In his declaration to have federal government officials “lean forward” in their response to the challenges of Hurricane Sandy, Barack Obama left no doubt the intent of his campaign to attempt to successfully politicize the hurricane to his campaign’s advantage – just as we were warned by Insider earlier today.
President Obama may have suspended his campaign rallies due to Hurricane Sandy, but he managed to squeeze in his campaign slogan — intentionally or not — during a briefing Tuesday with federal emergency officials.
“The president made clear that he expects his team to remain focused as the immediate impacts of Hurricane Sandy continue and lean forward in their response,” the White House said in a statement about Mr. Obama’s video-teleconference that he conducted from the White House Situation Room. “Forward” is the slogan of his re-election campaign. LINK
And while “Forward” is Barack Obama’s official campaign slogan, “Lean Forward” is the public relations slogan used by MSNBC as well – the very organization Insider claimed the Obama team was closely coordinating a response to the hurricane with that would elevate Obama’s chances for election success while damaging those of Mitt Romney.
In addition to his morning teleconference, President Obama then made an unannounced trip to the national Salvation Army headquarters where he gave further comments outlining his own response to the disaster less than an hour ago where he again used the phrase “lean forward”.
We’re standing behind you, and we’re going to do everything we can to help you get back on your feet. earlier today I had a conversation with the governors and many of the mayors in the affected areas, including governor Christie, governor Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg . I want to praise them for the extraordinary work they have done. you know, sadly we are getting more experienced with these kinds of big-impact storms along the east coast , and the preparation shows. Were it not for the outstanding work that they and their teams have already done and will continue to do in the affected regions, we could have seen more deaths and more property damage. So they have done extraordinary work working around the clock. the coordination between the state, local and federal governments has been outstanding.
Because of some of the work done ahead of time, we’ve been able to get over a thousand FEMA officials in place, prepositioned. we’ve been able to get supplies, food, medicine, water, emergency generators to ensure that hospitals and law enforcement offices are able to stay up and running as they are out there responding. We are going to continue to push as hard as we can to make sure that power is up throughout the region, and obviously, this is mostly a local responsibility and the private utilities are going to have it to lean forward. We are doing everything we can to provide them additional resources so that we can expedite getting power up and running in many communities. LINK
Here were the comments of Insider, appearing to outline the very plans now unfolding by the Obama campaign team:
Heard LaBolt is telling them all “We’re gonna shove this storm right up Romney’s ass.” They already got scripts out to their media support. Gonna hammer the governor on earlier statements he made about the role of the federal government, FEMA…
…That means these scripts, the plan, went out yesterday while the storm was hitting. They were prepping this thing to turn it into something politically useful to Obama as people were dying.
F-ck all those pricks over at 3A and that c-cks-cker Phil Griffin. LINK
(NOTE: 3A is likely a reference to Studio 3A – home of MSNBC. Phil Griffin is president of MSNBC programming.)