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BO went with Christie and promised FEMA funding......that's all Christie was interested in, and rightly so.....As for Romney, he couldn't promise FEMA funding so he would have just been in the way so he didn't go and wasn't invited, again rightly so. Bloomberg is the one who blew off the prez though because Bloomberg felt BO would be in the way. Now THAT'S priceless. (Of course, B had to do a little sucking up by endorsing BO right after that blow off, so all is good again lol)
.....with a straight face even after taking office (if he gets elected), being that he's on record saying he wants to dismantle and privatize FEMA?
And the president promised more than just FEMA funding. Christie has lavished him with praise for the way he's responded to this disaster and I bet you can't stand it.
that BO has ALSO been on the record to cut FEMA..........AND it's happening with the debt-deal budget on Jan 1, 2013........
And I bet you can't stand that that Romney and BO agreed on something.
That was the Republicans in Congress, Toni, forcing FEMA to make spending cuts:
Hurricane Irene and the tropical storm Lee drained the Federal Emergency Management Agency of disaster relief funds. But House Republicans wanted to boost their funding only if Congress made equivalent spending cuts elsewhere, leading to a political stalemate that FEMA headed off only by rearranging its finances to get the agency through the end of the fiscal year.
So you can stop trying to claim that "BO wants to cut FEMA" because he doesn't, and didn't.
Claims of fiscal and budgetary victory by conservatives who forced budget cuts down the Presidents throat less than 2 years ago have now turned into claims that Obama wants to cut defense, medicare, and now FEMA.
Everyone seems to have forgot the "fabulous" performance (read failure) of the budgetary super committee that have forced broad mandatory cuts in funding because they failed to decide a more finessed conclusion to the budget showdown the conservatives forced to begin with.
I'd contact the Mayor of Atlantic City who had to cool his heels while seething in the airport and tell him I was renting a chopper to visit the devastated area and ask if he'd like to come along. I'd tout that as showing he was the sort of person who could reach across the aisle and work together with Democrats. Make some promises of what he'd do as president to help the area next year when he's elected, etc.
That will give him as much exposure as Obama, also cause the new media to make note of the earlier slight by Obama of the Mayor, and burn in Governor Christie's craw like bad acid reflux.
.....I'd tell Romney to go ahead but that he was on his own in terms of security and access to areas that are off limits to anyone other than rescue/recovery workers. The Atlantic City police and the NJ State Troopers have other things to do.
Romney is a private citizen right now. He has no official business in those areas, unlike the president.
There are 4 seats in many models, 1 pilot, 1 President 1 Governor, 1 Secret Service Agent. Helicopter filled. And no Standees, otherwise known as Flying Debris in a crisis. Given the Sikorsky Boeing model used for Marine 1 the odds were 2 pilots, I President, I Governor 2 Secret Service Agents and lots of Communication Equipment and a Communications Officer..
Do you not have the will to use your brain, or is it that you just don't care. Oh, and the Daily Mail? I know people who won't let their budgerigars (parakeets to you Colonials) take a dump on one.
"The Daily Mail was Britain's first daily newspaper aimed at the newly literate "lower-middle class market resulting from mass education, combining a low retail price with plenty of competitions, prizes and promotional gimmicks", and the first British paper to sell a million copies a day." Wikipedia
It's a Newspaper that thrives on unattributed quotes and deliberately mangled stories. To read it is like eating cold vomit.
they could have taken a plane instead. Seems they didn't want him in the second chopper either, LOL.
Reporters did not accompany the president or governor in their helicopter, but they flew in a second chopper along the same route. Journalists reported that they saw varying conditions from the air.
It wasn't THIS helicopter he flew in as "Marine One".
In February 2009, President Barack Obama asked Secretary of Defense Robert Gates
about placing the project on hold or canceling it because of its high
cost; over $13 billion for the planned 28 helicopters. In June 2009, the
U.S. Navy terminated the contract and said remaining funds would be spent to upgrade to the existing Presidential fleet of VH-3D and VH-60N helicopters. The VH-71 helicopters were then sold to Canada to use as spare parts for its fleet of AgustaWestland CH-149 Cormorant search and rescue helicopter.
It was either this one.
or this one.
crew of 4 and 14 passengers.
Here's a picture of it over Atlantic City.
More pictures from the Whitehouse site.
Looks like they were flying the Sikorsky version of Marine One. It has 3 passenger seats. I guess whoever took the pictures got the third seat instead of the Mayor. He couldn't even get a seat on the second helicopter either.
I'm still not sure of the real circumstances of that helicopter ride. But, space is limited and I'm sure Marine 1 isn't any different. As for what space is available, I'm sure some details are already known. On top of that, they're not going to risk the Prez on capacity issue alone or even come near it, so someone had to remain behind. You always ask the pilot or crew chief is you can come aboard on regular helo rides. -----Willy
Marine 1 maybe a certain type of helo, but it also does far more than carry passengers. It's mission justifies that it also be in immediate contact if need be and also those passengers are limited to the security detail of the Prez and family or guests, etc.. AND whatever is carried to provide that. -----Willy
I've never been inside one, but I'd think that if POTUS said they wanted persons A, B, and/or C along with them, POTUS would get what they wanted. I have seen it in fight several times, a flight pattern they used a lot went very near my farm. It's a nifty thing, and of quite a reasonable size.
That wasn't the case, plain and simple. It was quick in/out visit to assure state and local govt. the fed. govt. was on the job. To quibble on this isn't making anything happen here but stir whatever muck you want. These things happen and its already over and done with and it certainly wasn't done intently to make some political point or other. -----Willy