Giuliani: Obama’s storm response ‘worse’ than Katrina, ‘same’ as Benghazi

By David Edwards
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 11:32 EDT
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Rudy Giuliani speaks to Fox News
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As voting was getting underway on Tuesday, Fox News had former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on twice in a two hour period to declare that the Obama administration’s response to Hurricane Sandy was “worse” than George W. Bush’s response to Hurricane Katrina — and he claimed it was the “same problem” as the response to attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

“What do you have to do? Knock this man on the head to wake him up?” Giuliani asked the host of Fox & Friends, adding that President Barack Obama had “basically been a campaigner in chief for a year so his campaign and the concerns of his campaign were more important than the lives and the security of an American ambassador, Navy SEALS, other State Department employees. It shouldn’t be that way for a president. This is why I believe we should get rid of him.”

The surrogate for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney went on to assert that Hurricane Sandy was “as bad as Katrina, except FEMA response is worse because this is a smaller situation.”

“As somebody who pretty much knows emergency response, this is like, F-minus,” Giuliani insisted. “This is about as bad as it gets. The president is getting away with it. If this were President Bush, you don’t want to know what the media would be doing to him. Oh, my goodness.”

“But they are trying to protect this man, just like they are trying to protect him on Benghazi. Same problem, by the way. Campaigner in chief took over for commander in chief.”

As of December 2005, the National Hurricane Center estimated that over 1,800 people had died as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Over the weekend, the death toll for Hurricane Sandy had climbed to more than 110.

Watch this video from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Nov. 6, 2012.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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