President Obama met with survivors in flooded Louisiana Tuesday, touring a hard-hit Baton Rouge suburb strewn with debris and rubble. "Sometimes when these kinds of things happen, it can seem like too much to bear. But what I want the people of Louisiana to know is you're not alone, even after the TV cameras leave," Obama said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon after walking through destroyed homes and shaking hands with residents.
Obama said Americans are "heartbroken by the loss of life" and said the floods have cost survivors more than property.
Obama signed a federal disaster declaration over a week ago, freeing up $120 million in aid.
The article is filled with criticisms concerning how long it took the President to arrive in Louisiana but I ignored them because we know that the Governor asked the President to stay away and that Obama signed that federal disaster declaration immediately which is really the most important thing he could do in response.
This press conference only has value in bringing attention to the crisis, which everybody is already paying attention to already, and quieting those on the Right who attack the President at every opportunity.
Our President is much more concerned with helping these people get the services and help they need rather than to use their suffering as a backdrop for political purposes.
By the way Hillary is also not planning to visit the area until she knows that her appearance will not disrupt the response to the crisis.
P.S. It appears that Donald Trump's $100,000 donation (If he actually donated it.) may have gone to Tony Perkins and his anti-LGBT ministry.
Trump donated $100k to a La. church helping w/ flood relief effort, along w/ truck of supplies he helped unload Friday, per his spokeswoman— Ashley Killough (@KilloughCNN) August 21, 2016
Gee, that's really helpful.The church is Greenwell Springs Baptist Church, which Trump visited Friday and where Tony Perkins is interim pastor https://t.co/iw9dbipEdF— Ashley Killough (@KilloughCNN) August 21, 2016