A leader won’t take a break from his holiday to fly around a bit and say a few words of comfort. He doesn’t have to drag his Secret Service entourage around on the ground and get in the way but just go there and pretend that he cares… Trudeau took lessons from this guy.
2005: A Republican president takes three days to survey a natural disaster in Louisiana and Mississippi after cutting a vacation short.
The media at the time declares that was way too long, far too insensitive, even pushes a narrative that labels him racist.
2016: A Democratic president will not only cut a vacation short in any capacity to survey a natural disaster in Louisiana — the worst of any kind to hit the country in four years — but hasn’t even made any public statements on it. Not one.
The media of 2016 now yawns. Basically indicates its no big deal and if there is actual criticism, it doesn’t lead a cable news hour or go anywhere near a front page.
Thinking of teaching a class on partisan media one day? Put this example at the top of your syllabus.