The deadly flooding that has struck Louisiana is the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Superstorm Sandy ravaged New Jersey.
It has destroyed the lives, businesses, and homes of tens of thousands of U.S. citizens. For many, it’s the worst thing that will ever happen to them.
But for President Barack Obama, it’s not worth canceling his tee time.
Thursday, Obama announced his refusal to interrupt his luxurious, taxpayer-subsidized vacation in New England to visit and meet with responders and victims.
What is ever more outrageous? Obama already took time from his vacation THIS WEEK to headline a Democratic Party fundraising reception on Martha’s Vineyard, the island playground for the rich and elite off the coast of Massachusetts.
It’s clear Obama’s priorities are golfing and political backscratching, not leading and helping U.S. citizens during their darkest hours.
Obama is completely indifferent to the suffering of thousands who were washed out of their homes in the Baton Rouge and Lafayette areas of the state. At least 13 people have died as a result of the flooding, and at one point 11,000 were in shelters.
In an editorial published Wednesday, The Advocate newspaper in Baton Rouge called on Obama to visit “the most anguished state in the union.”
The newspaper said Obama can and should visit now that the once-raging floodwaters are receding.
“The president’s vacation is scheduled to wrap up on Sunday. But 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 editorial said. “The president’s presence is already late to this crisis, but it’s better later than never.”
In 2005, then-President George W. Bush was faulted for flying over but not touching down in Louisiana in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The federal government’s response to that natural disaster haunted Bush for the remainder of his presidency.
Where is the mainstream media outrage now?
Obama has issued no public or written statements about the flooding.
He’s playing with family, not leading his countrymen.
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The Associated Press contributed to this article.