President Obama used the Labor Day holiday to travel to southern Louisiana Monday (Sept. 4) where he surveyed the flood damage caused by Hurricane Isaac. The storm hit the Gulf Coast, inundating certain areas with water, while sparing others.
As of Monday more than 100,000 people were still without power, and the president promised that the government would be proactive in offering help to residents in the area. “What I've pledged to these folks is we're going to make sure at the federal level we are getting on the case very quickly about figuring out what exactly happened here and what [we] can do to make sure it doesn't happen again and expedite some of the decisions that may need to be made,” he said.
Damage in the area could cost insurance companies up to $2 billion.
Standing alongside Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, and figures from Louisiana's congressional delegation, the POTUS inspected the damage in the St. John the Baptist Parish. He also greeted residents in the area, shaking hands and telling people “We're here to help.”
While his visit was “apolitical,” according to his campaign, the stop comes just before Obama heads to North Carolina, for the Democratic National Convention this week. First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to speak at the event tonight.
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