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Mike Huckabee Rakes Obama for Vacationing as Floods Ravage Louisiana

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Landon Stanly navigates through a flooded street to his home Aug. 15, 2016 in Baton Rouge, La. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 18 Aug 2016 01:27 PM

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has criticized President Barack Obama for continuing his seaside vacation on Martha's Vineyard instead of flying to Louisiana where deadly floods continue to wreak havoc.

Huckabee took to Facebook to write an open letter to the president, asking how he was enjoying the town's "ocean breeze, beautiful homes, and packed out with America's top 1 percent of the 1 percent — you must be in your element." 

The two-time GOP presidential candidate told Obama he should be in Louisiana right now, surveying the natural disaster. Some 25 inches of rain last week caused floods in the Pelican State that have killed 13, impacted at least 40,000 homes, and left thousands of families homeless.

"I realize that in the hustle and bustle of golf, having ice cream, and strolling the quaint streets of the Vineyard you may not have noticed this catastrophic natural disaster. And because you have paid so little attention to it, sadly not many Americans have either," Huckabee writes.

"It's one reason that when [an] apocalyptic event like a flood, tornado, or hurricane happens, Governors and Presidents show up … Maybe if it rains in Martha's Vineyard and you have to cancel a golf game, you might fire up ol' Air Force One and venture down to check on my friends in Louisiana.

"I know it will make it there, because it's taken you and the fam all over the world on some pretty nifty vacations. I don't begrudge you those vacations, by the way. You need them. But Louisiana needs you right now. Not because you can personally fix it, but because you showing up means a lot of resources will show up as will the cameras to help the nations see how bad it is."

Huckabee insists his criticism isn't about a Republican bashing a Democrat.

"Yes, I'm a partisan Republican when it comes to politics, but this isn't about our politics — it's about our people," he wrote.

"President Clinton would have already been there. I know there are some things about his Presidency we don't want you to imitate. But showing up when Americans are hurting would do you and the country some good."

The Advocate, a Baton Rouge newspaper, also asked Obama to interrupt his vacation, explaining a "hurting Louisiana needs you now."

During his presidency, Obama and his family have vacationed every summer on Martha's Vineyard except for 2012, when he was campaigning for a second term in the White House.

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