Hurricane Isaac unleashed torrential winds and caused severe flooding in Louisiana that is expected to last all day Wednesday marking a grim seven-year anniversary of Katrina that nearly devastated New Orleans.
Federal officials say they are monitoring the storm so President Barack Obama will not be adjusting his schedule this week as he continues a campaign swing across college campuses in Iowa and Colorado.
“The president continues to receive regular updates on Hurricane Isaac. We’ll have more details later on this morning. At this time, the president’s schedule has not changed,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a written statement.
However, Obama’s planned appearance at the University of Virginia today in Charlottesville was scrapped after the school complained the campaign would disrupt classes. The president will deliver his remarks instead at a public area near campus.
First Lady Michelle Obama will make three television appearances today as part of a back to school tour to talk about federal guidelines for school lunches and the president’s Youth Fitness Program. Her appearances on “The Dr. Oz Show” and “Rachael Ray” will air in September, and she will make her third appearance tonight on the “Late Show with David Letterman.”
Meanwhile, just hours before Vice Presidential Nominee Paul Ryan was scheduled to deliver his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, the Obama campaign released an online video criticizing Ryan as “out of step” with American values.