President George W. Bush was torn to shreds in 2005 by mainstream media commentators for his initial response to Hurricane Katrina yet President Obamas detached response to the recent Louisiana inundates has been met with resounding silence from those same outlets.
George Bush doesnt care about black people was the shocking charge by singer Kanye West about President Bushs response to Katrina. Wests was a particularly blunt evaluation, but echoed a growing narrative pushed by mainstream media outlets that Bushs response was out of touch, inept and most of all, he didnt am worried about people on the ground.
Much of the media coverage at the time not only criticized Bush for the difficulties the federal government faced in responding to the disaster, but also lambasted him for taking too long to return from vacation and to visit the site on the ground.
When he did return early from vacation, just two days after the disaster hitting, he faced farther criticism for flying over New Orleans on his way back to Washington D.C. before flying out to visit the victims of the tragedy.
Mainstream media condemned Bushs alleged lack of compassion, immediately predicting it would destroy his entire legacy. A USA Today article written at the time summarized it this style 😛 TAGEND
President Bush has shown that he can be empathetic, sensitive and decisive. But those qualities eluded him for days after Hurricane Katrina, and the lapsing could become a defining moment of his White House tenure, the analysis said.
The Washington Post would later go on to brand Bushs response the second worst moment of his entire presidency.
Such concerns have been almost entirely absent from media coverage of the Louisiana deluges in recent days. At least 13 people have died, while at least 85,000 have registered of natural disasters aid.
While nowhere near as devastating as the hurricane, the floods have wrought significant destruction on the area. Meanwhile, Obamas response has been significantly more tepid than Bushs.
Obama has still not returned from his vacation at Marthas Vineyard, and the White House said Thursday Obama would spend the day golfing. While a White House spokeswoman said the president also spoke with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate to get an update after Fugate’s visit to the region, there are currently no confirm plans for Obama to aim his vacation early.
A local paper has been one of the few voices to criticize Obamas response, reflecting growing annoyance at his response on the ground. In particular, it took aim at Obamas decision to attend a Hillary Clinton fundraiser Monday.[ I] f the president can interrupt his vacation for a swanky fundraiser for fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton, as he did on Monday, then surely he can make time to show up for a disaster thats displaced thousands, the editorial in The Advocate said.
The optics of Obama golfing while Louisiana residents languished in inundate waters was striking. It evoked the precedent of the passive federal response to the states agony in 2005, a chapter of history no one should ever recur, the paper wrote.
So far, there have been no mainstream media outlets criticizing Obamas apparent lack of answer , nor have there been any celebrities claiming Obama doesnt care about the people on the ground.
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