Obama AWOL on Hurricane Isaac and Media are Silent
Mitt Romney’s already been to New Orleans to see the hurricane damage first hand. He smells victory in November and so he’s acting presidential. Republican Governor Bobby Jindal, who was slated to speak at the GOP Convention, made the right call and stayed in Louisiana to oversee cleanup operations.
Why isn’t President Obama hip-deep in the flood waters of Hurricane Isaac? Where is FEMA? Is the President golfing? Is he campaigning? Yes, he’s campaigning, and since Louisiana isn’t in play in November, he’s decided to go elsewhere, until some conservative sites turned his absence into a story.
This isn’t the first flooded area President Obama has ignored. When Nashville was under water in May of 2010, the president was nowhere to be found. It was also a media non-story. It didn’t fit their liberal narrative even though 21 people were killed in Nashville alone. Even though at least 30 counties in Tennessee were declared major disaster areas by the federal government, President Obama was AWOL.
I haven’t heard a peep from the media about Obama’s absence in Louisiana. The latest news is that he’s planning to appear presidential on Labor Day when the storm will be long gone. Consider the following:
“President Barack Obama, who in 2005 criticized then-President George Bush for not exhibiting a ‘greater sense of empathy’ toward the victims of Hurricane Katrina, told a campaign crowd at the University of Virginia on Wednesday afternoon [Aug. 29] — as people in Louisiana were dealing with what the National Hurricane Center called ‘life-threatening hazards’ caused by Hurricane Isaac — that he had discussed the hurricane on the telephone from Air Force One as he was flying East from a previous campaign event in Colorado.”
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A series of phone calls? That’s it? Are you telling me that all George Bush had to do was make some phone calls and he wouldn’t have received any criticism?
How times have changed. President Bush was excoriated for his inaction. It was a constant drumbeat. Day in and day out the media and the Democrats attacked President Bush for not doing enough. Racism was thrown in for good measure. Singer Kanye West (who is black) said the following in a fund raising effort for the NBC telethon to raise money for Katrina victims in September of 2005: “George Bush doesn’t care about black people!” Using racist logic, are we to assume that Barack Obama (his white half) doesn’t care about black people?
Let’s not forget the comments that Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan made about the levees that were built to hold back the flood waters. He told his followers “that the levees in New Orleans may have been deliberately ‘blown up’ to kill the city’s black population. ‘I heard from a very reliable source who saw a 25 foot deep crater under the levee breach,’ Farrakhan explained. ‘It may have been blown up to destroy the black part of town and keep the white part dry.’”
While Farrakhan didn’t say who had blown up the levees, you know he was implying that it was done by a bunch of white guys bought and paid for by the Bush administration.
If a Republican president were in the White House during Hurricane Isaac’s rampage, there would have been a 24-hour slam on everything the president didn’t do to help the victim’s of the storm.
If the Republican President took time out to go to the bathroom during a hurricane, the media would report that he was more interested in his own water and that of the toilet than he is about the rising flood waters destroying homes in New Orleans and outlying regions.