Post-election, reality sets in for Sandy victims, like Donna Vanzant

Remember this iconic picture?

This was Donna Vanzant, two days after Hurricane Sandy, being hugged by President Obama. This picture was beamed around the country and the internet, showing Obama’s care for hurricane victims.  It may have factored in helping him get re-elected after trailing in polls to Mitt Romney.

Donna owned North Point Marina in Brigantine, New Jersey which suffered over $500,000 in damage from the storm. President Obama flew in for about an hour, hugged her, made promises, got pictures taken with Gov. Christie and left.

But before he left he had the following exchange- “we are going to make sure that she immediately gets help”:

Well, Donna received many kindnesses and heard from countless people as a result of the picture.  But is it any shock that she still hasn’t heard from the government?

According to the Bergen Record, Donna says it was an honor to meet the President, but she is frustrated that she has yet to receive any help from either her insurance company or the government.

“The President told me I would get immediate help”, she said.  “Looking back on it, it wasted a lot of people’s time”, she said of the visit. The future of North Point Marina remains uncertain. “I am just moving minute by minute, because the insurance companies are telling me, no, no, no!” she said.

Update:

Not only was the photo op used, the picture of Donna is still up on the White House site, proclaiming “We are here for you”.

Update:

Donna has finally heard from President Obama. He responded to her email with a form letter, thanking her for supporting the troops. See more here. 

 

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15 responses

  1. Donna will wind up in a hut like Obama’s half-brother in Kenya. President Obama politicized New Jersey Sandy victims for his reelection campaign. Promises of “rebuilding” are a pipe dream. President Obama, and Congress couldn’t pass a budget in the last for years, unemployment never went down as Obama promised after passing a 787 billion dollar stimulus. Where’s the hundreds of billions of dollars necessary going to come from? ObamaCare has new added taxes, the Auugust 2011 Debt Deal set up the ‘Fiscal Clif’, and the very ones who are responsible for doing so, are going to spare us. The political ‘fat cats’ are the only ones that will have it soft, and the voters keep returning them to rake us over the coals. We’re 16.2 trillion in debt today, and we’ll likely be was as worse as Greece at the beginning of Obama’s third term. We’re done. It’s over. Freedoms last real chance for survival ended with the reelection of Barack Obama.

    November 24, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    • Scott

      He did, but he couldn’t have done it without 90% of the media eagerly reporting that he had arrived to save the NE coast! Obama and the media were given the perfect opportunity, and they hosed the American people.

      November 26, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      • dwstick

        Look for most of the lamestream news media to completely ignore this woman and her story. Just like they’re ignoring the outrage from the families of those killed in Benghazi. Anything that might cast the Dear Leader in a bad light gets ZERO coverage.
        Quite a change from when GWB was president and Cindy Sheehan was all over the nightly news!

        November 28, 2012 at 10:28 pm

  2. Reality vs Obama’s B.S.

    November 25, 2012 at 10:22 am

  3. Sandy

    There is nothing worse than a fraud. He lets everyone down in the end, especially himself. Don’t know how the man sleeps at night. Ms. Vanzant should move on and learn from this experience. The emperor wears no clothes and it’s becoming an embarrassment to all who see him. We were fooled for a while, but now we see it for what it is. Once, shame on you…twice, shame on me. Looks like we’re going to endure a 2nd round of deceit and malfeasance from our President. May Ms. Vanzant and the rest of us find a way to overcome the negligence of this administration and realize the promise of a better future for America. My prayers go to her and all those who have been disappointed by a leader who falls short of his promises too often.

    November 25, 2012 at 4:32 pm

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  8. Questionman

    Last I checked. Fixing a disaster takes weeks and months, not days. Sucks that I’m the one one in reality and not a racist who thinks ALL would have been better if Romney won!

    President Obama repeatedly has been accused of lying. It would be useful and interesting to see a listing of specific lies that he has told, along with evidence that they are lies.

    Well, at least you’re honest about your racism. Most of you disgusting Rethuglicans try to hide it. This is what makes my party better than yours.

    You cannot be sane and think Obama wants to destroy America or kill Americans. But then again, those are the same people that call him a Muslim and complain about how radical his Christian pastor (Jeremiah Wright) is. Logic and reality have no place in these people’s minds, they just spew blind hatred and rage.

    Perhaps five verbatim Obama quotes, or accurate paraphrases, along with documentation that they are lies, would make the accusations more convincing. Otherwise, one might conjecture that those accusing him are themselves liars.

    Suprisingly the only aholes using someone’s pain as a photo-op are you racists.

    You really think this woman would get everything back in one week OR if Romney got elected? Please!

    November 26, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    • We’re not racists. We just don’t support marxism!

      November 29, 2012 at 6:29 am

  9. did she vote for him?

    November 26, 2012 at 8:05 pm

  10. Questionman

    Maybe because they aren’t stupid racists who believe anything you black-haters write!

    President Obama repeatedly has been accused of lying. It would
    be useful and interesting to see a listing of specific lies that he has
    told, along with evidence that they are lies.

    Perhaps five verbatim Obama quotes, or accurate paraphrases,
    along with documentation that they are lies, would make the accusations
    more convincing. Otherwise, one might conjecture that those accusing him
    are themselves liars.

    Last I checked, when a disaster strikes it takes months to repair that damage! Are you racists THAT stupid to think this woman would get EVERYTHING back if Romney won? Please!

    I love pointing out this fact that anyone who calls Obama a fraud and a POS is a damn racist! You say Obama has NO compassion? Up yours you racist turd. At lease he’s doing something. What is the guy you prompted up to be the savior to America doing to help the victims? WHAT’S ROMNEY DOING??/NOTHING!!!

    You cannot be sane and think Obama wants to destroy America or kill
    Americans. But then again, those are the same people that call him a
    Muslim and complain about how radical his Christian pastor (Jeremiah
    Wright) is. Logic and reality have no place in these people’s minds,
    they just spew blind hatred and rage.

    Well, at least you’re honest about your racism. Most of you disgusting
    Rethuglicans try to hide it. This is what makes my party better than
    yours.

    The woman has all but one of her boats back. She’s “grateful” for all
    the help and support she’s received, yet damn Obama and her insurance
    company for not doing more? Unbelievable! You people reflect the
    stupidity of the Reichwing. Thank god Romney wasn’t elected!!!

    November 26, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    • For Questionman
      We’re not racists. We just don’t support marxism!

      November 29, 2012 at 6:35 am

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