Skip to comments.Obama [cancels fundraiser], follows Romney to [storm damaged] Louisiana
Posted on 08/31/2012 2:21:52 PM PDT by grundle
President Barack Obama announced Friday that hes heading to Louisiana, but hell arrive after Mitt Romney has toured the storm-damage state in company with the states popular Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal.
The presidents 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.
Romneys 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.
Romneys 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 Presidents 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 presidents revamped presidential travel plan followed taunts from conservative advocates, including Cheri Jacobus, who derided Obamas 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.
Obama follows Romney the Leader.
Way to shame him into it Mitt. Remember the criticism Bush got for waiting a few days?
"Things are looking pretty good today here in Louisiana."
And also Romney wanted to send a message to Louisiana that he isn’t going to be another W.
Didn’t his joke of a press secretary today claim that this trip was planned long ago?
They scheduled the fund-raiser and the trip to the Gulf Coast at the same time so they could then cancel the fund-raiser to demonstrate how important the other trip was.
Don’t you see?
Satire? I can never tell.
Looter Guy stole the chair! I’ve been waiting all DAY for this!
I’ve been laughing almost nonstop since I saw Clint last night. This is the funniest viral internet explosion ever. Two days of Obama mockery and counting.
I already saw news articles CLAIMING (after the fact) that OBAMA had PLANNED to go to Louisiana , but has kept it secret.
"He did? ....."
Just leading from behind.
"I'm on the leader"
Leading from behind.
Doing what he does best— leading from behind.