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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Leading from Behind!

Again.

HumpBot Salvation on August 31, 2012 at 4:03 PM

I have a suspicion Hillary may end up being a surprise speaker at the DNC? The trip could be a ruse. Thoughts???

echosyst on August 31, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Proactive vs. reactive

thebrokenrattle on August 31, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Leading from Behind!

ConservativePartyNow on August 31, 2012 at 4:03 PM

And we have to get decent news from overseas sources…

cozmo on August 31, 2012 at 4:03 PM

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.

Mitt should schedule an event in OH during the same time Obama’s event was to be held.

Kataklysmic on August 31, 2012 at 4:05 PM

the campaign said in a terse statement.

terse: adj, meaning: butthurt. cure: chap-ass ointment

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 4:05 PM

the empty chair moves.

rob verdi on August 31, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Great. One natural disaster followed by another disaster.

Can’t Louisiana catch a break?

portlandon on August 31, 2012 at 4:05 PM

And he’s still not visited Israel, or addressed the shouting match Bibi had with Shapiro over Iran.

AubieJon on August 31, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Obama is always a day late and a dollar short and completely void of innovation.

rplat on August 31, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Any logistical reason to hold off until Monday

48 hours worth of temper tantrums..…on deck.

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 4:06 PM

…he looks mad!…can’t fund raise or golf or go on an expensive vacation…been a crummy summer for JugEars!

KOOLAID2 on August 31, 2012 at 4:06 PM

the chair can fold up and travel too…..

TOTUS could use a travelin’ pardner..

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Mitt should schedule an event in OH during the same time Obama’s event was to be held.

Kataklysmic on August 31, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Mitt’s in Cincinnati tomorrow morning.

Bitter Clinger on August 31, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Gasp….he said “golf”…

d1carter on August 31, 2012 at 4:06 PM

He is meeting with local officials not state, i.e. Jindahl.

DrStock on August 31, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Oh nooo….waaah…. Louisiana ….. In August….waaahhh..

/overheard at staff planning meeting.

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 4:07 PM

maybe the shrimp boats come back in on Monday?

/dietary planning.

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Leading from Behind!

Again.

HumpBot Salvation on August 31, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Any further comments are unnecessary.

Stop the thread.

Sidebar:

re:

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.

Somebody should tell Opie that nobody believes a word he says.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 31, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Here’s the real question: Why wasn’t he, or isn’t he, scheduled to visit tomorrow?

He never wanted to go in the first place. And he sure as hell ain’t sacrificing part of his weekend for those damn red staters.

Honestly, this is embarrassing. To be forced into visiting a disaster area, the same place that was hit by Katrina 7 years ago, because your opponent who doesn’t even hold elected office went there today? And the fact that it took Romney one-upping him in order to force Obama’s hand and not a public shaming by the media(after what they did to Bush over Katrina) makes it even more pathetic.

Doughboy on August 31, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Wanna bet Gov. Jindal was happy to see R&R, but not so much for bho coming Monday?

Poor widdle bho, R&R/team has bho on the defense, just where they want him?
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letget on August 31, 2012 at 4:08 PM

the empty chair moves.

rob verdi on August 31, 2012 at 4:05 PM

I think Mitt’s sitting there now.

JellyToast on August 31, 2012 at 4:08 PM

can I come too?
Joe Bideneaux

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 4:08 PM

I sense a Romney campaign commercial in the making here.

Liam on August 31, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Here’s the real question: Why wasn’t he, or isn’t he, scheduled to visit tomorrow?

He can’t blame this disaster on Bush. Why else would he have gone? Louisiana and Mississippi sure as hell aren’t voting for him.

And I’m guessing he really, really doesn’t like Bobby Jindal. Nothing bugs an incompetent narcissist more than being around a super-competent person.

rockmom on August 31, 2012 at 4:09 PM

He is following Mitt along like a stray dog…

right2bright on August 31, 2012 at 4:09 PM

AP: 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.

Dude, you said “Chicago”

Amadeus on August 31, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Clint started the music last night, Romney is going to keep Obama dancing *dog whistle* until election night then he’s going to stop it.

/musical chairs.

(music courtesy paul ryan’s iPod)

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Jim Treacher‏@jtLOL

President visits storm-ravaged Louisiana (followed closely by @BarackObama)

rockmom on August 31, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Now the event is canceled and he’ll fly to Louisiana earlier.

And Hillary will be recounting the High-G spiral, as the plane avoids groundfire.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 31, 2012 at 4:10 PM

the chair can fold up and travel too…..

TOTUS could use a travelin’ pardner..

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Too funny!

Barred on August 31, 2012 at 4:10 PM

The “ME TOO!” President.

wildcat72 on August 31, 2012 at 4:11 PM

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.

If you count the “mystery DNC speaker” it’s 2:0, the Zero being the “smartest man, evah”.

Schadenfreude on August 31, 2012 at 4:11 PM

He is following Mitt along like a stray dog…

right2bright on August 31, 2012 at 4:09 PM

some cajun spices and blackened up just right and you got yourself a delicacy right thar…..

*two dog whistles*-one to call it, the second to blacken it cajun style

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Mitt= chess
Barry=checkers

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

He’s buying shrimp, guys. Come on.

Guess the mooch depleted the lobster supply in the Atlantic.

HumpBot Salvation on August 31, 2012 at 4:11 PM

BTW, isn’t Monday Labor Day? Lots of people just can’t make it to see bho? bho doesn’t give a flit, he wants to show up for people to see how wonderful he is and by golly better be there?
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letget on August 31, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Any logistical reason to hold off until Monday

Mooch wanna partaay on the weeknd ?

burrata on August 31, 2012 at 4:12 PM

I’m shocked the Messiah wasn’t in NOLA and stopped the floods with his bare hands.

Schadenfreude on August 31, 2012 at 4:12 PM

New Link on the White House website:

“If you, or your property, were damaged in any way by Hurricane Isaac and have filed an insurance claim – WHY NOT HAVE IT SENT DIRECTLY TO THE OBAMA 2012 CAMPAIGN.”

AubieJon on August 31, 2012 at 4:12 PM

An amazing lack of leadership. The empty chair presidency, indeed.

changer1701 on August 31, 2012 at 4:12 PM

I have a suspicion Hillary may end up being a surprise speaker at the DNC? The trip could be a ruse. Thoughts???

echosyst on August 31, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Nope. To PHYSICALLY be any further away than she will be from Charlotte would require NASA taking a Saturn V out of a museum and sending her to the Moon…

wildcat72 on August 31, 2012 at 4:12 PM

can I come too?
Joe Bideneaux

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 4:08 PM

LOL.

Geaux Tide! How’ya doin’ Louisiana!

- Stupid Joe

OhEssYouCowboys on August 31, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Mitt needs a quick commercial…showing him with Bobby in Lousisana…with a ending statement of “Where was President Obama?”…and get that out for Saturday/Sunday…when Obama states “I was there Monday”, people will laugh at how pathetic that sounds…

right2bright on August 31, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Gov. Jindal couldn’t even get to talk to the WH in coordinating things/help. These are liars, crooks and charlatans.

Media, suffocate from what you eat, Obama’s sh*t, not Beluga caviar, you fools.

Schadenfreude on August 31, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Calling our benevolent god-king out on skipping touring the disaster area is RAAAAACIST, of course.

crazy_legs on August 31, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Jim Treacher‏@jtLOL

President visits storm-ravaged Louisiana (followed closely by @BarackObama)

rockmom on August 31, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Heh. Now that’s funny.

Doughboy on August 31, 2012 at 4:13 PM

So that means his Monday showings were going to be so empty that he decided to pass?

right2bright on August 31, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Leaders lead…losers say they had plans.

d1carter on August 31, 2012 at 4:14 PM

For all of the left losing their minds about how HORRIBLE the Eastwood speech was…heh…heh
That empty chair thing is catching fire.
PERFECT! You don’t even have to say anything. Just show an empty chair and let them lose their minds.

Sugar Land on August 31, 2012 at 4:14 PM

He is meeting with local officials not state, i.e. Jindahl.

DrStock on August 31, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Is that true ?? Didn’t see it in the post.
Not meeting with the GOVERNOR is beyond hubris !!!
Empty, thin-skinned, viscous little man !!!

pambi on August 31, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Well, this guy isn’t John McCain. They seem to be wagging the tail of those that are trying to wag the dog. More nimble than other Republican campaigns for sure.

oldroy on August 31, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Gov. Jindal couldn’t even get to talk to the WH in coordinating things/help. These are liars, crooks and charlatans.

Media, suffocate from what you eat, Obama’s sh*t, not Beluga caviar, you fools.

Schadenfreude on August 31, 2012 at 4:13 PM

That’s what got me, it was buried, he tried to get a hold of the WH and never received a call back.

right2bright on August 31, 2012 at 4:15 PM

NOLA is in a swing state?

faraway on August 31, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Why isn’t Shepard Smith on TV screaming for Obama’s attention? I haven’t seen him cry yet either. Where’s Geraldo?

bopbottle on August 31, 2012 at 4:15 PM

or did he just not feel like losing his weekend? I’m sure there are golf courses in Louisiana. *Dog whistle*

Yep. Something like this. Golf, debate prep or simply not caring.

LA is a Red State. Why bother? Everything is a political calculation with BO, and often he does or doesn’t do something out of spite. There have been plenty of weather related tragedies in the midwest with loss of life that received little attention in the media or from president putt.

Seriously, why should he bother with residents of any Red State who are bitterly clinging to life, property and hope?

Sandra Fluk’s contraception costs are far more important. Let’s focus on the real issues, folks. /

Cody1991 on August 31, 2012 at 4:16 PM

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Empty Chair.

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 4:17 PM

ok that didn’t friggin work…

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 4:17 PM

bopbottle on August 31, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Cumulus gave Jerry Rivers his own radio show from 9 – 12am M-F. He replaced Laura INgraham in my market…dagnabit.

kingsjester on August 31, 2012 at 4:17 PM

I have a suspicion Hillary may end up being a surprise speaker at the DNC? The trip could be a ruse. Thoughts???

echosyst on August 31, 2012 at 4:03 PM

I’m nervous about some last minute switch-ups, some surely involving Shrillary IF she’ll agree to it. Camp Øbama is in a panic. It’s the “IF” that gives me comfort. I don’t imagine she’ll go for it.

Thinking maybe we should even lay off Biden for the next six days, until it’s too late to replace him on the ticket.

petefrt on August 31, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Why isn’t Shepard Smith on TV screaming for Obama’s attention? I haven’t seen him cry yet either. Where’s Geraldo?

bopbottle on August 31, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Haven’t read or heard a word about what FEMA is doing either…they must be doing such a good job that it doesn’t even need to be mentioned.

oldroy on August 31, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Y’know, I don’t even believe that Mitt scheduled this to ‘show up’ the administration.
(that it DOES is just a plus)
He was scheduled for VIRGINIA, for heaven’s sake.
I figure they just decided the sooner the better, regardless of the WH, or shaming them.

pambi on August 31, 2012 at 4:20 PM

It’s not that complicated. Obama is simply a jerk.

Makes you wonder if he really gives a damn about anybody, ever.
What a person for a group of people (far left idiots) to worship.
This guy is the best they got. *shakes head*

B Man on August 31, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Just show an empty chair and let them lose their minds.

No kidding. Just looking at the reaction from the White House of the “This seat’s taken” Tweet and you can tell that Clint hit a really, really raw nerve.

crazy_legs on August 31, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Don’t you know the steam was coming from BHO’s ears when Clint introduced the empty chair…

d1carter on August 31, 2012 at 4:22 PM

No kidding. Just looking at the reaction from the White House of the “This seat’s taken” Tweet and you can tell that Clint hit a really, really raw nerve.

crazy_legs on August 31, 2012 at 4:21 PM

oh yes. just twist the knife, subtle…..

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 4:22 PM

NOLA is in a swing state?

faraway on August 31, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Obama is certain to win the vote in “Chocolate City”. But he has no chance at all of carrying Louisiana…

wildcat72 on August 31, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Wave that checkbook of ours, Barry!

Limerick on August 31, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Haven’t read or heard a word about what FEMA is doing either…they must be doing such a good job that it doesn’t even need to be mentioned.

oldroy on August 31, 2012 at 4:20 PM

After the last turdhunt things were put into place to reduce the fallout from hurricanes. Under the administration who shall be blamed.

Rio Linda Refugee on August 31, 2012 at 4:24 PM

pambi on August 31, 2012 at 4:20 PM

I think Jindal invited him.

Barred on August 31, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Nothing bugs an incompetent narcissist more than being around a super-competent person.

rockmom on August 31, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Bingo

inviolet on August 31, 2012 at 4:24 PM

That empty chair reverberates throughout the nation… even the world.

Obama is an absentee president.

When he should be leading, he’s campaigning.

The chair remains… vacant.

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Mitt needs a quick commercial…showing him with Bobby in Lousisana…with a ending statement of “Where was President Obama?”…and get that out for Saturday/Sunday…when Obama states “I was there Monday”, people will laugh at how pathetic that sounds…

right2bright on August 31, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Jerking the Bamster’s chain.

petefrt on August 31, 2012 at 4:24 PM

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The Rogue Tomato on August 31, 2012 at 4:25 PM

He was planning to visit on Monday all along, Jay Carney assured

Yes, I believe that. Now can I get back to my waffle.

dirtseller on August 31, 2012 at 4:26 PM

they are coming unglued….

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Isn’t the bigger?–why is Blightbringer nixing OH?

hillsoftx on August 31, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Under the administration who shall be blamed.

Rio Linda Refugee on August 31, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Carney chants….”GW…GW…GW….Boo!”

Limerick on August 31, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Seriously, Obama is just awful. Romney is already more presidential than this clown we are suffering with now. November can’t come soon enough.

KateNE on August 31, 2012 at 4:28 PM

I think Jindal invited him.

Barred on August 31, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Maybe Romney is visiting because Jindal couldn’t make it to Tampa due to Issac

burrata on August 31, 2012 at 4:28 PM

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Obama – the empty chair. (use non-breaking spaces)

The Rogue Tomato on August 31, 2012 at 4:28 PM

I can’t believe that Obama didn’t take the chance to make Romney look bad. Imagine the split screen shot of Obama wading in knee high water with pouring rain and gusting wind, while the Republicans party in Tampa. Instead, Obama punts on this for so long that Romney is able to make Obama look bad. Simply amazing.

besser tot als rot on August 31, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Teh One knew the media would cover his unsightly behind while he was busy in the all important state of O-I-H-O. Afterall,I’m sure he thought “them backwater pukes in that state led by a (gasp)REPUBLICAN aren’t worthy of my brilliance!”

Sasha List on August 31, 2012 at 4:30 PM

besser tot als rot on August 31, 2012 at 4:29 PM

More amazing is 50% of us didn’t notice, or care to notice.

Limerick on August 31, 2012 at 4:30 PM

The Rogue Tomato on August 31, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Nice work!

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

If Obama planned on going to Louisiana on Monday all along, that makes it worse because it says clearly that campaigning and fundraising is a higher priority for him than actually being President.

OxyCon on August 31, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Joe Bideneaux

ted c continues to bring the goods

A+

don’t tell Del

DanMan on August 31, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Obama – the empty chair. (use non-breaking spaces)

The Rogue Tomato on August 31, 2012 at 4:28 PM

what’s a non breaking space?

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 4:32 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

Hey, that ‘seat take’ tweet made me think of something ….
will Mitt have access to the “airplane of the elected President-to-be” ?????

Thoughts …

pambi on August 31, 2012 at 4:34 PM

And the British press again connects the dots – doing the job the American MSM can’t and won’t do.

Drained Brain on August 31, 2012 at 4:34 PM

According to Einstein space only breaks if Gore gets the Oval Office.

Limerick on August 31, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Cut him some slack, his member guest tournament is this weekend and he isn’t going to win Louisiana anyways.

Ellis on August 31, 2012 at 4:35 PM

The Rogue Tomato on August 31, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Good one, guyS !!

pambi on August 31, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Drained Brain on August 31, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Yeah…for all their faults they still have a what our MSM lost, a need to report.

Limerick on August 31, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Electronic penning it in, apparently. http://www.hark.com/clips/jzxxnhyspy-you-have-missed-the-war

BKeyser on August 31, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Having your hand forced is not a sign of leadership.

Liam on August 31, 2012 at 4:37 PM

‘In light of the future 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.

Bumped from the other page….

Tenwheeler on August 31, 2012 at 4:38 PM

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