Mitt Romney’s already been to New Orleans to see the hurricane damage first hand. He smells victory in November and so he’s acting presidential. Republican Governor Bobby Jindal, who was slated to speak at the GOP Convention, made the right call and stayed in Louisiana to oversee cleanup operations.
Why isn’t President Obama hip-deep in the flood waters of Hurricane Isaac? Where is FEMA? Is the President golfing? Is he campaigning? Yes, he’s campaigning, and since Louisiana isn’t in play in November, he’s decided to go elsewhere, until some conservative sites turned his absence into a story.
This isn’t the first flooded area President Obama has ignored. When Nashville was under water in May of 2010, the president was nowhere to be found. It was also a media non-story. It didn’t fit their liberal narrative even though 21 people were killed in Nashville alone. Even though at least 30 counties in Tennessee were declared major disaster areas by the federal government, President Obama was AWOL.
I haven’t heard a peep from the media about Obama’s absence in Louisiana. The latest news is that he’s planning to appear presidential on Labor Day when the storm will be long gone. Consider the following:
“President Barack Obama, who in 2005 criticized then-President George Bush for not exhibiting a ‘greater sense of empathy’ toward the victims of Hurricane Katrina, told a campaign crowd at the University of Virginia on Wednesday afternoon [Aug. 29] — as people in Louisiana were dealing with what the National Hurricane Center called ‘life-threatening hazards’ caused by Hurricane Isaac — that he had discussed the hurricane on the telephone from Air Force One as he was flying East from a previous campaign event in Colorado.