DeSantis, for for his part, thanked the Biden administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency for its rapid response to the needs of its state. The administration has 1,300 federal first responders. on soil pretreated 110,000 gallons of fuel and 18,000 pounds of propane, moved in generators and has 300 ambulances in the state works together with local officials. federal government is also production of 3.7 million dishes and 3.5 million liters of water in Alabama.
“I think the administration wants help” DeSantis said Tuesday night. on Fox News. “They understand that this is a very strong storm.”
The two leaders fought regularly over a range of issues including Covid and immigration – most recently when DeSantis unexpectedly chartered a plane of Texas migrants to Martha’s Vineyard. But less than six weeks out judging by the crucial midterm elections, both seem to be rise over the political struggle with combined goal of helping Floridians prepare for likely destructive hurricane. Both DeSantis and Biden will be judged on their response to the disaster as well as their abilities to set in the direction of addiction during the state aftermath, which could go on for months.
“There are no politics in it’s when we talk about extreme weather when we talk about what we see right now with Category 4 hurricane,” the White House press office said. secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said at a briefing on Wednesday when asked. for more Details on in nature of Biden-DeSantis phone call.
The two leaders have already overcome adversity together. When the apartment building in Surfside collapsed last year, killing 98 people the president went to Florida and was met with praise from DeSantis during a visit where two men sat side-on-side at the briefing.
DeSantis is likely to be Biden’s rival in 2024, although he has repeatedly said he is focused on on his upcoming re-election when asked if he was running for the president.
Biden extended his hand on DeSantisa and the Republican governor praised local, state, and federal collaboration, saying, “You guys not only supported at the federal level, but we also had no bureaucracy.”
“I promise you,” Biden replied, “nothing will happen.”
Storage politics out of emergency management is becoming more and more problem in field, Tim Fraser, faculty director of emergency management program at Georgetown University, according to Politico. Life in riskso “no time to mess around,” he said. Federal and state coordination is vital for crisis management of government Resources.
“So everyone should get along,” Frazier said, calling the collaboration between DeSantis and Biden so far “wonderful.”
“In response to phase, there is usually little politics which are included in play”Fraser said. “Everyone understands two things, and I don’t want be too cynical – but everyone understands that the cameras are working and we really have to do our job and save lives.
This level of cooperation has been demonstrated past Governors of the Republican Party. former governor Rick Scott, who faced four major weather events bye in office received high marks for his answer in Florida. He was also under the microscope for its coordination with then President Barack Obama, whose administration coordinated with state through three storms.
Scott, now a Republican senator and a leading critic of the Biden administration, already were positive about the federal government’s response to Hurricane Yan, especially efforts of FEMA Administrator Dina Criswell.
“I spoke to the administrator of FEMA yesterday. She is devoted. Cool act. It does great job,” Scott said. on Fox News Wednesday. ” first The point is, FEMA has to do its job. I believe they will.”
it hard miss the impending historical context over DeSantis-Biden response. Tone of reports of their joint efforts—and the level of close attention is paid to their cooperation – recalls of The Scott-Obama era.
Debbie after a tropical storm hit Florida in In 2012, the White House said that Obama called Scott from Air Force One, offered his condolences, and told the governor that there would be “no unmet need” in his state.
In 2016 Hurricane Ermine made landfall in Florida and just a month later, Hurricane Matthew devastated the coast of the state. political events Planned in battlefield state has been canceled just months out from the presidential election.
Obama and Scott held separate briefings to highlight preparation efforts at every level. of the government and the couple said once upon a hurricane hit discuss recovery efforts.
But bipartisanship in a crisis can be best captured by Obama’s infamous hug with then-New Jersey Governor Chris Christie after Hurricane Sandy hit his state just a few days before the 2012 election. Critics appreciated the moment of Christie’s photo with the Democratic president and his kind words about Obama at the time probably damaged his reputation. with Republicans. But even years later, Christy refused to apologize. for embrace.
“I was doing my job,” he told Fox News. in 2014. “The president came to propose help. If they expected me play politics and dump on President, I didn’t mean to do that.”
The political stakes at the time were high. for Christy, surrogate mother for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. But that’s not what mattered when the storm hitChristy said.
Talking About Disaster Response on MNBC in 2017, Christy spoke about the performance with Obama at the time how the president wanted visit New Jersey, but not want it will be politically awkward for republican governor.
“And I said, ‘Mr. President, you are the President of United States. We want you come to New Jersey,” Christie said, noting that Obama’s visit took place two days later. “We went around the affected areas. I showed him so he could see for myself, both in in air in Sea One and on Earth in Brigantine, New Jersey, effect of what was happening, devastation. And I think it set in pace for his attention to it forward”.
Christie also said Obama’s visit helped cement relations between his cabinet and the federal government, which he saw as key for continuous recovery efforts.
“There will be many of bumpy moments, whatever administration, whatever party You, in receiving recovery done,” he continued. “The difference is that the President of The United States is there and sees it for myself.”
Even more so than emergency response, what post- the turbulent period that Christy spoke of will be stronger challenge for Biden and DeSantis, said Michael Chertoff, who was national security secretary when Hurricane Katrina hit. Long-term recovery in the state shows constancy at all levels of government said he and both leaders need cooperate until the job is done.
“It’s important to keep sending the message that you in for long way,” he said. “What are you here to help for long way.”