A Hurricane Sandy victim is upset that President Obama used her for a photo op and broke his promises to help her. Donna Vanzant became one of the faces of Hurricane Sandy in touching photos taken during Obama’s visit to storm damaged New Jersey.
In the days following Hurricane Sandy, Obama stopped by the marina that Vanzant owned to survey the damage. He hugged Vanzant and made empty promises to send financial aid.
Now Vanzant is crying foul because Obama has not kept his promise to help her and others who lost everything they owned to the storm’s fury. Instead of sending the help that he promised, Obama’s aides sent Vanzant a form email.
Politicker.com reports that Newark Mayor Corey Booker has thrown his hat into the presidential ring. In 2010, Mr. Booker’s fundraising advisor Bari Mattes registered the following websites for her boss: BookerForSenate, BookerForGovernor, but most notably in March she registered the website CoryBookerForPresident.com.
The NY Post‘s Tim Donnelly has written another heartwarming story about finding love amid the wreckage of Hurricane Sandy.
“Emanuel Boseman was panicked. He was stranded in a tiny 50-square-foot second-floor storage unit in Coney Island as Sandy pushed ocean waters into the building, completely flooding the first floor.
He stared at his cellphone, which was getting spotty service, and nervously debated dialing his ex-girlfriend Fernanda Meier.
He didn’t know who else to call, but they hadn’t spoken in months. Would she even take his call?”
A Staten Island mother is grieving the loss of her two young sons who were swept away during Hurricane Sandy. Searchers found the bodies of Brandon, 2 and Connor, 4, in marshland about 30 yards from where they went missing Monday.
But Glenda Moore’s story about a large wave ripping the children from her arms is raising troubling questions.
President Obama was on the ground for only a few hours on Thursday in New York, where he surveyed the destruction left behind by Hurricane Sandy.
Soon after Obama departed NYC, NBC NY reported the “heartbreaking” scenes of East Side and East Village residents “dumpster diving outside a Key Food supermarket” looking for intact cans of food discarded by insensitive grocery store workers.
“People are dumpster diving… and what they’re going after is the food,” said NBC 4 New York’s Jonathan Vigliotti. “They are literally picking through [the dumpster] for whatever they can take home,” said the shocked reporter.
President Obama declared New York a disaster area as Hurricane Sandy pounded the east coast of the United States with sheets of rain and high winds, leaving several people dead and millions without power.
Winds are still gusting at 45 mph in some areas of the East. 30 foot storm surges were reported as Sandy came ashore in the New York and New Jersey areas.
President Obama suspended his campaign efforts to concentrate on federal hurricane relief efforts. On Monday, Obama stood before the cameras and warned New Yorkers to evacuate or stay inside their homes. He said Hurricane Sandy would be “big and powerful” but he said the federal government was ready.