by Susan Jones, CNSnews:
Speaking at a news conference in flood-ravaged Louisiana on Thursday, Homeland Security Director Jeh Johnson said “the federal government is here, we have been here, and we’ll be here as long as it takes to help this community recover.” Responding to criticism that President Obama has not interrupted his summer vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, Johnson said several times, “The president can’t be everywhere.”
Johnson also said the (golfing, vacationing) president “has a very busy schedule this fall and in the coming days,” hinting that Obama has no plans to go Louisiana.
“There’s been a lot of criticism about president Obama not visiting Louisiana. Will you be recommending that he come to Louisiana and visit?” a reporter asked Johnson.
“Well, of course the president can’t be everywhere. I can tell you that the president has been closely monitoring the situation here in Louisiana. He made the federal (disaster) declaration in a matter of hours — it was expedited, we’re up to 20 parishes now.
“I will be briefing him on what I see here and what the status of our recovery and response efforts are…So the president is closely monitoring the situation, through his cabinet, through his FEMA administrator, and is very much on top of it.”
The reporter again asked if Johnson would recommend that Obama visit:
“As I said, the president can’t be everywhere. I know he has a very busy schedule this fall and in the coming days, and uh, he is closely monitoring the situation. When you are the chief executive of the entire U.S. government, you can’t be everywhere, uh, including places you would like to be. Uh, but through me and through (FEMA Director) Craig Fugate, I know he is very much on top of this situation.”
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