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Residents of the New York Tri-state continue to experience hardships and many residents are still displaced as a result of super storm Sandy.
During a visit to the Staten Island last week, President Obama walked through the devastated communities and met with with affected home owners. "FEMA's $19,000 for my damaged home and property is not enough," said Dominick Camerada, a retired UPS worker.
The president promised to do what he could to help get more monies approved for disaster relief. According to Camerada, he did not vote for the president though he has been a lifelong Democrat.
"I wanted to send him a message," said the retired Union Rep and Shop Steward. Nonetheless, Camerada said speaking with the president 'gave me some kind of consolation.'
The President also met privately inside a FEMA tent with Staten Island couple, Glenda Moore and her husband Damien who lost their two young sons during the storm. He hugged Glenda and expressed his deepest sympathies to the grieving couple.
* Speaking of storms, there's been a serious storm brewing on Capitol Hill since General Petraeus tendered his resignation as director of the Central Intelligence Agency after it was leaked that he was being investigated by the FBI for an alleged affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.
The media has been spinning the story and some New Yorkers are sick and tired of it all. “This whole episode stinks," says Abigail Housen, retired nurse, 'why are we getting into people's private lives? Can't they see we are losing good, smart, intelligent people, look at Gov. Spitzer; look at Rep. Weiner, their ability to help this nation move forward was stymied because the media is too interested in their private affairs.”
Teacher's aide Jon Philips added, "If we had done the same thing to President Kennedy or Dr. King where would we be?" Answering his own question, he said, “We would be worse off”
* Staying on the subject of investigations, GOP state chairman Charlie Webster of Maine said he was astounded by the dozens of black people who voted. He thought it odd because he personally "doesn't know anyone who knows a black person in town."
Chairman Webster says he aims to find those who he says, committed voter fraud. He intends to send thank you cards to voters, to see whether they are returned to sender. A flustered Monica Williams also a resident of Maine exclaimed, “I don't suppose he actually thought to check the Census before he made this observation?”
This comes at a time when many Republicans have been offering their own reasons why Mitt Romney failed at the polls. Romney has said in an interview that the reason President Obama was re-elected is because of all the gifts he gave to Black people, young people and women.
“It's really sad," says Nick Hanna, "Can you imagine that even Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has written to express his utter disgust with his party and these absurd claims being made especially by Mitt Romney?.” On the talk circuit, many are pointing to the infighting that is happening within the party. "The GOP is imploding just give them enough time to get the job done," says Hanna with a smile.