Monday, 03 September 2012 13:48
Politics time: Obama, Jindal, Romney focuses upon Louisiana, Isaac
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jindals-bookWhen does an apolitical disaster such as Hurricane Isaac that walloped Louisiana become political?

The answer? Just about any time but particularly during the height of a highly contested Presidential and congressional election, which obviously is occurring right now.

 

 

According to news sources, The White House said Monday as President Barack Obama landed in Louisiana to tour hurricane damage that disasters were no time for politics, but took a shot a Republicans nonetheless.
Obama took time off the campaign trail to fly into New Orleans to view damage and visit rescue workers involved in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac, which roared ashore last week causing widespread flooding.
White House spokesman Jay Carney denied to reporters aboard Air Force One that Obama's visit was intended to draw a contrast with Republican White House candidate Mitt Romney, who made a surprise visit to New Orleans on Friday.
"I think that disasters are apolitical and I think that the way we respond to disasters should be apolitical," he said.
Carney claimed however that Republicans, led by vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, had tried last year not to fully fund a relief fund for people hit by disasters.
Obama's campaign spokesman Jen Psaki said that while the Obama and Romney visits provided a chance to meet local residents, "there also are some clear differences in what the different sides of this election are presenting."


The US president met with local officials in Louisiana, including Republican Governor Bobby Jindal, and visited a flooded area in St John the Baptist Parish.  This week, Democrats meet in Charlotte for their convention hoping to re-elect Obama. 
Of course, Obama is not the only President or Presidential candidate who has made a highly publicized visit to Louisiana after Isaac struck.
Last week, the day after his speech at the GOP convention, Mitt Romney traveled to Louisiana to view Hurricane Isaac damage.


Also, Jindal and Obama are not new to emergencies in Louisiana. During the BP oil spill, the relationship between the president (and his administration) and the Louisiana governor were quite acrimonious.  Jindal frequently complained that the Obama administration was moving too slow in dealing with that crises.
After the oil spew was capped, Jindal released a book that he wrote during the middle of the spill, that in part, focused upon his bad relationship with Obama during that "hot summer" .  Jindal has sold copies of the book around the country and at campaign events and was considered to be one of the top candidates for vice president before Romney picked Ryan.

Criticis believe Jindal took advantage of his private communications with the president in writing the book entitled "Leadership and Crises" to introduce himself to the nation prior to the election season.

Last week, immediately after the hurricane hit, Jindal complained that Obama was not doing enough for Louisiana in terms of federal aid to the state. During the course of his term as governor, Jindal has frequently denounced accepting certain federal money such as stimulus and healthcare funds and has frequently blasted the president for being too profligate with federal spending.   

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