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Politicians and Leadership During Natural Disasters - VIDEO

Brendan Sasso
Oct. 31, 2012, 10:48 a.m.

With Hur­ricane Sandy and the de­struc­tion it left in its wake ar­riv­ing so close to the pres­id­en­tial elec­tion, it is im­possible not to con­sider how lead­er­ship, or a lack there­of — both na­tion­al and loc­al — can in­flu­ence the opin­ions of the elect­or­ate.

Be­low are some of Amer­ica’s most re­cent and sig­ni­fic­ant nat­ur­al dis­asters, the re­sponses of the gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials in­volved, and the re­ac­tions of the cit­izenry.

A dis­gruntled Chica­goan in the 1979 bliz­zard be­came so frus­trated that she even con­sidered run­ning for may­or.

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