Monday, November 19, 2012

President Clinton Tours The Hurricane Devastated Rockaways.

President Clinton made an impromptu tour of some of the affected beach areas in the Rockaways in New York yesterday. He was observed by this AI reporter visiting one disaster recovery site in Rockaway Beach, amid cheers of jubilation and applause by residents of the area. President Clinton was briefed by commanders of a large contingent of the National Guard, which has been on hand coordinating the disaster recovery efforts since Hurricane Sandy devastated the area.

Below is some of the exclusive footage by this AI reporter, of what the President saw during his inspection of the devastated area.

His visit comes fast on the heels of a similar visit by President Obama who visited Hurricane Sandy affected areas three days ago. This one-two punch by the Presidents has been a valued boost to the residents who are struggling to reclaim some semblance of their former lives, which thus far has been a visage of wanton devastation that is so widespread, the likes of which New York has not seen in almost a century.

These visits are in stark contrast to a no show by Republican leaders who have apparently forgotten or not seen it fit to grace the distraught residents of the Rockaways with their 'royal' presence yet... weeks after Hurricane Sandy hit the area. I can only deduce that the Republicans have more pressing business to do...which probably involves champagne, country clubs and dinners attended  by the likes of the Romneys and other one-percenters. 

Life goes on for the faceless poor and middle-class families of the Rockaways, who are supported in their time of need by people who really care, much like the Red Cross and the countless churches who bring clothing, food and essential supplies to the devastated areas on a daily basis. 

There is still much of the Rockaways that are yet to have electric power restored as the temperature plummets at night, making it that much harder for residents to cope with the hurricane disaster...which was followed the week after by a Nor'easter, which pummeled the area for a second time bringing winds in excess of 60mph, heavy rains and much unwanted flooding to already devastated areas.

'Occupy Sandy' has also set up shop in the area and I look forward to bringing you an update as recovery operations continue.

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