The Washington Post took time off, Thursday, from tearing strips off Donald Trump to direct their ire at President Obama over his “cool indifference” to the plight of the flood-stricken people of Louisiana.
And, yes, to even praise The Donald:
President Obama has accomplished something previously unimaginable: He helped Donald Trump look more presidential than the president of the United States.
On Friday, while residents of Baton Rouge were recovering from a historic flood that damaged some 40,000 homes, Obama was on Martha’s Vineyard watching fireworks, following 10 rounds of golf in 16 days. Donald Trump, by contrast, was on the ground in the flood zone, unloading relief materials, touring the devastation and focusing much-needed attention on a disaster that has been largely ignored by the media.
President Obama’s convenient excuse — and Hillary’s too (she was also on Martha’s Vinyard) — was, according to a White House statement, that: “The President is mindful of the impact that his travel has on first responders and wants to ensure that his presence does not interfere with ongoing recovery efforts.”
Funny, that’s precisely why President George W. Bush didn’t come to New Orleans immediately after Hurricane Katrina. And Democrats — including Barack Obama — hammered Bush for it. Unlike Obama, Bush actually canceled his vacation and got on a plane to return to Washington. But he decided not to land in Louisiana so as not to draw resources away from the ongoing rescue efforts and flew Air Force One low over the flood zone so that he could see the devastation firsthand.
Democrats howled. Then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Bush was “oblivious, in denial, dangerous.” Obama later called Bush “a president who only saw the people [of Louisiana] from the window of an airplane, instead of down here on the ground trying to provide comfort.”
Well, I have news for Obama. You can’t see the people of Louisiana at all from a golf course on Martha’s Vineyard.
What Louisiana residents sorely needed was news coverage. And Trump provided that for them, and more. He also brought supplies with him, and made a made a flood relief donation to the Greenwell Springs Baptist Church.
While Obama was playing golf, Donald Trump was doing the job the president was supposed to be doing.
Democratic senator Mary Landrieu, a Hillary Clinton supporter, thanked Trump for coming because “he brought attention to our state, and we need that now.”
And Democratic governor John Bel Edwards also had high praise for The Donald, saying his visit “helped to shine a spotlight on Louisiana and on the dire situation that we have here,” adding Trump and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, were “sincere and genuine . . . about their desire to be helpful.”
Finally, Obama was shamed into announcing that he, too, would visit Louisiana — but only after his vacation was over.
Can he spare it?