Of course, there was a little politics around the President’s June 29 visit of the wild fires. Colorado is a toss-up state and every visit has a political component.
But, presidents are increasingly involved in natural disasters, especially after the Katrina hurricane so negatively affected President Bush. Presidents show national concern and sympathy for the losses. They bring disaster relief and recognize workers.
After a bit of initial criticism, the state’s political establishment came together to welcome the President and federal help. Congressman Lamborn and the mayor of Colorado Springs, both Republicans, joined the Governor and both U.S. senators, Democrats, to welcome the President.