President Obama travels to Asbury Park, New Jersey today. Here’s why you should care:
1. It’s good that he’s doing it
Yes, there is a legitimate reason for this trip. New Jersey suffered badly from the hit it took from Hurricane Sandy, and the president ought to go and show the nation’s concern and see how all those federal tax dollars are being spent.
But there are other reasons too.
2. Obama gets to portray himself has above the fray
Let’s face, like much of what Obama does, this trip is also about Obama. It’s gonna make him look good amid the scandals plaguing his administration. While those supposed Nattering Nabobs of Negativism, the Republicans, carry on with their investigations, Mr. Obama is out being photographed and videotaped showing the nation is compassion and leadership.
3. A chance to change the conversation
Maybe, just maybe, the White House calculates, a day at the beach will give reporters something else to talk about other than the IRS, Benghazi, and assaults on freedom of the press.
Today you will an opportunity to see how Chris Christie is doing with his post-lapband surgery weight loss program!
5. Political payback.
You get to witness the weird sight of a Democratic president paying back one of the leading contenders for the GOP presidential nomination for his help in getting him reelected president.
While Christie’s man-bro embrace of Obama just days before the 2012 election no doubt helped Obama politically, today’s rekindling of the love affair aids Christie in his upcoming reelection battle as the GOP governor gets a day at the beach with a Democratic president popular in the blue state.
Meanwhile, it wasn’t clear even a few days ago that Obama would speak at all to Christie’s likely opponent, Democratic State Sen. Barbara Buono. Turns out she’ll get a meeting before the photo ops begin.
6. Greetings from Asbury Park!
Just say it, Mr. President. And tell Mr. Christie, I came for you, for you, I came for you .