President Barack Obama sounded a little different Tuesday in Baton Rouge while he addressed the flooding that has plagued the southern portion of Louisiana. Amid criticism that addressed the State of Emergency too late, others claimed he flicked on his southern accent.
“Notice how Obama suddenly gets southern accent? He's a patronizing phony!” one Twitter user wrote. “Media center playing Obama right now.....he is using his Louisiana accent, which is different than his DC or NC accent... phony,” another wrote.
Notice how Obama suddenly gets southern accent? He's a patronizing phony! pic.twitter.com/Fx9awgdGof
— Pokerhanos (@pokerhanos) August 23, 2016
Why is Obama speaking with a Southern distinctively Black accent...him and Hillary are shameless panderers
— john booker (@johnone2345) August 23, 2016
— CNN (@CNN) August 23, 2016
@realDonaldTrump -did Obama purchase a southern accent on his way to LA?
— Mary Cicero (@mcicero10) August 23, 2016
Obama in Louisiana using his fake southern accent.
I'm from the south, and I don't even have an accent.
— Remington Hernandez (@TheDailyRem) August 23, 2016
Obama putting in his press conference with his audience in front and in back of him, in LA today.Typical news and photo op. With his accent.
— CLAUDIA (@claudiascompan1) August 23, 2016
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump visited the devastated area days before Obama, handing out supplies to victims of the flood. The White House didn’t announce Obama would visit the area until after Trump.
“While in Martha's Vineyard, the President has received updates on the situation in Louisiana, including from the DHS Secretary and the FEMA Administrator, who took separate trips there,” a White House statement read Friday. "The President today directed his team to coordinate with Louisiana officials to determine an appropriate time for him to visit, and together they have determined that the President will visit Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Tuesday, Aug. 23.”
Obama’s reluctance to visit Louisiana drew comparison to Hurricane Katrina. At the time, then-President George W. Bush was pictured flying above Louisiana. He was criticized for taking too long to address the devastation.
There might be some politics at play here. While Obama took a long time to respond to the Louisiana flood, he was praised for his quick reaction to Superstorm Sandy, which wrecked coastal New Jersey and New York. At the time, he was up for reelection in 2012. At this point, Obama is practically a lame duck.
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