Another disaster brings candidates to Gulf Coast

By CAIN BURDEAU
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - President Barack Obama is headed to Louisiana to see damage from Hurricane Isaac. His trip Monday comes after Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney made his own visit to meet with storm victims.

Their appearances continue a tradition of politicians coming to the Gulf Coast after catastrophes. But residents say the candidates' presence doesn't do anything to get the power turned back on.

Disasters like those on the coast are opportunities for politicians to show leadership. They're also trouble if the candidates don't handle them right.

Obama struggled after the BP oil spill in 2010.

President George W. Bush infamously told his emergency management director he was doing a "heck of a job" after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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