Even While Accepting Help on Wildfires, Rick Perry Blasts Obama

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Too little and late, Perry says.
President Obama today signed an order declaring 45 Texas counties to be disaster areas because of wildfires, and even while saying the action was "good for Texas," Governor Rick Perry couldn't resist criticizing Obama.

"President Obama's decision to finally approve a portion of our disaster designation request is good for Texas and some of the communities impacted by this season's wildfires," Perry's said. (Emphasis added). "We will continue to work with FEMA to ensure all affected jurisdictions and entities receive the support they deserve after battling these massive fires since December. Our prayers continue to go out to those putting their lives on the line fighting these fires, as well as those whose property and livelihoods remain in danger."

Perry's announcement notes, "This partial approval only applies to fires fought between April 6 and May 3, 2011, covering just a fraction of the fires fought in Texas so far this season."

It also outlined all the heroic steps Perry had taken to aide Texans:

On April 15, Gov. Perry sent a letter to President Obama requesting a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Texas, which would make the state eligible for Direct Federal Assistance and Emergency Protective Measures from the federal government. The governor's request was denied on May 3. Gov. Perry appealed the president's decision on May 26.

Obama's declaration covers the following counties, and of course more can be added as conditions warrant: Andrews, Archer, Armstrong, Bailey, Baylor, Brewster, Callahan, Carson, Castro, Clay, Coleman, Concho, Cottle, Crockett, Dawson, Duval, Eastland, Garza, Glasscock, Hall, Hemphill, Hockley, Irion, Kent, King, Lynn, Martin, Mason, Mitchell, Moore, Motley, Pecos, Presidio, Scurry, Stephens, Sterling, Sutton, Terrell, Terry, Throckmorton, Tom Green, Trinity, Tyler, Val Verde, and Young.

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AFDHM
AFDHM

It's interesting to me that Rick chose to exclude Travis, Hays, Bastrop and Williamson counties. In these counties in and around Austin, we've lost 33 homes and another 21 have suffered damage from the wildland fires. We're using lot of our local firefighting resources and our crews are stretched pretty thin, because they've all be deployed to the West Texas fires.

So is the Hill Country being penalized because of us damn liberals in Austin? Who knows.

Kristan Alvarez
Kristan Alvarez

I've been thinking about it, and I'd loooooove for Perry to run for Prez. He'd get out of the State for a while, lose Presidency, and hopefully be out of any elected office permanently after that! It's a win-win for everyone! lol

matx
matx

Why did it take Perry 23 days to appeal the decision?  I realize there are delays when evaluating requests and actions on both sides, but 23 days?

Thomas
Thomas

Wow, brutal stuff ... Hope President Obama can handle such a cutting attack.

Sheesh, y'all are sensitive.

H_e_x
H_e_x

I have an idea. If Perry is such a tough guy, why doesn't he and his Prada-clad family go out and start putting out these fires. I mean, since they are staying in luxury digs on the taxpayers dime, I don't see why they can't chip in and make it worth our money.

houstonguy
houstonguy

Are you suggesting that by doing his job in this scenario, Obama should be able to pay off his critics? Do some real journalism.

Lillian R. Alexander
Lillian R. Alexander

Perhaps Obama felt that Texas did not need help because in the past Governor Perry has constantly said that Texas did not need help from the federal government and that Obama was spending too much money.  Governor Perry in the past refused unemployment payments from the government claiming that it had strings attached in addition to his ongoing discussion of Texas' secession from the government.

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