The besieged people of Louisiana could not benefit much from photo-ops and a few supply kits, but desperately needed concrete help and lasting concern. "I know you will rebuild again".
Cook said the police department originally meant to fundraise to buy cleaning supplies and other materials to send to departments around Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump toured the state on Friday.
Trump's visit was well-received by local officials, and for a moment it gave Trump a chance to reveal a presidential timber that he insists he has.
"Meanwhile Trump rushed to Milwaukee, where he pointed out that the "main victims of these riots are law abiding African-Americans citizens living in these neighborhoods" and said 'I am asking for the vote of every African-American citizens struggling in our country today who wants a different future".
Current players, too, are helping.
Others welcomed Obama and the spotlight he brought. "We called our parents to come and help us leave". Cooks for Christ is made up of parishioners preparing and taking meals to residences where families have absorbed other family members and friends left homeless, the priest explained.
FEMA's costliest relief effort was the result of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, where the organization spent a $13.2 billion.
Unfortunately, FEMA is no stranger to funding relief efforts in Louisiana, where many of its most expensive relief efforts have occurred. He said flatly he doesn't "worry too much about politics" and that he is focused on improving the speed and efficiency of the federal response.
The National Guard has been deployed and the federal government has approved over US$120 million (S$162 million) to assist with things like temporary rent, home repairs and flood insurance payments.
"We are heartbroken by the loss of life", Obama said after seeing firsthand the damage in the state's capital that has caused more than 106,000 residents and households to register for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. At least 40 state highways remained closed.
Louisiana officials aimed for bipartisan support and unity as they turned to the task of rounding up federal money for their state. John Bel Edwards told Time Magazine this week.
"This (new regulation) is the very definition of red tape." said Cole Avery, communications director for U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-Louisiana, whose district includes some of the worst-hit parts of northern Louisiana. The single mother of three has been staying at her boss' home in Baton Rouge, with no long-term plans of where she'll go since her Livingston Parish home was damaged in the flooding. Brown discussed the political responses to the flooding.
Before leaving Louisiana, Obama paid another visit he has been criticized for delaying. The president met privately with the family of Alton Sterling, a black man whose death last month in a police shooting sparked protests and mass arrests.
The president also met with the families of three police officers who were killed and three others who were injured in an ambush relate dot that original showing some 12 days later. An editorial headline in the Baton Rouge Advocate last week read: "Our Views: Vacation or not, a hurting Louisiana needs you now, President Obama".