When the flood waters came in Louisiana, the Democratic governor took action to help his people. Republicans, on the other hand, took a camera with them as they flocked there for photo ops while complaining that Obama was nowhere to be found. It was scandal, tragedy, and outrage all wrapped up in one package. “WHERE is Obama during this mess?” they cried. Their complaints lasted not even a few hours when Governor John Bel Edwards gave them a reality check right across the jaw.
He told them that he requested President Obama stay away from the state for now. That’s the reason President Obama wasn’t there. It wasn’t because he hates America, or is a secret Muslim, or whatever the excuse today is to hate Obama. Governor Edwards simply felt it wasn’t an appropriate time for a presidential visit.
It is a major ordeal, they free up the interstate for him. We have to take hundreds of local first responders, police officers, sheriffs, deputies and state troopers to provide security for that type of visit.”
“I would just as soon have those people engaged in the response rather than trying to secure the president. So I’d ask him to wait, if he would, another couple weeks.”
And boom goes the dynamite…
Governor Edwards really makes a great point. The place is underwater and having a presidential cavalcade gallivanting around when really all they are going to do is survey the scene, make some speeches, meet some people then go home? It actually won’t speed up the recovery.
I love Obama but really.. What’s he going to do by physically being there at this specific moment, which he can’t accomplish in a couple weeks once the roads are open again?
Governor Edwards was right in telling him to wait for now and come down a few weeks later. There’s no reason for Republicans to be squawking about this the way they are, since it wasn’t even really Obama’s idea to not go. Something tells me they won’t be attacking Governor Edwards, though, during his state’s crisis for his decision.
Conservative outlets have been trying to draw comparisons between Obama honoring the governor’s request, and George W. Bush hiding out during Hurricane Katrina and botching the response to it. Nothing could be further from the truth, but when did Republicans ever go with the truth?