President Barack Obama's response to Hurricane Sandy has been widely praised, if opinion polls are to be believed, in sharp contrast to President George W. Bush's handling of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
But ex-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani of New York isn't having it.
Giuliani blames Obama for FEMA's seeming absence in Manhattan, Staten Island, Long Island and other parts of the New York region that continue to suffer in Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath.
Giuliani also criticized Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the way he has handled the emergency response in recent days, according to The Daily Beast.
“The president getting all this credit so early, maybe the first day or two he was paying attention, but the minute he got his credit, the minute he got his pat on his back, we had the same situation as we had in Benghazi,” Giuliani told Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” on Monday. “He loses focus. He goes back to being campaigner-in-chief rather than commander-in-chief.”
The ex-mayor says the way Sandy has been handled by FEMA is “abysmal,” is “as much a failure now as at the time of Katrina.”
“We’re living like cavemen,” Monique Arkward of Rockaway Beach, Queens, told the New York Times. “It’s like we’re forgotten. It’s like they say, ‘OK, when we get to them, we’ll get to them.’”
Based on his experience, Giuliani is flabbergasted as to how New York’s Office for Emergency Management, which he created, was so ill-prepared for the storm.
“It’s quite obvious they didn’t pre-plan for water, they didn’t pre-plan for the generators, they didn’t pre-plan for the gasoline,” he said.