The Obama administration declared a federal disaster more than a week ago, and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson have visited the state. Obama praised FEMA and state and local officials for their response, and said his priority is long-term help for people whose families or businesses were displaced by the flooding.
The $127 million distributed by the government includes "temporary rental assistance, essential home repairs and flood insurance payments," Obama added. For comparison, FEMA had given more than $11 billion to state, local and tribal governments for Sandy aid as of last fall.
The Red Cross said Monday that donations have come nowhere close to covering its costs in Louisiana. It has received about $7.8 million in donations and pledges, but estimates costs of about $30 million, it said in a statement.
Obama drew some criticism for not appearing in Louisiana until now, as he was on vacation in Martha's Vineyard. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who went to the state last week, has repeatedly bashed Obama for his delay in traveling there.
"One of the benefits of being five months short of leaving here is I don't worry too much about politics," Obama said about his dwindling time in office.
Obama said nobody affected by the floods "gives a hoot if you're a Democrat or a Republican."