>> President Obama touring Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Tuesday, assessing the damage from record flooding amid criticism that he did not cut short a vacation to visit the state.>> Obama ought to get off the golf course and get down there. The White House has defended the president’s decision, saying Obama was more focused on the federal response to the crisis than on securing photo opportunities.
Republican presidential hopeful, Donald Trump, visited the state last week over objections from the governor warning politicians to stay away. Trump tweeting that the president’s visit Tuesday was quote too little, too late. The president Tuesday, brushing aside political concerns.>> This is not a photo op issue. This is, how do you make sure that a month from now, three months from now, six months from now, people still are getting the help that they need.
The president's travel requires a huge entourage of secret service and local and state officials, so the White House usually waits to visit disaster zones to avoid tying up police and emergency resources needed elsewhere. The deluge that dumped more than two and a half feet of rain in parts of Louisiana has been described as the worst natural disaster in the U.S. since Superstorm Sandy in 2012.
The floods have killed at least 13 people and damaged over 60,000 homes.