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Obama warns Gulf Coast about hurricane before going on campaign swing

President Barack Obama warned residents along the Gulf Coast Tuesday morning to take Hurricane Isaac seriously and to prepare for possible evacuations if mandated by local officials.

“Now is not the time to tempt fate,” Obama said. “Now is not the time to dismiss official warnings. You need to take this seriously.”

Obama issued the warning during brief remarks to the press before departing from the White House for a three-day campaign swing to college campuses in Virginia, Colorado and Iowa.

The president spoke for a little over two minutes and declined to answer questions shouted by reporters asking if he thought it appropriate to continue his campaign in light of the approaching storm, reported the Boston Globe.

“We’re dealing with a big storm and there could be significant flooding and other damage across a large area,” Obama said.

The president said he approved a disaster declaration for the state of Louisiana “so they can get the help that they need right away, particularly around some of the evacuations that are taking place. And right now, we already have response teams and supplies ready to help communities in the expected path of the storm.”

However, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Obama’s offer is inadequate and that it only grants a small portion of what is required to recover from a hurricane.

In a letter Monday to the White House, Jindal said the storm threatens most of the state and that 34 parishes have declared a state of emergency.

Nearly a dozen communities have already issued mandatory evacuations, more than 4,000 National Guardsmen have been activated, and 5,000 shelters are operating.

“Given the extraordinary developments of this storm and its approaching impact on the state of Louisiana, I ask that you exercise your discretion to approve the state’s pending request for all emergency protective measures,” Jindal said.

Jindal cancelled his appearance at the Republican Convention in Florida where he was scheduled to be a speaker to remain in state and manage storm preparations.

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Obama warns Gulf Coast about hurricane before going on campaign swing

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Obama??s aid offer is inadequate and that it only grants a small portion of what is required to recover from a hurricane.

President Barack Obama warned residents along the Gulf Coast Tuesday morning to take Hurricane Isaac seriously and to prepare for possible evacuations if mandated by local officials.

??Now is not the time to tempt fate,? Obama said. ??Now is not the time to dismiss official warnings. You need to take this seriously.?

Obama issued the warning during brief remarks to the press before departing from the White House for a three-day campaign swing to college campuses in Virginia, Colorado and Iowa.

The president spoke for a little over two minutes and declined to answer questions shouted by reporters asking if he thought it appropriate to continue his campaign in light of the approaching storm, reported the Boston Globe.

??We??re dealing with a big storm and there could be significant flooding and other damage across a large area,? Obama said.

The president said he approved a disaster declaration for the state of Louisiana ??so they can get the help that they need right away, particularly around some of the evacuations that are taking place. And right now, we already have response teams and supplies ready to help communities in the expected path of the storm.?

However, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Obama??s offer is inadequate and that it only grants a small portion of what is required to recover from a hurricane.

In a letter Monday to the White House, Jindal said the storm threatens most of the state and that 34 parishes have declared a state of emergency.

Nearly a dozen communities have already issued mandatory evacuations, more than 4,000 National Guardsmen have been activated, and 5,000 shelters are operating.

??Given the extraordinary developments of this storm and its approaching impact on the state of Louisiana, I ask that you exercise your discretion to approve the state??s pending request for all emergency protective measures,? Jindal said.

Jindal cancelled his appearance at the Republican Convention in Florida where he was scheduled to be a speaker to remain in state and manage storm preparations.

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Audrey Hudson is an award-winning investigative journalist whose enterprise reporting has sparked numerous congressional investigations that led to laws signed by Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. She won the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi award for Public Service in 2009 for her report on dangerous drug experiments by the federal government on war veterans, which prompted internal investigations and needed reforms within the Veterans Affairs Department. The report also captured first place for investigative reporting by the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and was a finalist of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences Webby Awards for news and politics. Her breaking stories have been picked up and followed by major news publications and periodicals, including Readers Digest, Washington Monthly, and The Weekly Standard, as well as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Washington Post. With nearly 20 years of experience in Washington as a newspaper reporter and as a Capitol Hill staffer for Western lawmakers, she will now lead Human Events?? coverage of energy and environmental issues. A native of Kentucky, Mrs. Hudson has worked inside the Beltway for nearly two decades -- on Capitol Hill as a Senate and House spokeswoman, and most recently at The Washington Times covering Congress, Homeland Security, and the Supreme Court. Audrey??s email is AHudson@EaglePub.Co

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