Jul 22, 2014

Heading West, President Looks to Leave California Dry

The President is back on the loose, this time in California.

Just last week, the White House celebrated President Obama’s release from the inconvenient details of running the country, marking the President’s travels with the mantra “the bear is loose.” But while the bear was loose last week eating hamburgers and having a milkshake in Delaware, the world was in crisis.

The White House quickly deflected criticism of the President’s decision to not return to Washington saying, “It is rarely a good idea to return to the White House just for show, when the situation can be handled responsibly from the road.”

Well, even when President Obama is on the road, he’s more concerned with raising money than dealing with America’s problems or international crises. When he visited Texas earlier this month, the President steadfastly declined to visit the border, where the humanitarian crisis is only worsening.

This week President Obama is again on the road and has an opportunity to show leadership on the largest crisis facing the entire state of California—its worst drought in over a century.

California is currently suffering through a drought that will reportedly cost over two billion dollars and 17,000 jobs. Food prices are rising for American families throughout the country, communities in California’s Central Valley are facing immense economic hardship, and water police are patrolling neighborhoods, ready to slap a $500 criminal charge on anyone found wasting water.

This natural crisis has been compounded by misguided water policies that put the well-being of fish above the well-being of families.

So how does the President plan to spend the two days he will be in the Golden State?

(Courtesy of the White House)

On Tuesday, July 22, the President will travel to San Francisco, CA, where he will remain overnight.

On Wednesday, July 23, the President will attend a DCCC event in the San Francisco area.

On Wednesday, July 23, the President will travel to the Los Angeles area where he will attend a DNC event and remain overnight.

On Thursday, the President will deliver remarks on the economy at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College and attend a DNC event.

The bear is back on the loose but is clueless to the fact that Californians care more for solving our problems than they care for high-dollar Presidential fundraisers—at least the President was mindful enough to cancel his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel during his time in Los Angeles.

But as the drought worsens, he uses hardship in California to push his climate change agenda and fails to take action to pull back harmful regulations or implement a pending proposal to bring more water to the Central Valley.

In February, the House passed water legislation for the second time in two years. And while the House and Senate are currently working out the differences between legislation from both chambers, the President can and should get in the game to help alleviate the pain from the drought. That is more important than seeing his donors.