Via The Advocate—Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said the president spent 20 minutes with him discussing the severity of the flood and traveled to a disaster recovery center to meet with local volunteers.
Later he spent 20 minutes in a closed meeting with families of Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man who was killed in an altercation with police on July 5, and officers slain and wounded in a convenience store attack less than two weeks later.
The Advocate originally criticized the president for not ending his vacation in Martha's Vineyard immediately to visit the region. There has been bipartisan criticism for being too slow to visit the state.
One Denham Springs resident slammed the president saying, "There ain't nothing he can do for us that Louisiana ain't done for ourselves. I've got no help from the federal government. I ain't asking for help from the government. Baby, let me tell you my community has come through."
.@POTUS: "When disasters strike, that's one of the few times where Washington tends not to get political." pic.twitter.com/NpLHaDXhPi— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) August 23, 2016
Hypocritical lying two-faced uncaring narcissistic scum... pic.twitter.com/HDzmXZ2gkb— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) August 21, 2016
In Louisiana today, Pres Obama implemented his southern accent once again, the one acquired during his boyhood days in southern Hawaii.— WH PRESS SECRETARY (@weknowwhatsbest) August 23, 2016