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Obama to Congress: Louisiana Flooding May Need More Funding

President Barack Obama said at a press briefing in Baton Rouge on Tuesday that Congress “may be called upon to do more," once existing federal funds for the response to flooding in Louisiana run out.

Obama Saw Different Face of Battered Louisiana Than Bush
President may ask Congress for more funding for flood-damaged areas

Mike Sittig, left, and Nelson Morgan Jr. bring supplies to Nelson's father's home to begin the process of cleaning up after flood waters inundated it on Aug. 19 in St Amant, La. Last week Louisiana was overwhelmed with flood water causing at least 13 deaths. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Beyond the damage and receding flood waters, President Barack Obama saw a very different picture of Louisiana on Tuesday than when the previous chief executive visited the state following a disastrous storm.

Obama was criticized last week by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump and other Republicans when he wouldn't cut short his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, to visit areas hit hard by recent flooding in the Bayou State. White House aides say Obama has been focused mostly on ensuring the federal government’s response is helping people on the ground.

Obama Stresses Unity in Aftermath of Baton Rouge Police Shootings
President notes political conventions, asks that rhethoric be kept in check

President Barack Obama spoke on the shooting of police in Baton Rouge. (Photo By Douglas Graham / CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama on Sunday again urged Americans to unite around solutions to end a string of shootings after three Baton Rouge police officers were killed — and he warned the political convention season threatens to make racial tensions even worse.  

After being criticized by some law enforcement officials and advocates in recent weeks, Obama said the country must be “loud and clear” that nothing justifies attacks on law enforcement officers. Such acts are an attack on the rule of law that he says makes American society possible.  

GOP Delegation: Louisiana will 'Stand United' After Police Shooting
Convention delegation responds to shooting that killed 3 officers, others hurt

East Baton Rouge Police officers patrol Airline Hwy after 3 police officers were killed Sunday. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

The deadly shooting of three police officers in Baton Rouge threatened to cast a pall over the Republican convention Sunday, even as delegates from Louisiana vowed that they would "stand united" against evil.  

"This cowardly crime is an attack on the values of law and order that members of the Baton Rouge community so desperately tried to maintain in the 12 days since the eyes of the world focused on our state," the group said from Cleveland.