The contrast between candidates for President, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, was thrown into stark relief by their visits to Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac. Both men toured areas outside of New Orleans that were not protected by the barricades erected by the Army Corps of Engineers after Katrina hit. These areas sustained extensive damage from flooding this time around.
Here is Obama’s response to what he saw in LaPlace, La.:
“We’re going to make sure that at the federal level we are getting on the case very quickly about figuring out what exactly happened here, what can we do to make sure it doesn’t happen again and expediting some of the decisions that may need to be made to ensure that we’ve got the infrastructure in place to protect people’s property and to protect people’s lives.” At a flood victim’s home, he said, “We’re here to help.”
Here is Mitt Romney’s response, when asked for help by local resident Jodie Chiarello, who lost everything and whose house was completely underwater: “He just told me to, um, there’s assistance out there. He said, go home and call 211,” said Chiarello. (In some states, 211 is a public assistance number.)
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