Saxby Chambliss: White House response to flood was ‘magnificent’ and ‘quick’

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.

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DW

September 25th, 2009
12:14 pm

Mr. Galloway, I said something similar on yesterday’s post. Chairman Olens wanted Obama here, but the Governor’s in Panama? What happened to “federalism” and the 10th Amendment crowd?

THE WHOLE IDEA

September 25th, 2009
1:28 pm

We can get more accomplished when we work together . . . didn’t President Lincoln tell us that a divided [house] can not stand. Put all egos aside and work together as Americans to fix our problems. What goes around comes around. One day, it may you that needs the help. No matter we are all Americans and at some point we must live up to our foundation documents — freedom and justice for all.

Are you your brother’s keeper? You dang skipp. You are your brother.
I hope everyone gets the help they need . . . God Bless America.

JB

September 25th, 2009
1:29 pm

Bush took a lot of grieve for too slow, too little and too hands off……Be interesting to see how this all plays out.

Hera

September 25th, 2009
1:30 pm

Gee another news item that praises BO with a back handed slap at a Republican Govenor. Chambliss almost lost his seat in the last election. Either he stays the Republican course or he has hit term limits. Johnny is probably making enough money off his brother, Andy’s, retirement communities that he is not worried about being homeless anytime soon. But if he does not stay the Repubican course he will lose his little Senate Seat in 2010.
I am sick of all these people who did not have flood insurance acting like BO is sending them his own money instead of sending them MY MONEY. And take a look at the TV coverage. In Katrina it was all gloom and doom. Today it is PRAISE OBAMA for saving everybody.
This is a very, very sad media we have today and they will be the cause of what our Republic looks like in three years.

Zach B

September 25th, 2009
1:30 pm

Slightly leaning to the left in your opinoin? Biden needs to keep his mouth shut when the governor is absent because he is trying to bring more commerce to the state.

JB

September 25th, 2009
1:31 pm

oh, by the way….the people in New Orleans had 3 to 4 days of notice. To these Georgians, they thought it was just rain.

Shaneneeee Faneneeeeeee

September 25th, 2009
1:32 pm

“During 2009 and 2010 , existing buisnesses will receive a $3,000 refundable tax credit for each additional full-time employee hired.” – Barack Obama………………………….You Lie Mr. President!
Another one of my favorites is: “If elected I will eliminate all income taxation of seniors making less than $50,000 per year. This will eliminate taxes for 7 million seniors saving them an average of $1,400 a year.” – Barack Obama…………..Broken promise.

AT

September 25th, 2009
1:41 pm

Interesting that Saxby is applauding the President when all I got in a response to the health care fiasco is that “appreciate your comments but debate is ongoing and should be ongoing! Here’s my response to him:
I’m tired of hearing the debates!!!! GET IT? I don’t think you do. After watching the PBS special last night on Oklahoma’s non-insured or those on Medicaid, I sent a scathing message to OK’s rep, especially when he just replied to the moderator “We just have to take better care of each other”, without a firm support of ANY POLICY WHICH WILL GUARANTEE INSURANCE FOR THOSE (NOT JUST ADULTS, BUT CHILDREN) WHO HAVE AUTISM, LUNG DISEASES, etc. It is indeed heartbreaking when those of us who are essentially HEALTHY see OUR TAX DOLLARS (don’t kid yourself, because it is MY TAX DOLLARS) spent for Medicaid for these children. One father summed it up best, “we don’t need free healthcare, and we’re willing to pay for it, but don’t deny us the opportunity to work a job as many hours as possible to help keep our living standards to such an extent that we’re not starving, which is what INSURANCE COMPANIES HAVE BEEN DOING – MEDICAID WOULD NOT PAY FOR THEIR DAUGHTER’S CARE UNLESS THEY WORKED LITTLE OR NONE! They had no other option. THIS IS WRONG, WRONG, WRONG! When BIG BUSINESS HAS COMPETITION, THE RATES WILL BE LOWERED FOR EVERYONE. I’m tired of paying through the roof for others who use the E.R. for their health care. IF ANYONE THINKS ITS JUST PAID FOR OUT OF THE SKY, THEY ARE WRONG! IT COMES OUT OF EACH AND EVERYONE’S POCKET! I’m tired of paying through the roof for stockholders to get what they THINK THEY DESERVE! I’m tired of paying through the roof for the RICH TO GET RICHER, WHILE THE POOR GO WAITING!

Sara

September 25th, 2009
1:49 pm

Excuse me Hera, but Georgians pay less in federal taxes than we get back in services and money from the federal government. So Georgia is receiving welfare from states like New York, where average incomes are higher. I doubt your taxes are helping Georgians who are victims from the floods- it is likely the taxes from the wealthier states in the country.

Reecee

September 25th, 2009
1:50 pm

Who cares which one showed up…who cares if neither of them showed up…just send the help needed.

as a republican I feel...........

September 25th, 2009
1:51 pm

Stay with the issues at hand. “Get on with the Federal assistance for the flood victims.” I don’t care about who was here or who didn’t show!” Grow up and deal with the problems at hand.

No wonder we lost the last election!

Have a good weekend all! “Republican, Democrat, Independent or whatever!

Richard

September 25th, 2009
2:13 pm

Hera, I couldn’t agree more. It is this media coverage that disallows people from seeing the mistakes and flaws in the Obama administration.

Duluth, GA

September 25th, 2009
2:13 pm

Hera, you are just another selfish brat! Go stand in a corner or something and quit your whining!

ricardo

September 25th, 2009
2:14 pm

Anyone seen Tom Price?

bajeha

September 25th, 2009
2:18 pm

I hope the dearth of comments means that my fellow Georgians are actually out assisting their flood-stricken neighbors — that’s what I’m doing here in Cobb County; just taking a break right now — or are writing checks to the Red Cross, rather than wasting their time composing snide online remarks that do nothing except inflate their egos.

It’s one thing to sit back and expect help to come; it’s another to actually give some to others in need. Let’s get moving on this, y’all.

Mei

September 25th, 2009
2:29 pm

Thanks, bajeha! Taking care of a critically ill husband – but made my donation to the Red Cross three days in a row. Wish I could be hands on with some volunteer work… thanks for doing your part. We here in Cobb really appreciate it!!!

Jay

September 25th, 2009
2:31 pm

Equating the recent rains and flodding with Katrina is very disengenous to say the least. There is no comparison. There is an element in Georgia that is more focused on fixing blame than fixing problems. That attitude is evident in some of the postings. One thing some people here really need to come to grips with is the fact that President Obama is a democrat, yes, he is a man of color, and he is the legally elected leader of this nation. Get over it and move on.

Steve

September 25th, 2009
2:39 pm

In the midst of all this name-calling, finger-pointing and other pointless behavior, how about somebody step forth and provide a listing of places where we can volunteer to help our neighbors out? That would be a lot more valuable than seeing the same tired old arguments being rehashed ad infinitum.

Ameria Johnson

September 25th, 2009
2:42 pm

Hera, It is good to know that there are some people out there who never have had the need for government assistance or never will have the need for aid. I read your post with interest. The majority of the people in this area do not have flood insurance. Why should they? This was a one in five hundred years event. Just like everyone else, they thought it was just rain as usual.

I am also happy to know that you had enough money to pay cash for your post secondary education and did not get financial aid from the federal or state government. The Obama Administration is acting as the Office of the President should act: Respond to the needs of the people in a swift and timely manner.

You need to stop “hating” and start being grateful that you and your family are well and thank God that more lives were not lost due to the rain.

By the way, there is more rain coming in tonight and tomorrow. Maybe you,too, will have the chance to experience the help of the Federal Government. Maybe you will have an expression of glee when you see FEMA personnel coming to help you. Remember, “But for the Grace of God, goes I.”

JB

September 25th, 2009
2:45 pm

jay, when we never see “man of color” again, THEN we can all move on. It’s an ace up the sleeve that’s played way too much…….We are all Americans

I'm Here

September 25th, 2009
2:45 pm

Mr. Galloway – leave it to you to put a nice, Democratic spin on things. After all, that is what your political view is – spin! While you bash Gov. Purdue for doing his job for the state and sending Lt. Gov. Cagle in his place for the Biden photo-op, you seem to forget that Pres. Obama sent Biden while he was doing his job. GET IT RIGHT. You can’t have it both ways – bashing Republicans for not being there when your own Obama wasn’t there either!

Tired

September 25th, 2009
2:47 pm

At least we are getting some assistance. Get over it, We have a BLACK DEMOCRAT PRESIDENT!! Look at your fact also before you try to call this administration out about things they have promised to do. He hasn’t even been in office a year and we want him to perform a miracle. Lets do a big fact check: we invaded a country and uprooted over 16% of its people over “They have Weapons of Mass Destruction”. Now that was worth someone saying “You Lie…..”

I'm Here

September 25th, 2009
2:49 pm

no, Tired, I don’t want Obama to perform miracles. That would give him way too much “God” credit – oh, that’s what his supporters think of him anyway.

And why do YOU – typical Democrats – keep bringing up the race issue? I think you are the ones with a race issue problem. I just have a problem with him being a socialist.

TomHERE

September 25th, 2009
2:50 pm

I was looking at Isakson’s voting record
I hope the senators have REALLY good government health insurance. It’s going to take a team of skilled surgeons to get Johnny’s nose out of Saxby’s A**!

I'm Here

September 25th, 2009
2:55 pm

what’s it gonna take to get all of the liberals’ noses out of Obama’s then and start realizing what bad road he is taking us down?

Tired

September 25th, 2009
2:55 pm

Why does it has to be considered socialism when you are trying to help your country. It is a shame how many people will never be able to afford to ever own there own home because there credit is destroyed by medical bills they couldn’t pay because they didn’t have any medical insurance!! You make it manditory for us to have car insurance but not for us to have health. I would write someone off all day for a car accident if it can bring back at least one of my love one’s that have fallen into the system of no insurance and not recieved help they needed!! People are losing there jobs left and right and this didn’t just start when a democrat got in office!! But we forget this. I pledge no party so get it right. I am for who is going to help me and my neighbors.

CJ

September 25th, 2009
2:57 pm

Republicans are so fair weather! Now Saxby Chambliss is a fake Republican since he praised the Obama Administration. I guess only Sarah Palin is “Republican enough”.

I'm Here

September 25th, 2009
3:01 pm

Tired, your analogy is so, well, Tired. Auto insurance is required not because of your protection, but because of people not owning up to the responsibility of paying for accidents they cause to other people. It prevents more lawsuits from happening because the insurance covers what one does to another. Health insurance shouldn’t be compulsary because you don’t sue someone for getting sick. You are responsible for yourself.

Evidently you don’t realize that compulsary health insurance is a trademark of socialism.

JB

September 25th, 2009
3:01 pm

In Iran, Syria,Cuba…you pick one, there is the President ( dictator) and a few special people in Favor, and then the masses, poorly educated, poor, hungry, sick, poorly housed, lines for everything. Just where They want them by the way…………………………..A lot different in this country because of freedom and Capitalism. ………………… The down side to this FOR SOME PEOPLE is the differences start to show up pretty quick based on personal decisions people make. Quitting school, drugs, having babies in their teens, crime. Then the class envy starts,
and some people want it to be about the color of skin. It’s not. people of color have given Democrats their support for 50 some odd years. They ought to do a self evaluation and then give the other party a shot. After all, it was Republicans votes that passed the civil rights act. Your beloved Al Gore’s Daddy voted against it, as did Robert Byrd, and many other democrats. Social entitlements are self defeating in the long run. Why farm when you’re being fed ?

Tired

September 25th, 2009
3:01 pm

CJ I agree!!

Cutty

September 25th, 2009
3:02 pm

Where is the Georgia National Guard?

I'm Here

September 25th, 2009
3:04 pm

you would agree with CJ, Tired.

PONY

September 25th, 2009
3:07 pm

Katrina is the new standard by which all future disasters and responses will be compared. This rain event was nothing in comparison. No one is sitting inside the GA Dome dying. No one is being airlifted to Birmingham, AL or Columbia, SC. Six Flag is flooded? Gimme a break. The water is gone! All we can do is fix this and wait for the next event sponsered by Ma nature.
The govt. can’t be everywhere at once and Insurance companies can be inconsiderate pricks at times but placing blame won’t solve this. I gave the previous administration the benefit of the doubt because the there was no way to know where to concentrate the resources prior to Hurricane Katrina but the response to the after was inexcusable. Half way around the globe we can respond to the aftermath of a tsunami in a day or 2 but right here on our own soil it takes a week to mobilize and respond?
Atlanta is already back to work. We pray for those loved ones lost and for those left to greive in this recent storm but the comparisons to Katrina are just not worthy.
… and why, if this is such a catastrophe, is our governor in Panama instead of leading this recovery effort?
No more veterinarians in governor’s mansion PLEASE!!!!!!

JB

September 25th, 2009
3:07 pm

We invaded Iraq and UPROOTED 16% WHO WERE TERRORIST. THE OTHER 84% will tell you they were LIBERATED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!? Thank you George Bush.

I'm Here

September 25th, 2009
3:09 pm

The same reason our president is in Pittsburgh playing with his socialist friends instead of helping in the recovery effort.

Tired

September 25th, 2009
3:11 pm

It is people like you JB that make it hard for people that are trying to improve things for this country!! I am a high school graduate, servered my country for 7yrs, spent time in IRAQ!!! and guess what, I am unemployed. So what does that make me. I didn’t have a child before high school and I am happily married and has been for the last 5yrs.

Tired

September 25th, 2009
3:12 pm

Really JB they were liberated, cause I have been to IRAQ and spoken to the people and they have not be liberated!!

I'm Here

September 25th, 2009
3:14 pm

Tired – re-enlist and you will be employed again instead of waiting for the government to take care of you.

JB

September 25th, 2009
3:16 pm

Let’s see….people like me……………………..I pay 400,000 in Federal Taxes. Employee 150 people.
Obey the law. Serve on a church board. Give 25,000 plus a year the Cancer society, golden harvest food bank and pro life society. Yep, ought to put me in jail or stone me. oh, by the way, over 100 of my employess are “people of color” serving in All phases of my company. Yes, managers.

tc

September 25th, 2009
3:17 pm

im here, so auto insurance is necessary because people need to own up if they inflict harm on others, then why not force health insurance for people who more than likely end up in the ER for free health services and thus inflict harm on the taxpayers that pay for those services. especially for all the fatasses that don’t lead healthy lifestyles and end up on those scooters long before they are supposed to. and if you really want to make a point against socialism, why don’t you forsake your medicare….

I'm Here

September 25th, 2009
3:18 pm

I guess JB told you, Tired. You can apologize now to JB!

I'm Here

September 25th, 2009
3:19 pm

Oh, I agree – Medicare isn’t good either! It is broken BIG-TIME. So I am making a point against Socialism, tc.

Chris

September 25th, 2009
3:20 pm

Hera , What is the Republican course? To just let the flood victims fend for themselves? Chambliss realizes that doing the RIGHT thing is not a Dem. or Rep. issue. Hera, Stop being so bitter. And to your point on how the Republic will look in three years. I hope it will look a lot better than GWB left it, how soon we forget.

I'm Here

September 25th, 2009
3:24 pm

Yes, Chris, how soon we do forget about the shape in which Clinton left this country before GWB. Who is Clinton? Oh, he is the one who was given he opportunity to put Osama bin Ladin in prison but let him go free to bomb the Twin Towers and Pentagon.

JB

September 25th, 2009
3:29 pm

really Tired…………………I’ve spoken to some of my neighbors “of color” who are NOT very Happy with Obama. Color never comes up. Just his LEFTEST THINKING AND POLICIES. So, you’ve run across a few ‘disgrunled” Iraq people. Hum, some in every crowd I guess.

I'm Here

September 25th, 2009
3:31 pm

Sounds like Tired is the disgruntled one. John Kerry was also disgruntled with America after going to war. That must be what happens when a liberal serves in the military.

JB

September 25th, 2009
3:34 pm

Tired…. I hope you get a job soon. Have a good weekend……………………And go to Church if you’re not in one.

PLOW

September 25th, 2009
3:36 pm

Considering how Mr. Chambliss feels about our Commander in Chief, I think his words were most generous. He does not have to worry about his job (this is the South). Oh yea, KISS OFF A T! JERK! IDIOT! MORON!

Hatin'on the stupid

September 25th, 2009
3:38 pm

JB: “We invaded Iraq and UPROOTED 16% WHO WERE TERRORIST. THE OTHER 84% will tell you they were LIBERATED”

Uh, JB, bro’, the terrorists that attacked us didn’t come from Iraq. You know that. That’s 1 trillion and counting of your hard earned money for that war. Oh, that’s right, no one’s paid for that yet, cause Bush kept it off the books. You know, your hero, Bush. The one that doubled our national debt to 12 trillion.

I'm Here

September 25th, 2009
3:45 pm

I am wondering how some of you folks even can live with yourselves and support Obama.

I will definitely pray for you, because if your ethics match his, we are all in trouble!