Surveying the flood damage produced by Hurricane Isaac, newly minted Republican nominee Mitt Romney on Friday told Gov. Bobby Jindal that he had come to Louisiana to learn -- and then asked where all the water came from.
Meeting with Jindal in the flooded Lafitte area of Jefferson Parish, Romney said, "I appreciate the chance to be here. I have a lot of questions for you. I'm here to learn and obviously to draw some attention to what's going here, so that people around the country know that people done here need help."
Jindal lauded the contributions of the Red Cross, Salvation Army and other organizations amid a scene of downed trees, high water and National Guard troops. Romney expressed concern about the welfare of the 5,000 residents, some of whom had evacuated. He then asked, according to a journalists' pool report of the visit: "Did the water come from the sky, or the rivers, or the ocean?"
The comment brought to mind another observation about the natural wonders that Romney made during the primaries, when he returned home to Michigan and remarked, "I love this state. The trees are the right height."
Governor Romney's decision to cancel his planned trip to Virginia today and instead travel to hurricane ravaged New Orleans caught both the Obama Administration and the mainstream media by surprise. The Obama team scrambled to catch up with Romney, and announced later today that President Obama would be visiting New Orleans on Monday.
Various mainstream media outlets have been trying to paint Obama's later trip to New Orleans in a more favorable light than Romney's. Earlier today, a CNN anchor speculated that Obama's visit would likely be more "empathetic" than Romney's.