Just now on The Five, Bolling unearthed something riotously funny about that Obama speech at Hampton University.
Remember the part of the speech where our current president used Katrina relief and the Stafford Act to paint the federal government as racist toward black people?
“Down in New Orleans, where they still have not rebuilt twenty months later, there’s a law, federal law — when you get reconstruction money from the federal government — called the Stafford Act. And basically it says, when you get federal money, you gotta give a ten percent match. The local government’s gotta come up with ten percent. Every ten dollars the federal government comes up with, local government’s gotta give a dollar.”
“Now here’s the thing, when 9-11 happened in New York City, they waived the Stafford Act — said, ‘This is too serious a problem. We can’t expect New York City to rebuild on its own. Forget that dollar you gotta put in. Well, here’s ten dollars.’ And that was the right thing to do. When Hurricane Andrew struck in Florida, people said, ‘Look at this devastation. We don’t expect you to come up with y’own money, here. Here’s the money to rebuild. We’re not gonna wait for you to scratch it together — because you’re part of the American family.’”
“What’s happening down in New Orleans? Where’s your dollar? Where’s your Stafford Act money? Makes no sense! Tells me that somehow, the people down in New Orleans they don’t care about as much!”
Well, turns out that just 10 days prior to Obama’s speech there was a vote in the Senate on HR 2206, the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act of 2007. That House Resolution amounted to a $6.9 billion appropriation to the Gulf Coast which would waive the Stafford Act.
And guess which way Obama voted?
He voted AGAINST IT. He was one of just 14 Senators to vote against appropriating $7 billion to Katrina relief with no strings attached.
And then he went to Hampton and said the federal government doesn’t care about black people.
It’s so comical you almost can’t hold it against him, right?
UPDATE: And then there’s this…