If there are two things we can count from President Obama during an American crisis or tragedy, it’s 1.) golf and 2.) attempts to further divide us as Americans. Heck, crisis or no, these are two of the president’s most reliable behaviors.
His response to the worst flooding Louisiana has suffered in decades — and the nation’s worst natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy — was another fine display of both from President Obama.
And it not only didn’t go unnoticed by the good people of Louisiana, it struck quite a nerve. After the Obama administration sent a letter admonishing Louisianans against discrimination — delivered, by the way, in a thinly-veiled ding on the Bush administration — one Louisiana man had a brilliant response that’s gone mega viral since it was posted on Facebook earlier this week.
IJR pointed out that in a letter sent by his Administration to local governments involved in the relief effort (rather than golfing and sunning themselves on an exclusive beach) some admonishments that residents in the Bayou State took great exception:
“Care must be taken to ensure 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.”
“Those planning for Katrina appeared to assume most people could rely on personal vehicles to evacuate and failed to consider the transportation needs of all segments of the population.”
“Many seeking temporary housing immediately encountered discriminatory advertisements that explicitly refused to rent to African Americans.”
Considering the truly American displays of unity and fellowship we’ve seen as a result of the flooding relief effort, the preemptive warning against racial discrimination really touched a raw nerve with many Louisianans. That reaction has been brilliantly summed up in a Facebook post by a man named Ben Husser who has been working with his neighbors in the relief effort.
And it not only hits Obama hard, it puts the woman who wishes to succeed him in her rightful place as well.
Check it out.
Dear Mr President,
I want to thank you for reminding us in South Louisiana not to discriminate against anyone based on race or religion. Had you not reminded us of this I don’t know what we would have done. See we rode around in a boat saving people and well race or religion never entered my mind. Not once. It didn’t enter my buddies mind or my wife’s. Just saving people.
I understand you may be miss informed because of all the race baiting that the media did a couple months ago here is South Louisiana. But I assure you that’s not what we stand for in South Louisiana. We love each other when the times get hard. We look out for our own. Now I know this doesn’t fit your agenda. But facts are facts.
O and by the way stay up in DC play a little golf and enjoy your last couple months in office. Make sure you clean out your desk. Clean out the house you’ve occupied for 8 years cause your time is up. Let ya buddy Ms Clinton know we don’t need her either. She needs her rest. Lord knows she needs rest more then the residents of South Louisiana do. She may could put some of that Clinton foundation blood money to good use down here helping others. But why would she do that. She already knows Louisiana doesn’t belong to her come November. If this was a state she needed she would have been on the boat with me. But that’s OK we got this we are strong here in Louisiana. Something you will never understand.
The true citizens of Louisiana
It really does seem like (as Sen. John Edwards would say) there are two Americas. But not divided along racial or economic lines as Edwards meant when he coined that phrase for his own divisive political purposes. No, the two Americas are represented here by Mr. Husser and by President Obama.
Husser shows the true American spirit of community and patriotism that swells from within each of us and is displayed through our actions organically, within our hearts and in our neighborhoods, not via a directive from the federal government in Washington DC.
Meanwhile, President Obama’s admonishments and warnings suggest a cynical and negative view of American which immediately leaps to an assumption that challenges like the flooding in Louisiana bring out the very worst in us, rather than the best.
I can’t help but feeling the response to the 2016 Louisiana flooding could go down in the history books as a defining moment in this election cycle, showing all Americans — not just the people of Louisiana — who the true leaders are and who will be there for them, for us — and uniting us, rather than dividing us and believing in our fundamental goodness rather than trying to dictate it — when times are rough. President Obama and Hillary Clinton were too wrapped up with their own personal priorities to come — Hillary literally phoned it in while Obama continued golfing and partying — while Donald Trump and Mike Pence brought an 18-wheeler full of supplies, which they handed out personally to flood victims.
Indelible images in the minds of Americans as we enter this final stretch of the 2016 election cycle.
Mr. Husser’s viral Facebook post brilliantly sums up the feelings of many Americans who’ve watched the various responses to a national emergency.
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