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Actor Kirstie Alley Sparks Intense Backlash After Criticizing Obama's Response to Louisiana Flooding


"On a golf course in Martha's Vineyard instead of Louisiana?"

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 13: Kirstie Alley attends 'Constellations' Broadway opening night at Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on January 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

Actor Kirstie Alley incited what she referred to as a "firestorm" Friday after calling out President Barack Obama for not getting to flood-ravaged Louisiana sooner.

The "Cheers" star took to Twitter to share a video from 2008 of then-Sen. Barack Obama slamming President George W. Bush for not visiting the New Orleans victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 earlier. He said the former commander in chief "only saw people from an airplane instead of down here on the ground trying to provide comfort and aid."

"Or on a golf course in Martha's Vineyard instead of Louisiana?" Alley tweeted, before responding to some of the "asshats" writing "nasty political comments" in response to her posting.

One Twitter user told the actor Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, had asked the president not to come to his state just yet. In response, Alley said the governor's request "wouldn't stop me."

"I'd slip in the back door..someway..or possibly do an on air PLEA," she wrote.

At that, several other observers on the social media platform began piling on Alley, who stood her ground.

Alley eventually stopped the back-and-forth with her detractors, but not before admitting she felt Bush, too, was too late in visiting the victims of Katrina.

While not voicing many regrets over his eight years in the White House, Bush said in 2010 that flying over New Orleans and not stopping was a "huge mistake." The former president visited a few days after his infamous flyover and returned frequently.

Obama is scheduled to visit the wreckage in Louisiana next Tuesday.

(H/T: Twitchy)

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