Obama To Visit Louisiana Next Week Amidst Severe Flooding

President Barack Obama speaks during a joint news conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Monday, July 27, 2015, at the National Palace in Addis Ababa. Obama is the first sitting U.S. president... President Barack Obama speaks during a joint news conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Monday, July 27, 2015, at the National Palace in Addis Ababa. Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to visit Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) MORE LESS
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President Barack Obama plans to visit Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Tuesday, Aug. 23, the White House announced Friday, amidst historic floods that have killed at least 13 people and prompted mass evacuations.

The announcement came as critics have bashed the President for not cutting his vacation in Martha’s Vineyard short to travel to the flood-ravaged region, though Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) has said that a presidential visit should wait until it will not come at the cost of distracting authorities currently dealing with the response effort.

“The President is mindful of the impact that his travel has on first responders and wants to ensure that his presence does not interfere with ongoing recovery efforts,” White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said in a statement announcing next week’s visit.

According to Earnest’s statement, Obama has received updates from Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate while on his vacation.

“He is also eager to get a first-hand look at the impact of the devastating floods, hear from more officials about the response, including how the federal government can assist and tell the people of Louisiana that the American people will be with them as they rebuild their community and come back stronger than ever,” Earnest said.

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  1. and now the wingnuts bashing him this week for not going, will bash him next week for going.

    It’s always heads they win, tails Obama loses.

  2. And all this hair-on-fire shit will be for nothing.
    The people that complained will still find something to complain about.

    But by next week no one will really remember what all the outrage was about. Or care.

    ETA: It’s as if Pres. Obama waits and watches the right wingers go into a fucking frenzy. Then calmly steps in, looking sane and reasonable, making them look stupid.

  3. Small note to the author.

    Josh Earnest has a gender, and we know what it is—therefore he is a spokesman for the administration, not a spokesperson ( a word that doesn’t really exist except in the minds of the terminally politically correct.)

  4. I’m sure CNN will have this photo handy when they empanel 4 people to extoll to the world what an imperius, uncaring President Obama is for not shoveling mud out of people’s basements as we speak.

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