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California burns: Where’s the president?

San Francisco Chronicle

Chronicle Editorial Board

 

As raging wildfires devour the lives, homes and dreams of Californians in an unprecedented scale, one voice has been conspicuously mute through day after day of crisis: President Trump.

 

This is not a man who is reticent to let Americans know what is foremost on his mind. He is also someone who should have learned by now — after devastating hurricanes and the Las Vegas massacre — that Americans expect their president to step forward with empathy and resolve in moments of national trauma.

 

Yet Trump has offered no more than a few perfunctory words about the Wine Country fires that have left at least 40 dead, consumed thousands of structures and stretched the physical and mental mettle of the dedicated firefighters and medical professionals to the edge of exhaustion.

 

Full story: http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Editorial-California-burns-Where-s-the-12278654.php

 

-- San Francisco Chronicle 2017-10-16

 

 

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26 minutes ago, F4UCorsair said:


Realistically, what can the President do?    He can offer the usual platitudes,  "We stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of California, ", etc., or he can get on with his job.  I'm sure he'll have Californians in his mind.

 

California has a state government to deal with local issues.

 

If he went there at the first sign of a serious wildfire, he'd be criticized for going too early.  There's no pleasing some, mostly those who didn't vote for him.

Give encouragement and support? Just like what can Trump do by visiting Vegas, Florida, or any other place in times of crisis. Not saying that Trump needs to go to Cali, simple support words on twitter would no more good than continuous tweets on NFL and Fake News.

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22 minutes ago, attrayant said:

If California were a country, it would have the 6th largest economy in the world by GDP and at $2.6B it's the largest state economy in the country.

 

Is this how we make America great again, by letting 14% of its economy burn to ashes?

In defense of the orange scumbag.. There is little he can do and the problem is being addressed by both state and federal fire teams. He is not letting 14% of the economy burn by ignoring it.  In fact his involvement usually means controversy and slows efforts if it does anything

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3 hours ago, webfact said:

California burns: Where’s the president?

Does it really matter?

 

in Puerto Rico he graciously, and belatedly, handed out paper towels, or was it butt paper? (to wipe away the tears....  Or poop) Doing this in Ca would only add more fuel for the fire.

 

the question should more likely be, "where's the financial support?" Or promise thereof.

 

admittedly, I don't know if this has been made yet (having been away in the outback for the last week), but it's surely more important that an PR photo opportunity. 

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36 minutes ago, Boon Mee said:

Indeed. 

He's recently been to PR, Vegas, Houston, Florida so until the fires are out, what more do you want of the man? 

He could have been golfing like the Obungler who never visited New Orleans and other disasters but no. 

TDS. trumps all, eh? 

Besides they already know things could be worse. 

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Governor JERRY BROWN has more integrity and dedication to PUBLIC SERVICE in one of his skin tags in his butt cheeks than trump has in his entire BIGLY body. 

Talk about one that got away.

JERRY BROWN, yes now too old, would have made an actually GREAT president. 

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2 hours ago, BuaBS said:

Californians made it abundantly clear that Trump wasn't their president , so why should he bother ?

Isn't that the task of their governor ?

The Texas floods & Porto rico are much more important .

I think it is true that if Trump went to California he would probably be thrown on the fire and people would be lining up to do that.  We all know how careful Trump is about going anywhere where he is going to be criticised.  No chance of him taking that risk.

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