Obama’s flood per­for­mance

Baltimore Sun - - WORLD - Paul Rom­ney, Bal­ti­more

Jonah Gold­berg is off the mark when he com­pares Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s fail­ure to visit Louisiana right af­ter the floods to Ge­orge W. Bush’s fail­ure to do so af­ter the New Or­leans in­un­da­tion of 2005 (“Hypocrisy on pres­i­den­tial golf is out of bounds,” Aug. 28). What he should com­pare is the dis­mal per­for­mance of the Fed­eral Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency in 2005 with its timely and ca­pa­ble re­sponse in the past weeks.

If Mr. Gold­berg is into draw­ing com­par­isons, he might also think of com­par­ing the rel­a­tively ro­bust state of the U.S. econ­omy in the clos­ing months of Pres­i­dent Obama’s term with its cat­a­strophic col­lapse in the last months of Mr. Bush’s pres­i­dency. That’s an ar­ti­cle I look for­ward to read­ing.

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