Everyone on the ground in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham were telling me last night that the tornado damage was much worse than was being reported.
It wasn’t just one big tornado. There were dozens of them – perhaps as many as fifty tornados, maybe a hundred even – striking all over North Alabama last night. This is the worst tornado strike of my lifetime.
Now we know that at least 180 people are dead in Alabama alone and hundreds have been injured. The death toll continues to rise by the hour. There are still people trapped under the rubble.
CNN is down here now flying over Alabama in their helicopter. Barack Hussein Obama is coming tomorrow to make his obligatory tour of the devastation. He just spent less than five minutes talking about the damage here in his press conference.
Guess where Barack Obama was yesterday when hundreds of people were dying in the South: he was doing a fundraiser in New York City, raising millions dollars for his reelection campaign, and flew to Chicago to appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show to talk about his birth certificate in an attempt to “reconnect” with female voters.
Want to reconnect? A simple “watch out” would have sufficed.
“Today was a fun day,” Obama said at his first fundraising event at Corzine’s apartment. “Nobody checked my ID at the door. But it was also a serious day because part of what happened this morning was me trying to remind the press and trying to remind both parties that what we do in politics is not a reality show. It’s serious.”
I was here writing about the tornado, “taking things seriously,” watching a reality show. It wasn’t “a fun day” for anyone in Alabama.
You know why? Because my little brother lives less than a quarter of a mile from where the mile wide tornado went up 15th Street in Tuscaloosa. That tornado came within 100 YARDS of his apartment.
I had one of the scariest experiences of my life yesterday.
We knew from the weather alerts that the tornados were coming. Gov. Bentley did his job and warned everyone to take shelter. Classes were cancelled at the University of Alabama. The Weather Channel was covering the Tuscaloosa tornado with realtime updates.
Yesterday, my brother called me and was absolutely hysterical about the huge tornado that was coming right at his apartment complex. He thought that he was about to die. It was too late to get away.
Then the phone went dead for five minutes. It was the longest five minutes of my life. The Weather Channel flashed an image of the tornado that was taken from the parking lot of his apartment complex.
While all this was going on in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News were talking about the Obama certificate and spent all evening discussing whether or not Donald Trump was a racist.
Today, CNN is flying over the devastated area in North Alabama and showing just how bad the tornado strike actually was. Wow, look at how hard all those “racists” got hit, what a tragedy for those poor crackers.
Maybe more people would be alive today if the MSM had spent more time paying attention to the real news instead of discussing the birth certificate sideshow last night.
Couldn’t that have waited?
I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for Sean Penn to come to the rescue around here. Most of the people who have lost their homes or their lives to these tornados are White. They are Americans.
Hollywood generally doesn’t care about people like that. They didn’t care about the Japanese when they were simultaneously hit by a 9.1 earthquake, a tsunami, and a nuclear meltdown.
How many parents in Alabama were as terrified about a loved one in Tuscaloosa as I was yesterday? Judging by the intermittent cell phone service, the entire State of Alabama was on red alert.
Anyway, I never want to experience another day like that one. It is also of no comfort whatsoever that the MSM is finally talking about the tornado or that Barack Hussein Obama is flying here tomorrow. Neither were of any assistance in saving lives when it could have counted.
It is a cliché in this state to say that you cannot rely upon the government. People around here say that because it is true.