August 30th, 2009
05:15 PM ET
5 years ago

I'm 'slightly miffed' at Obama, Carville says

Democratic strategist James Carville and his wife, Mary Matalin, a Republican strategist, moved their family to New Orleans in mid-2008.
Democratic strategist James Carville and his wife, Mary Matalin, a Republican strategist, moved their family to New Orleans in mid-2008.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A prominent Democrat who is also a Louisiana native said Sunday he was somewhat offended that President Obama has yet to pay a visit to New Orleans, a city trying to rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina four years ago.

“I’m a Democrat and this is a Democratic president. I would describe myself as slightly miffed that he hasn’t been down yet,” Democratic strategist and longtime Clinton ally James Carville said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union, “but he says he’s coming down before the end of the year. And we’re hospitable people and we certainly will welcome him.”

Carville and his wife Mary Matalin, a Republican strategist and former Dick Cheney aide, moved their family to New Orleans in mid-2008.

“I can honestly say, . . . you can start to feel the progress now,” Carville said of the legendary city’s efforts to rebuild. “It’s a work in progress but there has been progress. I promise you that,” Carville also told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King.

Carville’s words were echoed by one of the Louisiana’s senators, Democrat Mary Landrieu.

Also on State of the Union Sunday, Landrieu said she was “a little concerned” that Obama had not paid a visit to New Orleans yet. But she noted that Obama has many other issues to deal with in his young administration.

“The president’s heart is there,” Landrieu told King, “and I know that.”

In his weekly Internet and radio address Saturday, the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the president noted that 11 members of his Cabinet have visited the country’s Gulf Coast region. “I’m looking forward to going to New Orleans later this year,” he added.

Watch: Obama on rebuilding four years after Katrina

Mr. Obama also said that his administration – particularly his choice to lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency – has “a focus on competence and accountability.”

soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Ronnie A.

    He's one (1) man James! During the campaign, he criss crossed the country several times visiting some states more than 10 times. He's been criticized all of this week for taking a vacation, and not staying in Washington. He's one (1) man. If he says he's going to New Orleans, I'm sure he is.
    (Of course there's NO context given to your remark (why you said it), so forget my comment if it wasn't meant in the manner it's presented here.
    CNN joins other news outlets, in trying to find even slightly negative comments to put in headlines.)

    August 30, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  2. Chuck

    Carville is a jerk anyway and who cares!!!
    I am a lifetime Democrat and every time Carville's name is on a send out from the Democrats I give nothing!!!
    He is married to a real right wing Republican weirdo, how can he be a Democrat?????

    August 30, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  3. Hugo

    I am also a little miffed regarding his handling of our National debt, Nationalized Healthcare, Afghanistan war, association with radical leftists groups, investigation of the CIA and a few other things I believe detrimental to our National interests and security.

    August 30, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  4. Hank

    Please tell me what good it would do to have the President fly in for a visit? There are tragedies all around the U.S., but having our leader go there does nothing substantive in fixing the problems. I would rather they take the ridiculous amount of money that it would take to get the President there and just give it to the area. The money would do more good than a Presidential visit. Being "miffed" sounds like a whiney baby to me.

    August 30, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. Give the man a chance

    This president has not been in office a year yet and everyone is expecting him to tackle their concerns first. Give the president some time! It's like we expect him to do everything in less than one year. He is not God. He can't be everywhere at the same time.....

    August 30, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  6. DonnaLee

    Jeez ... The President is working night and day on the nation's problems. He has accomplished more in his first few months that President Bush accomplished in eight long years. What does the new president have to do to catch the respect he deserves? ... Turn white?

    August 30, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. Jan in Phoenix

    President and muti-tasker, Yes. But he's still only one person with MUCH to deal with. New Orleans will certainly receive "heartfelt" attention from the President. Be patient and give him time, he'll get there. New Orleans will greatly benefit from what he's doing right now, Health Care Reform. Rest assured New Orleans, The President's Got You. When your visit is scheduled, it will be extra special. We are praying for you and your cities.

    August 30, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  8. Silas Kain

    When Carville expresses a "slightly miffed" opinion that leads me to believe a subtle message was sent to the President. While no one is reporting it, I'm getting the sense from many that Obama's eulogy for Ted Kennedy yesterday fell far short of expectations. As a result there is dissension in the ranks. We're a society which expects immediate gratification and Obama has failed to articulate this message to America. Things take time. Change takes even more time. A successful society must be patient and kind. Unfortunately for the President, Americans aren't patient and when they don't get the results they want they become quite unkind.

    August 30, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. DonnaLee

    James Carville is widely viewed on TV today. If you see him on NBC you see his really liberal side ... If you see him on CNN you see him being more of a centrist. What would this old has-been hired mouth say on FOX? Pay attention folks 'cause It's all entertainment for ratings and making money on the boob tube.

    August 30, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  10. Stu-Florida

    He's been BUSY!

    August 30, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. Pfft

    Okay, I'm sick and tired of hearing about New Orleans and Katrina. Everyone seems to have forgotten the Bolivar Penninusla which only had ONE HOUSE left standing in the entire thing after Ike. But, no – only New Orleans matters. They had my sympathy; but enough is ENOUGH.

    August 30, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. T Mckinley

    Still campaigning for Hillary, are we James?

    August 30, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  13. Meka

    Hey James, President Obama is only "1 Man" . . .

    August 30, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  14. the GOP must have just had a meeting

    is there anyway that Carville and his wife Mary Matalin would just stop talking

    quiet, silence, that would be great

    why do you think people need to listen to you day in and day out, are your opinions really that much in need that a barage of them is necessary?

    Obama hasn't visited a lot of places, get over it

    August 30, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  15. Karl

    James, 50% of me agrees with you. But something says that President Obama continues to work in the background for New Orleans. You have close ties to the Democratic Party. Have you put a call out for the President to visit? It might help. Don't complain. Just ask.

    August 30, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  16. RobertD

    James Carville and his wife are nothing more than political opportunists–twin faces of a two-headed coin that seek to stir up dissent and mistrust and then capitalize on it by pitting people against one another.

    Neither of them bring any real solutions to the table for Democrats, Republicans or Independents–and certainly not the American populace as a whole, which is hurting now more than ever. They have lined their pockets by helping to create gridlock.

    As such, neither of them should be trusted when they speak. They serve only themselves. They are worthy of being ignored at the very least but, more appropriately, scorned.

    August 30, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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