The Hawaii fires have caused the worst natural disaster in the US in the last century, but President Biden preferred to continue on vacation. The fire has caused, according to the latest update of figures, 106 deaths and Biden remained in the deck chair on the Delaware beaches. The death toll could double, according to state authorities, but when Biden was asked on Sunday what he had to say about what happened on the island of Maui, he replied with a terse “no comment.”
Only then did the American leader decide to suspend his vacations due to the avalanche of criticism in the country’s public opinion in the face of an unparalleled indolence shown in an environmental disaster that the American left -like the Spanish- tends to do whenever it can flag it to talk about climate change, but when the debacle breaks out in their own hands it seems that it does not go with them.
The White House also announced this Wednesday that the president will visit the once paradisiacal island of Maui next Monday, two weeks after the fire began to ravage the country’s 50th state.
Biden’s lack of empathy with what happened in recent days in Hawaii could already be his black swan for a 2024 presidential election campaign that seems very complicated to him.
In addition to his great unpopularity in the polls, we must add the scandals involving his son Hunter, who could end up in jail and he subjected to impeachment proceedings for having lied to the Americans by having participated in his son’s businesses during his time as vice president; the scandal of the secret documents that he stored in his office and garage of his house that is under federal investigation; the problem of his age that shows a clear decline in reflexes and responsiveness; and finally the fires in Hawaii that have exposed the ineptitude of his administration.
The response that the president had offered so far is that he did not want to go to the area until he was sure that he would not hinder the work of the local authorities and emergency services. Only a cold message on social networks had been left on social networks «As the residents of Hawaii mourn the loss of life and the devastation that is taking place in their beautiful home, we mourn with them. As I said, not only are our prayers with those affected, but all the assets we have will be available to them,” Biden said.
His words were criticized because they had not been personalized about the population of Maui. A Hawaii Democratic politician called the president’s response “shocking” and out of character. While a congressional Republican accused Biden of “actively ignoring what is happening in Hawaii.”
Many American analysts have recalled how the disaster in Hawaii could be for Biden what Hurricane Katrina was for George B. Bush in 2005, also a year before the presidential election. Katrina was used as a throwing weapon against the Republican administration by a fledgling Obama who emerged victorious in 2006.
Years later, former President Barack Obama, visiting New Orleans, vowed not to let a natural catastrophe wreak again the devastation the city suffered in those harsh days of 2005. Obama used harsh words for the administration of his predecessor Bush, whose management in the days after the hurricane was widely criticized by many of the relatives of the victims and by the affected citizens.
The Democratic governor of Hawaii, Josh Green, has declared at a press conference in recent days that: “This is the biggest natural disaster we have ever experienced.” “It will also be a natural disaster that will take an incredible amount of time to recover from,” he added.
The Biden administration’s lack of preparation for a catastrophe of these dimensions has been exposed and shown that the president has not lived up to his responsibility, which could have unpredictable consequences in the 2024 elections.
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