Remember Hurricane Katrina and the Bush disaster that was created when his FEMA organization sat back and watch people suffer while others died? Well that was a complete failure in leadership, starting at the FEMA level and moving all the way up to President Bush himself.
“This is not a FEMA operation. I haven’t seen a single FEMA guy”, said New Orleans’s emergency operations chief Terry Ebbert. “FEMA has been here three days, yet there is no command and control. We can send massive amounts of aid to tsunami victims, but we can’t bail out the city of New Orleans.”
Contrast that to the new head of FEMA, W. Craig Fugate and his boss, President Obama. Before Hurricane Irene touched land in North Carolina, President Obama cancelled the last day of his vacation and headed back to Washington. The President and Mr. Fugate spoke with the various govornors along the states in Irene’s way, and already began placing FEMA relief efforts in place.
The video below prompted the following twitter comment, comparing the two Presidents response to these disasters. This comment was retweeted multiple times, as other twitter users agreed with what was said;
See the video of a true Commander in action.