CBS: Obama Unlikely to Cut Short New England Vacation to Visit Flooded Baton Rouge

• August 19, 2016 8:56 am


President Obama is not likely to cut short his Martha's Vineyard summer vacation to tour the flooding damage in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, CBS This Morning reports.

"Despite calls for President Obama to come here to Louisiana to this area, survey the damage for himself, he is unlikely to cut short his New England vacation to see all these floodwaters affecting communities like this one," reporter Manuel Bojorquez said, water up to his kneecaps.

Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards defended Obama's response to the disaster, saying he had no complaints about the state's partnership with the federal government.

The Advocate, Baton Rouge's major newspaper, published an editorial Thursday calling on Obama to come to the disaster area, saying, "it's time for President Barack Obama to visit the most anguished state in the union." Former President George W. Bush received harsh criticism in 2005 for an infamous flyover of devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump and running mate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence reportedly are planning to tour the flooding damage in Louisiana at some point Friday. An Edwards spokesman said Trump had not yet contacted the governor's office for a visit. He said Trump was welcome to Louisiana but not for a "photo-op."

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