New Yorkers still without power 17 days after Sandy, asking ‘Where’s Obama?’

New Yorkers still without power 17 days after Sandy, asking ‘Where’s Obama?’

After his initial round of high-fiving that included kudos from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, President Obama returned to Washington to finish securing his bid for a second term. Now that that little matter has been attended to, he is back in still storm-ravaged New York today, where he is expected to look concerned and presidential once again.

Whether the radiant glow of his presence provides any warmth or comfort for residents who have now gone without heat, light, or running water for 17 days remains to be seen. CBS New York notes that the tenants of Knickerbocker Village, a high rise housing complex on the Lower East Side, can’t wait for Obama’s return. They’re not looking to extend their gratitude, however, for the primo job that he and FEMA director Craig Fugate did. Instead, they want to know why they’ve been forgotten by his administration, left to struggle with trash piling up and a stench like rotten eggs infiltrating their apartments.

Then there’s the cold and the daily exhausting ritual of mounting multiple flights of stairs lighted only by hand-held flashlight. Marcia Kruger, 73, is quoted as saying, “The coldness is draining and it doesn’t stop; just never gets warm … It makes for a feeling of isolation and abandonment, really.”

If the president is planning to tour Far Rockaway, he’d better hold his breath. that a toxic cough is approaching epidemic proportions in the Queens community.

FOX health guru Dr. Manny Alvarez maintains that the cough could be a symptom of toxic exposure. The problem is not the air quality outdoors but inside homes, where flooded basements are an ideal breeding ground for mold and other potential toxins.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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