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Obama Headed to New Jersey Wednesday

by Keith Koffler on October 30, 2012, 10:31 pm

President Obama will travel to Atlantic City Wednesday as part of an agressive effort to show he is taking a presidential approach to Hurricane Sandy.

Obama will be joined by Gov. Chris Christie. But New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg apparently told Obama to keep his compassion tour out of the city, according to Politico:

“I talked to the president today and I talked to his chief of staff [Jack Lew] today, particularly about a trip here. What I pointed out to him is that we would love to have him, but we‘ve got lots of things to do,” Bloomberg told reporters. “And I’m not trying to diss him, but I know he had planned a trip to New Jersey, and I said, ‘That’s fine. It represents the whole region; people understand the storm . . . ’

“He has a lot of things to do. And I was flattered that he offered to come, but I think that the thing for him to do is go to New Jersey and represent the country.”

The White House claimed it called Bloomberg so he could confirm Obama shouldn’t visit, or something:

A White House official told POLITICO after Bloomberg’s press conference that the White House called Bloomberg to let him know “that we planned to travel to New Jersey and to ask if he concurred with our assessment that tomorrow would not be the right time to visit New York City.”

Unlike previous catastrophes that were not as close to Election Day, such as the attack on the embassy in Benghazi, the wildfires that ravaged the nation this spring and summer, storms that killed several dozen people in April 2011, and the BP Gulf oil spill of 2010, President Obama is all over this hurricane.

He made a statement in the briefing room telling everyone to stay safe. He went to the Red Cross HQ in Washington today to deliver “Message: I care.” He spoke by phone with local officials. He spoke by phone with electric utility executives. He declared every imaginable place a disaster area.

Gov. Mitt Romney will resume campaigning Wednesday in Florida.


srdem65 October 30, 2012 at 10:42 pm

In my last comment on the previous post, I almost believed MrObama was going to someone’s front yard for a photo op; guess it’s really true now.
GovChristie is playing the candidate and will get everything he wants from the Feds, good for him and good for everyone in NewJersey.

Now as for NYC, things might get a little dicey with the red tape and paperwork. Forms get returned for impoper information or they just might get lost for a while. I understand why the Mayor didn’t want his people distracted by a campaign photo op, but he might regret making a public announcement of how he ‘dissed’ the POTUS.

Girly1 October 30, 2012 at 11:12 pm

Christie is ambitious – Obama can always count on him for a photo-op. Kidos to Mayor Bloomberg!

Girly1 October 30, 2012 at 11:14 pm

That should read ‘kudos’ to Mayor Bloomberg….not ‘kidos’…

FLDemFem October 30, 2012 at 11:24 pm

Well, if he cares so much why did his campaign send out an email telling people not to call their loved ones to see if they are safe, but to make random calls pushing Obama’s candidacy?? These people are disgusting and should be run out of town on a rail.

Cool Breeze October 30, 2012 at 11:47 pm

Gov. Christie is certainly no fool, and I don’t expect him to be played by BO tomorrow during the visit to Atlantic City. Bloomberg gets a nice golf clap for stiff arming the Preezy.

RT October 31, 2012 at 2:26 am

A sense of desperation is in the air. Candidate Romney is spinning whoppers about Jeep, and we are talking about our President acting as an opportunistic President?

At what point on the Romney BS meter will one of you step forward and say “Gosh, Mitt pulled a boner on that one”. No issue? Swallowed, hook, line, and sinker?

Keith, you have a sense of this and have called Romney out before. Your perspective on Jeep? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

Jeff1000 October 31, 2012 at 3:23 am

Well, the “president’s” constant campaigning isn’t working, he was losing ground, so let’s give playing president a try.

RT October 31, 2012 at 12:56 pm

@Jeff1000 – any opinion on the question posed?

At what point on the Romney BS meter will one of you step forward and say “Gosh, Mitt pulled a boner on that one”. No issue? Swallowed, hook, line, and sinker?

Suzanne October 31, 2012 at 5:55 am

He just doesn’t know what to do with himself these days!

Anne Lieberman October 31, 2012 at 7:07 am

To your list of previous catastrophes ignored or bungled by the president, I would add the 2011 wildlfires in Texas:

Susan October 31, 2012 at 9:52 am

God bless all those who lost their lives and homes in this storm. Obama is doing what leftists always do – never let a crisis go to waste. He has already shown by his actions in the past that he fakes any compassion or empathy he emotes during his photo op sessions at natural disasters. After Benghazi, all I see whenever he’s on the TV screen is a murderer.

Brenda A. October 31, 2012 at 10:12 am

Love that Bloomy said thanks, but no thanks.

Such a good time to visit NJ. Let’s add the logistics of a presidential visit to that nightmare. Some people just don’t think.