Thursday, May 10, 2007

Off by 9,990

I try to stay non-political as much as possible here because this is a weather blog. Sometimes I can't keep quiet though. First, let me say that it was horrible of the Governor of Kansas to use the tragedy in her own state to make a political statement about the war. It was even more horrible to learn that her assertions didn't have any merit, according to the General in charge of the search and rescue operation. Between Friday night and Monday afternoon, he indicated that his team had searched all affected areas twice. That is roughly 44 square miles of damage that was checked twice in less than two days. He said he had all the equipment he needed. He did say that he would have had to ask for help from other states if another tornado of equal magnitude had hit at the same time. Then Obama tried to get into it and embarrassed himself in the process. I saw CNN's story on this Monday night and the headlines were very misleading. I guess that's just representative of the sad state of politics and journalism in 2007. That's a shame.

Obama overstates Kansas tornado deaths
RICHMOND, Va. - Barack Obama caught up in the fervor of a campaign speech Tuesday, drastically overstated the Kansas tornadoes death toll, saying 10,000 died. The death toll was 12. "In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died — an entire town destroyed," the Democratic presidential candidate said in a speech to 500 people packed into a sweltering Richmond art studio for a fundraiser. Obama mentioned the disaster in Greensburg, Kan., in saying he had been told by the office of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius that the state's National Guard had been depleted by its commitment to the Iraq War.


White House rebuts Guard shortage claim
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration and Kansas' governor started Tuesday pointing fingers at each other over the response to last week's devastating tornado. By lunchtime, both sides had backed down.

2 comments:

Rick said...

And he wants to be president too! What a loser..doesnt read the paper much does he?

Mike said...

I hate to say this, but he comes across as an idiot on this one. It wasn't a slip of the tounge or he would have caught it himself at the time. He is out of touch with reality!