Barack Obama returns to the election trail

President Barack Obama and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie visit the Brigantine Beach Community Center to meet with local residents, 31 October 2012 Barack Obama toured storm damage in New Jersey with Governor Chris Christie on Wednesday

President Obama came to New Jersey, saw the devastation but is now leaving in an attempt to conquer the swing states. It is an intriguing decision.

He's going back on the campaign trail on Thursday and will be keeping at it relentlessly for the next few days. The storm that has killed more than sixty people, destroyed homes and made life a misery for millions, has been a perilous political moment for the president.

Had he not left off campaigning, he would have been severely criticised for not taking charge in a crisis. Had he been seen to have failed to get a grip, if he had obviously been found wanting, that would probably have been the end of the election for him. As it was, it seems he was generally judged to have done a good job.

Not everyone wanted him.

The governor of New York asked him not to visit New York City, and the White House said they had decided already that a presidential visit would strain resources. So instead he went to New Jersey.

He stood side by side with the blunt speaking New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who again stated his gratitude for the president's help with the emergency.

Gov Christie is a fascinating guy. He has an appeal across the party divide and prides himself on telling uncomfortable truths. Over the last few days, his words have been uncomfortable for Mitt Romney, as he repeats thanks that the president has cut through red tape.

His view is not exactly the party line.

All this might make you think that the president might have spent another day above the fray, but he is heading out west, where it seems his team think supporters may need a little personal encouragement to vote.

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  • Comment number 100.

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    Comment number 99.


    I see you're also sailing "close to the wind" with a few other comments too.

    Before you launch you have to turn you boat against the wind.

    [I'll explain specifically why if You wish, Comrade.]

    Btw. I don't have to do that maneuver problem since I routinely tend to sail against prevailing winds. [while some other pass them].

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    Comment number 98.

    ref #86

    Christie said President Obama handeled the storm recovery effort well.

    He did not endorse him nor does than mean that Christie no longer believes Romney would do a better job.

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    Comment number 97.

    93. powermeerkat - I'm not sure if you agree or disagree with me?

    I'll be clearer then. I don't support Obama's middle east policy. I don't see him as a peaceful president. He is not just trying to wrap up Bush's mess - he is furthering it. When he got the Noble Peace Prize most people were scratching their heads, but his rhetoric seemed in line with it. Now that honor just seems a bit absurd.

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    Comment number 96.

    80. Sole

    yes, the UK is more left than the US, but then the vast majority of the world is.

    Which is why the really don't get Americans. Little knowledge of our dual govts (states vs. federal) and sheer size. Our strong libertarian streak is ignored or derided.

    They believe their ways of governance, etc., are what we should adopt. Really glad it works for them, but no thanks.

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    Comment number 95.

    "Protesters? [al-Qaida thugs in Benghazi]

    What protesters come armed with mortars and RPGs?"

    White House's ridiculous claim invented to protect our inept Commander-in-Chief reminds me of a local paper's famous XIXth century report from Dodge City:

    "Yesterday two gentlemen cut themselves mortally with knives"

    [a new definition of the term "gentlemen" introduced at that time]

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    Comment number 94.


    "I thank from the heart of my bottom."

    I've noticed you tend to communicate in that manner. :-)

    I see you're also sailing "close to the wind" with a few other comments too.

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    Comment number 93.


    But on being a peace president? That is understanding the root cause of our terrorism issues, are our brute force overseas - smart bombs are just bombs. Drone strikes are not standing up to anything, they sow the seeds of revenge.

    Sorry, but a Nobel Peace Prize Laureat must be by definition 'a peace president'.

    [just like Yasser Arafat was a renowned peacenik.]

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    Comment number 91.

    "It's taken 4 years to turn the supertanker US economy around and official figures seem to show it now going in the right direction."

    Please quote specific unemployment/economic growth figures corroborating you claim.

    "Give Obama a mandate to finish"

    These United States aka "nuestra nacion"?

    P.S. Pres. Obama after 4 years has yet to restore Glass-Steagall Act.

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    Comment number 90.

    Ah the US elections, the refuge of the lazy journalist.

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    Comment number 89.

    85.Devil Song
    GOP Dumb Heads...
    What should have USA done in Libya shot dead protesters?

    What protesters come armed with mortars and RPGs?
    Al-Queda claimed responsibility within minutes, meanwhile the Community-Organiser-in-Chief looked on impotently before rushing to Vegas to gladhand JayZ.

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    Comment number 88.

    83. ACENIA - Agreed, MM has an opinion, not a bias. I thought he was permitted to have it here in his editorial.

    Fox is exceptionally biased, true. MSNBC equally for the left. CNN has been an interesting story, that ended in a jog to the left - further inflaming the Fox fire.

    I know I'll get in trouble for this, but if it has got to be TV, and you want no spin, BBC world news is the answer.

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    Comment number 87.

    "Obama has done more for foreign relations than either of the Bush disasters put together"

    Please, kindly explain specifically how pres. Obama's policies vis-avis China, Iran, N. Korea, Russia benefitted US citizens/voters/taxpayers.

    thank you in advance,

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    Comment number 86.

    If Rep Gov Christie thinks that Pres Obama is up to the job, that should be endorsement enough for the rest of you. It's taken 4 years to turn the supertanker US economy around and official figures seem to show it now going in the right direction. Give Obama a mandate to finish what he set out to do and put the disasterous Bush years behind you.

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    Comment number 84.

    ref #80
    Obama has done more for foreign relations than either of the Bush disasters put together, and Mitt looks like a male Sarah Palin, not a clue how the world works outside the US.

    If you mean making things worse than you are correct Obama has. Romney has a much more nuanced view than Obama who thinks everyone is interested in peace and harmony.

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    Comment number 83.

    Regarding BBC partiality or lack of it - it seems that the people are now so firmly entrenched in their views that unless those views are parrotted back at them verbatim they see "bias".

    The fact that MM gets accused by both sides as biased seems to support that.

    Fox News on the other hand are bat s**t crazy and a disgrace to journalism.

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    Comment number 82.

    41. powermeerkat

    During the Democrate's primary debate in 2008 Hillary Clinton raised the question whether Obama was competent to handle a 3-am phone call. The Banghazi phone call came in the afternoon on 11 September 2012.
    9/11? 911?

    And what did our Commander-in-Chief do?

    Wasn't it she who had to take the call? She never suspected she'd have to go thru him to respond.

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