Eleven years ago, when Hurricane Katrina caused catastrophic flooding in Louisiana, the then Senator Barack Obama lashed President Bush for being slow to react to the crisis.
A few years later, when he was on the campaign trail for president of the United States, he again castigated President Bush over the Katrina disaster:
“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.”
But now, when Louisiana is again stricken by floods and crying out for help and it’s time for President Obama to put his money where his mouth is — what’s he doing?
He’s playing golf — that’s what he’s doing:
Obama has received a briefing on the Louisiana flooding that has killed over a dozen and his Homeland Department secretary is visiting the area. But Obama hasn’t broken from his long vacation to even make a flyover to the flooded state.
On Thursday, the White House media pool reported that the president went golfing again.
In an editorial titled “Our Views: Vacation or not, a hurting Louisiana needs you now, President Obama”, The Advocate, Louisiana’s leading news source, laments the president’s apparent indifference to the state’s plight, and reminds him of his rebuke of President Bush when the shoe was on the other foot:
Now that the flood waters ravaging Louisiana are receding, it’s time for President Barack Obama to visit the most anguished state in the union.
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.