Presidential Visits to Natural Disasters Cause More Trouble


President Obama’s motorcade UPI/Chip Somodevilla/POOL

They say that even a broken clock is right twice a day. In that vein I find myself in the awkward position of actually agreeing with President Trump and his choice to delay a visit to Houston. Those trying to deal with the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas needed a presidential visit like a whole in the head.

Those trying to deal with the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas needed a presidential visit like a whole in the head.

In fact not only do I agree with Trump, but I also agree with the First Lady – must be something in the water! When she was leaving the White House she was wearing high-heeled shoes. During the flight she was raked over the coals for this fashion faux pas. Yet when she deplaned in Texas, lo and behold, she had switched to more appropriate natural disaster footwear.

(DOUG MILLS / NYT

This issue of how quickly a Governor or president pays a visit to the site of a natural disaster has become laughable. Stay where you are and sign big cheques to facilitate the work; let those on the ground do their thing,. Send in troops if deemed necessary, provide all aid at your disposal, but don’t clog up the procedure with a 19 vehicle motorcade.

I hate to be critical, but when the president does visit tomorrow, please do not, as the vice president did yesterday, engage in cheap, hokey photo ops showing you hauling away a couple of broken branches. We all know you’re only doing it for the press.

DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

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