Yesterday we asked whether Obama cares about black people after he took some heat from a Baton Rouge newspaper for not visiting the state amid catastrophic flooding. Obama chose, instead, to spend the day golfing with Larry David, his 9th round of golf in the 14 days he's been on vacation.
Looks like a really fun time!
— The Hill (@thehill) August 18, 2016
Due to his rigorous golf schedule, Obama sent US Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to visit Louisiana who explained that Obama "can't be everywhere" because he "has a very busy schedule."
DHS Sec. Jeh Johnson: President Obama can't go to Louisiana because he has a "busy schedule" pic.twitter.com/otFpRnZP1Z
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) August 19, 2016
Well, turns out Obama will make his way down to Louisiana but AFTER Bill's 70th Birthday Bash in Martha's Vineyard. I mean, can you fault the guy...look how happy Bill is when he gets to play with balloons (pun intended).
Meanwhile, Trump did take the opportunity to visit Louisiana earlier today and called on Obama to "get off the golf course and get down there."
— POLITICO (@politico) August 19, 2016
But the the White House was quick to point out that Obama's decision to wait to visit next week wasn't a matter of self-interest...he was just looking out for Louisiana's best interests as he apparently didn't want his motorcade to interfere with first responders and their recovery efforts. According to NBC:
The President is mindful of the impact that his travel has on first responders and wants to ensure that his presence does not interfere with ongoing recovery efforts," The White House said.
"He is also eager to get a first-hand look at the impact of the devastating floods, hear from more officials about the response, including how the federal government can assist and tell the people of Louisiana that the American people will be with them as they rebuild their community and come back stronger than ever," the White House said.
Isn't he just so considerate? We guess Obama does truly care about black people after all.