Obama to tour New Jersey hurricane damage — with Chris Christie

posted at 9:27 pm on October 30, 2012 by Allahpundit

Pains me to say it but this is awfully smart retail politics by The One. He got an unexpected political opportunity (and challenge) from the storm to show leadership and compassion in the aftermath. What better way to do both than by coopting one of Romney’s most visible surrogates, the keynote speaker at the Republican National Convention, into a “message: I care” photo op in New Jersey? It’s a way to show centrists that he’s bipartisan when he needs to be. The alpha-male optics of having Christie forced to stand behind him while he’s at the podium would alone be worth it.

President Obama will join Chris Christie, the Republican governor of New Jersey, in viewing damage from the storm on Wednesday, the White House announced on Tuesday as Mr. Obama praised relief efforts at a Red Cross headquarters in Washington…

Mr. Christie had been one of the president’s most ardent critics until the storm’s arrival. In the last 24 hours, he has praised Mr. Obama’s leadership and the administration’s actions to speed relief resources to New Jersey.

At the Red Cross, Mr. Obama said his message to officials in the federal government was “no bureaucracy, no red tape.” And he said federal officials were “going to continue to push as hard as we can” to provide resources to places like Newark, where there were major losses of electricity.

I wonder who gets more out of this deal — Obama for the reasons stated above (plus a contact high from appearing with a guy who’s earning praise for his storm performance) or Christie for getting to share the spotlight with a Democrat who’s going to win his very blue state easily next week? Whether you think Christie’s working a political angle here depends, I guess, on how much you like him personally: In fairness, it’d look petty if he denied The One a visit at a moment when he’s on official business, although there are ways to do it that can be framed as apolitical. The Christie-skeptic theory would be that (a) at a minimum, he’s prioritizing his own reelection bid as governor over Romney’s campaign and (b) that just maybe he secretly hopes Romney loses because it’d clear the way for his own 2016 candidacy. (Remember that Christie’s convention speech was lighter than expected for the nominee.) The Christie-phile theory is that he really truly doesn’t give a damn about presidential politics right now. He’s not a robot; he spent the last day being briefed on massive destruction in his state and spent the days before that bracing for landfall from the storm of the century. He’s probably too busy thinking about Atlantic City being underwater to care much about the election. And if you asked Romney whether his reaction is inappropriate, no doubt he’d say that it is. Exit question: Which theory is correct?


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Bye is a term of dismissal, lord..y’all really don’t know any black people do you?

libfreeordie on October 30, 2012 at 10:44 PM

haha do you know any French people? would you like a term of dismissal in French? :-)…I can think of a a few :-)…

jimver on October 30, 2012 at 11:41 PM

Stop being a drama queen.

wargamer6 on October 30, 2012 at 11:15 PM

Good lord! She disagrees with you and says it isn’t all wrapped up in a pretty bow yet. So, you namecall.

a capella on October 30, 2012 at 11:43 PM

Ha! I grew up in Oak Park. Believe me, both are surrounded by serious reality distortion fields :)

Dirt McGirt on October 30, 2012 at 11:32 PM

They are as obnoxious as hell and I want them to get their comeuppance. There was this one brat who getting blabbing on and on about how the Dems. were going to win in 2012 and 2016 loudly in my favorite bar… Wish I could take the time machine back to October 3rd and watched the reaction to the debate. Of course, I didn’t know that Romney was going to do that to Obama, so I didn’t watch the debate live.

Illinidiva on October 30, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Already voted.. I was feeling good about Romney’s chances on Sat. Not that my vote matters in Evanston, IL. However, I do reserve the option of whining about voting for a losing candidate (again) if Romney doesn’t pull this off. Why doesn’t the GOP actually nominate good candidates once-in-awhile?? Seriously, Christie is a blatant opportunist and he is gunning for the 2016 nomination.

Illinidiva on October 30, 2012 at 11:40 PM

Thank you for your vote.
Now many of us are busting our @$$e$ to GOTV for Romney.
If you honestly can’t encourage us over the next week, it’s OK to just read.

22044 on October 30, 2012 at 11:46 PM

Thank you for your vote.
Now many of us are busting our @$$e$ to GOTV for Romney.
If you honestly can’t encourage us over the next week, it’s OK to just read.

22044 on October 30, 2012 at 11:46 PM

you sir, are such a diplomat :)…nicely put.

jimver on October 30, 2012 at 11:50 PM

Thank you for your vote.
Now many of us are busting our @$$e$ to GOTV for Romney.
If you honestly can’t encourage us over the next week, it’s OK to just read.

22044 on October 30, 2012 at 11:46 PM

I hate Pollyanna optimism. It really annoys me.

Also, my post had to do with Chris Christie and how he should be denied the nomination in 2016 if Romney loses because of his blatant opportunism

Illinidiva on October 30, 2012 at 11:55 PM

HA open reg for some decent honest liberals. Them I enjoy.

Bmore

There is no such thing. May as well open it up for bigfoot.

xblade on October 31, 2012 at 12:05 AM

Why doesn’t the GOP actually nominate good candidates once-in-awhile??

Illinidiva

They have to run for the job first. What are we supposed to do, break out the whips and chains and force someone to do the job against their will? Sorry, slavery is a democrat thing.

You are a disgusting, lying little maggot.

How are you a social conservative?

wargamer6

He’s democrat who will be voting for Obama.Don’t let him tell you different.

xblade on October 31, 2012 at 12:10 AM

Exactly. Christie can be nice to a president who doesn’t deserve it, especially in the context of doing his job.

22044

But don’t you dare expect him to join the 20 or so states suing over Obamacare. Christie is a hack. Providing a photo op for Obama isn’t part of his job. NJ is getting federal funding whether he slurps Obama or not.

“Seriously, after 4 years of the worst economy in history and a hated obamacare bill do any of you really believe a 2 hour visit to NJ would sway the election?He has to go back to the campaign trail so I don’t believe this will matter. Like I said before if this would sway the election then we weren’t gonna win anyway…

sandee

Wait until they start saying how great Obama did unlike Bush the republican who only wanted to kill black people and let all those people die while he laughed at them from his plane.

xblade on October 31, 2012 at 12:13 AM

They have to run for the job first. What are we supposed to do, break out the whips and chains and force someone to do the job against their will? Sorry, slavery is a democrat thing.

Well.. there was no viable good candidates this year.. Nobody knew Romney could beat up Obama in debates; it was a huge fluke. So maybe the better question is that why doesn’t the GOP do a better job recruiting candidates for lower office and turning them into viable presidential nominees. Seriously, it’s been Bushes and pretty pathetic Presidential candidates since then.

Illinidiva on October 31, 2012 at 12:21 AM

Forget Christie and Obama. Prayers for those affected by the storm and for their loved ones who haven’t heard from them yet. I hope you and yours are safe and sound. Got a lot of folks on the Gulf Coast, so I know how it feels.

Christien on October 31, 2012 at 12:27 AM

So maybe the better question is that why doesn’t the GOP do a better job recruiting candidates for lower office and turning them into viable presidential nominees. Seriously, it’s been Bushes and pretty pathetic Presidential candidates since then.

Illinidiva on October 31, 2012 at 12:21 AM

and how do you turn them into viable candidates? like in some sort of a Genome X project of sorts? :-)…yeah, right, coz we all know know that the great presidnetial candidates emerge from low level political activism…btw, in case you didn’t notice, this is what we have in the WH right now, a pro politician, an individual groomed for political office since his early early years at Harvard and/or Columbia via community organizer to Chicago politician and heh, to the preezydency of the US…

jimver on October 31, 2012 at 12:31 AM

and how do you turn them into viable candidates? like in some sort of a Genome X project of sorts? :-)…yeah, right, coz we all know know that the great presidnetial candidates emerge from low level political activism…btw, in case you didn’t notice, this is what we have in the WH right now, a pro politician, an individual groomed for political office since his early early years at Harvard and/or Columbia via community organizer to Chicago politician and heh, to the preezydency of the US…

jimver on October 31, 2012 at 12:31 AM

You have to have an actual political office before you can run for the Presidency.. Joe Schmo, businessman, isn’t going to become President. Obama’s problem is that he never faced failure or held an actual political office before running for President — Obama started running for President when he hit the Senate. Ideally, one should rack up some actual accomplishments and learn how to compromise and negotiate before becoming President. This is why it is probably a good thing that Rubio wasn’t chosen for VP.

It seems to me that the GOP might have actually started grooming specific candidates for higher office when Rove was the main political force in the party… Bobby Jindal most definitely and probably Paul Ryan as well. Governor Loudmouth is just an opportunist. And nobody knew who Rubio was really until the Senate race.

Illinidiva on October 31, 2012 at 12:49 AM

“What’s particularly disgusting is that you believed Barky to be ahead anyway, but still applaud a natural disaster as a “Godsend””

Nope, never applauded the disaster at all. I just gave the realistic appraisal of what it means for the election.

You guys are so busy being outraged and partisan, that you are unable to assess a situation realistically.

There will be no more questions about the economy. Everything is how Obama handled the Frankenstorm and if Romney wants to cut FEMA.

gumbyandpokey on October 30, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Quit huffing Testor’s glue. It erases distance vision.

Your myopia is pathological.

Two days of waves erases four years of fail, MY A$$!

cane_loader on October 31, 2012 at 1:16 AM

Bobby Jindal most definitely and probably Paul Ryan as well. Governor Loudmouth is just an opportunist. And nobody knew who Rubio was really until the Senate race.

Illinidiva on October 31, 2012 at 12:49 AM

Jindal is an exceptional individual, and a really gifted politician, meant for executive leadership (as opposed to purely political), not sure how well he would navigate the muddled political waters of Washington DC, but am sure it’s an acquired skill, as gifted and intelligent as he is, he would manage just fine. If that’s what you meant by ‘recruiting candidates’ then yes, it’s worth trying. But then you shouldn’t be too worried, it’s the Republicans who have the edge, think of all the young political talents on our side, that you just mentioned there, tell me one name on the other side of the aisle. Hillary is old news, and bad one too, Cuomo, meh, won’t fly past East Coast, same like Giuliani. Don’t care much for Gov Christie, he knows his stuff, but he has no national envergure, oups, that’s the French term, not sure what’s the best English one, probably appeal, besides he’s too noisy and loquacious, not necessarily a quality when you have to run a disciplined campaign. Rubio is talented, lots of potential, but he needs a political figure to learn from, some mentorship type of thing… he’s definitely more the politician, more like our Obama, if you like :-), glib, perfect tone, different material than Jindal…Ryan is good, and more seasoned in national politics than any of the other two, which is impressive for someone his age. if they win and he gets the VP position, the sky is the limit for him…

jimver on October 31, 2012 at 1:21 AM

Doesn’t Chris Christie have better things to do? Does he really want Obama’s entourage making things an even bigger mess?

Christie should have had the fortitude to tell Obama no, just like Bloomberg. Sad.

I’ve never been a Chris Christie fan. It was clear from the beginning that he was no conservative.

Common Sense on October 31, 2012 at 1:29 AM

Well.. there was no viable good candidates this year.. Nobody knew Romney could beat up Obama in debates; it was a huge fluke. So maybe the better question is that why doesn’t the GOP do a better job recruiting candidates for lower office and turning them into viable presidential nominees. Seriously, it’s been Bushes and pretty pathetic Presidential candidates since then.

Illinidiva on October 31, 2012 at 12:21 AM

That statement is dumb – plenty of people thought Mitt was going to beat 0we-bow-mao badly that first debate, including me, which I argued to a lefty over on Twitchy a week before their debate.

You say that you hate Pollyannish optimism; how could such optimism be as annoying or hatable as your miserable, Eeyoreish pessimism?

Anti-Control on October 31, 2012 at 1:54 AM

Just as Mayor Bloomberg said thanks but no thanks to Obama visiting New York City, Governor Christie should have done the same thing.

Why? A Presidential / Gubernatorial visit at this juncture takes needed resources away from helping people who are in distress.

Frankly, this smacks of political “grandstanding” by both Obama and Christie.

john.frank on October 31, 2012 at 1:57 AM

Frankly, this smacks of political “grandstanding” by both Obama and Christie.

john.frank on October 31, 2012 at 1:57 AM

Yep!

Christie should realize that he doesn’t have the goods to ever be the GOP nominee.

Anti-Control on October 31, 2012 at 2:07 AM

Yep!

Christie should realize that he doesn’t have the goods to ever be the GOP nominee.

Anti-Control on October 31, 2012 at 2:07 AM

he should have told Obama to go pound sand and find another state to campaign, like Bloomberg did. he has DC, but hey no big photo ops there since there’s no much damage and victimhood there.

jimver on October 31, 2012 at 2:21 AM

Many of you believe God intended for the babies conceived in rape to live, therefore suggesting God placed the rape of women in motion. Its a very similar idea of how God functions in the world and both are used to justify/support political leaders. Very, very concerning.

libfreeordie on October 30, 2012 at 10:02 PM

A baby conceived, whether in rape or not, is already alive. By definition. So your whole rationalization is based on the nonsensical notion that God would be fine with us killing the baby.

It’s pretty funny to watch you try to draw up in moral outrage over this. You might want to think that one through before making such an absurd argument again.

You’re effectively arguing that it is the will of God to end inconvenient life. Check the Ten Commandments. I think one of them covers this ground.

There Goes The Neighborhood on October 31, 2012 at 2:24 AM

Are you referring to the Congress who denied increased funds for embassy security? How is that Obama’s fault again?

libfreeordie on October 30, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Congress didn’t cut embassy security. They cut generic funding. It’s pure demagoguery to claim that it was the fault of Congress that the State Department cut security in Libya. There’s no evidence at all that it was cut due to a lack of funding. That’s just a wild reach to shift the blame away from the department that actually has the responsibility to protect its people.

There Goes The Neighborhood on October 31, 2012 at 2:34 AM

Obama can save their new born baby from drowning and these guys will still choose Ahmadinejad over him. It’s not about policies or the debt, it’s solely about just getting rid of Obama. Period.

The good news is that it won’t happen. I will be here Nov 7th to have some fun with them. That’s if HA still exists.

HotAirLib on October 30, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Obama saving a new born baby would be a nice change of pace. The last time Obama had anything to do with new born babies, he was advocating that a baby that somehow survived an abortion should be refused care and allowed to die.

There Goes The Neighborhood on October 31, 2012 at 2:38 AM

Christie politicized this opportunity to the fullest. If one thinks that Obamafia will not get great mileage from this act, think again. It will be contrasted in great detail with “W”‘s pathetic handling of Katrina. This one disgusting act could turn the tide back to Obamafia…

elihu on October 31, 2012 at 3:28 AM

Fuc& Christie. He’s a whiny little drama queen.

Jaibones on October 31, 2012 at 3:52 AM

Oh Chris Christie, you sly devil you. You’re right: The best way to rise above presidential politics is to invite the one guy who needs the most help looking bipartisan and a leader, as-well-as the one man who can tie up relief efforts by his mere presence. Well done, Gov. Christie. Your 2016 presidential run may well be assured.

eforhan on October 31, 2012 at 6:50 AM

Old/busted:
 

Both candidates agree that… drone strikes that kill children are awesome… Yay I guess.
 
libfreeordie on October 22, 2012 at 11:21 PM

 
New eight-days-later hotness:
 

Many of you believe God intended for the babies conceived in rape to live,
 
libfreeordie on October 30, 2012 at 10:02 PM

rogerb on October 31, 2012 at 6:54 AM

Can you recall any event where the praise was reciprocated.

tomas on October 31, 2012 at 7:00 AM

When Christie and Obama are together, Obama will seem like a small man…in more ways than one.

Ken James on October 31, 2012 at 7:16 AM

And some ‘Conservatives’ still wonder why most of the country hates the northeast and NJ.

Mr. Arrogant on October 31, 2012 at 7:25 AM

Bye is a term of dismissal, lord..y’all really don’t know any black people do you?
 
libfreeordie on October 30, 2012 at 10:44 PM

 

Ha ha, that’s just like the black people talk, good one!
 
bayam on October 18, 2012 at 9:30 AM

rogerb on October 31, 2012 at 7:27 AM

Christie loves the spotlight – It’s all about him and he will do anything for attention, and he doesn’t care if he helps obama along the way.

Pork-Chop on October 31, 2012 at 8:56 AM

That statement is dumb – plenty of people thought Mitt was going to beat 0we-bow-mao badly that first debate, including me, which I argued to a lefty over on Twitchy a week before their debate.

You say that you hate Pollyannish optimism; how could such optimism be as annoying or hatable as your miserable, Eeyoreish pessimism?

Anti-Control on October 31, 2012 at 1:54 AM

The Red Debate was the first time a Republican candidate has basically won a debate since Reagan. Mainly the MSM has to make sure these things are at least ties for the Dems.

As for optimism, I’m all for cautious optimism, but I really that Pollyanna stuff is annoying. The same people saying that we’re going to win this were also saying that McCain was going to win in 2008.. So it is really hard for me to believe you this time around.

Illinidiva on October 31, 2012 at 8:57 AM

I watched Christie’s presser yesterday morning, and he talked about touring the damage later. I thought he meant later that day (yesterday). Could it be that BO convinced him to hold off until today, so BO could hog the spotlight?

Syzygy on October 31, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Sucking up for the money, it’s what pols do. Christie would have been better off calling Jindal for advice. Mitt’s gonna be the won to sign checks next year anyway.

Kissmygrits on October 31, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Christie is a real opportunist with a big mouth. He could have been gracious without being so patronizing to Obama just a week before the election. I have little respect for the guy now!

lhuffman34 on October 31, 2012 at 9:21 AM

OBAMA TO CAMPAIGN IN NJ — WITH CHRISTIE…

Bmore on October 31, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Just as Mayor Bloomberg said thanks but no thanks to Obama visiting New York City, Governor Christie should have done the same thing.

Why? A Presidential / Gubernatorial visit at this juncture takes needed resources away from helping people who are in distress.

Frankly, this smacks of political “grandstanding” by both Obama and Christie.

john.frank on October 31, 2012 at 1:57 AM

I’m from Texas…Can’t see Gov. Perry doing this…It’s kinda weird a week before a general election.

workingclass artist on October 31, 2012 at 4:01 PM

She might have a point…given that Cuomo & Bloomberg gave Obama a pass when he called…

“All that being said, if Christie has national ambitions, he had better be very, very careful. GOP voters have long memories – and no matter how genuine Christie’s post-hurricane distress is, it will be neither forgiven nor forgotten if his enthusiastic boosterism of Obama ends up causing this year’s GOP ticket grave damage…”

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/carolplattliebau/2012/10/31/christie__the_president

workingclass artist on October 31, 2012 at 4:05 PM

It’s a Christie Obama love fest live on Fox right now.

indychick on October 31, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Chris Christie is such a drama queen!

LurkerDood on October 31, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Can’t anybody see their way through politics? Christie is the governor of a coastal state devastated by a storm. Time to work together.

(Ok. Fine. You have to be political. What’s the dem advantage in registration in Jersey? Huuuuuuuuge. Just smart politics.)

Pablo Snooze on October 31, 2012 at 8:48 PM

If Obama is busy in New Jersey, he isn’t in Philadelphia.

claudius on October 31, 2012 at 8:57 PM

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