Campaign Reset: Trump Plays the Role of President in Louisiana While Obama Golfs and Clinton Rests
By Keith Koffler, LifeZette.com
In a brilliant maneuver perfectly timed to complement his campaign revamp, Republican nominee Donald Trump today landed in Louisiana to witness first-hand the devastation wrought by flooding not seen there since Hurricane Katrina pummeled the Gulf Coast in 2005.
Trump’s arrival on the scene helps him on a number of levels. Most importantly, it provides a dramatic contrast to Hillary Clinton and President Obama, both of whom have neglected to go see first-hand a region where more than a dozen have died and tens of thousands have been forced out of their homes.
Acting like a leader who is there for average Americans is exactly what propelled Trump to the Republican nomination.
Trump’s move to see, first-hand, the plight of disaster victims lends him a presidential aura that critics say he has been lacking due to off the cuff remarks that have, at times, sounded as crass and immature. Obama, the actual president, has responded absurdly, refusing to budge from the Martha’s Vineyard golf courses where he is playing nearly daily with celebrities and wealthy friends — even to issue a public statement, let alone visit the unfolding tragedy.
Though the press has barely noticed, Obama’s performance is demonstrably worse than that of George W. Bush during the 2005 Hurricane Katrina catastrophe, when Bush at least broke off his vacation and attempted to show some compassion by flying over the area to witness the devastation. He then actually landed on the scene a couple of days later to check up on the relief effort and offer moral support.
However, a spokesman for Louisiana's governor said his office had not been contacted by the Trump campaign.
Richard Carbo, spokesman for Gov. John Bel Edwards, told the Associated Press Trump was welcome to Louisiana, "but not for a photo-op." Instead, Carbo proposed Trump "consider volunteering or making a sizable donation to the LA Flood Relief Fund to help the victims of this storm."
Earlier Thursday, the Baton Rouge Advocate called on President Barack Obama to cut short his Martha's Vineyard vacation and visit the affected area.
"The optics of Obama golfing while Louisiana residents languished in flood waters was striking," an editorial said. "It evoked the precedent of the passive federal response to [Hurricane Katrina] in 2005, a chapter of history no one should ever repeat."