The power of incumbency

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie 20 October 2012 Governor Chris Christie said on Tuesday the president's response had been "outstanding"

In a little while, President Barack Obama will stand side by side with the man who has given him what could turn out to be the most important endorsement of his political career.

He will meet up in the devastated state of New Jersey with that state's governor, the blunt-speaking Republican, Chris Christie, whom many wanted to run for the White House.

Both men have already dismissed talk of the election, saying the devastation wrought by the storm is too important for petty politics - this is about people's lives.

But Mr Christie, usually a vicious critic, has lavished praise on the president that rings louder than anything a celebrity or supporter could say.

Specifically, Mr Christie has praised the president for his leadership in cutting through red tape and bureaucracy.

The Republicans usually like to portray Mr Obama as a man festooning the country in regulations.

If the president is coming across as an effective commander-in-chief in the eye of the storm, it is important to put it in context.

Most people have decided how to vote. Many have already done so. The dedicated efforts of volunteers of both parties in the individual swing states may be more important. And, President Obama is returning to the campaign trail tomorrow, so he does not think he needs to spend any more time focusing on the storm.

But when people talk vaguely about the power of the incumbency, this is what it looks like in action.

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    Comment number 18.

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    It's surprising but welcome to see a Republican not playing partisan politics with an issue and giving due credit.
    Wonder if you would give a republican similar credit because you seem to be oblvious to how many people owe Romney and Bain thanks for company growth and their jobs.

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    Comment number 14.

    Good grief Mark... why don't you and Barry get a room!

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    Comment number 13.

    Vote Obama - free bottle of champagne to anyone who follows the BBC line & votes Obama. Don't forget to leave those empty champagne bottles all over broadcasting house

    Jane Garvey 5 Live: 'May '07 Garvey revealed an apparent proLabour bias at the BBC. Garvey reminisced how in the morning after the general election "the corridors of Broadcasting House were strewn with empty champagne bottles"

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    Comment number 27.

    An American friend of over forty years standing has just told me the most certain way of achieving a Romney Republican victory is to ensure all Americans of voting age look at the BBC HYS website. The more they hear how wonderful Obama is - a man circa 50% of Americans despise as being out of touch with the American way - the more they swing to Romney. Obama is socialist Europe's candidate.

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    Comment number 47.

    Tragically and short sightedly the BBC falls in steo with most of the mainstream media to give praise to one of the most incompetent US presidents in recent history. The man has been disatrous in economic policy. After four years of endorsing big Federal government , he contibuted to continued recession, ballooning deficits and half baked business rescues. His foreign policy is ...


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