It was just one year ago, August 2016- Massive flooding in Louisiana damaged or destroyed 60,700 homes in the state, 102,000 people registered for federal assistance, 13 people lost their life.
Where was President Obama? On a 16 day vacation on Martha's Vineyard. He decided to finish up his vacation rather than cut it short and visit the devastated region. Take a look at these articles from 2016
"He should pack his bags now"
Edgartown, Massachusetts- Amid historic devastation in Louisiana, the state's largest daily newspaper is calling on President Barack Obama, who is being kept abreast of the situation by White House officials, to cut his Martha's Vineyard getaway short to view flood-ravaged areas of the state.
"A disaster this big begs for the personal presence of the President at ground zero," read the editorial published in The Advocate on Thursday. "In coming here, the President can decisively demonstrate that Louisiana's recovery is a priority for his administration -- and the United States of America."
"The President's vacation is scheduled to wrap up on Sunday. But he should pack his bags now, and pay a call on communities who need to know that in a national catastrophe, they are not alone," read the column. "The President's presence is already late to this crisis, but it's better later than never."
Washington Times 8/18/2016
WaTimes op-ed 8/18/16