Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Another hurricane threatens US: How to comfort victims - and how not to

The India Times reports that Obama’s Former Photographer Gives A Strong Reminder To Trump On How To Act During Disasters.

When Donald Trump landed in Texas on Tuesday, he wore his campaign merchandise and kept the limelight to himself.

Also, in his first response to the hurricane, the American President simply marveled at the size of the storm and played a weather host.

Trump tweeted “HISTORIC rainfall in Houston, and all over Texas. Floods are unprecedented, and more rain coming. Spirit of the people is incredible.Thanks!”

Juxtaposed with this was Pete Souza’s Instagram post featuring Obama comforting a Hurricane Sandy survivor back in 2012.


The former photographer who served Barack Obama during his presidency wrote, “There are no Democrats or Republicans hurting in Houston; there are just Americans. At a time like this, it shouldn’t be about selling baseball hats or commenting on crowd size. It’s about helping our fellow human beings. Pets too. This storm is catastrophic, not epic. Thousands of people are affected.”

Other ex-presidents who comforted survivors after similar disasters include George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. [See the Times’ report for more photos.]

Maybe it’s time Trump learned a thing or two from those who came before him and displayed an innate sense of empathy toward the citizens they led.

The thing is Trump’s “innate sense” is one of narcissism, not empathy.

But Trump may get a second chance to behave presidentially. CNN reports that another monster storm may be on the way toward hitting Florida: Hurricane Irma strengthens to Category 5: Puerto Rico, Florida brace.

Hurricane Irma has strengthened into an “extremely dangerous” Category 5 storm, the National Hurricane Center said, threatening to slam into northeastern Caribbean islands and Puerto Rico by Wednesday before possibly taking aim at the US mainland.

Irma was churning Tuesday morning in the Atlantic about 270 miles east of Antigua and Barbuda, heading west with maximum sustained winds of 175 mph – well above the 157 mph threshold for a Category 5 – the hurricane center said.

What climate change? What me worry?

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