As criticism mounts of President Obama’s failure to even make remarks about the disastrous flooding in Louisiana, the White House today said Obama will travel to the region Tuesday, after his vacation to Martha’s Vineyard is finished.
In a notably defensive statement, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest sought to demonstrate that Obama has at least been following the situation and explained that Obama “wants to ensure that his presence does not interfere with ongoing recovery efforts.”
Buuuuht, in 2005 Obama criticized George W. Bush for failing to parachute directly into the Katrina disaster, according to the Washington Examiner:
Obama said, with emotion
We can talk about what happened for two days in 2005 and we should. We can talk about levees that couldn’t hold, a FEMA that seemed not just incompetent but paralyzed and powerless, about a president who only saw the people from the window of an airplane instead of down here on the ground, tyring to provide comfort and aid.
From Earnest’s statement:
While in Martha’s Vineyard, the President has received updates on the situation in Louisiana, including from the DHS Secretary and the FEMA Administrator, who took separate trips there. The President today directed his team to coordinate with Louisiana officials to determine an appropriate time for him to visit, and together they have determined that the President will visit Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Tuesday, August 23rd. Additional details will be announced in the coming days. The President is mindful of the impact that his travel has on first responders and wants to ensure that his presence does not interfere with ongoing recovery efforts. He is also eager to get a first-hand look at the impact of the devastating floods, hear from more officials about the response, including how the federal government can assist and tell the people of Louisiana that the American people will be with them as they rebuild their community and come back stronger than ever.
The Democratic governor of Louisiana gave Obama cover, saying he didn’t want him around yet anyway. Yeah, sure.
This is what a more professionalized campaign can do. Trump one this news cycle, hands down.