Until Tuesday, Barack Obama had completely ignored the mass flooding in Louisiana.
In 2005 President Bush was rebuked by Democrats for his handling of Hurricane Katrina.
President Obama was quick to address the nation following the shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but he couldn’t be bothered when 60,000 had their homes damaged, and thirteen were killed by flooding in Baton Rouge.
The Baton Rouge Advocate wrote a scathing editorial — all but shaming him into interrupting his vacation and do his job. “He should pack his bags now, and pay a call on communities who need to know that in a national catastrophe, they are not alone,” the newspaper’s editors wrote.
“It’s past time for the president to pay personal visit, showing his solidarity with suffering Americans,” they added. “The president’s presence is already late to this crisis, but it’s better late than never.”
Well, Louisiana’s media is blasting Obama, and now their police force is too.
Via IJ Review
Independent Journal Review wanted to know how people on the ground in Louisiana feel about the President’s visit. We spoke with veteran police officer and candidate for Congress, Captain Clay Higgins.
He started by bringing up Trump’s low-profile trip last week:
“I think Mr. Trump’s response was completely appropriate. I think it was low profile and compassionate.
He didn’t present himself as some kind of savior. He just came in, met with the people he needed to meet with and displayed his compassion and concern.”
Then, he pointed out why he feels Obama’s trip lacks the same “compassion and concern”:
“And here the President came to Louisiana with great pop of circumstance and ego. He made the announcement a week out. He got here and had the trumpets blare.
He doesn’t care about South Louisiana. Enough people told him that he has to do this, so he decided to come down here and be among the South Louisianan people. Overall, it was a bother to him.”
Higgins said, however, that his feelings would be completely different if it didn’t take a week:
“If the man would have come last week, stopped his vacation and landed Air Force One, and he would have came here and visited with folks, and saw what is going on, and gave some love, I would have been the first heralding his performance.
Let me put it this way, as the floods were ravaging our state, I was hopeful that Obama might come down here.
He explained what the people in South Louisiana are doing to move forward:
We are recovering because of the spontaneous acts of good will and dedication of time and labor. There is a massive movement of churches and their efforts have dwarfed the aid of the government and Red Cross.
The only time the federal government has been involved they have been in the way, and that doesn’t exclude the current Commander-in-Chief.”
“If Chicago had been flooded, Obama’s hometown, the media would have covered it on a massive level. And Obama would have been there on day one.”
But Louisiana isn’t Chicago, so they got the raw end of the deal. Hopefully all those games of golf were worth it!