Obama gets first-hand look at storm devastation
by Julie Pace, Associated Press
October 31, 2012 02:10 PM | 1105 views | 4 4 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
President Barack Obama is greeted by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie upon his arrival at Atlantic City International Airport, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Atlantic City, NJ. Obama traveled to region to take an aerial tour of the Atlantic Coast in New Jersey in areas damaged by superstorm Sandy, (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama is greeted by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie upon his arrival at Atlantic City International Airport, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Atlantic City, NJ. Obama traveled to region to take an aerial tour of the Atlantic Coast in New Jersey in areas damaged by superstorm Sandy, (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — President Barack Obama jetted to storm-stricken New Jersey on Wednesday for a first-hand look at the devastation, as his aides tried to keep overt politics at bay for one more day.

Still, with Election Day less than a week away, Obama's visit was layered with political implications. The deadly storm has given Obama an opportunity to project presidential leadership in the final days of the tightly contested White House race. And Obama's tour guide in New Jersey was the state's Republican Gov. Chris Christie, a supporter of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

To the chagrin of some Republicans, Christie has lavished praise on Obama for his efforts in helping states dealing with the storm.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said there were no political motivations behind Obama's decision to join his supporter's rival Wednesday.

"This is not a time for politics," Carney said. "The president appreciates the efforts of governors, state and local officials across the various states that were affected by the storm regardless of political party."

Christie was on hand to greet Obama as Air Force One landed on a sunny, breezy day in Atlantic City. The two men, along with FEMA administrator Craig Fugate, boarded Marine One for an hour-long aerial tour of the storm damage.

Obama stopped by FEMA headquarters in Washington before heading to New Jersey.

Wednesday marked Obama's third straight day off the campaign trail. He canceled rallies across four battleground states and retreated to the White House to oversee the government's storm response.

Obama planned to return to the campaign trail Thursday, with stops planned in Green Bay, Wis., Las Vegas and Boulder, Colo. He planned to be on the road campaigning every day through the Nov. 6 election.



Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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Lib in Cobb
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November 01, 2012
This is how government should work. President Obama and Governor Christie are working together for the good of those who are in need, without mentioning political differences.

Vote your conscience.
Great Job
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November 01, 2012
Great Job Mr. President! Great Job to all the Men and Women who helped. God Bless America!
papah
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October 31, 2012
has america become so distrusting of its leaders that it cannot appreciate genuine care. can't you see, whether it works in his favour or not, he is the first in a long time who actually cares for people? must the press continue to find an angle in his actions or, for that matter, any action? whoever you vote for, i wish you well.
D.G. in Clarkdale
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November 01, 2012
@papah, are you so naive as not to see every move that man has made in his "public" life has /is orchestrated? When someone has shown a propensity for deception, its foolish not to question everything he/she might say or do, add to that incompetence and its a recipe for disaster....



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