Change: As Romney visits Louisiana, Obama alters schedule for earlier visit on Monday

posted at 4:01 pm on August 31, 2012 by Allahpundit

He was planning to visit on Monday all along, Jay Carney assured the press today, just, er, as soon as his campaign event in Ohio was over. Now the event is canceled and he’ll fly to Louisiana earlier. This is the same guy who spent the day that Isaac was pounding Louisiana out on the trail in Iowa, with a short break in the afternoon for a jaunty chat session on Reddit. He obviously doesn’t care at all about the optics of this, probably because he knows the media’s too busy parsing Republican mentions of “golf” for hidden racial subtexts to cover his indifference.

Nice job by Romney in forcing him to make a move.

President Barack Obama was today forced to announce he will fly to storm-hit Louisiana on Monday – hours after Mitt Romney beat him to the punch by deciding to head there this afternoon.

After it emerged that Obama was still taking time to fit in a campaign stop in Cleveland, Ohio before checking out how clean-up operations are proceeding in the Bayou state, the Obama campaign abruptly cancelled that event.

‘In light of the President’s travel to Louisiana to meet with local officials and view ongoing response and recovery efforts to Hurricane Isaac, President Obama will no longer travel to Cleveland, Ohio on Monday, September 3,’ the campaign said in a terse statement.

You can imagine the gritted teeth in the Oval Office and Chicago HQ as they scratched off that precious Ohio visit because O had to attend to something as mundane as his disaster relief. Here’s the real question: Why wasn’t he, or isn’t he, scheduled to visit tomorrow? He deserves a pass on visiting earlier this week while the storm was still there, since it would have exposed him to needless risk and his security precautions would have created an extra logistical headache for local government. I’m willing to give him a pass on visiting today too because he’s meeting with troops at Fort Bliss to commemorate the second anniversary of the end of combat in Iraq. What about Saturday, though? There’s nothing on his schedule as of this writing. Any logistical reason to hold off until Monday — more local police on duty, perhaps — or did he just not feel like losing his weekend? I’m sure there are golf courses in Louisiana. *Dog whistle!*


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great move by Romney, he saw the hole open and hit the ground running. Obama had to play “me too” like the douche that he is. pathetic.

exceller on August 31, 2012 at 4:39 PM

I’m really enjoying the fact that after your big party in Tamper you are forced to populate your news aggregator with so much lameness.

Biden made some wise cracks and Barry’s rolling to LA? Thin reeds.

You guys sound really positive and pumped up!

Clint was great! haha.

Resigned to two months of mocking and wishcasting. Enjoy.

tommyhawk on August 31, 2012 at 4:39 PM

other great moments in Obama leadership

Dec 27, 1776 Trenton New jersey

President Elect Barack Obama leads a crack team of ACORN Operatives in a stunning raid to register as many Hessian illegal immigrants as possible, finding the barracks empty he improvises with an off the cuff lecture on profits and earnings ratios that almost leads a passing Alexander Hamilton to suicide…..

harlekwin15 on August 31, 2012 at 4:39 PM

what’s a non breaking space?

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 4:32 PM

& nbsp;

Only don’t put a space between the & and the n.

The Rogue Tomato on August 31, 2012 at 4:40 PM

9 1/2 weeks to go. Ooohhh.

faraway on August 31, 2012 at 4:40 PM

President Empty Chair

petefrt on August 31, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Barry was prodded to do so by Larry Sinclair.

bayview on August 31, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Leading from behind.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on August 31, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Mitt= chess
Barry=checkers tiddly-winks

a capella on August 31, 2012 at 4:11 PM

FIFY

Timothy S. Carlson on August 31, 2012 at 4:41 PM

I think Romney is using Alinsky against Obama, and it’s terrifying Obama.

ALINSKY RULE 8: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.”

Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new. (Attack, attack, attack from all sides, never giving the reeling organization a chance to rest, regroup, recover and re-strategize.)

faraway on August 31, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Obama’s swooping in on Monday?

I didn’t know they could dry out golf courses that fast.

fogw on August 31, 2012 at 4:44 PM

what’s a non breaking space?

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 4:32 PM

& nbsp ; ?

lorien1973 on August 31, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Non-Breaking Space in HTML

Steveangell on August 31, 2012 at 4:46 PM

I

Resigned to two months of mocking and wishcasting. Enjoy.

tommyhawk on August 31, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Well you the rest of you Obamabots have been doing it for four years now, two more months will be easy for ya!

bluemarlin on August 31, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Mitt is living in his head already…mission accomplished, I guess :)…

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Well that’s a relief, I thought Fiddy-Cent was going to have to go on TV and say that “Obama doesn’t care about black people.”

stefanite on August 31, 2012 at 4:47 PM

This reminds me of the whole Lincoln following Douglas to every town he went… only better.

princetrumpet on August 31, 2012 at 4:48 PM

For above post

Well you and the rest of you ….

bluemarlin on August 31, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Obama is such a loser.

CW on August 31, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Well you the rest of you Obamabots have been doing it for four years now, two more months will be easy for ya!

bluemarlin on August 31, 2012 at 4:47 PM

I meant you, dummy.

tommyhawk on August 31, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Oh my Obama must be hurting. I just saw the Bill Clinton commercial and at the end they superimposed a request to sent $10 to some text number. Sheesh – don’t think I have ever see something like that on a campaign commerical.

traditionalgal on August 31, 2012 at 4:53 PM

I think Romney is using Alinsky against Obama, and it’s terrifying Obama [snip]

faraway on August 31, 2012 at 4:42 PM

I suuuurrre do hope so. Please, Mitt, keep it up.

His election-fu is not only getting positively fun to watch, but is a good harbinger of how he plans to coolly and competently handle opposition once he’s elected President.

inviolet on August 31, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Don’t worry.
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The media will smooth everything over and make it right.
.
By next week,they’ll build him (should I capitalize THE ‘h’?)up to a combination of Albert Schweitzer, Solomon ,Mother Theresa and Abraham Lincoln.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on August 31, 2012 at 4:54 PM

I think Romney is using Alinsky against Obama, and it’s terrifying Obama.

ALINSKY RULE 8: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.”

Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new. (Attack, attack, attack from all sides, never giving the reeling organization a chance to rest, regroup, recover and re-strategize.)

faraway on August 31, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Well he did learn it from the master himself. Mitt was his dad’s spokesman when his dad was good friends with Saul Alinsky who wrote Rules for Radicals and dedicated it to Lucifer.

Steveangell on August 31, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Obama had to play “me too” like the douche that he is. pathetic.

exceller on August 31, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Defense! Defense! Defense!

roy_batty on August 31, 2012 at 4:57 PM

He wanted folks to work on labor day

cmsinaz on August 31, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Poor Barack Obama. If he does get re-elected, look at the terrible economy he will inherit from the guy holding office now. (SARC)

mechkiller_k on August 31, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Oh my Obama must be hurting. I just saw the Bill Clinton commercial and at the end they superimposed a request to sent $10 to some text number. Sheesh – don’t think I have ever see something like that on a campaign commerical.

traditionalgal on August 31, 2012 at 4:53 PM

“Call 976-HOT_BARRY for the hottest talk. Only $49.95 / minute”

Doesn’t surprise me at all.

Timothy S. Carlson on August 31, 2012 at 5:00 PM

UPDATE via Mark Knoller 27 min ago:

Pres Obama on his way back to DC. He spends the night at the WH and sets out tomorrow on 3-day campaign swing to swing states IA, CO & OH.

Buy Danish on August 31, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Frankly, if America has degenerated to the point our people are so perverted and parasitic as to reelect this buffoonish preening peacock of a poseur, we deserve the destruction which will follow. It will be justice.

When de Revolution come, I propose we execute the traitors on our own side first to avoid ongoing perfidy, then take our time with the leftists and Journ-o-listers to ensure we get them all.

Adjoran on August 31, 2012 at 5:01 PM

FNC’s The Five will apparently be showing some of Mitt’s LA visit, after they cover last night’s successes.

pambi on August 31, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Steveangell on August 31, 2012 at 4:55 PM

There were riots and his dad met with Alinsky and proposed listening to the guy instead of listening to the same people they had been listening to (with nothing changing) and you translate this to “his dad was good friends with Saul Alinksy”?

That’s lame enough, but to then try to smear Mitt by association….that’s just sad.

If you’ve got something worthwhile to add to the conversation, feel free to chime in at any point.

JadeNYU on August 31, 2012 at 5:03 PM

I wonder if obama’s advance team are strategically planting tar balls for photo ops.

LarryinLA on August 31, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Oh my Obama must be hurting. I just saw the Bill Clinton commercial and at the end they superimposed a request to sent $10 to some text number. Sheesh – don’t think I have ever see something like that on a campaign commerical.

traditionalgal on August 31, 2012 at 4:53 PM

.
“But wait!! There’s more!!”

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on August 31, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Sorta reminds me of the bracelet—”I have one too–the name of the trooper is ahhh,uaahh,uuughh.

dragondrop on August 31, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Resigned to two months of mocking and wishcasting. Enjoy.

tommyhawk on August 31, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Are you looking forward to the debates as much as we are? They should be a lot of fun, unless Sheriff Joe comes out in a full body, pink vajayjay suit or wearing a lampshade on his head. That might get things off on the wrong track.

a capella on August 31, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Well he did learn it from the master himself. Mitt was his dad’s spokesman when his dad was good friends with Saul Alinsky who wrote Rules for Radicals and dedicated it to Lucifer.

Steveangell on August 31, 2012 at 4:55 PM

LOL..dude..I know it’s hard for you but never go full retard.

HumpBot Salvation on August 31, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Any logistical reason to hold off until Monday

Mooch wanna partaay on the weeknd ?

burrata on August 31, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Imagine what the hurricane has done to the price of arugula.

captn2fat on August 31, 2012 at 5:28 PM

I’m sure there are golf courses in Louisiana. *Dog whistle!*

Probably doesn’t like the water hazards.

CC Senor on August 31, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Obama had to play “me too” like the douche that he is. pathetic.

exceller on August 31, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Still leading from behind. “I’ve got a bracelet too” all over again.

AZfederalist on August 31, 2012 at 5:32 PM

He is following Mitt along like a stray dog…

right2bright on August 31, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Mutts for Mitt all agree …
Better in the crate than on the plate.

timberline on August 31, 2012 at 5:32 PM

dragondrop on August 31, 2012 at 5:15 PM

You beat me to it. GMTA

AZfederalist on August 31, 2012 at 5:34 PM

I am wondering whether the Obama campaign is going to stick to what appears to be a perception that Romney/Republicans are cookie-cutter bad guys (callous, hateful, contemptuous, clumsy, etc.) and maybe stereotype themselves out of a re-election.

Russ808 on August 31, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Does anyone know if Zero actually CAME to TX to produce his campaign commercial @ Ft. Hood ??
To celebrate the anniversary of troops leaving Iraq ??
Buuuwahahaha.

pambi on August 31, 2012 at 5:44 PM

He is following Mitt along like a stray dog…

right2bright on August 31, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Well, O did say that we talk about like a dog. So…

GrannyDee on August 31, 2012 at 5:52 PM

He is following Mitt along like a stray dog…

right2bright on August 31, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Mutts for Mitt all agree …
Better in the crate than on the plate.

timberline on August 31, 2012 at 5:32 PM

ROFL!!

avagreen on August 31, 2012 at 5:54 PM

And romney didn’t have to shut the city down for his escort!

I live in New Orleans and power is out everywhere

Romney went to Lafitte which is a small community outside the levee protection system

Too funny, but monday is Labor Day and everyone will not be paying attention at all. Here and nationwide.
he isn’t Liked down here at all, i only wish the RNC had done a live feed with Jindel on top of the situation. Maybe they did, we haven’t had power in three days, so unfortunately missed the convention

audiotom on August 31, 2012 at 5:59 PM

What a weenie Obozo is!

- Assad slaughters women and children

- Amadinnerjacket builds nukes

- Economy goes tits up

- Jobs are no where to be found

- College kids have no jobs to go to and end up at home like my 27 year-old nieice with two degrees and still at school, while she works for $10/hr at Chuck’s Sporting Goods as a salesgirl.

- Fights for the right for babies to die in a closet

- Raids Medicare and all our Treasury while we cry “NO”

All quiet on the White House front, but he comes out from under the rock to comment about Todd Akin and Clint.

Thugs from Chicago really are girlymen.

Typicalwhitewoman on August 31, 2012 at 6:09 PM

audiotom on August 31, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Speak for yourself. My sister lives in Belle Chasse. She likes him plenty.
Ermmm…..perhaps you need to read this article and look at the pictures: http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-romney-hurricane-20120831,0,2951507.story

Romney visited a day after he accepted the Republican presidential nomination in Tampa. He had planned to campaign on Friday afternoon in Richmond, Va., with Ryan. But Romney bowed out of that trip to visit the Louisiana disaster scene instead.

After speaking with Jindal on the side of the road, the Romney entourage drove for several miles through lower-income and middle-income neighborhoods. The floodwaters have receded in some places, but extensive damage was evident. Along one row of houses on stilts, some residents were on porches and balconies. Many waved. “We need Mitt Romney,” one woman shouted.

In nearby Lafitte, La., Romney visited with local officials and first responders in the town hall, which was surrounded by water several feet deep. One man was wading through water up to his knees. Another floated away from the building in a canoe.

avagreen on August 31, 2012 at 6:25 PM

avagreen on August 31, 2012 at 6:25 PM

For those that don’t know….Belle Chasse is Plaquemines Parish, the hardest hit area in Louisiana.

avagreen on August 31, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Anyone else a little disturbed by the degree to which 0bama seems not to care about things like optics, messaging, image, poll numbers, fund-management (okay, he gets a pass for not knowing how to handle money. It is an innate trait after all) and so forth?

I mean you all do not find it the least bit odd that he does not care that his campaign is circling the drain?

He could not find time to go to Louisiana, even a few minutes before Romney, really?

This stinks. Something stinks. There is a smell of harbinger on the air…

StubbleSpark on August 31, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Why not Saturday?

And forego GOLF?
There are, after all, priorities.

Another Drew on August 31, 2012 at 6:48 PM

We are not to criticize the actions and decisions of The Lightworker.

“L’État, c’est moi”

Another Drew on August 31, 2012 at 6:54 PM

It may take him until Monday to get to Louisiana, but I’ll bet the webpage begging the people there to sign over their insurance settlements to his re-election campaign will be up a lot sooner than that.

Gator Country on August 31, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Man, if barack wins re-election, he is going to fu*k with Jindal and Louisiana in every way that he can. Bobby Jindal just became his #1 enemy…well, except for President Romney.

Rational Thought on August 31, 2012 at 7:01 PM

I’m sure there are golf courses in Louisiana. *Dog whistle!*

Would you please stop talking about all of the sex Obama has, since he’s just like Tiger Woods?

/s

disa on August 31, 2012 at 7:03 PM

http://dailycaller.com/2012/08/31/obama-speech-to-soldiers-met-with-silence/
Photo op for Barry today did not go too well.

bayview on August 31, 2012 at 7:20 PM

http://dailycaller.com/2012/08/31/obama-speech-to-soldiers-met-with-silence/
Photo op for Barry today did not go too well.

bayview on August 31, 2012 at 7:20 PM

That is so utterly damning to the gay commie punk.

tom daschle concerned on August 31, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Y’all need to lighten up. He was keeping Darth Cheney from blowing up the dikes.

Besides, you keep acting like those golf balls are going to hit themselves…

oprockwell on August 31, 2012 at 7:32 PM

bayview on August 31, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Holy freaking WOW !! Now I want to see the vid .. LOL
neener, neener … they ruined his campagn commercial !
KUDOS, soldiers !!

pambi on August 31, 2012 at 7:53 PM

I live in New Orleans and power is out everywhere

audiotom on August 31, 2012 at 5:59 PM

I was there myself back in 2004 after Charley (then Frances, then Jeanne) passed through my neck of the woods – until you’ve been without AC for several days in Florida or Louisiana in late August and early September, you cannot grasp just how bad it sucks no matter how it’s described. Hope you get your power back on soon!

Gator Country on August 31, 2012 at 7:54 PM

He could not find time to go to Louisiana, even a few minutes before Romney, really?

This stinks. Something stinks. There is a smell of harbinger on the air…

StubbleSpark on August 31, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Louisiana is a solidly red state – not even his SEIU and ACORN goons can possibly manufacture enough fraudulent ballots to begin to give him a chance of carrying it in November. As such, it doesn’t even register on his radar, and in fact, if every part of the state besides New Orleans were to slide into the Gulf of Mexico tomorrow, he’d probably consider it to be a good riddance.

The only reason he’s going is because Romney went today, and someone on his campaign staff decided it would “look bad” if he didn’t go too. So he’ll hold his nose, go down there, stay long enough to grab enough photos to “look concerned”, and then jet out of there so he can go hang out with George Clooney or something.

Gator Country on August 31, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Yes, obama hates red louisiana

During the bp spill it took forever, and he seemed to spend a hell of a lot more time in much less affected florida in a stark white shirt none the less

audiotom on August 31, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Follow the leader Mr. Obama…and get used to it.

lynncgb on August 31, 2012 at 8:21 PM

To me, this encapsulates the entire difference between Romney and Obama. Romney does the right thing, Obama talks about doing the right thing.

Mitsouko on August 31, 2012 at 8:39 PM

I’m sure there are golf courses in Louisiana.

You mean that aren’t under water?

So let’s see, Obama changes his schedule according to what Romney does, the Dooms modify convention speakers or events because of what the Repubs did, so do we have him on the leash now with us in the lead and he’s worried about matching Romney. Let’s run with this and have his crew scrambling to keep up.

stukinIL4now on August 31, 2012 at 9:03 PM

If you’ve got something worthwhile to add to the conversation, feel free to chime in at any point.

JadeNYU on August 31, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Well, now you’ve done it! Cut the poor sod right out of the conversation.

Solaratov on August 31, 2012 at 9:10 PM

To me, this encapsulates the entire difference between Romney and Obama. Romney does the right thing, Obama talks about SOMEONE ELSE doing the right thing.

Mitsouko on August 31, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Why would he care about doing anything? That’s what lackeys are for.

Solaratov on August 31, 2012 at 9:29 PM

It’s a lead-in to the Despots’ National Convention, don’t be suprised to “see some faces” from New Orleans at BANK OF AMERICA stadium.

It’s amusing all this “gotta see it” bullscrap…no seriously, a rainstorm with wind is DEFCON 1 OH EM GEE W T F. Any politician gonna actually help or they just gonna take some polaroids…

maybe with Obama’s visit the flooding will begin to recede…like the oceans.

John Kettlewell on September 1, 2012 at 1:29 AM

As with Obowma’s 120 day LATE response to the Gulf Oil Spill, Obowma is late to help in Louisiana as some levies are about to give way in Baton Rouge and forced evacuations are abut to begin.

LEDING FROM BEHIND is not leadership and why does Obowma blame everyone but himself?

If he didn’t fix the problems, let someone who can takeover.

dthorny on September 1, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Leading.

dthorny on September 1, 2012 at 1:44 PM

To me, this encapsulates the entire difference between Romney and Obama. Romney does the right thing, Obama talks about doing the right thing.

Mitsouko on August 31, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Obowa said it was just words, just speeches, and NO ACTION.

dthorny on September 1, 2012 at 1:48 PM

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