Hurricane Sandy – Obama’s last-ditch, all-night cram session for next week’s final exam

I’ll admit I may have bagged it for most of the term, but I learned through osmosis by showing up every day and there’s still the final exam left for me to pull out a C – at least.  My memory isn’t clear enough to recall exactly which class I was speaking about at the time.  The college years are quite hazy.  I reckon that got said pretty much every semester now that I think about it.  But the point is that a smart and lazy man can, when finally forced to act,  achieve a minimally satisfactory result.

So now one week before the big final exam November 6th we see Barack Obama in a similar predicament.  His term has been a failure.  He can point to Obamacare and the Stimulus as accomplishments just like I could defer to my many conquests and hijinx in college while trying to gloss over the numbers on paper that people actually care about.  Persistent eight percent unemployment and one and a half percent growth is unacceptable.  Especially if large numbers of people perceive your actions in some way responsible.

Then along comes Sandy.  Here’s his big chance to prove he is indeed minimally competent.  All he’s got to do is concentrate on one thing for an entire week and pray nothing goes too wrong.  We’ve all been there cramming before a big test, right?  Surely he’s crammed for test like everyone else.  It’s kind of like prepping for a sales meeting or debate.

Frankly it sickens me that a nation sits breathlessly looking to the president every time some calamity strikes.  Don’t we have well-paid professionals who specialize in disaster management?  Is any president more of an expert in disaster recovery than the people at FEMA?  What specific role does he play?  Is he personally diverting convoys of relief workers from one locale to another?

More like Jerry Jones standing on the sideline at a Cowboys game if you ask me.  Getting in the way, slapping butts, making a spectacle of themselves.

Why do we employ federal disaster relief managers who are incapable of responding without a president’s guidance?  Why do states spend money of disaster preparedness if public opinion on the disaster relief operations are so driven by the   president’s perceived performance?

As baffling as it seems to me, the media will use Obama’s soon-to-be-declared decisive actions post-Sandy to pump up his leadership qualities.  Bush never recovered from the press shenanigans after Katrina.  It’s pretty easy to castigate a guy who’s basically powerless to affect relief operations over such a wide area.  It will be interesting to see how they attempt to deify a similarly powerless guy as the clean-up from Sandy plays out.

However it’s framed and assuming there are no major SNAFUs, can a Hail Mary display of competence erase four years of economic stagnation?  Dare call it malaise?

How many voters are truly still undecided?  Do any exist?  Are there people who walk into the booth unsure who’ll get their vote?  Lord knows the media has shortened our attention spans and fascinated us with the inane, but is anyone who’s gonna drag their ass off the couch to stand in line and vote really not sure?

I remember there was one class that I’d screwed off hard.  Come final time I needed something like a 96 to clear a 70 average in the class.  Everyone pretty much wrote me off.  Why even take the test, there’s no way you’ll get a 96.  Well I screwed up by not dropping the class early and I wasn’t going to screw up again.  I knuckled down and studied for a couple of days straight.  No drinking, no screwing around.  In the library ten hours a day and a couple more hours each evening.  I waltzed into the room fresh for the exam, and strutted out knowing I had nailed that freaking test.

Ninety two.  Couldn’t even talk my way into a lousy four points.  If you’d applied yourself at all this semester instead of doing crossword puzzles and cracking wise during my lectures you wouldn’t be here today.  Defeat.  I should have just kept drinking.

Anybody else know that feeling?

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  • Carl

    Obama made the storm come and made it as bad as it is intentionally. His plan was to make a big disaster happen shortly before the election so he could look presidential.

    Apparently you haven’t been reading enough conservative sites.

    He got NJ Gov. Christie on his side too. Obama is holding Christie’s grandmother hostage somewhere so that Christie will say good things about Obama. Obama will kill Christie’s grandmother if he doesn’t

    But so glad you’re on top of this one. Obama is doing an excellent job just because of the election! He’d let Americans die, like Bush did, if it weren’t for the election.

    The truth needs to get out there.

    It’ll be fun if you guys ever find any truth to write about. lol…

    • Sky__Captain

      And exactly what flavor is your Kool-aid?

      • herddog505

        Kool-aid? What kind of friggin’ meds is this guy forgetting to take???

        • GarandFan

          Carl doesn’t drink the Kool Aid, he mainlines the powder.

          Ask him about Benghazi or “Fast and Furious” and he thinks you’re talking about Hollyweed films.

    • http://wizbangblog.com/ Baron Von Ottomatic

      I don’t know where you got the notion of conjuring storms. Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe Obama and the media don’t play this like it’s a big chance to prove his competence in the waning days of the campaign. I guess we’ll see.

      The “only big government can save us from calamity” and Mitt Romney’s a bad guy because he wants more local control of disaster relief stories have already started. Never let a crisis go to waste, huh?

      • Carl

        Mitt Romney wants to do away with FEMA.

        Sandy proves him wrong.

        Obama did his job, and he still catches criticism, this time from people who defended Bush’s response to Katrina.

    • retired.military

      Dont you know it is the eeeeeebbbbbiiiiiilllllll Bush’s fault. Yes me precious. Nasty Bushes.

    • retired.military

      Dont you know it is the eeeeeebbbbbiiiiiilllllll Bush’s fault. Yes me precious. Nasty Bushes.

  • herddog505

    We can thank the dems for this. They created the myth during Katrina of Bush the Incompetent, Bush the Careless, Bush the Murderous Bigot, Bush the Mad Bomber, and in so doing set up the idea that the president is – MUST BE – personally responsible for all crises great and small.

    In a way, though, it’s a bit of cake for a president, especially for a democrat: one merely has to show up in casual clothes (ready to work!), make the necessary speeches about the need for caution but not to panic as Uncle Sugar is in your corner, and not get in the way too much. Again, for democrats, this is easy: unless Barry strips off his clothes and gibbers in front of the camera or shoves orphans out of rescue helicopters, MiniTru will pronounce him a friggin’ saint for his “calm, thoughtful, reassuring, cool, competent response”.

    On the other hand, it DOES rather rob the credit from the people who do the real work: cops, firemen, rescue workers, utility workers, volunteers, emergency management people, National Guardsmen, and everybody else who pulls people off rooftops, gets them a hot meal and a blanket, then helps them put their lives back together after the water recedes.

  • TomInCali

    Don’t we have well-paid professionals who specialize in disaster
    management? Is any president more of an expert in disaster recovery
    than the people at FEMA? What specific role does he play? Is he
    personally diverting convoys of relief workers from one locale to
    another?

    One could ask those same questions regarding consulate security operations.

    • herddog505

      And we* ARE asking those questions. We are NOT getting any answers.

      ===

      (*) By “we”, I mean reichwing Rethuglikkkan RAAAAACISTS who watch Faux News and are trying to politicize what amounts to a traffic accident for which the president bears NO responsibility at all and is offended that anybody would suggest that he did anything wrong so shut up about it and talk about Big Bird.

    • retired.military

      Gee Tom. The president doesnt have any say so if the military decides to go into a foreign country to save american citizens. No say so at all. At least not according to you.

    • retired.military

      Gee Tom. The president doesnt have any say so if the military decides to go into a foreign country to save american citizens. No say so at all. At least not according to you.

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