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Welcome to the Obama-Jindal Hurricane Isaac FEMA political convention
Written by  // Tuesday, 28 August 2012 08:50 //

laclouds1As his fellow republicans are slamming President Obama for putting the country into bankruptcy, an interesting show of political paradox is playing out as the Hurricane Isaac is slamming into Louisiana and the Deep South which is scheduled to support Mitt Romney this election. 

According to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, the Obama administration is not moving fast enough in the latest disaster crises to beset Louisiana.

On Monday, Jindal wrote the Obama administration requesting full FEMA reimbursement for Hurricane Isaac-related damages.

On Tuesday morning, President Barack Obama  said, " Yesterday I approved a disaster declaration for the state of Louisiana so they can get the help that they need right away, particularly around some of the evacuations that are taking place.  And right now, we already have response teams and supplies ready to help communities in the expected path of the storm."

However, that does not satisfy the Louisiana Governor who was pegged to give an address during the Republican National Convention today.

Jindal decided to stay home and focus squarely on the then-Tropical storm and now Hurricane Isaac.

 On Tuesday afternoon, Jindal has taken to the twitter skywaves to get his message across announcing that FEMA is not acting quick enough.

 

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1h Gov. Bobby Jindal [email protected]

National Guard has asked for Title 32 authorization and we’ve not yet heard back from feds.

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2h Gov. Bobby Jindal [email protected]

FEMA has the request, but they have not yet acted on it.

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2h Gov. Bobby Jindal [email protected]

We think it’s important to be aggressive and do everything we can to protect our people and our property.

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2h Gov. Bobby Jindal [email protected]

We have learned from past experiences that you cannot wait and you have to push the federal bureaucracy.

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2h Gov. Bobby Jindal [email protected]

We sent a letter yesterday to the President requesting a full declaration.

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2h Gov. Bobby Jindal [email protected]

However, the limited declaration does not provide for reimbursement of expenses that the state is taking to prepare for the storm.

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2h Gov. Bobby Jindal [email protected]

Yesterday the President granted a limited disaster declaration for the state that provides for direct federal assistance.

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3h Gov. Bobby Jindal [email protected]

Convening Unified Command Group at 10am. Press Conference at 11:30am

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5h Gov. Bobby Jindal [email protected]

Louisiana requests a full emergency declaration from the President. http://gov.louisiana.gov/index.cfm?md=newsroom&tmp=detail&catID=2&articleID=3593&navID=12

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However, Jindal, who has has emerged upon thepublic scene in part due to his criticisms of President Obama during the BP oil spill and his attacks upon Jindal "liberal spending"   might have to wait for all the federal money he has requested.

 

As for Louisiana’s emergency designation, Gov. Bobby Jindal had requested it early Monday. But after the federal designation was received, Jindal was critical of the federal government for not also pre-approving the state’s costs for expenses preparing for the hurricane.

 

Fugate said the focus is on providing the direct federal assistance for rapid disaster response so food, water and other resources can quickly be provided to those impacted by the storm.

 

Any further reimbursements for Louisiana’s disaster preparation will be reviewed afterwards, Fugate said.

 

“If the financial impacts are greater than the state of Louisiana can manage, we assess that and we’ll make recommendations again looking at what the governor has requested,” Fugate said.

The friction between the Louisiana governor and the democratic president makes for an interesting backdrop to the GOP's continuous assertion that the Obama administration are spendthrifts.

Meanwhile, the damage to Louisiana including to its agriculture crops could fall into the hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars.

Jindal said in a press conference on Monday that this is not the time for politics, that there would be plenty time for that and speeches.

 

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