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October 31, 2012

Obama and Sandy: Less is More

Effectively three days on the shelf with just a week to go before a nip-and-tuck presidential election, with just a single outing to show for it.

In this case, showing true respect for a crisis and the hardship of citizens, it’s called leadership.

(photo: Larry Downing/Reuters. caption: President Obama hugged Donna Vanzant as he looked at damage done by Sandy in Brigantine, N.J. At left is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie)

  • black_dog_barking

    Compare and contrast with George W Bush after Katrina.

    Current events force Gov Christie to pick a side, curry favor with whoever will most likely be able to help New Jersey with its recovery bills in the coming months and years. Which gives us this contemporary reminder of an ancient political truth: “strange bedfellows”.

    Mitt who?

    • Jan Marra

      Facts and reality have a liberal bias.

  • W3PYF

    I think more of Christie from this crisis. When it’s just politics and currying favor from contributors to sustain one’s marketing, one can take positions at odds with one’s responsibility. And then, a crisis comes, and it’s like a loan from the Mafia: Time to pay, and pay in full. And you suddenly realize that those political “allies” who want you for what you can do for them will do nothing to help you.

    And to your surprise, your political enemy extends a hand. And in that hand is everything you need to pay the debt. And more important, he places you high on a pedestal beside him. The Christie-Obama-Romney episodes of the past few days have been almost Biblical character studies:

    Wealthy Romney feigning a “fund-raiser” in Ohio where attendees are given $5000 of Wal-Mart merchandise to “contribute” to Romney for a criisis hundreds of miles away – with Romney offering as his expertise in disaster cleanup: Part of la little pickup following a high school football game.

    Obama and Christie doing what we elected them to do.

    And Fox News struggling to figure out how Christie might offer their flawed candidate a photo op in the crisis. And Christie flatly rejecting it.

    This photo captures it all. Together with the account, a fitting insert between Leviticus and Deutoronomy.

  • Jan Marra

    Oh, come on, you could have done a lot more deconstruction of this image filled with faces and eyes! I support Obama, but this is a bit sentimental, and not what I usually read at BN. In the first place, isn’t this an edited shot? Right down the middle there’s a mismatch. The blonde in Christie’s panel seems to smilingly lean on the President’s shoulder! Both Christie and Obama seem to be giving serious glance to something to their right and behind them, but this is a composite picture. There’s a blending of the background at the top, but the mismatches are obvious at the bottom. Your eyes are immediately drawn right of center to the Obama embrace, and then you drift up and over to Christie’s face. Across the smiling blonde and then to the face on the far right. It’s easy to miss. What gives?

    • cfm

      This is most certainly not a composite. What you see is a brown and pink sleeve behind Obama and in front of the blond woman. The “blending” background is simply its being out of focus.

  • bks3bks

    Conservative heads will be exploding Tuesday night at 11:01 pm PST when Fox calls Virginia for Obama.


  • LanceThruster

    As I inquired elsewhere, is it true Mitt Reagan is touring disaster sites and reminding the victims that, “The most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘We’re from the government and we’re here to help.’”?

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