Billy Stinson is comforted by Lisa Morrissette while he sits next to a pile of debris that was once his cottage in Nags Head, North Carolina.
The President’s opponents – on the right and left – should tell that to the loved ones of these people who died as a result of Hurricane Irene:
Connecticut: Shane Seaver (46), Charlotte Levine (89).
Delaware: Christopher Valentine (25), Jean Baptista (25).
Florida: Frederick Fernandez (55), James Palmer (55).
Maryland: Anne Bell (85).
Massachusetts: An as yet unnamed public works employee in Southbridge was electrocuted by a downed power line.
New Jersey: Michael Kenwood, Celena Sylvestri (20), Ronald Dawkins (47), Scott Palecek (39), Jorge Hernandez (25). There were two more fatalities but the victims have not yet been named.
New York: Rozalia Gluck (82), Sharon Stein (68), Joseph Rocco (68), Jose Sierra (68), Mikita Fox (23), Danine Swamp. There were two more fatalities but the victims have not yet been named.
North Carolina: Ricky Webb (63), Katherine Morales Cruz (15), Tim Avery (50), Jose Manuel Farabia Corona (21), Sabrina Anne Jones (26), Melton Robinson Jr.
Pennsylvania: Michael Scerarko (44), Patricia O’Neill (64). There were three more fatalities but the victims have not yet been named.
Vermont: Michael Garofano Sr, Michael Garofano Jr (25, missing). There were two more fatalities but the victims have not yet been named.
Virginia: Zahir Robinson (11), James Blackwell (67), William P. Washington (57). There was one more fatality but the victim has not yet been named.
And more are missing or in critical condition in hospital.
And this isn’t counting the damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure.
Yep, no big deal.
Details here at MSNBC