Liberals Slammed Bush Over Katrina Response, But Obama Gets a Pass
“We are one nation. When one state hurts, we all hurt – and we must all work together to lift each other up. Working, building, restoring together.”
Donald Trump, speaking after visiting the flood-ravaged area around Baton Rouge, Louisiana, revealed a side that has rarely, if ever, been seen in a long and public life and in the process not only disproved critics who have accused him of not being presidential, but shamed the current occupant of the White House.
As Louisiana suffers through the nation’s worst natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy in 2012, President Obama’s annual vacation on Martha’s Vineyard will not be disturbed.
Days of torrential rain and record flooding across the state have damaged 40,000 homes, displacing more than 20,000 people and leaving 13 dead.
More than 85,000 have requested federal disaster assistance.
The president’s press secretary announced that Obama will continue his schedule of golf and dinners with friends on the tony island known for its rich, influential and liberal residents interrupted only by a fundraising event on behalf of the Hillary Clinton campaign.
On Wednesday, the Baton Rouge Advocate pleaded with President Obama, writing, “Vacation or not, a hurting Louisiana needs you now.”
Democrat presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, has nothing on her schedule, but will also be unable to make time to visit Louisiana.
President Bush was harshly criticized by then-candidate Barack Obama during the 2008 campaign for inspecting the area affected by Katrina from an airplane, choosing not to land to avoid diverting much needed resources, but his own reaction eleven years after Katrina has left Louisianans feeling slighted and offended.
While refusing to take a few hours off from his luxury vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, Obama did however issue a stern 16-page “guidance letter” to Louisianans warning them against engaging in “unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin (including limited English proficiency).”
Rod Dreher, who took umbrage at receiving an anti-discrimination lecture from Washington, D.C., as locals struggle to rescue, house and feed their neighbors, posted a rebuttal to what he called a “long bureaucratic memo issued by the “Department of Justice and many other agencies of the executive branch overseen by He Who Cannot Be Troubled to Leave Martha’s Vineyard.”
“[E]verywhere you look you can find black folks and white folks loving on each other, helping each other through this crisis,” Mr. Dreher wrote in a post on Thursday.
Visits from officials or candidates are felt as morale boosters for affected communities, and the added attention often translates to increased donations to relief agencies such as the Red Cross that can make a big difference.
“I hope everyone in Louisiana knows that our country is praying for them, and standing with them to help them in these difficult hours,” Trump said later, sounding every bit the president while the lame duck parties away the waning months of his term.
Update: Several hours after Trump and his running mate, Gov. Mike Pence, went to Louisiana, the White House announced that the president will travel to the affected areas sometime next week.