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Showing Up In Louisiana

Louisiana

According to CBS News, thirteen people have died and 30,000 have been rescued from homes and cars due to flooding in Louisiana.

President Obama doesn’t want to get in the way of the relief effort so he’s staying put on the golf course at Martha’s Vineyard. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards obliged by asking him not to come.

But the Baton Rouge Advocate doesn’t see it that way. The paper invited the president to come on down. A lead editorial was titled Vacation or not, a hurting Louisiana needs you now, President Obama:

Sometimes, presidential visits can get in the way of emergency response, doing more harm than good. But we don’t see that as a factor now that flood waters are subsiding, even if at an agonizing pace. It’s past time for the president to pay a personal visit, showing his solidarity with suffering Americans.

The press and politicians weren’t so cautious either when President Bush did a Katrina flyover in 2005. The Washington Examiner quotes Senator Barack Obama on the 2008 campaign trail:

“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.”

Speaking of the campaign trail, Hillary can’t very well make a Louisiana appearance if Obama says he’d be in the way. So she’s visiting Martha’s Vineyard too.

80% of Success is Showing Up

All that island hopping left a flood victim vacuum. Donald Trump wasted no time filling it. Trump and Mike Pence were soon photographed helping unload a relief truck for the flood victims. And they didn’t seem to be in the way.

Now Obama says he’ll show up Tuesday.

 

Rise of the Oceans


Political cartoon of Obama and Chris Christie flying over the hurricane sandy aftermath in a helicopter

After being dissed by New York Mayor Bloomberg, the president took Chris Christie on a helicopter ride over the mess left by hurricane Sandy.

FEMA Relief

For those keeping score, FEMA seems to have enough money to tide it over until Friday, which is the end of the fiscal year, and thereby avoid a government shutdown.

President Canute

100601bokloresObama accepted the Democratic nomination two years ago by remarking that the occasion marked the moment when “our planet began to heal” and the “rise of the oceans began to slow”.  Mark Steyn riffs on the subject here.

BPtui

100526boklores1From Top Kills to Junk Shots BP looks like a company without an exit strategy.