Obama alters campaign trip to travel to hurricane zone
August 31st, 2012
12:14 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama alters campaign trip to travel to hurricane zone

(CNN) - President Barack Obama plans to go to Louisiana on Monday to meet with officials handling the response to Hurricane Isaac, which made landfall this week, the White House said Friday.

According to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, the president canceled a campaign trip to Cleveland, Ohio in order to make the Gulf Coast visit. He will travel from Toledo, Ohio to Louisiana.

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The announcement came hours after Mitt Romney's campaign announced the GOP presidential nominee was canceling a trip to Virginia Friday in order to fly to Louisiana and survey the storm damage.

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  1. hurryup 2012

    uh oh....Mitt is going....guess I have to go now

    August 31, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  2. MDDD

    I agree with Independent Voter. Obama Biden 2012
    Already had four miserable years of Romney in MA.

    August 31, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  3. THE truth

    Why? Because Romney is going there? What a poser. Remember when Bush "only" flew over NO? The liberal media complex lets obama get away with murder.

    August 31, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |

    Leading from behind? I don't think so. Where was Willard Capone after Joplin? Where was he after the Colorado wildfires? He was running for office then. *crickets*

    August 31, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. What a stooge

    Romney has no business going. He holds no offical office and what help can he provide anyway. Its just a poto-op for him to make him look less like a robot.

    August 31, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. Seeta

    I can not stand Romney and his vp, they make me sick, go obamo

    August 31, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  7. xenalmorph

    Obama goes to Louisiana.......PHOTO OP
    Obama does not go to Louisiana..........BAD president
    Romney announces he is going to Louisiana........SEE ONLY THE GOP CARE
    Obama is only going to Louisiana because Romney is going.

    The last thing on Obama's mind was whether he beat Romney to the punch.
    I cant honestly say its all of your Republicans,
    but most of you sound like whiney children

    August 31, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. Fair is Fair

    "Now watch Willard Capone try and follow in the President's footsteps."
    Why does everything you say sound like it's coming from Al Sharpton? Do you watch anything else???

    August 31, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  9. once upon a horse

    ok Romney is "touring" the area today. Hell I can tour the area, just what else is he going to do. Now if he were to send his five sons out there to help rebuild it, use his OWN money not the government's to do so then he can finally honestly say "WE BUILT THAT" other than that going there hugging people getting your base riled up like some that are posting the nonsense here that they are is doing nothing but politics.

    August 31, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  10. Jerry

    Obama alters campaign trip to travel to hurricane zone...
    Really?! WOW WEE!!! Should I be impressed? Now traffic and tie ups in the area are going to be much worse. Is he taking his two 1 million+ Canadian built motor homes; or just one?!

    August 31, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  11. Deeb

    @ Independent Voter

    Totally agree.

    @ ria

    The President has a country to run AND is trying to get re-elected. His appearances/schedule changes involve tons of logistics. Unlike the other guy who has nothing but time on his hands and is pretty flexible to make photo ops on a whim. Nice try though.

    August 31, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  12. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    This was a natural disaster. Mitt Romney's going to show the people his support. President Obama is going to show the people his support. The people down there could use it. Good for BOTH of them. What the H is wrong with all of you?

    August 31, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  13. sheba

    All white folks are liars & hipocrites,they get on tv & tell lies with straight a face,make underline racist remarks & say obama is deviding the country.Romney is the leader of the pack.why is he in new orleans....because he's a snake trying to obama's thunder.Noone believe lies he,ann romney,paul ryan were on stage telling.they haven't felt many pains.They have money for the best docs,nannies,etc.the racists will hang in there & help them to keep spreading hate.Go ahead & elect him prez & it will be hell!!

    August 31, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  14. James

    Obama already made it clear that his going to the area would be too disruptive to local efforts. Apparently, Romney didn't think of that, or considered his campaign more important. Obama figured he might as well go now that Romney and his enterage will go get in the way of the locals doing their work.

    August 31, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  15. DJ

    Hey Tax Evader,
    You do realize that Romney announced he was going to be there TODAY, before obama announced he was going there monday.

    August 31, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. yasmine

    the GOpers try so hard... A for effort

    August 31, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  17. jsmoulder

    I wonder if he will be on the ground getting in the way of efforts to help those effected by the storm, or will he just fly over to see the damage.

    August 31, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  18. Irisdavenport

    Jindal back stabs the President again. Presidents don't go to disaster areas until the Governors gives them the OK or request their visist. I'll bet Jindal told Obama it was not neccessary for him to come so soon, while arranging for Romney to come and upstage the President.

    August 31, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  19. hopeforb

    So, horrific selfish RICH people who never ever have known want, hunger need and who hate and loath the poor, the non-rich white, and who have done everything legal and illegal to disenfranchise, and stop the vote of the poor and god forbid brown skinned are tellling us to vote for them? So that they can raise our taxes, take our security net, hurt the poor, rape the environment and continue on their world dominating way. Screw them. They are hateful liars, period.

    Oh and JUST how many truck loads of food did it take to feed that porice ass Christie anyway... Yes, I hate them just as much as I will never have 250 million like that ass Romney NOR do I ever deserve and or need that while others starve and the world burns and they obstruct and lie.

    August 31, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  20. San Jose, CA

    What will happen to all off the left leaning rhetoric spewed by the m s n if Romney is elected?
    I hope see en en and Chris Mathews wake up and realize they've all added to divide us.

    August 31, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  21. Ronda in Houston,TX

    Everyone here should make a donation to the Isaac victims and do something positve that will make you feel good.

    August 31, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  22. tee1227

    Hey Mitt is this leading from behind Ohio Early Voting Ruling: Court Orders State To Restore 3 Days Of Voting Before Election Day

    August 31, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  23. Diane

    The president always provides support to places hit by natural disasters. Unlike "unemployed" Mitt Romney, the president has a job to do and does not feel the need to advertise first every time he provides support.

    August 31, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  24. Dom

    This is why our political system is sooooo screwed up! Who cares who went first, who cares who went second, BOTH shouldn't use this or any other disaster for political gain. Our elections process is now like a TMZ show. Just bc Romney is the first to get his picture taken with Gov. Jindal doesn't mean he "cares" more about the people and the same would hold true about the President. And just bc Romney is down there getting his picture taken, doesn't mean the President should follow. Campaigns should be about ideas, NOT airline miles!!!

    August 31, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
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