President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Louisiana today to see the devastation from the flood first hand. UL-Lafayette political science professor Pearson Cross says from a political standpoint, it would have been better if the President had come sooner.

“Appeared more Johnny on the spot, so to speak, giving the impression that ‘Hey, I really do care about you guys. I’m awfully sorry about this flood,’ even if he couldn’t do anything,” Cross said.

Cross says right now the real question is if Congress will give Louisiana more federal support. He says the best thing that could come out of this visit is for Mr. Obama to convince Congress to help flood victims get back on their feet.

“There’s some record of Louisiana Congressmen not supporting recovery efforts in New Jersey after the storm Sandy. So perhaps Obama could help in that regard,” Cross said.

According to the White House the President will get a first-hand look at the devastating flooding, hear from local officials and tell the people of Louisiana that the American people will be with them as they rebuild. Cross says voters who like the President may be glad that he came. But he says other will not be as thrilled to see the Commander in Chief.

“For those people who have not supported Obama, and Louisiana’s voted against him twice, they will be saying, ‘Who needs you? Our candidate already came down. Donald Trump was here. Go back to Washington, Mr. President,’” Cross said.