Dozens of deaths have been reported and many people are pleading for a faster response to the power outages. About 438,000 homes and businesses across Kentucky were without power, down from more than 600,000, the largest outage in state history, and as far away as Oklahoma, around 10,000 customers still had no electricity.I'm sure the local crews are working as hard as they can. If you've never been caught in an ice storm, you don't know how bad it can be.
Once in Kentucky and once in Natchitoches Parish, LA I was caught in an ice storm. The one in Louisiana was worse because we had no clue how to react. We lost power early on, but we had a fireplace and were able to boil water on a propane stove for drinking and sponge-baths. Five days later, after the thaw, the power company made it down our little country road.
Local officials grew angrier at what they said was a lack of help from the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.I'm sure President Bush will be widely blamed. Oh, wait. Bush isn't President any more. There's that Obama fellow in the White House now. I wonder how he's holding up under the strain?
In Kentucky's Grayson County, about 80 miles southwest of Louisville, Emergency Management Director Randell Smith said the 25 National Guardsmen who have responded have no chain saws to clear fallen trees.
"We've got people out in some areas we haven't even visited yet," Smith said. "We don't even know that they're alive."
WASHINGTON — The capital flew into a bit of a tizzy when, on his first full day in the White House, President Obama was photographed in the Oval Office without his suit jacket. There was, however, a logical explanation: Mr. Obama, who hates the cold, had cranked up the thermostat.Well, that answers my question. People are freezing to death in Kentucky and the Lightworker has the thermostat up high enough that orchids will grow in the Oval Office.
“He’s from Hawaii, O.K.?” said Mr. Obama’s senior adviser, David Axelrod, who occupies the small but strategically located office next door to his boss. “He likes it warm. You could grow orchids in there.”
That's HopeyChangey at its best.
**UPDATE** Bill Quick asks:
“Where is the mainstream media, screaming in one united voice, that the absence of FEMA demonstrates the utter fecklessness and failure of the current President and all his policies?”Indeed.
Plus his barely concealed racism, of course.