The floods that ravaged the lands of Louisiana from Shreveport to Baton Rouge have left thousands without a place to call home. Now, in an attempt to estimate just how much damage has devastated the area, President Barack Obama will visit Baton Rouge to get a firsthand look.
According to the White House, the 44th Commander-in-Chief will speak with local officials, citizens and others about the response to the disaster and will deliver a speech about how the federal government can assist in future natural catastrophes. He will also let the people of Louisiana and the country know that the “American people will be with them as they rebuild their community and come back stronger than ever.”
Obama has been criticized by protesters and those around the U.S. for not coming to Baton Rouge sooner when Alton Sterling was brutality shot by BRPD on camera. He was also has faced criticism for not cutting short his vacation in Martha’s Vineyard in order to visit the areas hardest hit by the flood. The White House Press department has commented in a statement rebutting those claims, saying that President Obama has received updates from the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, who also took separate trips to Baton Rouge.
“The president is mindful of the impact that his travel has on first responders and wants to ensure that his presence does not interfere with ongoing recovery efforts,” Earnest said in a statement last Friday.