This is yet another update on Donald J. Trump’s election campaign. Be sure to keep yourself informed!:
The Democrats are already attacking, but when Republican nominee Donald Trump flew into flood-ravaged Louisiana Friday with running mate Mike Pence, he only drew more attention to how contemptuous of the crisis President Obama appears on his golfing vacation to Martha’s Vineyard.
On a day when even liberal-leaning media outlets are carrying headlines like “Obama hammered over Louisiana flood response,” news that Trump and Pence were traveling to the Bayou State is painting Democrats into a very bad corner.
They can continue to ignore the problem — as Obama is apparently intent on doing — or suddenly decide that Louisiana is worth more attention than the oh-so-sincere “closely monitoring” Twitter post Democrat nominee Clinton took a few seconds to publish on Wednesday.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 16, 2016
If they do anything more, though, they’re going to look like they’re following Trump’s lead after he took on the crisis on Thursday.
“Our prayers are with the families who have lost loved ones, and we send them our deepest condolences,” he said at a campaign rally in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“Though words cannot express the sadness one feels at times like this, I hope everyone in Louisiana knows that our country is praying for them and standing with them to help them in these difficult hours.”
“When one state hurts, we all hurt – and we must all work together to lift each other up,” said the GOP nominee.
It’s exactly the kind of speech a president should be expected to make at a time when a sizable part of the country is feeling the terrible impact of Mother Nature. More importantly, it’s being followed up by concrete action – a boots-on-the-ground visit from a potential commander in chief, along with his wingman. (They arrived about 10:30 a.m. ET.)
From the current president, though, a man busy whiling away the nights in a storied playground for the rich and comfortable, the most substantive statement so far was a disaster declaration signed five days ago – along with a White House press secretary’s assurance that Obama is staying up to date on the situation.
For this, of course, the media makes excuses. This one, published Thursday by the Washington Post, is classic:
That’s why Obama won’t break off his vacation in Martha’s Vineyard — or stop playing golf on said vacation — to travel to Louisiana. Because he believes he can monitor the situation as well — or better — from where he is. And that the sole reason to go to Louisiana is for the theatrical piece of politics, a piece that he not only rejects but detests.
Wait, what? Barack Obama rejects and detests political theater? He who relished sharing a national stage with Greek columns? He who once told NBC’s Chuck Todd, “Part of this job is also the theater of it,” adding, “it’s not something that always comes naturally to me. But it matters. And I’m mindful of that.”
Wouldn’t want a president acting like he gives a damn about American citizens or anything, now would we? (And if he can do just as much good on a golf course as in office, do we really need the guy in office?)
Meanwhile, Trump’s announcement of the visit was met with a barely disguised sneer from Louisiana’s Democrat governor John Bel Edwards, and an implied shakedown for the wealthy Republican.
“We welcome him to LA but not for a photo-op. Instead we hope he’ll consider volunteering or making a sizable donation to the LA Flood Relief Fund to help the victims of the storm,” Edwards’ office said in a statement.
Well, bad manners aside, (a “donation” isn’t enough, Edwards wants a “sizable donation”) Edwards’ office ought to be honest enough to acknowledge that Trump’s announcement of the visit has done more in a single news cycle to make Americans aware of the Louisiana crisis than 100 “emergency declarations,” especially when they come from a president whose idea of an emergency is apparently a bad lie on the 16th green at Farm Neck Golf Club
And Trump’s trip to the flood-ravaged region is already drawing rave reviews on social media:
— Howdy Doody (@StatesRights420) August 19, 2016
— Hazel Crow (@Topsarg41) August 19, 2016
Trump goes to Louisiana while Obama continues to golf on vacation. Actions speak louder than words.
— Garrett Summers (@gsummers10ASU) August 19, 2016
That is something Barack Obama hasn’t understood for almost eight years.
Just remember, never trust the lamestream media’s spin and do not allow them to dissuade you. Make America Great Again!