Images of residents slogging through flood water and homes and businesses being inundated dominated local newscasts in New Orleans at 6 p.m.
An hour later, Gov. John Bel Edwards texted Landrieu, “Mayor: I’m in Aspen at (Democratic Governors Association) meeting. You need any help with rain/flooding in Nola”.
Landrieu responded: “We are in touch with your team and will make requests as needed. We are good at the moment. I am in Aspen as well at Aspen Institute. I have been in touch with my team. But I think we are ok.”
A lonely mayor and governor wandering lost in a faraway resort town use technology to reach out to one another during a moment of crisis. Aimless in Aspen? Something like that, anyway.
This is kind of a silly story. The mayor goes out of town sometimes. Nothing would have been different had he been in New Orleans during the flood. The actual negligence happened long before the rain started falling. Still, it's funny that they're both in Aspen at the same time. There's nothing wrong with the governor and mayor traveling for official business. We'd like it better if the official business didn't involve Aspen.. especially the Aspen Institute.. so much, though.