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Rudy Giuliani On FEMA’s Sandy Response: Obama’s Result Was ‘Worse Than Katrina’

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Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani has attacked President Obama on FEMA’s Sandy response, comparing the post-Sandy state of New York to the Bush administration’s failures during Hurricane Katrina and suggesting Obama has handled Sandy relief even less adeptly than his predecessor handled the epic hurricane that destroyed the Big Easy.

Giuliani’s comments about FEMA, Sandy and Obama are certainly a contrast to those of fellow Republican and Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie, who has had nothing but praise and bipartisan goodwill for the President as his state struggles to recover from the devastation in the week heading up to the election.

FEMA’s Sandy response under Obama has been widely praised aside from Giuliani, and contrasted with Katrina due to the relatively low loss of life during Sandy’s floods versus those of Katrina. In that storm more than 1,800 residents were killed in New Orleans and federal assistance to the city was notoriously slow to arrive.

Giuliani was speaking at a campaign event in Florida when he made the comments, saying:

“[President Obama] right now is doing a terrible job of disaster relief in my city, but no one is talking about it … People don’t have water, they don’t have food, electricity and his FEMA is no where to be found. This is a worse response than Katrina.”

Giuliani, who was mayor of New York City on September 11, repeated his criticism of Obama’s FEMA response to Sandy on a subsequent Fox News appearance with Neil Cavuto — leveling the critique that the election was discouraging criticism of Obama on Sandy:

“I think maybe because there’s an election going on, people don’t want to say that, but I think FEMA has dropped the ball, certainly as big they did with Katrina, maybe bigger because they had more warning here and the situation isn’t as big as Katrina.”

Christie has gone on record saying exactly the opposite after Sandy, praising Obama’s FEMA response:

“The federal government’s response has been great … The President has been outstanding in this and so have the folks at FEMA.”

Do you agree with Rudy Giuliani that FEMA’s Sandy response was “worse than Katrina?”

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11 Responses to “Rudy Giuliani On FEMA’s Sandy Response: Obama’s Result Was ‘Worse Than Katrina’”

  1. Carla Phillips Sykes

    Uh Oh, somebody in New York City pissed off Obama. That's what he does when he is mad at local Governmental Officials. Same thing he did in Texas with the massive wildfires. Refused to declare a disaster area.

  2. Melanie Butera

    Christie's comments were made the day after the storm. He could only base his comments on the fact that Obama knew the storm hit, had pre-declared the area a disaster, and had visited there. But a week later, there is still not enough basics. Also, it is hardly fair to gage the Bush administration's response to Katrina by the number of lives that were lost– it was a CAT 5 storm. Sandy only a CAT1. And the local and state officials are primarily responsible for getting people out of harm's way (a complete failure in Katrina) , getting them immediate assistance, and calling the feds in for help. It is not the president's fault nor to his creidt what happens on the ground after a disaster. The media only uses it as such to slam or worship the candidate of their choosing. FEMA, on the other hand, should be the president;s responsibility, and once again we see their pre-planning abilities are not where thye need to be.

  3. Karen Mattonen

    Several of the Largest Economies were hit, including one of the Largest World economies – where over 6 Million People are needing assistance over an extremely large, expansive area. So how can we compare the two? Katrina, many people were shuttled out by Private Charter to different states. The Red Cross could also be accounted for.. today where are they? FEMA will be needing a lot of money, so think of this.. when you pay your taxes this year, check that little box and donate to the country! Help your fellow man.

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