The month of August hit Louisiana with a rain storm the likes of which had not been seen for a long time. Rain fell at a rate of 2-3 inches an hour and it accumulated to around 31 inches. Sewers backed up, rivers and streams overfilled causing massive damage to homes and businesses. Loss of life has been confirmed to be around 13 with property loss in the millions.
You would have thunk that with all the news coverage and visuals of the flooding, especially the photos of uprooted coffins floating down a street, that President Obama would have taken action sooner. True, he did declare a state of emergency in Louisiana and made it a disaster site, but he made no attempt to fly down there and see the damage himself. Instead he continued his vacation playing golf and fundraising for Hillary and the DNC (the Democratic Nightmare Consortium). People are all over the social media wondering why he plays while Louisiana floods. The answer is simple: Obama’s got bad optics.
This isn’t the first time that Obama’s bad optics have gotten him in trouble. In 2014, the world was shown the gruesome beheading of journalist James Foley by ISIS. Obama was on vacation at the time. He quickly donned a clean shirt and a suit coat over his golfing shorts, then made some unintelligible remarks to address the issue. After making his remarks and taking no questions, he went back on the golf course. I guess he was paying either his caddy or his golfing partners by the hour, so he didn’t want to waste any time. Of course, the reaction from the media wasn’t exactly a love fest. For the first time that I could recall, the media actually questioned what Emperor Obama was thinking. I guess they did that because it was one of their own and not some Coptic Christian being beheaded. Obama, later on, opined that he realized that what he did might look like bad optics. It is always easier for him to apologize after screwing up than trying to avoid the pitfall.