Where’s your dollar? Sen. Obama voted against Stafford waiver for New Orleans two weeks before speech

In one of the previously unseen segments in that 2007 video the mainstream media insist we had all seen, then Sen. Barack Obama channeled his inner Kanye West before a group of ministers, suggesting that race influenced that federal government’s response to Hurricane Katrina, unlike the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and Hurricane Andrew. ”Somehow the people down in New Orleans they don’t care about as much,” Obama told the crowd, criticizing the government for not waiving the Stafford Act for New Orleans as it had for the disasters in New York and Florida.

However, the federal government had waived the Stafford Act’s requirement that New Orleans contribute 10 percent toward the cost of reconstruction and cleanup efforts just 10 days before Obama delivered his speech. Not only that — Obama was among 14 senators who voted against the bill.

HR 2206, the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act of 2007, provided emergency supplemental appropriations and emergency assistance for the 2007 fiscal year. It also set the federal government’s share of assistance to Louisiana to 100% of eligible costs.

As most of the media had preemptively written off the newly released segments of the video as old news, don’t hold your breath for an updated fact-check, despite tweeters’ efforts to point reporters to the legislative record.


Despite the mainstream media’s claim that they’d covered the 2007 speech, CNN’s fact-checking on the subject was bypassed in favor of repeating Obama’s racially divisive message: “All the hurricane did was make bare what we ignore each and every day,” Obama said. “All the hurricane did was pull back the screen.” Obama’s Kanye West moment seems to have pulled back a screen as well and given us all another peek at Obama, the post-racial uniter.


Fox’s Bret Baier suggested that Obama’s “no” vote could very well be attributed to Iraq War funding which was also included in HR 2206.

Speaking of picking winners and losers, The Daily Caller, which broke the video, also reports today that President Obama himself chose not to waive a similar requirement for state and local governments in response to the tornado which destroyed much of Joplin, Mo., in May 2011.

  • http://twitter.com/Stimulus4U Marty Luther

    He voted against the Stafford money before he preached for it.

  • SAndrews

    And Hillary was another of the 14? Wow! John Kerry too!

    • BeautifulAmerica

      Boxer, the Medusa of California, is guilty, too.

  • LaurieB

    OMG – this is huge IMO! What a disgusting race-monger he is!

  • HS013

    That is seriously surprising he voted against it. I guess Obama doesn’t care about his people as much as everyone pretends he does.

  • radjahshelduck

    Because Obama said that Hurricane Katrina relief didn’t get the Stafford Act exemption that 9/11 and Hurricane Andrew got, when he even voted against the exemption, some people are implying this shows Obama at his most devious. I disagree. I think it shows him at his most incompetent. I think it is absolutely possible that he didn’t know what he was voting for and didn’t know the exemption passed. Surround yourself with yes men who tell you how great you are instead of doing their jobs and this is the type of thing that can happen.

    • SAndrews

      He must have known something. He usually just voted ‘present’.

    • stuckinIL4now

      Sorry, pal, but if you’re gonna go out and make a big stink about something you better darn well KNOW how you voted and there’s absolutely no excuse for not knowing what you’re doing and I don’t buy it as incompetence bcuz this was coming from supposedly the MOST FREAKING BRILLIANT MAN IN THE WORLD! He KNOWS EXACTLY what he’s doing. Stop making excuses for him.

      • radjahshelduck

        I wouldn’t say that calling Obama incompetent as opposed to devious is making excuses for him.

  • https://twitter.com/Guy_Montag_OG Guy_Montag_OG

    I vote “Present”.
    Where’s my salary check?

    Anyone want to pay me 200k to give a speech after I retire?

    • dave lewis

      “Present” was the the 1st thing I thought of also.

      When you have no interest in what is happening and rely on staff to tell you how to vote, he probably really didn’t know how he voted.

      Todays ToDo List.

      Vote “Yes” on Senate Bill 12341
      Vote “No” on Senate Bill 32452
      Vote present on Senate Bill 345432
      Head to a committee you are on. Get briefed on what everyone is talking about.
      Get a couple of written questions to ask. Don’t ask followups, because you have no idea what the subject is about anyways.

      With the right staff moving you around like a hand puppet you can be oblivious to your surroundings.

  • Danny Wheeler

    Hmmm… sounds like more of O-Bummer’s skeletons are emerging from the closet. (No gay jokes, please. Not that I’m above it, it’s just redundant)

  • Jedd McHead

    Barry’s nothing if not a pathological lying narcissist. This has been the most surreal four years, hasn’t it? From the first day this poser took office it’s been one bizarre journey and I’ll be glad when the ride stops Nov. 6.

  • chicagoxile

    It’s hard to run on your record.

  • Love of Country

    This is example #152 that Barack Owebamao is a pathological liar and is 100% obsessed with dividing the country in the most heinous ways imaginable ….. a traitor of the highest order!

  • Debra Oneil

    I am hearing new orleans cannot get help with the sinkhole, because they owe money for the stafford act. while it is true that Bush did waive the stafford act… if there is any money outstanding, it is because OBsama failed to waive it after the gulf spill/deep water horizon.

  • Debra Oneil

    PDF of request to waive stafford act…2010

  • cscape

    Mitt Romney will have his opening to bring this up tonight, if Obama dares to bring up the name of George W. Bush (even by referencing him as he now does, as his “predecessor”….. Mitt could say something like this – “Mr. President, do you also blame your predecessor for holding back on relief funds for the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, when it was YOU as a senator who joined other prominent members of your party and voted AGAINST the waiver of the Stafford Act and the more than 6 billion dollar relief appropriation???”

  • http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/ keyboard jockey

    The Wheels are really coming off the Obama bus.

  • http://drawandstrike.blogspot.com/ Brian Cates

    That’s OK. The Left will come out and simply claim Obama had no idea what he was voting for here, cast the wrong vote, etc.etc.

    See, he’s not a pandering liar, he’s just incompetent.

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    • Sam_Sonite

      The bill is a little on the long and long winded side, but is what was passed the standard Stafford Act provision where localities would pay 25% to get the full amount available from the federal government or was it a waiver of that requirement. I did not find the waiver.

  • Nov-cubed

    This site is so freakin’ excellent! Look at the list of who voted nay:
    Boxer (D-CA)
    Burr (R-NC)
    Clinton (D-NY)
    Coburn (R-OK)
    Dodd (D-CT)
    Enzi (R-WY)
    Feingold (D-WI)
    Kennedy (D-MA)
    Kerry (D-MA)
    Leahy (D-VT)
    Obama (D-IL)
    Sanders (I-VT)
    Whitehouse (D-RI)
    Wyden (D-OR)
    Thank you Twitchy!

  • stuckinIL4now

    Obutthead knew he voted against it before he gave that speech. He was just counting on his pals in the slimestream media to keep the vote and the speech under wraps and they succeeded for him in 2008. But now–party’s over!!

  • Steve D.

    where’s my dollar!?