Trump Campaign Takes A Star Turn With Visit To Flood Region… Obama Left Waiting In The Wings

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This was the role of a lifetime.

During his reality show career, Donald Trump took on the persona of the brash boss, the kind of guy who delights in saying “you’re fired” to some hapless apprentice. During the GOP primary campaign, he was the angry outsider, shaking up the Republican establishment.

But on Friday in flood-ravaged Louisiana, Trump played the part of president-in-waiting, an aspiring commander in chief who connects with the common man. And the reviews were raving.

“He took time out of his busy schedule to come here,” Kellie Michelli, a woman left homeless by the flooding, told a Reuters reporter outside a church food bank in East Baton Rouge Parish.

“I don’t care if he gives a nickel, he showed he cared by coming here.”

As Trump and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, greeted crowds earlier in Baton Rouge, the state capital, the crowd seemed hungry for autographs – and a glimpse of the presidential contender.

“We knew you’d be here, Mr. Trump,” one woman called from the crowd. “We knew you’d be here for us.”

Check out video of the visit here.

As for the other actors in the drama of the 2016 presidential campaign, they were taking the day off, it seems.

President Barack Obama, the guy who’s drawing a pretty fat paycheck from the American taxpayer right now to respond to emergencies exactly like this, was enjoying some undisturbed vacation time on the wealth-drenched island of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

(To be fair, the White House announced Friday that Obama would indeed finally get around to visiting Louisiana — next week. Any guesses as to why?)

Trump’s competition for the role, Hillary Clinton, made do with a statement declaring that the flood relief effort shouldn’t be hindered by “distractions” like people running for president actually visiting the scene to see the situation for themselves.

“My heart breaks for Louisiana, and right now, the relief effort can’t afford any distractions,” she wrote in a Facebook statement. (She didn’t say she was washing her hair, it just sounded like that.)

The former first lady, senator and secretary of state must have a pretty low opinion of the country’s emergency responders if she thinks a three-hour pop-in tour is going to disrupt major life and death operations.

She also might have a slightly inflated sense of just how much of a distraction her lofty presence might bring. (And Democrats say Trump is a narcissist?)

Meanwhile, Trump’s high-profile visit was over by Friday afternoon, with no major “distractions” to the flood relief effort reported.

The Trump tour of Louisiana isn’t going to change the electoral map, of course. As veteran Times-Picayune political writer and editor Tim Morris pointed out in early August, Louisiana has been safely Republican since John F. Kennedy squeaked out the last Democrat presidential win there in 1960, and it’s likely to stay that way even if the governor is a Democrat. (Which might, of course, be why Hillary and Obama are blowing the whole thing off.)

But it did provide a welcome break for the Trump camp from an endless stream of negative headlines – from poor poll numbers to the departure Friday of his former campaign chairman Paul Manfort. 

It also gave him a shot at auditioning for a role he clearly craves – and the reviews were raving.

h/t: Daily Caller

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