A Louisiana newspaper published an op-ed directed at President Barack Obama, urging him to make a visit to the flood-wrecked state instead of continuing his vacation at ritzy Martha's Vineyard.
“We’ve seen this story before in Louisiana, and we don’t deserve a sequel,” says The Advocate. “In 2005, a fly-over by a vacationing President George W. Bush became a symbol of official neglect for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The current president was among those making political hay out of Bush’s aloofness.”
For nearly a week, parts of Louisiana have been ravaged by heavy rains and flooding that have killed at least 13 people and displaced thousands, according to NBC News. The National Weather Service warned that more rain and flooding could be on the way.
"It turns your heart upside down.You think it's over, and then it starts raining again,” meteorologist Roger Erickson of the NWS station in Lake Charles told NBC News.
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And The Advocate said a visit from Obama could boost the morale of those who have had to endure the pain that has been unleashed on the Bayou State.
“Sometimes, presidential visits can get in the way of emergency response, doing more harm than good,” says The Advocate. “But we don’t see that as a factor now that flood waters are subsiding, even if at an agonizing pace. It’s past time for the president to pay a personal visit, showing his solidarity with suffering Americans.”
According to Time, Obama is at Martha's Vineyard playing golf by day and partying by night until 1 a.m. And the vacation home his family has rented could cost as much as $20,000 per week.
“The optics of Obama golfing while Louisiana residents languished in flood waters was striking,” said The Advocate. “It evoked the precedent of the passive federal response to the state’s agony in 2005, a chapter of history no one should ever repeat.”