Boy did Obama sock it to Bush for just flying over Katrina. Now the shoe is on the other foot. When his staff was asked why Obama had not yet visited Louisiana, they responded that he had a very busy schedule. Where is Obama? HE’S PLAYING GOLF ON MARTHA’S VINYARD! SEE THE VIDEO!
In an anguished editorial, the Baton Rouge paper The Advocate begs President Obama to visit the flood-ravaged communities. But so far, the president has shown little interest in interrupting his golfing and socializing to do his job:
Last week, as torrential rains brought death, destruction and misery to Louisiana, the president continued his vacation at Martha’s Vineyard, a playground for the posh and well-connected.
We’ve seen this story before in Louisiana, and we don’t deserve a sequel. In 2005, a fly-over by a vacationing President George W. Bush became a symbol of official neglect for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The current president was among those making political hay out of Bush’s aloofness.
Sometimes, presidential visits can get in the way of emergency response, doing more harm than good. But we don’t see that as a factor now that flood waters are subsiding, even if at an agonizing pace. It’s past time for the president to pay a personal visit, showing his solidarity with suffering Americans.
Like his predecessors, Obama has no doubt discovered that crises keep their own calendar, even when commanders-in-chief are trying to take some time off the clock. It’s an inconvenience of the presidency, but it’s what chief executives sign up for when they take the oath of office.
And if the president can interrupt his vacation for a swanky fundraiser for fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton, as he did on Monday, then surely he can make time to show up for a catastrophe that’s displaced thousands.
The optics of Obama golfing while Louisiana residents languished in flood waters was striking. It evoked the precedent of the passive federal response to the state’s agony in 2005, a chapter of history no one should ever repeat.
With Obama snoozing and Hillary resting, it has fallen to Donald Trump to be the one to act presidential. He will visit Louisiana to tour the flooded areas today:
Trump addressed the flooding at a rally in Charlotte, N.C. Thursday night, calling Louisiana “a state that is very, very special to me.”
WHERE IS HILLARY? Hillary has taken the weekend off from campaigning. There is still a big question as to her health. Breitbart tells us:
Several hours after GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump and his running mate Mike Pence began their tour on the ground of the flood ravaged state of Louisiana, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton literally phoned it in from an unknown location … other than Louisiana.
One of her aides told CNN that she is headed to Martha’s Vineyard Friday, where she will celebrate the 70th birthday of her husband, former President Bill Clinton.
President Obama is also currently staying in Martha’s Vineyard on a two week vacation punctuated by a round of golf with television star Larry David and Bain Capital co-managing partner Jonathan Lavine.
WHERE IS TRUMP? He’s in Louisiana doing what the President should be doing. I guess golf is just more important. Could Hillary do this or is she incapable?
News Flash: Obama has been shamed to going to Louisiana on Tuesday – AFTER HIS VACATION IS OVER OF COURSE.