“The president told me I would get immediate help”

Posted by on Nov 26, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Sorry, but you were just used for a photo op. Well, you’ll always have your cherished memories of Obama. He got what he wanted and you got bupkis.

I returned to Brigantine last week to see how she was doing.

All but one of the boats in her North Point Marina that were pushed as far as three blocks away by the storm surge have now been recovered, but there is much left to do. Vanzant estimates that her business losses will amount to at least $500,000, including the cost of repairing the marina.

Her son Stephen, 26, took a two-week leave from the Navy to come home to help out. He has started a Facebook page called Rebuild North Point Marina to seek contributions.

Vanzant has been moved by the many kindnesses she received from friends, family and customers. She heard from countless people after the photograph of her hug with the president was published, including from strangers as far away as Vietnam who wished her well.

She said she was honored to meet Obama, but she is also frustrated that she has yet to receive help from either her insurance companies 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.

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19 Responses to ““The president told me I would get immediate help””

  1. Grrrr on 26/26/12 at 3:53 pm

    “The president told me I’d get immediate help”.

    Translation: The President told me that he’d forcibly take money from others not living in a high-risk area and give it to me instead – so that I can rebuild my property back in the same high-risk area as before.

  2. F.Inahoy on 26/26/12 at 4:08 pm

    She did get immediate help. Barack told his EPA regulators to wait a month or so before showing up on her doorstep to cite her for polluting a wetlands area.

  3. Peripatetic Engineer on 26/26/12 at 4:09 pm

    Why would anyone believe that the President would take time out of his day to personally help you? Did you not see what happened during the BP oil spill? Obama shows up and our (Republican) Parish President swallow the hook, the line and the sinker. He’s overjoyed because Obama is going to fix the problem. he second time Obama visited, he was not so starry eyed.

    The SBA will be happy to loan you money, but you will have to personally guarantee the loan. If you are lucky enough to get another government grant to help you fix things up, the SBA will take it from you claiming right of first payment. Go study what happened to LRA money after Katrina.

  4. Phelps on 26/26/12 at 4:48 pm

    Reminds me of the engineer he promised to get a job and then promptly forgot about. Hell, at least Clinton got Monica a job with Revlon.

  5. Blacque Jacques Shellacque on 26/26/12 at 4:49 pm

    Anyone want to bet that on the next election cycle, she’ll again vote Democrat?

  6. Cosmo on 26/26/12 at 5:06 pm

    Correction. You must have misunderstood him. He clearly said “you will get nothing and like it. Now, vote here.”

  7. ToursLepantoVienna on 26/26/12 at 5:22 pm

    I am reminded of Otter’s advice to Flounder: “You f’ed up. You trusted us.”

  8. Nate Whilk on 26/26/12 at 6:26 pm

    “The president told me I’d get immediate help”.

    Did he say exactly what sort of help or exactly who would be giving it? I didn’t think so.

  9. Mannie on 26/26/12 at 6:34 pm

    Did you vote for Him? If you did, then I have absolutely no sympathy for you. Neither should you get any charity, public or private.

    Your Lord and Savior will help you.

  10. J.D. on 26/26/12 at 7:52 pm

    He thought gracing you with “eye candy” would help immediately. Seems to do something for SOME people!

  11. Diggs on 26/26/12 at 9:03 pm

    Any business owner who thinks Obama is there to help them has not been paying attention during these last four years. Lady, the only help you’ll get is a bigger tax bill next year.

  12. Victoria on 27/27/12 at 11:13 am

    Just another Democrat standing there with her hand out waiting for someone to bail her out. Where does she think the money comes from? Oh, it must be free!!! She is taking money from me, who lives in a low risk area, so she can build again in a high risk area. She has insurance, why do I have to pay for her poor decisions? If she wants faster help she can pay higher premiums on her insurance to justify her poor decisions. I’m tired of paying for her and for all the others who insist on rebuilding in areas prone to disaster.

  13. lyle on 27/27/12 at 1:08 pm

    “Remember when I claimed I’d stop the oceans from rising? Yeah, well I don’t recall that either. Must have been some other black jesus you heard that from, Donna.”