Friday, August 31, 2012

Leader the Follower

 Obama drops plans, follows Romney to Louisiana

Romney leads, Obama follows to survey 

damage in New Orleans

This speaks for itself:
POLITICO – President Obama will visit Louisiana after all.
Obama campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki told POLITICO earlier Friday that the president had no plans yet to visit the Gulf state and review damage from Hurricane Isaac, even though Mitt Romney announced plans to visit Friday.
But the White House announced a few hours later that he is now planning to go there.
“On Monday, September 3rd, President Obama will travel to Louisiana to meet with local officials and view ongoing response and recovery efforts to Hurricane Isaac,” the White House said in a release.


Yes... after it was announced Romney was on his way to view the flood damage the wise people at Team Obama decided that it would be a good idea to go as well. Was this because of Romney s visit or was it because Team Obama did not want to hear the line used on them from the former Yahoo reporter "Party as the blacks drown".

Hours after Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romneyvisited Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac on Friday, White House press secretary Jay Carney announced President Barack Obama would call an audible in his schedule and visit Louisiana on Monday to assess the storm's damage. 

Obama's leading-from-behind reaction to Romney's visit reaffirmed Clint Eastwood's empty chair analogy, which upset the mainstream media, the iconic actor used Thursday night at the Republican National Convention when discussing Obama and his presidency. 
"The empty-chair analogy by Clint Eastwood might be far more accurate and impactful than the Obama campaign and its cheerleaders in the media care to accept," the insightful Republican strategist Cheri Jacobus wrote
The mainstream media juxtaposed images of Hurricane Issac hitting Louisiana next to images of the RNC throughout the week, and they continued to stress the seriousness of the storm. Mainstream media networks like ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and PBS reminded their viewers of Hurricane Katrina, and blamed former President George W. Bush for his inaction during Katrina. 
Yet Obama spent the week campaigning in crucial swing states like Iowa, Colorado, and Virginia (Louisiana is not a swing state). He even took some time to chat online, proposing a constitutional amendment to restrict political speech while on Reddit, an online link-sharing community. He never once visited Louisiana. 
And the mainstream media gave Obama a complete pass. 
"When somebody does not do the job, we got to let them go," Eastwood said Thursday night, in comments that could resonate more in light of Obama's inaction during and after Hurricane Issac.  

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President Barack Obama announced Friday that he’s heading to Louisiana, but he’ll arrive after Mitt Romney has toured the storm-damage state in company with the state’s popular Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal.
The president’s Sept. 3 visit was announced via a 11:54 a.m. tweet from White House communications director Daniel Pfeiffer. “President Obama will head to Louisiana on Monday to visit damage from Hurricane Isaac,” he tweeted.
Romney’s visit to the storm-damaged state the day after his successful convention speech highlights his aggressive campaign strategy, which seeks to preempts Democratic p.r. offensives.
For example, Romney and his vice presidential pick, Rep. Paul Ryan, have aggressively criticized Obama for damaging Medicare in advance of Democratic efforts to “Mediscare” retirees into voting for Obama.
Similarly, the New Orleans visit may have preempted a likely Obama visit that would have reminded voters of the p.r. hammering given to Republican President George W. Bush when Hurricane Katrina hit the unprepared Democrat-run state and city in 2005.
Romney’s visit also helped pull the president away from his campaign-trail focus on swing-states, including Colorado, Virginia, Ohio and Iowa.
“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,” said a 12:51 p.m. statement from the White House.
Louisiana is expected to vote Republican in November.
The president’s revamped presidential travel plan followed taunts from conservative advocates, including Cheri Jacobus, who derided Obama’s emphasis on his re-election campaign rather than on governing. (WATCH: Clint Eastwood: ‘Go ahead, make my day’)
“President Obama has no plans to visit New Orleans post-Isaac, but Mitt Romney is on his way there. Obama continues to fundraise and campaign instead. Empty chair,” she wrote in The Hill.

Hurricane Isaac moves toward New Orleans on Aug. 28, 2012. (Photo: AP/NOAA)

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