Mindful of President Bush’s Katrina repines and troubles…
The President made a visit to be briefed and offer assistance to the people of Colorado….
(President tours parts of Colorado Springs. | AFP/Getty Images)
“Whether it’s fires in Colorado or flooding in the northern parts of Florida, when natural disasters like this hit, America comes together,” Obama said after touring a neighborhood where the fire cut a path that left some homes standing while leveling surrounding properties. “We all recognize that there but for the grace of God go I. We’ve got to make sure that we have each others’ backs.”
Obama’s appearance in Colorado took on added significance coming less than five months before the Nov. 6 presidential election. The state is a crucial swing state in the contest between Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, and the president’s visit illustrated the enormous power of incumbency he enjoys to deliver not only assistance but to show compassion and command.
Stopping to greet firefighters and other first responders, Obama said: “The country is grateful for your work. The country’s got your back.”
The president’s first view of the fires and the smoky mountains came as he flew into Colorado Springs aboard Air Force One.
His motorcade then weaved slowly through the neighborhood of Mountain Shadows, passing the wreckage of dozens of burned down homes.
He had special words for a group of firefighters who had just recently managed to save some houses in a subdivision attacked by the flames.
“They’re genuine heroes,” he said. He was accompanied by Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and members of the state’s congressional delegation.
Obama also praised the cooperation between all levels of government….
The LAST time something like this happened House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told residents the Governmenet wouldn’t help UNTIL they could figure out how to pay for the help…
I DON’T think THAT’S gonna happen here…
But the Republicans ARE trying to blame Obama on the situation….Here...
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