Obama bounced into announcing visit to storm-ravaged Louisiana after Romney shows him up with surprise visit
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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.
Romney had changed his schedule to head to an affected town outside New Orleans while Obama, who has yet to visit the Tropical Storm Isaac zone, headed off to Texas to campaign.
Seven years ago, President George W. Bush was lambasted for inaction and incompetence in dealing with Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans and much of the Mississippi and Louisiana gulf coast.
Romney’s last-minute trip to New Orleans came as his wife Ann told CNN that swing women voters in particular had told her that 'it's time for the grown-up to come, the man that's going to take this very seriously and the future of our children very, very seriously'.
He opted out of a joint campaign appearance in Richmond, Virginia with Paul Ryan, his vice-presidential running mate, to head to Louisiana.
The first day of the Republican convention in Tampa was cancelled as Isaac bore down on Florida and the Gulf of Mexico area.
I never cease to be amazed at the lack of concern Obama has for our country and its citizens. There's a reason Hillary Clinton is going to stay away from the Democratic convention, she doesn't want the sinking ship to pull her down with it. Let's hope for change in 2012.
Romney Ryan 2012!