I’m listening to WSB Radio and its live broadcast of Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to the flooded areas of metro Atlanta.
U.S. Rep. David Scott and U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss have spoken. There’s no echo of the frustration expressed by Cobb County Commission Chairman Sam Olens on Thursday, about the days it took to get official federal attention.
Chambliss praised the Obama Administration for a response that was both “magnificent” and “quick.” Isakson said he had spent last night on the phone with local officials, all of whom reported FEMA workers on the ground.
The one voice that was conspicuously absent: Gov. Sonny Perdue, who is in Panama, leading a state delegation to discuss the canal’s expansion and its relationship with the port of Savannah. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle filled in for Perdue during Biden’s visit, and received a shout-out from the vice president.
It’s hard to criticize the federal government for untimely response in the face of a crisis, when the governor thinks things are well enough in hand to leave the country.