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 280.

    Obama raised such unrealistic hopes in some quarters, it was inevitable that disappointment would ensue. But outside the USA, how could anyone take the current Republicans seriously? They used to support a range of views worth respecting, whether you agreed with them or not. But the Christian fundamentalists...tax-cuts for the super-rich...the unbelievable ignorance about the rest of the world?

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    Comment number 279.

    278. mscracker

    277.bepa
    Republicans have been denying climate change to suit their big donors like the Koch brothers..."
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    One of them must be conflicted:

    "Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch..."

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    Stereotypes are like assumptions. ;-)

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    Comment number 278.

    277.bepa
    Republicans have been denying climate change to suit their big donors like the Koch brothers..."
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    One of them must be conflicted:

    "Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch..."
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/

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    Comment number 277.

    Chryses #257 258

    Republicans have been denying climate change to suit their big donors like the Koch brothers...who benefit from the government subsidies of oil and gas. Its corruption pure and simple. Its treason all right. The politicians are not representing average Americans but represent the wealthy and their corporations.

    And you give no denial of Republican obstructionism

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    Comment number 276.

    209. powermeerkat You still don't understand the concept of marginal tax rate do you... too bad.
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    Since I've been coughing out dough to IRS for almost 40 years I suspect I perhaps do.

    Just like a tangible significant real-life difference between Keynesian and Friedmanian economic model and their respective impacts.

    Or Pentagon budget and unustainable ENTITLEMENTS' vast expense.

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    Comment number 275.

    206. powermeerkat You seem to be ignoring "1983 Beirut barracks bombing" that happened under your hero's leadership. Is it true that the Marine guards didn't even have bullets in their guns? Rules of engagement?
    209. powermeerkat You still don't understand the concept of marginal tax rate do you... too bad.

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    Comment number 274.

    203. powermeerkat "And what's so essential being done by those 'non-essentials' that couldn't be done by 'essentials'."

    Well I imagine the people at NIST might not be essential in a Hurricane, but essential the rest of the year.
    http://www.nist.gov/index.html
    Couple of their staff have gotten Nobel prizes -- just think your hated government workers.

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    Comment number 273.

    198. powermeerkat "Perhaps you should ask G.W. Bush and B.H. Obama what those bailouts had to do with a truly free market..."

    So you would have preferred another great depression? You might want to read some books on the history of the Great Depression -- no not the ones on Glenn Beck's list. You might even try fiction like Grapes of Wrath to get a feel for it.

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    Comment number 272.

    192. powermeerkat
    Neither you nor Lucy seem to understand the concept of marginal tax rate, nor the concept of progressive taxation. I would note that when the top marginal tax rate was ~90%, our economy was booming. Maybe we should go back to that?
    195. powermeerkat The Supreme Court ruled it Constitutional -- I thought you liked the Court or is it just Scalia and Thomas?

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    Comment number 271.

    185. Bengalman."The POTUS controls the Federal Reserve..."
    Showing your deep knowledge of economics again? You might want to find out who Ben S. Bernanke is and a group he heads called the Board of Governors. Check out the 4th paragraph here

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Reserve_System

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    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 269.

    219. Matt - A word on the Bloomberg endorsement link you posted here.

    While Bloomberg was endorsing Obama today, and Obama was giving feel good speeches about the NJ/NY recovery from swing states out west, the death toll here rose to 88. They found bodies of children and elderly in fields and basements. A local politician in NYC, tells the press that FEMA just arrived in his area today to help.

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    Comment number 268.

    170. Bengalman "Gas in Jan. 2009 was $1.80 per gallon..."
    You have any idea what world energy market means? Have you heard of peak oil? You think draining American first will increase our energy security? You noticed companies are planning on exporting as much of that natural gas as possible to get higher prices? You advocating strength through exhaustion?

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    Comment number 267.

    145. AndreaNY " you never know what he is doing because he's such a political animal. .." Never mind Romney's flip-flopping on women's choice, global warming, health care, coal, taxes, will he cut taxes like he said? Which loop holes will he close -- mortgage deduction? Oh, yes so open about his taxes -- what's he hiding -- since he is a data driven marketer, must be interesting...might distract

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    Comment number 266.

    138. powermeerkat "... when Osama was in Tora-Bora, a CIA officer in the field pinpointed him requested a single Special Forces' battalion to get him and didn't get it?"

    Perhaps you could remind us who was President then and had control of both Houses of Congress? And you might remember who over-rode the commanders and insisted a back up helicopter be there for the succsffull Osama raid?

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    Comment number 265.

    109. Bengalman "Romney will win this election in a landslide..."

    I suggest you start celebrating now. You should be feeling really good by Tuesday or have you been hacking the voting machines for Romney?

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    Comment number 264.

    89. Federalist Papers "Al-Queda claimed responsibility within minutes,.."

    Of course we can always trust Al-Qaeda to tell the truth. LOL

    91. powermeerkat You've obviously conveniently forgotten 2008 -- here is a headline for Sept 2008 "159,000 Jobs Lost in September, the Worst Month in Five Years "

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/04/business/economy/04jobs.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

    remember now?

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    Comment number 263.

    75. Federalist Papers Republicans didn't seem too concerned about the death of 200 marines in Lebanon when Pres. Reagan had the guards there with no bullets in their guns. Democrats rallied around the Pres. but with Obama, the Repubs try and pull him down before they even have the facts. Isa exposes CIA operation to get Obama just as Cheney outed CIA agent.

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    Comment number 262.

    69. MagicKirin " It is intolerance and hate...."
    This from a person who has fantasies (confessed on this blog) about running a car into OWS demonstrators? When you talk about intolerance and hate you might want get the mote out of your own eye first.

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    Comment number 261.

    51. powermeerkat Obama has deported illegal aliens at a much higher monthly rate than Bush.
    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/aug/10/american-principles-action/has-barack-obama-deported-more-people-any-other-pr/
    In fact a pro Romney independent expenditure pac is using that to attack Obama in Nevada. Could this have been one of your honest mistakes?

 

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