Louisiana Is Under Water, Baton Rouge Asks ‘Where Is President Obama?’

Just waiting for someone to say they’re being RAAAAAAACIST for asking.

In case you haven’t noticed, Louisiana is dealing with some HORRIFIC flooding right now. According to this, At least 13 people have been killed, many many more have lost their homes and have nowhere to go, and the rain doesn’t show signs of letting up.

Maybe this isn’t a Katrina-size storm, but that doesn’t mean this isn’t a devastating tragedy.

And where is President Obama in all this, you ask? Oh – he’s just out on the golf course on his vacation.

Priorities, y’all.

The Baton Rouge Advocate even ran an op-ed asking why Obama can’t make time for Louisiana and practically begging him to go down there –

Now that the flood waters ravaging Louisiana are receding, it’s time for President Barack Obama to visit the most anguished state in the union.

Last week, as torrential rains brought death, destruction and misery to Louisiana, the president continued his vacation at Martha’s Vineyard, a playground for the posh and well-connected.

We’ve seen this story before in Louisiana, and we don’t deserve a sequel. In 2005, a fly-over by a vacationing President George W. Bush became a symbol of official neglect for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The current president was among those making political hay out of Bush’s aloofness.

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 optics of Obama golfing while Louisiana residents languished in flood waters was striking. It evoked the precedent of the passive federal response to the state’s agony in 2005, a chapter of history no one should ever repeat.

The president acted prudently in officially declaring a disaster for the flooded part of the state, a key step in advancing federal aid. We’ve been heartened so far by the active involvement of Craig Fugate, head of Federal

Emergency Management Agency, a far cry from FEMA’s hapless Michael Brown in the days after hurricanes Katrina and Rita. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was slated to visit Louisiana today to assess the damage.

But a disaster this big begs for the personal presence of the president at ground zero. In coming here, the president can decisively demonstrate that Louisiana’s recovery is a priority for his administration – and the United States of America.


The president’s presence is already late to this crisis, but it’s better later than never.

“Better late than never.” They’re already being MUCH more generous to Obama than anyone was to Bush.

So, if George W. Bush was a hateful racist for letting all those people affected by Katrina suffer and die because he couldn’t be bothered to visit New Orleans, what does that make Barack Obama? Come on, liberals – tell me what this is supposed to mean. You all kept saying how terrible it was that Bush just flew over and didn’t go magically make the floodwaters recede (or whatever he was supposed to do). Couldn’t Mr. “Lower The Tides” touch down in his glorious plane and command the forces of nature to leave Louisiana the way it was before the flood?

Of course, I’m being facetious (if bordering a little on sacrilege). I know that a visit from President Obama wouldn’t do much, other than show how much he cares for the people’s suffering. But isn’t that the point? Isn’t that what Bush got hammered on over Hurricane Katrina? Obama hasn’t said two words about Louisiana, that I know of. But no one (other than the Baton Rouge Advocate) is going to give two craps about it.

Yet again, this is purely political. Bush was criticized because he was George W. Bush. The criticism from the left (including the criticism from the guy who would succeed him in the White House) wasn’t out of concern for the plight of Louisianans. It was out of opportunism and a chance to beat up on a political opponent. Barack Obama isn’t going to get so much as a dirty look from his fangirls over this. And Louisiana is left to pick up the pieces on their own. Again.

Or, as Facebook put it –


The people of Louisiana are indeed in our thoughts and prayers. And if you want to help in a more material way, this website has links to places where you can do that. The whole thing is terrible and I can’t imagine going through that twice in eleven years.

(h/t Twitchy)

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