"I don't think that's warranted criticism," Barbour told National Journal. "This storm is not a mega disaster. Everybody's keeping an eye on it, and the local governors are down there on the scene."
Barbour, who earned accolades for his management of Mississippi during Hurricane Katrina seven years ago, said it's unfair to expect Obama to suspend his campaign because of bad weather. "I'm not going to be critical of Obama for doing business as usual," he said, before adding with a grin: "It's been a perpetual campaign since the day after he got inaugurated. So what else is new?"
Several Republican governors representing the states in Isaac's path have been forced to return home early from Tampa, where they were attending the Republican National Convention. Among them are Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, Barbour's successor, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who cancelled his prime-time convention speech that was scheduled for Wednesday night.
"You've gotta make sure everything's ready back home," Barbour said. "Bobby was right to put first things first."
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