. And today, The One popped out of the 78 degree White House to visit some second graders. Hmmm, seems to me the last president who was seen reading books to children during a national disaster was pilloried for it.

    Comment by V the K — February 3, 2009 @ 9:50 pm - February 3, 2009

  3. Please, lets not send Shepherd Smith or Geraldo to Kentucky to do their drama queen superiority dances. The people have enough misery without have to feed egos.

    Comment by heliotrope — February 3, 2009 @ 9:51 pm - February 3, 2009

  4. 1 & 2 perfect.
    As a group bloggers, lets help out the charities who will help our brothers and sisters in KY. It is a sad situation and Americans always help out.
    This is a complete blunder by Obama. A tin ear to disasters is inexcusable after the Katrina lessons. I thought the Obama administration was under seige due to all the scandals but then I saw him and Ms Obama touring one of the public schools in D.C. By the way thats another disaster area…the DC public schools. How come they didn’t visit their girls at Sidwell Friends fancy schmancy rich peoples school? Era of responsibility indeed.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — February 3, 2009 @ 10:16 pm - February 3, 2009

  5. I remember Shepard Smith in particular during Katrina saying…”people here are so thirsty, they are parched, dying of thirst. They don’t know that just over there, down that exit ramp is a trailer full of water. ” I screamed at my TV, “put down your damn microphone and go over there and tell that crowd to walk 100 yards to get water you moron!!!!!!!”
    He was like a wilderness guy, filming a wounded baby antilope, not doing anything to save it, but watched AND FILMED as the hyena moved in for the kill.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — February 3, 2009 @ 10:21 pm - February 3, 2009

  6. i know the Ohio National Guard is sending equipment, no troops have been asked for yet.

    Comment by The Livewire — February 3, 2009 @ 10:33 pm - February 3, 2009

  7. Kentucky is full of white people who pay their taxes but did not vote for Obama.

    He is too busy in DC defending white people who don’t pay their taxes but did vote for him.

    Comment by ShermanStreet — February 3, 2009 @ 11:32 pm - February 3, 2009

  8. Just why DOES President Obama hate poor white people in Kentucky?

    Comment by GayPatriot — February 4, 2009 @ 12:02 am - February 4, 2009

  9. Stay warm Evil Monk

    Comment by American Elephant — February 4, 2009 @ 12:39 am - February 4, 2009

  10. Why? Low melanin count

    Comment by URBuddy — February 4, 2009 @ 12:51 am - February 4, 2009

  11. When was the last time FEMA worked on an ice storm?

    Comment by Hello Kitty — February 4, 2009 @ 2:03 am - February 4, 2009

  12. The FEMA website you link to is about KY Winter Storms in 2003.

    Comment by Meredith — February 4, 2009 @ 7:57 am - February 4, 2009

  13. […] leaves out my favorite moment so far… Obama reading ‘My Pet Goat’ while thousands freeze in Kentucky and […]

    Pingback by The Left Turns on Obama as the Right Breaks Out the Popcorn « Teh Resistance Blog — February 4, 2009 @ 9:02 am - February 4, 2009

  14. Must be chilly in that classroom, Bambi has his coat on.

    Comment by heliotrope — February 4, 2009 @ 9:54 am - February 4, 2009

  15. There are two types of voters out there:

    1. Those who remember how awful Jimmy Carter was
    2. Those who are about to find out

    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — February 4, 2009 @ 11:12 am - February 4, 2009

  16. Meredith, just checked; you’re right about the site. It does reference Kentucky storms in 2003.

    So, we learn two things from that:

    (1) Double check the sites you find when you google for something when blogging in haste
    (2) FEMA in 2003 (under then-President Bush) was more on the ball than it is today. Then, it provided a list of private agencies providing relief; today, under his Democratic successor, it does not.

    Comment by GayPatriotWest — February 4, 2009 @ 11:21 am - February 4, 2009

  17. #15 good one Peter.
    So far there are 40 dead from the KY TN ice storms. Exactly how many must die while Obama fiddles? Obama was having a super bowl party and people died. How sad. I’m not too proud of my new young President. I had such high hopes. All dashed in two weeks.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — February 4, 2009 @ 11:35 am - February 4, 2009

  18. I guess now we can truthfully say that Obama hates white people.

    (Screaming belligerent lower-case-trolls in 3….2….1….)

    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — February 4, 2009 @ 1:36 pm - February 4, 2009

  19. Who would have thought that President Obama would make President Jimmy Carter look competent and in-touch?

    142 days on the job in the U.S. Senate should have been the first clue!

    Comment by Roberto — February 4, 2009 @ 2:07 pm - February 4, 2009

  20. I can just hear Obama’s pastor and 20 year mentor….God Damn KKKentucky!

    Comment by mark c — February 4, 2009 @ 5:05 pm - February 4, 2009

  21. I’m sorry, but could you all quote / link to articles showing that is being done or that people are begging for help that isn’t coming? Can you show some area of Kentucky that has been substantially destroyed because of the weather or due to to something that the government didn’t build properly? The president declared both Kentucky and Arkansas disaster areas back on 1/29 and they are receiving assistance. The current FEMA page has a full detailing of help getting to the area. I find it particularly funny that Michelle Malkin takes a whack at the president, yet she then gives examples of how the systems are working.

    So, aside from the whiny, anti-obama sore losers here, who exactly is clamoring for the president to make an appearance? Doesn’t seem to be any and you know why? Because the work that is needed is being done by all kinds of people helping out.

    Comment by Kevin — February 4, 2009 @ 7:00 pm - February 4, 2009

  22. Did you read the very first post?

    I live in KY. I concur; there is NO FEMA PRESENCE.

    Comment by American Elephant — February 4, 2009 @ 7:52 pm - February 4, 2009

  23. “Because the work that is needed is being done by all kinds of people helping out.”

    You have no idea what’s going on in Kentucky. I was in Kentucky until a couple of days ago and can tell you that, in western Kentucky, we saw no one from FEMA, the Red Cross or the National Guard until after Saturday. The storm hit Monday night and the power went out in the wee hours of Tuesday morning.

    Over 85% of the people in my home county had no power. Of the two larger towns, one had no businesses with power; the other had two restaurants. There was very little kerosene available and that ran out quickly. Gas stations had no power to pump gas for the first several days until a few obtained generators. You had to use cash for everything and no banks were able to open.

    Some people in rural areas were trapped because of all the large branches blocking their driveways. By Thursday, the temperature in my parents’ house was 43 degrees.

    I’m not saying you should depend upon the government to take care of you. However, FEMA, its Kentucky counterpart and Steve Beshear weren’t doing a damn thing to help. They’re lying about it. Maybe Louisville and Lexington were getting all kinds of help but the western part of the state was on its own.

    Comment by Pam — February 4, 2009 @ 10:25 pm - February 4, 2009

  24. I live in the heart of Kentucky which now looks like a Hurricane came through. Not many homes were destroyed but over 208,000 people are still without Electricity (down from approx 708,000 last tuesday) and wind chills tonight are going to be about 15 below 0, Lastest count 24 people have died due to weather related deaths in KY. And All I have heard from FEMA is “Our water is now safe to drink”

    Comment by blaine tinsley — February 5, 2009 @ 1:56 am - February 5, 2009

  25. I don’t remember any network anchors covering the devastating flooding in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri this past summer either. Whole sections of towns (Cedar Rapids, Palo, Oakville, Iowa City, Gulfport, etc.) are still uninhabitable with little national news since. I have seen several programs on New Orleans (and nothing on the Mississippi towns also devastated) and its recovery, but Kentucky will be forgotten like the rest.

    Comment by eeyore — February 5, 2009 @ 3:42 am - February 5, 2009

  26. It’s kind of hard to look at a website to find out how to get assistance if your power is out. Declaring a state a disaster area so it can receive assistance is fine and dandy, but Obama could have done that in his sleep. I think the point being made here is that there is quite obviously a double standard. One for whites and one for blacks. One for republicans and one for democrats. I am amazed as well that there hasn’t been one damn peep out of ANY news organization about the situation in Kentucky. I also agree with #3. Keep drama queens Shep and Geraldo as far away from there as possible.

    Comment by jewells — February 5, 2009 @ 10:21 am - February 5, 2009

  27. Pam & Blaine, I just donated some $$$ to assist you in KY from here in Houston, the epicenter of Hurricane Ike. Having lived through two weeks without power last September, I feel for you both.

    Just ignore little Kevvie – if it weren’t for his daily talking memes from HuffPo, DK and the DNCMSM, he wouldn’t have a reason to get up in the morning. He is about as useful in an emergency as a bicycle is to a fish.

    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — February 5, 2009 @ 1:09 pm - February 5, 2009

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