Since President Obama and his family have been vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard, the public has barely heard a peep out of him — despite the rioting in Milwaukee, fires in western states and flooding in the South, especially in Louisiana.
Rod Dreher, a blogger for The American Conservative website, questioned the whereabouts of Democratic leaders as flood waters devastate Louisiana.
He wrote in his Mucker’s Diary:
To his credit, the president has released disaster aid to Louisiana, and has sent the FEMA chief down. But he is not interrupting his vacation on fancy Martha’s Vineyard to come give comfort and show compassion to his own countrymen who are in extreme pain.
Despite George W. Bush’s folly on Katrina, which left a permanent mark on his legacy, Obama remains on vacation, just as Bush did.
The Baton Rouge Advocate was somewhat more direct. In light of the more than 100,000 Louisiana residents who have lost their homes, it begged for the president’s attention. And it also mentioned the Bush flyover.
In its Thursday editorial, The Advocate wrote:
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.
Then-Sen. Obama visited New Orleans in the aftermath of Katrina in 2005, and years later during his own presidential run ripped Bush for not doing likewise.
“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.”
So where was the president during the latest disaster? White House correspondent Mark Knoller reported:
On the links today, Pres Obama’s golf partners again include retired NBA star Alonzo Mourning and Obama Foundation Chair Marty Nesbitt.
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) August 17, 2016
This wasn’t the first time Obama was AWOL, one observed.
— Tar&Feathers (@LeeNicholson11) August 17, 2016
Obama wasn’t the only Democratic leader AWOL. Dreher pointed a finger directly at Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.
Hillary devoted three times that number of tweets to congratulating US women athletes at the Rio games. Hey, I have no problem with celebrating their victories. But let’s see: over 100,000 people have lost their homes in Louisiana. More than half of them are women, it stands to reason. This is not a secret. If you want to win the attention of the Democratic nominee for president, it’s much better to be a woman athlete than a Louisiana woman made homeless by the flooding, it would appear.
And it didn’t even involve a 3 a.m. phone call.
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