Is President Barack Obama also “leading from behind” in connection with the Hurricane Isaac aftermath?
The president apparently had no firm plans to visit storm-ravaged Louisiana, according to Politico. But when GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and businessman, went directly there on Friday after the Republican National Convention, Team Obama apparently changed its campaign itinerary.
The White House subsequently issued a press release that “On Monday, September 3rd, President Obama will travel to Louisiana to meet with local officials and view ongoing response and recovery efforts to Hurricane Isaac.”
London’s Daily Mail described yesterday how Mitt Romney apparently prompted a change in the president’s schedule:
After it emerged that Obama was still taking time to fit in a campaign stop in Cleveland, Ohio, before checking out how clean-up operations are proceeding in the Bayou state, the Obama campaign abruptly cancelled that event, though he will still hold a rally in Toledo, Ohio before heading south.
But the Republican presidential candidate touched down in the Hurricane ravaged state this afternoon – a full three days before Obama – touring the flooded areas around Lafitte and showing his support for local residents.
Romney originally was going to join VP nominee Paul Ryan at a post-convention campaign event in Richmond, Virginia, but opted to go directly to New Orleans instead.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal previously assailed the federal government for its incomplete support of his state during the Hurricane Isaac emergency. In an email this morning, Gov. Jindal wrote, in part that “In the face of adversity, I’m always amazed at the depth of compassion and strength of resolve in our communities. I know we’ll get through this storm. We will rebuild and we will rebuild better and stronger than before.”
Imagine just for a second the headlines if all this was going on if George W. Bush was still in the White House.