President Obama will head to Louisiana on Monday to visit damage from Hurricane Isaac and will meet with local officials to view ongoing response and recovery efforts.
Obama was scheduled to campaign Monday in Toledo and Cleveland, Ohio as part of his "Road to Charlotte," leading up to his arrival at the Democratic National Convention, but the event in Cleveland has been scrapped.
Obama's Republican rival, Mitt Romney, will beat the president to the area with a trip there today. Both are likely to use the appearance to present themselves as presidential and in charge: As Isaac steamed up the coast this week, Republicans cancelled a day of their convention and the White House made certain to keep reporters posted on Obama's daily storm briefings.
White House press secretary Jay Carney said the decision to go to Louisiana was made before the WH learned Romney would be going as well.