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Biden Desperate To Be Success-Adjacent, as DeSantis Just Gave Master Class On Natural Disaster Response

Biden Desperate To Be Success-Adjacent, as DeSantis Just Gave Master Class On Natural Disaster Response

Biden flew to Florida for photo op with The Man.

In the wake of what must be viewed as an effective response to Hurricane Ian, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis graciously shared the stage during a press conference today in Florida…with Biden, who is probably desperate to be success adjacent.

President Biden said he was in “complete lock step” with Gov. Ron DeSantis during a visit to southwest Florida that amounted to a moment of détente between political rivals to pledge federal resources for those seeking to rebuild from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Ian.

After surveilling by helicopter the destruction that is expected to total billions of dollars, Mr. Biden and his wife, Jill, joined Mr. DeSantis and his wife, Casey, to speak to residents and emergency workers in Fisherman’s Wharf. The president and Mr. DeSantis, a potential presidential candidate for the Republican Party, then stood side-by-side as they committed to working together to support families who had homes damaged or washed away by the hurricane.

During the presser, Biden claimed that the storm “finally ended the debate about climate change.” The statement directly contradicted his acting director of the National Hurricane Center.

…[E]xperts, including the Biden administration’s top hurricane expert, have since pushed back against such claims, saying there wasn’t enough evidence to tie the storm to climate change.

“We can come back and talk about climate change at a later time. I want to focus on the here and now. We think the rapid intensification is probably almost done,” Jamie Rhome, the acting director of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Hurricane Center, told CNN in an interview on Sept. 27.

The elite media and progressive media minions wanted to give Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis the “Hurricane Katrina Treatment” to damage his national-level political aspirations as they did to former President George W. Bush.

Instead, DeSantis is giving a Master Class on how to deal with natural disasters in his Hurricane Ian response.

To begin with, over 2 million homes have already had power restored, as the response teams were organized ahead of the storm. Full power should be restored by this weekend, despite the level of destruction.

Water and electricity could be restored by Sunday to all the homes, businesses, schools and hospitals in Southwest Florida that are structurally sound after the devastation of Hurricane Ian, authorities said Monday.

“We’ve laid out a very good plan,” Florida Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie said.

About 520,000 homes and businesses remained in the dark Monday evening, five days after the storm tore through the state’s Gulf Coast.

Because of Florida’s wise policy limiting taxes and promoting businesses, Florida has the funds to do repairs and construct temporary bridges to Pine Island and Sanibel Islands.

He vowed to use state resources to subsidize the cost of out-of-state utility crews to help rebuild the broken energy grid and restore power to customers whose homes can receive it. He said the state has hired an engineering firm to work on repairing the broken water main in Lee County.

And he announced that in addition to a temporary slow-speed bridge to restore vehicle traffic to the battered community of Pine Island, the state will also build a temporary bridge to reach Sanibel Island, where a section of the causeway was washed away.

“Part of the reason we’re able to do this is, yes, we have the record budget surplus, but since I’ve been governor, I worked with the Legislature to establish a Disaster Response Fund for the state of Florida — so we have $500 million budgeted for disasters,’‘ DeSantis said.

The funds will also be directed to out-of-state utility crews, who will help rebuild the state’s power grid.

He acknowledged that the “more difficult restoration” will be to rebuild the electric grid to the barrier islands and coastal communities whose electricity infrastructure was wiped out to an unknown number of homeowners and businesses.

The Florida Electric Cooperatives Association has agreed to work with the Lee County Electric Utility to rebuild the infrastructure that has been damaged, he said. And DeSantis announced that the state will provide any extra subsidy needed to reimburse utility crews outside of the state to work as long as needed to repair the grid.

“I want Lee County to be the lineman capital of the world for the next, however many, days,’’ he said. “… Florida has the largest budget surplus in the history of the state by far. I can pick up the cost share, I just want the power back on so we’ll pay for it. That’s fine.”

It’s been a week since Hurricane Ian hit Florida. The death toll now stands at 106 (102 in Florida and another 4 in North Carolina), which is a far cry from Katrina’s numbers (1833). Between DeSatntis’ robust response and success, little wonder news of Ian has rapidly disappeared from the media radar.

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In reality, Biden wasn’t there, but his carcass was propped up just in case DeSantis said something negative about Rona Joe.

Having passed this “test” with flying colors, DeSantis now looks like the ideal candidate for the Republicans in 2024. IMO he is the best public sector executive in the country; and of the next generation, which I think is critical.

    JohnSmith100 in reply to jb4. | October 5, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    I like DeSantis, but I do not think he is up to destroying the swamp. Trump is.

      Arminius in reply to JohnSmith100. | October 6, 2022 at 12:44 am

      Why do you think that? Trump had 4 years to do it and frankly he did nothing but add to the swamp. I mean, how hard is this. Recall. Immediately after Trump was elected the swamp creatures announced they were the “resistance” against Trump. He had every opportunity to fire them. But now Trump is gone, and they’re still there.

        Barry in reply to Arminius. | October 6, 2022 at 1:45 am

        “I mean, how hard is this.”

        Real.Damn.Hard

        Get a clue.

        DSHornet in reply to Arminius. | October 6, 2022 at 10:11 am

        Civil service laws make the process difficult and time consuming. A second Trump term probably would have yielded the results we all wanted to see but The Swamp changed his plans. There would have been a second term if somebody could have put mittens on his hands and duct tape on his mouth. DJT is his own worst enemy.
        .

        Seriously? Did you, or anyone on the planet even have a clue as to the depth, breadth and magnitude of the Deep State embeds in the government, until DJT’s presidency flushed them out? It was like kicking a hornets nest and they went to lengths of lawlessness and corruption and you name it every minute of every day to attack, impede and try to end his presidency. And that man gave as good as he got unlike anything I’ve ever witnessed especially from any crap politician.
        They were ALWAYS there, working undercover of their darkness and he shone a light on just how insidious, corrupt and evil they are, along with their henchmen in the media. He drew them out and it’s up to us now to join the fight to bring an end to their corruption and dismantling of our country and all its institutions.

      Jmaquis in reply to JohnSmith100. | October 6, 2022 at 6:44 am

      Trump and DeSantis are extraordinary men with The Right Stuff to save our bleeding country. When Trump was elected, he was well aware of the nest of snakes in D.C., but still believed that some of them weren’t all that bad, i.e. referring to the Clintons at first as “they’re good people” until the majority of them stabbed him in the back.

      In Trump’s second term he’ll be much more aggressive and even more effective. It’s amazing how much Trump accomplished with so many daggers coming at him during his presidency and now he’s had time to think about effective ways not only to slow down The Swamp and turn the tides of the U.S. in regards to The Educational system that is in tatters, The Military that is being turned upside-down, and the Justice system that has been turned into a combination of Russia’s KGB and Nazi Germany’s SS.

      Trump is our best hope for the re-building of everything wrong with our former United States. Four years later, DeSantis can easily continue this legacy with his own personal brand of magic.

      Very quickly, Trump will have our economy roaring again, and sanity will start to return where hate, injustice, and anarchy now prevails

      NotCoach in reply to JohnSmith100. | October 6, 2022 at 11:03 am

      Trump is useful, bit let’s not get carried away. Trump has a blind spot that makes it difficult for him to change things at the executive level. He his prone to promote those who stroke his ego. Meanwhile DeSantis now has a proven track record of reforming an executive branch. I think clearly DeSantis would do a better job of clearing out the swamp.

      Does DeSantis have a Jared and Ivanka in his family?

      I know Trump does. And they reportedly heavily and negatively influenced most of his worst decisions.

      I need assurances from Trump that those two will not have any role in his new admin if he is elected. IMHO, Trump will need to announce his selections for key positions well before the election. And those people need to be vetted to assure they plan to do everything possible to clean out the Swamp. Also, Trump needs to start naming the names of the people he will fire on Day 1 of his new admin. Like Wray.

      Trump is too old. We don’t need another octogenarian in the White House. DeSantis has a proven track record of actually rolling back Leftist policies, not just talking about standing up to the Left on Fox News and then not doing anything. Also the contrast of senile confused Biden next to DeSantis is very stark.

    gonzotx in reply to jb4. | October 5, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    It’s Trumps for the taking

    MarkSmith in reply to jb4. | October 5, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    Yep, including his funding by the Elite Rino’s

    Stop throwing obstacles in front of the steamrollers!! We need BOTH AND MORE to drive the Uniparty out of business. It’s stupid thinking like this that keeps “conservatives” from dominating. We never EVER have even one superstar on our list. We now have TWO with more developing. Shut up already! If you really want to blow 2024, keep talking like a RINO.

    hrh40 in reply to jb4. | October 6, 2022 at 7:40 am

    So let him stay as governor of Florida, head up the National Governor’s Association to recruit more strong Sovereign State Governors so they can all fight back the Feds.

    True federalists don’t automatically want strong State people to go to the Feds. The point is to SHRINK the federal government by at least half, and to do that we need 50 Governors fighting back the Feds.

    I will be HUGELY disappointed if DeSantis is another in the long line of “talk the Sovereign State” talk but then run to a Federal government position the first chance he or she gets. 🙁

    Nodding to my handle picture, I might say the same for former Governor Palin, i.e., she should’ve stayed a strong Governor pushing back the Feds …

Current weather models suggest that a warmer atmosphere decreases cyclonic weather events.

    Peabody in reply to puhiawa. | October 5, 2022 at 10:51 pm

    Current weather models are at the same stage that Wilbur and Orville’s aircraft was in 1903.

      JHogan in reply to Peabody. | October 6, 2022 at 12:06 pm

      Assuming he means climate change prediction models, not even that far along.

      Wilbur and Orville at least got off the ground.

      Have any of the climate change models accurately predicted anything yet? That is, without changing the input data after the fact? They don’t even use raw data.

      I may not be looking in the right places but it seems the propaganda media are now ignoring any predictions that are sooner than a few decades out. Probably because the none of the predictions they made 15-30 years ago about what we should be experiencing today were even remotely accurate.

Biden needed any little bit of positive news he could get, and what better way than facetime with the highly successful (read it: conservative) Governor DeSantis?

What was Dementia Joe there for anyway? FEMA would be doing all the work as usual.

DeSantis standing behind the podium’s emblem “President of the United States” just looks so good and so right.

Joe looks like the POS that he’s always been.

    henrybowman in reply to pfg. | October 6, 2022 at 12:02 am

    Meanwhile, I see someone has given Brandon an iPhone, so he can check Lolitahub instead of his watch.

I have no doubt President Rrump, we’re he in the office he won in 2020, would have been down in Florida busting his A$$ and Florida would have even more money amd more help…
There would be no talk of equity first and climate change

It’s only appropriate that DeSantis was at the waffle house because there is a huge index that even government officials use called the Waffle House Index

It’s really quite amazing actually. First heard about it on the No Agenda podcast.

https://www.offgridweb.com/preparation/measuring-storms-with-the-waffle-house-index/

Many of the 102 fatalities in Florida might have been avoided if the hurricane track was predicted more accurately. The “unexpected” right-hand turn toward southwest Florida occurred after it was too late to evacuate and gas was no longer available.

In fact, the right-hand turn was well-forecast by the European model, which has much better accuracy for hurricane tracks than the American Global Forecast System (GFS). The superior performance of the European model is well known in the meteorological community. Unfortunately, the National Hurricane Center uses the GFS, although the Director of the NHC certainly knows that the GFS is inferior. It likely a NOAA policy that requires its centers to use the GFS.

This is tragic, because accurate information is available to the NHC to produce better track forecasts.

    healthguyfsu in reply to kelly_3406. | October 5, 2022 at 11:29 pm

    Those areas were evacuation zones regardless and ample warning was given for all of the cone of uncertainty. Some people just choose to stick it out come hell or high water and that can be a mistake.

    henrybowman in reply to kelly_3406. | October 5, 2022 at 11:59 pm

    You think the NOAA has its own Jones Law? I wouldn’t be surprised…

Apparently, Pine and Sanibel Islands are the Florida version of Martha’s Vineyard. My brother in Tampa remarked, “They’re always bitching about non-residents touring ‘their’ place. Now their bridges are out, hope they enjoy getting their wish granted.”

You missed the part of the video where DeSantis is still talking at the podium and the demented moron starts creeping on the woman next to him.

He’s so far gone and so stupid that he just starts creepily grinning and chatting her up with the freaking cameras rolling.

I’m sure Governor DeSantis had to scrub really hard to get that pedophile’s filth off after the handshake, and I really hope he kept it far from his family.

Best news of the day:

https://www.zerohedge.com/political/nyt-right-wing-conspiracy-theory-comes-true-less-24-hours

Of course, this will be quickly dumped down the memory hole.

I am the last person to support Biden and I know politicians are shameless in their continuous exploitation of every event for selfish purposes, but I really can’t fault him for visiting Florida after a huge disaster and being a part of this presentation. Homeowners that just had their homes washed away might be comforted that the POTUS came to their state for a visit and put some politics aside, at least superficially. The federal money hose will be aimed at Florida for a while, weather or not that is good policy.

    Gosport in reply to broomhandle. | October 6, 2022 at 9:23 pm

    IF Biden had taken the opportunity to reassure folks that Harris was full of crap when she talked about racially allocating hurricane aid his visit might have had relevance. But he didn’t.

    The only reason he was there was to try to steal some of DeSantis’ thunder and he failed miserably.

Close The Fed | October 6, 2022 at 9:05 am

Did the NYT really refer to DeSantis as “Mr.” instead of “Governor” DeSantis.

I subscribe to that rag, but only because I have to. I hardly ever read it.

We’ve reached the point where Biden and the Dems are blaming bad weather on their political opponents.

How many Americans are stupid enough to buy into a such a ridiculous and idiotic assertion?

We’ll find out in the next two years. The number who reject this idiocy needs to be at least 5% greater than those who blindly buy into it. To overcome the Dems’ margin of vote rigging and cheating.

“Gee, honey. The President sure did a fine job up in front of those reporters.”
“Dear, *you’re* the President.”
“Oh, well who was that guy?”
“The *next* President.”