Who are critics of restoration operations? I have been through hurricanes Hilda, Betsy and Camille while in New Orleans. As an employee of Louisiana Power & Light when Camille hit I can assure you that they do all that is humanly possible to restore power and as an employee of NY Tel when Gloria hit LI I can personally say the same about both power and communications. There is no incentive to do otherwise. If the electric meter is not spinning, no dial tone for your phone there is not that revenue for the utility. You may be frustrated while without power or phone but rest assured it is the utilities that are doing all possible to restore service, not the government, politicians or media. All the President can do by visiting, or government by getting too involved is get in the way of restoration efforts.