Oklahoma's Fallin: I Need to Cut Red Tape

Plus, GOP did not like Obama's counterterror speech

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted May 26, 2013 9:16 AM CDT

(Newser) – With President Obama headed for her tornado-ravaged state, Okla. Gov. Mary Fallin told CNN's State of the Union today that while, "so far, we have had a great response" from the feds, she's also worried about the grinding wheels of bureaucracy in the days ahead. "What I need is the ability to get through red tape," she said, emphasizing the scope of the 17-mile swath of destruction. "This is a massive debris field. It's not just a couple blocks." Added the mayor of Joplin, Mo.: "There is no quick remedy for a disaster of these proportions. It does take time." Elsewhere on your Sunday dial, as per Politico:

  • Lindsey Graham on sex assaults in the military: "I want to salute the women who serve and are putting up with way too much crap. This needs to end. Commanders who allow this to flourish, quite frankly, should be fired. The president spoke well of this problem. It is a disgrace to the United States military."
  • Graham on Obama's speech on counterterror: "We show this lack of resolve, talking about the war being over. What do you think the Iranians are thinking? At the end of the day, this is the most tone-deaf president I ever could imagine, making such a speech at a time when our homeland is trying to be attacked literally every day."
  • Newt Gingrich on Obama's speech: "It's just stunningly, breathtakingly naive. This stuff's going on everywhere, and we will never be in peace in the pre-1941 sense that we are never threatened. No one wants to talk honestly" about the threat.
  • Bob Dole on his chances of making it in the modern GOP: "I doubt it. Reagan couldn't have made it. Certainly, Nixon couldn't have made it, 'cause he had ideas. We might've made it, but I doubt it. They ought to put a sign on the National Committee doors that says 'Closed for repairs,' until New Year's Day next year. And spend that time going over ideas and positive agendas."
  • Dole on the Senate: "It's bent pretty badly. It seems almost unreal that we can't get together on budget or legislation. I mean, we weren't perfect, but at least we got the work done."

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin walks through the Steelman Estates Mobile Home Park, which was hard hit in Sunday's tornado, near Shawnee, Okla., Monday, May 20, 2013.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin walks through the Steelman Estates Mobile Home Park, which was hard hit in Sunday's tornado, near Shawnee, Okla., Monday, May 20, 2013.   (AP Photo Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin picks up a stuffed dog from the rubble of Kimberly Graham's home, near Shawnee, Okla., Monday, May 20, 2013.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin picks up a stuffed dog from the rubble of Kimberly Graham's home, near Shawnee, Okla., Monday, May 20, 2013.   (AP Photo Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin looks out the window of a National Guard helicopter as she tours the tornado damage in Moore, Okla., Tuesday, May 21, 2013.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin looks out the window of a National Guard helicopter as she tours the tornado damage in Moore, Okla., Tuesday, May 21, 2013.   (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool)
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin looks out the window of a National Guard helicopter as she tours the tornado damage in Moore, Okla., Tuesday, May 21, 2013.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin looks out the window of a National Guard helicopter as she tours the tornado damage in Moore, Okla., Tuesday, May 21, 2013.   (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool)
Wreckage of the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., is pictured during a tour of damaged areas by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, Tuesday, May 21, 2013.
Wreckage of the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., is pictured during a tour of damaged areas by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, Tuesday, May 21, 2013.   (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool)
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