Will Obama Punish Oklahoma?
It is how Obama rolls.
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I want to go back to the caller we had who asked me if I thought Obama might not come through with aid for Oklahoma or where he lived in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, because of politics. I checked the e-mail during the break, and a person said, “You know, that guy made more sense than I think you were acknowledging.” You go to the New York, New Jersey area, and you will find that Staten Island has gotten the least aid to recover from Hurricane Sandy. It’s a Republican borough. And the point was made that Obama’s modus operandi is punishment. Obama punishes enemies. He punishes people who don’t support him.
There are the examples of the Texas wildfires and the floods in Tennessee where there wasn’t any disaster relief. Requests were made for — what’s the term? Call it a disaster area. I forget. Disaster zone or something. He didn’t do that. That was denied, and so forth. And it reminded me, you know, when Sheldon Whitehouse, the Senator from Rhode Island who apologized for this later, but his first instinctive comment after the tornado in Oklahoma was to bash the people there and blame them as polluters and deniers for causing all of the destruction, weather-wise, in his area of the country. Remember that?
I mean, folks, it was sick what Sheldon Whitehouse said. He was essentially blaming Republicans in Oklahoma for the weather, destructive weather. (imitating Whitehouse) “You polluters, and you deniers, you come hear and you want money from us? Well, you’re causing us to spend money with your own disasters that you’re causing because you don’t believe in global warming, and you’re therefore preventing us from doing anything about climate change, and therefore the storms that are hitting us are destructive.” It was so over the top that even he had to apologize, but it was the first thing he said, it was instinctive, and, in fact, it’s probably what he really believes. People find it hard to believe when I say this. Reaction, particularly among low-information voters, “That just can’t be.”