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Romney's campaign was working with South Jersey Red Cross who wanted the donations. They were also collecting donations at their Victory Centers. They were also urging supporters to donate money to the Red Cross. The Romney's also made a personal donation.
Romney spoke off to the side, for about two minutes, and they had removed the campaign signs and banners from the event. Yet, none of that is good enough for the haters at msnbc or on the Left. Many in the media said it still "hinted at being a campaign event". Seriously? It was five days to the election, it was previously scheduled as a campaign event, and Romney is not the President. He is RUNNING for the job. The supporters were there to SEE ROMNEY. Of course their were *hints* of it being a campaign event.
I'm sure the media didn't take the opportunity to tout Obama's tour of New Jersey, and spin it in the most favorable light... I'm sure that had *nothing* to do with the election.
DOWD: N.J. Governor fuels Obama’s re-election drive
WASHINGTON — The dramatic homestretch ad for President Barack Obama, running on every network and in all media markets, is a home run, devastating for Mitt Romney. And, best of all, the president didn’t have to pay for it, or even say, “I approve this message.” It was a total gift — and from a Republican and top Romney surrogate. Gov. Chris Christie, the fleece-wearing, order-barking Neptune of the Jersey Shore, was all over TV on Tuesday, effusively praising the president for his luminous leadership on Hurricane Sandy, the same president he mocked last week at a Romney rally in Virginia as a naif groping to find “the light switch of leadership.” As Romney roams the Midwest and Florida struggling to stay relevant, miming co-ordinating storm response with GOP governors and collecting canned goods to send East, his fair-weather pal Christie failed to give Mittens any disaster relief. On ABC, CBS and NBC, Christie hailed Obama as “outstanding.” On MSNBC, he said the president “has been all over this,” and on CNN, he called Obama “incredibly supportive.” The big guy even tweeted his thanks to the slender one.Second, the Red Cross information says to work with local chapters if you are donating items. They did. They do not say they DO NOT accept items.
Smart Giving Tips for Disasters
- Donate cash to an established disaster relief organization, like the American Red Cross. It’s the fastest way to get help to those who need it most.
- If you’d like to donate used or new products, contact an established disaster relief organization that is serving the affected area to determine whether there is a specific need for what you’d like to donate.
- If you’d like to donate large amounts of items, work directly with organizations that deal with donating bulk supplies, which can help large numbers of people in the affected community.
- Prior to delivering items to an established relief organization, call to determine appropriate location and time for drop-off, as many have specific collection points.
- If you would like to organize a food or clothing drive, contact an established disaster relief organization to determine what is most needed in the affected community and how to ensure the donations are properly collected.
Third, so fricking what if they donated $5000 in goods? Isn't that a good thing? They did not give the items to the supporters to *pretend* they were donating, they bought the items to kick off the event. Obviously Maddow has never worked a charity event before. And those items were donated!
Romney/Ryan supporters line up with their donated items:
Maddow is right about one thing, that the people do need help. But apparently Red Cross and FEMA are slow in providing that help.
President James Molinaro, who called the Red Cross an “absolute disgrace” and even urged the public to cease giving them contributions.
“Because the devastation in Staten Island, the lack of a response,” Mr. Molinaro said to explain his comment to NBC after the press conference. “You know, I went to a shelter Monday night after the storm. People were coming in with no socks, with no shoes. They were in desperate need. Their housing was destroyed. They were crying. Where was the Red Cross? Isn’t that their function? They collect millions of dollars. Whenever there’s a drive in Staten Island, we give openly and honestly. Where are they? Where are they? I was at the South Shore yesterday, people were buried in their homes. There the dogs are trying to find bodies. The people there, the neighbors who had no electricity, were making soup. Making soup. It’s very emotional because the lack of a response. The lack of a response. They’re supposed to be here….They should be on the front lines fighting, and helping the people.”‘We Need Food, We Need Clothing’: Staten Island Residents Plead for Help 3 Days After Sandy
The residents of Staten Island are pleading for help from elected officials, begging for gasoline, food and clothing three days after Sandy slammed the New York City borough. Staten Island officials sounded increasingly desperate today, asking when supplies will arrive. They blasted the Red Cross for not being there when it counted. “This is America, not a third world nation. We need food, we need clothing,” Staten Island Borough President Jim Molinaro said today. “My advice to the people of Staten Island is: Don’t donate the American Red Cross. Put their money elsewhere.”FEMA TAPS PRIVATE VENDORS TO MEET SANDY VICTIM'S NEEDS
FEMA's vaunted "lean forward" strategy that called for advanced staging of supplies for emergency distribution failed to live up to its billing in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. In fact, the agency appears to have been completely unprepared to distribute bottled water to Hurricane Sandy victims when the storm hit this Monday. In contrast to its stated policy, FEMA failed to have any meaningful supplies of bottled water -- or any other supplies, for that matter -- stored in nearby facilities as it had proclaimed it would on its website. This was the case despite several days advance warning of the impending storm. FEMA only began to solicit bids for vendors to provide bottled water for distribution to Hurricane Sandy victims on Friday, sending out a solicitation request for 2.3 million gallons of bottled water at the FedBizOpps.gov website.NBC: STATEN ISLAND ABANDONED BY FEMA, RED CROSS
Obama hits Vegas with Eva Longoria while Sandy victims Dumpster-dive in NYC
"Anger Grows In Outer NY Boroughs, NJ Over Sluggish Response To Sandy."
Staten Islanders On Sandy Response: We’ve Been Left FAR Behind
“Red Cross is here with hot chocolate and cookies. We need blankets, we need pillows, we need clothing. We can get hot chocolate and cookies, we need help!” resident Jodi Hannula said. It was almost too much for Hannula to bear. She said she had 30 years of memories washed away by flood waters. And with no flood insurance, she said she’s been pleading for help, but finding little. “You hope that the government does the right thing and steps in and helps us out. We have been looking for FEMA, [but] FEMA has not been here,” Hannula said.I bet these people would love the food and supplies that Romney and Ryan collected, huh, msnbc hacks? I am sure the people who did receive the items were relieved. It's too bad that more people didn't donate actual items...
As for Obama visiting the damaged areas, IT IS HIS JOB. Romney's entourage would only hinder efforts in affected areas, just as Obama's would in New York. Which is why Bloomberg told Obama to stay away! Obama stepped away from the campaign trail for two days, and yet the attacks are on Romney for not touring the ravaged areas? Obama has been campaigning for the 2012 election for TWO YEARS. So glad he could spare two days of photo-ops. He hit the campaign trail Wednesday, despite that people of New York are still cold, hungry, and in the dark.
Romney raised money, donated his own money, collected food, batteries, flashlights, blankets, water, diapers, etc., delivered them with their own trucks, stayed out of the ravaged areas, and purchased $5000 in additional supplies, and he is attacked by these asshats at msnbc, and liberals outlets like Daily Kos, Buzz, etc? Unbelievable.
Meanwhile, you have people, including Democrat officials, outraged at Red Cross and FEMA for not delivering help, New Yorkers foraging in dumpsters for food, clothing, gas and water, and many people are still trapped and without power, Bloomberg was forced to cancel the NY Marathon because of the public outcry, Obama is back on the campaign trail, but the focus is on Romney as a failed leader because he turned his campaign rally into a fundraiser and donation event?
Perhaps instead of encouraging people to solely rely on big agencies and government, and attacking Romney and his supporters for donating much needed items, MSNBC would have been better off holding their own donation drives, collecting water and clothes and delivering them directly to the victims.
WTF is wrong with msnbc?
H/T Newsbusters, memeorandum, twitchy.com Updated with some good posts: Obama’s Katrina? America’s Northeast Suffers As President Puts Re-Election Ahead Of Relief NY1 Blog: NY1's Bob Hardt Reports On Sandy From Rockaway Beach Sunday, 1:20 p.m. My first spotting of American Red Cross workers in six days. It's more challenging than playing "Where's Waldo?"