After oodles of whining and complaining by Republicans everywhere about how President Obama didn’t drop everything and go to Baton Rouge to tour the historic and disastrous flood damage, he finally went. He was asked to not go right away by the state’s governor due to logistical reasons, which he graciously complied with. Now he’s there. Now Republicans got what they DEMANDED of him.
It couldn’t possibly have gone worse for them.
Republicans rolled Donald Trump into town ahead of Obama, where he handed out play-doh for a full minute before walking away from the cameras and gave $100,000 to a church that just happened to have anti-LGBT bigot Tony Perkins as it’s temporary pastor. They were sure that this incredible circus of embarrassment would differentiate them from the “weak Obama” who was not on the scene.
It sure did, except not in the way they hoped. While all media is talking about how ridiculous and borderline fraudulent Trump and Republicans have been in their “relief” efforts, President Obama showed up and ended the discussion on who is, or isn’t acting “presidential” in Baton Rouge.
Obama dropped a short but no-punches-pulled statement regarding the relief efforts and reminded conservatives who the president still is. Taking an indirect, but very strong jab at Trump and Republicans, he rebuked people like them who showed up “for the cameras” by saying that the efforts aren’t about photo ops, or temporary media distractions. He also reminded everyone that a lot of work will need to be done to get people’s lives back in order.
He was, in short, presidential. Republicans were not. I bet they wish they weren’t spending days drawing up media anticipation for his arrival now. Thanks to them, everyone was watching his speech.