It was the local response in Louisiana that saved lives

NY Times:

In Visit to Louisiana, Obama Balances Comfort and Politics

President Obama, set to visit flood victims in Baton Rouge, faces a challenge: to commend the federal government’s relief efforts during a fraught political moment.
While Obama was golfing and sending out insulting memos, local authorities and volunteers were working around the clock to pull people out of the flood waters and take them to shelters.   FEMA was not much of a factor during this flood.  The "Cajun Navy" is the story of this flood response.

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