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TOLEDO, Ohio -- For President Obama, Labor Day is for politics and for presidential duties.
After a campaign speech early this afternoon in Toledo, Ohio, Obama will head south to Louisiana to inspect damage from Hurricane Isaac.
"The president will meet with local officials and view ongoing response and recovery efforts," said the White House schedule.
He is also scheduled to make a statement at a church in the New Orleans area.
The campaign speech in Toledo takes place at United Auto Workers Labor Day picnic.
"The president will continue to lay out what's at stake for the middle class in this election," says the campaign.
It's part of a "Road to Charlotte" tour leading into the Democratic convention that starts Tuesday in North Carolina. Obama gives his convention acceptance speech Thursday night.
Obama's Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, did his own damage tour of Louisiana on Friday.
The hurricane trips are part of a new obligation for presidents and presidential candidates, notes the Associated Press:
Call it the Katrina effect: Presidents, and would-be presidents, can't afford to get panned like George W. Bush did in the days after Hurricane Katrina crippled New Orleans and the Mississippi and Alabama coasts in 2005, killing more than 1,800.
Bush's decision to observe Katrina's flooding of New Orleans first in a flyover in Air Force One instead of putting his feet on the ground gave critics an opening to argue that he was indifferent to the suffering below. He later set the standard for what not to do in a disaster when he infamously patted the back of former Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Michael Brown, telling him he had done a "heck of a job, Brownie," as tens of thousands languished at New Orleans' convention center.
"I dare say, before Katrina there's no way that you would have the president and Romney here within days of one another in a storm of this relatively small magnitude not to diminish the impact of it (Isaac)," said Robert Mann, the director of the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs at Louisiana State University.