Dems. Ignore Gulf Storm Victims at Convention
1:46 PM, Sep 5, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
On Monday, President Obama traveled to Louisiana to tour flood damage after Hurricane Isaac hit the Gulf region last week.
"As you can see, there has been enormous devastation in St. John’s Parish, and that’s not the only place that’s been hard hit," said Obama, speaking about 35 miles from New Orleans, a city that had been devastated in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit. "We’ve also seen enormous damage in Plaquemines Parish and in other parts of Louisiana and Mississippi."
But the devastation--which includes loss of lives--went unmentioned last night by the three major prime time speakers at the Democratic convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
All three main speakers last night, Maryland governor Martin O'Malley, San Antonio mayor Julián Castro, and First Lady Michelle Obama, failed even to acknowledge that the storm had just recently hit the Gulf Coast, a review of their prepared remarks reveals.
The same storm, Hurricane Isaac, caused the Republicans to cancel the first day of their convention last week in Tampa.
And at least 13,000 are still without power in Louisiana, according to CNN. "Throughout the state, at least 13,000 homes were damaged, Christina Stephens, a spokeswoman for the Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said Tuesday."