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.