President Obama will remain in Washington Wednesday, canceling a scheduled campaign trip to Ohio, the White House announced today.
From a statement by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney:
The President will remain in Washington, DC on Wednesday to monitor the response to Hurricane Sandy and ensure that all available federal resources continue to be provided to support ongoing state and local recovery efforts.
The move appears to have little practical significance, since Obama can monitor the response the Hurricane Sandy from anywhere he is traveling, and he isn’t the one personally coordinating logistics. But symbolically, remaining at the White House will allow Obama to present himself as “above politics” and acting in a presidential manner, which ironically may benefit him politically.
Meanwhile, Obama has high-profile surrogates at his disposal who have continued to campaign with gusto.
Michelle Obama appeared Monday at two events in Sioux City, Iowa, and after expressing that her “thoughts and prayers” are with those affected by the hurricane, launched into her political stump speech. But she is now down for a couple of days, spending today in Chicago.
But Bill Clinton is in the midst of a busy nonstop campaign swing that takes him to Colorado today, where he is making stops in Commerce City and Denver.
Vice President Biden campaigned with Clinton Monday but is now off the trail, though he will soon travel to Florida to resume campaigning.