A tale of two hurricanes: Obama comforted victims, Bush ate cake

A reader mentioned that we ought to dig up the old photo of President George W. Bush, when, in the hours after Hurricane Katrina struck the US mainland on October 29, 2005, George Bush flew to California to have a birthday cake with Senator John McCain, and take funny photos laughing together while Americans were quite literally drowning in New Orleans.

And what did President Obama do after Hurricane Sandy struck the east coast, destroying large swaths of New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and more? Less than two days later, President Obama flew to the scene to comfort the victims and get a first-hand briefing on the extent of the damage.

Democrats: We do things differently.

Bush versus Obama on Hurricanes Katrina versus Sandy

Two different responses to a devastating hurricane hitting the continental United States.

During the worst of Hurricane Katrina, George Bush celebrated John McCain's birthday in California.

During the worst of Hurricane Katrina, George Bush
celebrated John McCain’s birthday in California, Aug. 29, 2005.

Less than two days after Hurricane Sandy hit land, President Obama was on the scene, comforting victims.

Less than two days after Hurricane Sandy hit land,
President Obama was on the scene, comforting victims. Oct. 31, 2012.


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