In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, President George W. Bush was highly criticized by the Left for flying over the impacted areas to see the devastation rather than being on the ground walking through it. Fast forward to today and Louisiana is once again victim of near catastrophic flooding. Though the state was not hit by a hurricane, a weather system has poured massive amounts of rain throughout many cities. And the rain continues.
One would think that the Left would be calling for Barack Obama to tour the area. After all, he was one of the people who criticized Bush because his viewing of Louisiana after Katrina did not meet Obama’s standards. While a Louisiana newspaper did have an article calling for Obama to end his vacation to see the devastation in Louisiana, that call has not picked up steam. To add insult to injury, with the death toll rising to 13 and tens of thousands losing everything, Homeland Security Chief Jeh Johnson told reporters that Obama is too busy to actually visit Lousiana himself. After all, he’s busy golfing and vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard with the 1%ers to be bothered with their plight.
A reporter asked Johnson, “There’s been a lot of criticism about president Obama not visiting Louisiana. Will you be recommending that he come to Louisiana and visit?”
Johnson’s response was not just stunning, it was downright insulting.
“Well, of course, the president can’t be everywhere. I can tell you that the president has been closely monitoring the situation here in Louisiana. He made the federal (disaster) declaration in a matter of hours — it was expedited, we’re up to 20 parishes now.
“I will be briefing him on what I see here and what the status of our recovery and response efforts are…So the president is closely monitoring the situation, through his cabinet, through his FEMA administrator, and is very much on top of it.”
Reporters did not let him get away with his dismissiveness and asked again if he would recommend that Obama visit Louisiana to see firsthand the massive flooding. Johnson doubled down.
“As I said, the president can’t be everywhere. I know he has a very busy schedule this fall and in the coming days, and uh, he is closely monitoring the situation. When you are the chief executive of the entire U.S. government, you can’t be everywhere, uh, including places you would like to be. Uh, but through me and through (FEMA Director) Craig Fugate, I know he is very much on top of this situation.”
Another reported reminded Johnson that he started the press conference by reminding everyone that Obama is vacationing and golfing in Martha’s Vineyard, playing a round of golf at that moment.
“And you sit there and say twice the president can’t be everywhere. The people of Louisiana are dying. How hard is it for you, as the Homeland Security director, for you to have your updates going to the president on the golf course?”
Very obviously, Obama sees his rest and relaxation at his high dollar vacation spot and expensive golf courses as far more important than people dying and losing everything in the Louisiana flood.
At this point, nearly eight years into Obama’s presidency as America is nearing the end of his devastating economic policies and wielding of the power of government against those deemed to be his political enemies, perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised at the hypocrisy of Obama and the Left. After all, he is a “do as I say, not as I do” kinda person.
Perhaps Barack Obama and Jeh Johnson should be reminded of the harsh words that Obama had for President Bush in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina in which he, among other things, criticized Bush for viewing the devastation from a window while flying over New Orleans.
“I can say from personal experience how frustrating, how unconscionable it is, that it has been so difficult to get medical supplies to those in need quickly enough,” said Obama according to a transcript still being promoted on the internet.
“Indeed,” he said, “if there’s any bright light that has come out of this disaster, it’s the degree to which ordinary Americans have responded with speed and determination even as their government has responded with unconscionable ineptitude.”
Campaigning for president a few years later, he slammed Bush for flying Air Force One over the floods. “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.”
Today, 11 years later, Louisiana floods once again and Obama isn’t viewing the devastation in any fashion. We are to accept that he is receiving updates while he is on the golf course or wining and dining with his rich friends.
In other words, suck it up, buttercup. Obama’s gotta golf!