Coalition to Govern America
August 22, 2016
As we covered on Saturday's show, Obama has received widespread criticism after he opted to continue with his vacation at Martha's Vineyard, playing rounds of golf while Louisiana residents are dying. As has been pointed out, Obama meted out harsh criticism of then President George W. Bush in 2008 for not visiting the residents of New Orleans quickly enough, instead opting to fly over the devastated area rather than visit with the people on the ground.
Obama has his priorities, as Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson said in a press conference, recently...
“Well, of course the president can't be everywhere. I can tell you that the president has been closely monitoring the situation here in Louisiana. He made the federal (disaster) declaration in a matter of hours -- it was expedited, we're up to 20 parishes now.
I will be briefing him on what I see here and what the status of our recovery and response efforts are...So the president is closely monitoring the situation, through his cabinet, through his FEMA administrator, and is very much on top of it.”
When pressed further by a reporter, Johnson stuck to his guns...
As I said, the president can't be everywhere. I know he has a very busy schedule this fall and in the coming days, and uh, he is closely monitoring the situation. When you are the chief executive of the entire U.S. government, you can't be everywhere, uh, including places you would like to be. Uh, but through me and through Craig Fugate, I know he is very much on top of this situation.
Indeed, he can't be everywhere. He has a very busy schedule. There are many more rounds to play. Johnson's lame attempt to cover for Obama's blatant lack of concern or empathy is pathetic. No one is buying it. Not even Democrats who normally slobber all over themselves to support Obama.
As if Obama's blatant disregard for the people of Louisiana weren't bad enough, to add insult to injury, his administration issued a 16-page warning to the very people who are actually there on the ground doing something — besides playing golf. The letter which they call "Guidance" to state and local officials:
“In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, we have learned many critical lessons about how recipients of federal financial assistance engaged in emergency management activities can more effectively ensure that all members of the community receive services, regardless of race, color, or national origin. Pursuant to Presidential Policy Directive 8, the Federal government issued the National Response Framework and the National Disaster Recovery Framework, guides on national response to all types of disasters and emergencies and effective recovery support to disaster-impacted areas. The Recovery Framework notes that “care must be taken to assure that actions, both intentional and unintentional, do not exclude groups of people based on race, color, national origin (including limited English proficiency), religion, sex or disability.”
As Brietbart reported, the letter didn't sit well with retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Louisiana. Maness demanded an apology from Obama.
“The U.S. Department of Justice under President Barack Obama issued letters to the survivors [in] Louisiana of this great flood of 2016 and said ‘you better not be racist down there’… They sent letters that hit the streets a few days ago, maybe yesterday, that basically warned the citizens of Louisiana that you better not be racist when you’re hiring people to fix your homes. You know what? We’re tired of being called racists. And I think that that’s the number one issue in the United States of America. Those people [at the DOJ] can just go to hell. They’re not my Department of Justice.”
I couldn't have said it better myself. It is my opinion that Loretta Lynch is a racist that hates white people. When you're a racist, you see the entire world through the dirty lens of racism. Even so, for better or for worse, she is an official. So when it comes to people trying to recover from one of the most devastating events in their lifetimes, if she and the administration can't (or won't) do anything to help, then the least they can do is just shut the hell up.