The Straits Times
Published on Sep 04, 2012

Obama, on eve of convention, tours storm-hit Louisiana


LAPLACE, LOUISIANA (REUTERS) - President Barack Obama visited Louisiana on Monday for a first-hand look at the damage from Hurricane Isaac, seeking to show his administration was on top of the relief effort on the eve of his Democrats' national convention in North Carolina.

Mr Obama's tour was pre-empted by his Republican challenger, Mr Mitt Romney, who diverted from the campaign trail to Louisiana on Friday to inspect the fallout from the storm a day after accepting his party's nomination for the Nov 6 election.

Flying into New Orleans, Mr Obama travelled by motorcade to nearby St. John the Baptist Parish, one of the hardest-hit communities, to meet federal, state and local officials and assess the disaster response before surveying the area.

As he arrived on hot, sunny day, Mr Obama saw evidence of the storm's fury - twisted road signs, toppled trees and pools of water beside the road.