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Obama to Visit Louisiana After His Vacation is Over

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.

39 Responses to Obama to Visit Louisiana After His Vacation is Over

  1. Hypocrite…
    Interesting the first video when he was a Senator – no teleprompter and boy oh boy did he rely on the piece of paper. :)

    • Obama doesn’t want to go to Louisiana because he was criticized as well he should be for going to Louisiana Tuesday instead of immediately. Obama and Clinton two losers, physically and mentally challenged. Go Trump, we gotta ged rid of these two greedy do-nothings and know-nothings.

      • In the meantime, Hill is throwing Bill a BDay party at The Vineyard.
        Emperor Barack and his Butt-Ugly Bride are expected to attend.
        I guess that is why neither of these two Losers could make it to LA.
        All the while Donald Trump is being vilified for going to LA to help as “opportunistic.”

  2. I suppose the lame stream media will report that Mr. Trump wasn’t wanted there, and should have stayed out of the way of relief efforts.

    • They’re already theorizing along those lines…heard a couple of liberal pundits this morning saying that he would be “in the way” – and that it was different with Bush because the Federal response was so poor back then.

      The MSM just says whatever it wants to justify whatever it wants.


    • MSM? I’ve already seen that comment on another Conservative site that has been invaded by non-Conservatives who think voting for Hillary is somehow better than Donald Trump.
      It is ridiculous.

      • Yup, during this cycle, many Conservative sites and pundits – and most of Fox News – can now be included under the “MSM” moniker.

    • Here’s what a lady posted on Mr Trump’s Facebook page, about his visit to Louisiana: “[Kim B. Chapman wrote:] “…. I’m from Louisiana, he [Donald Trump] used no state resources or security. No roads were closed. He brought $75,000 worth of supplies, which he personally helped to hand out. Gave money to non-profit collecting for those devastated & lost everything. He raised their spirits. He came at the perfect time. Used no taxpayers money! “”

        • Aileen, I copied and pasted the comment to my own Facebook page, and it has been shared 4 times so far, with 8 likes. (I know that doesn’t sound like a lot but it is for me LOL)

          I think you will be able to find it, it is near the top on my view. It is on the post from yesterday where he says “Thank you Mr Jeff Nolan”, “Video: Flood Survivor Gets Tearful As Trump Visits Louisiana”. Her post was in reply to one by Hamidreza Azarmehr. She has about 8,000 likes on it!

  3. What a shame, after his vacation is over..hah.
    It’s not like he has to book a flight, arrange lodging or anything.
    He could fly down in the morning, look concerned, offer some cash or help and be back for afternoon tea in the same day.

  4. He’ll probably ask the victims to contribute to his Obama Foundation because, you know, he’ll be dead broke when he leaves office in a few months.

  5. So much wrong with the Obama Admin “excuse”. First of all, the Search and Rescue phase is over. Now in Recovery phase which should last months, maybe years.

    Mr.Trump visited today to thank volunteers, hug some victims, get some info on flood insurance kerfluffle and bring awareness, thus helping raise $$$ funds for helping those families in need. He was not in the flood zone, he was in the Recovery staging area.

    When Trump visited LA today, it was the first time I’ve seen any “news” about the citizens affected.

    Southern California fires are also raging, Obama still golfing..Sigh.

  6. Trump to Louisiana.

    Birthday bash on MV for SlickWilly’s 70th AND the Obama’s might pop in.

    A disaster like Louisiana would be such a downer.

  7. Obama is bored with all this Prez biz. He wants to be the rich unfettered man he will be after November.

    I think there is no reason for Presidents to fly around being Comforter in Chief at disasters, but BO has shown himself eager to grab at public events for propaganda that his obvious, stubborn disinterest in this disaster is hypocritical.