Here is a representative view of the extent of flood damage in South Louisiana. This video shows Denham Springs, a bedroom community about 12 miles East of Baton Rouge. This is a short video (4:13) but captures the devastation.
Remember when Obama ripped President Bush for flying over New Orleans to view the extent of Katrina’s destruction? Bush was also on vacation on his ranch when Katrina struck, but he cut his vacation short by two days and flew back to Washington. He was on his way back to D.C., when the president ordered a detour to fly over New Orleans to see the damage first hand.
And where has Obama been while Louisiana floods? Not even in an airplane viewing the flooding from the air, no, he’s warm and cozy in Martha’s Vineyard casually playing golf. Calling Bush’s flyover a metaphor for Bush’s failed leadership candidate Obama said, “People looked up at the roof tops for too long they saw an empty sky.” Bush was accused of “not caring about black people.”
“We can talk about what happened for a few days in 2005 and we should,” Obama said. “We can talk about levees that could not hold … about a president who only saw the people from the window of an airplane instead of down here on the ground, trying to provide comfort and aid.”
Or, we can talk about a president who refuses to cut his vacation short or even to forego a round of golf to “provide comfort and aid” to the people of Louisiana, tens of thousands of whom have lost practically all of their possessions, their homes, their furnishings, their automobiles and trucks – some lost everything. And only a small percentage had flood insurance (homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover rising water).
These are “his people.” Louisiana’s population has the second largest proportion of black Americans (32% according to 2010 census) in the United States and 96% of them voted for him in 2008. He may choose to ignore the white people hurting, but is this how a black president treats “his people”?
You’d think that if the president can interrupt his vacation for a swanky fundraiser for fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton, as he did on Monday, then surely he can make time to show up for a catastrophe that’s displaced thousands.
But, it was apparently important for Obama to reach that threshold of playing his 300th round of golf while president (George W. Bush played 24 rounds). Those pesky rednecks down in Louisiana will just have to wait.
This is yet one more example of how awful this president is and what a mistake it was to elect him.