Bipartisanship in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy

President Obama has been engaged in the preparations for and recovery from Hurricane Sandy. Both Governor Cuomo of New York and Governor Christie of New Jersey praised President Obama as an "outstanding" ally in the journey through the disaster.

The Washington Post quotes from Governor Christie's recent press conference:

"I was on the phone at midnight again last night with the president. He has expedited the designation of New Jersey as a major disaster area. I was on the phone with FEMA at 2 a.m. this morning to answer the questions they needed answered to get that designation. The president has been outstanding in this. The folks at FEMA and his folks have been excellent. ...

On MSNBC’s "Morning Joe,” Christie was equally laudatory, saying “the President has been all over this and he deserves great credit.” Obama, he said, “told me to call him if I needed anything and he absolutely means it, and it’s been very good working with the President and his administration.”

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  1. Christie praising Obama a week before the election? Is he expecting an Obama win and kissing up?

    Posted by: Eddie | Oct 30, 2012 12:41:30 PM

  2. I don't know what his motive was, but if you read the comments on this story on Yahoo and other general sites Republicans/Romney supporters are PISSED that he said it. Because god forbid you say anything good about "the enemy."

    Romney wants to offload Federal disaster relief onto the states and Christie knows the states can't afford it. Not without raising state taxes anyway, and if your federal taxes are lowered but your state taxes go higher, then it can't really be called a "tax cut," now can it? That's the unspoken consequence the GOP never talks about.

    Posted by: Caliban | Oct 30, 2012 1:05:40 PM

  3. Wow...high praise indeed. However, wait a couple of days and someone will spin this into a negative againt Mr. Obama.

    Posted by: Ted | Oct 30, 2012 1:14:30 PM

  4. I can't wait to see how the GOP are going to spin this against Obama.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Oct 30, 2012 1:55:35 PM

  5. Isnt it obvious?? Hurricane Sandy will be Gods revenge against the sinful gays in NYC and Obama for supporting them/us. Doesn't matter what he does, there will be those that will hate.

    Posted by: OberonOZ | Oct 30, 2012 1:58:46 PM

  6. @OberonOZ, that goes without saying. :-) In fact someone has already done it.

    Fox News will certainly come up with criticism and even though it will be every bit as idiotic, it won't be that. They at least TRY to keep their attacks somewhere in the neighborhood of objective reality, just a whole other Zip Code.

    That they will somehow blame Obama is a foregone conclusion. Guessing HOW they will blame him ought to be a contest or at least a drinking game. Or a board game like Clue. "Ann Coulter, on Hannity's show, with a blatantly offensive against handicapped people." (Coulter is, after all, the Right's Miss Scarlet.)

    Posted by: Caliban | Oct 30, 2012 2:35:36 PM

  7. FNC will surely find lots of negative about Obama during Sandy. For FNC the hero will turn out to be Romney.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Oct 30, 2012 2:51:47 PM

  8. "Romney refuses to talk about FEMA after Hurrican Sandy event" (today)

    Oh, this is getting good! :-)

    Posted by: Caliban | Oct 30, 2012 3:23:27 PM

  9. Mike "you're doing a heck of a job Brownie" Brown has already been quoted as complaining that President Obama has acted too quickly in response to this disaster.

    Posted by: Laura | Oct 30, 2012 3:24:52 PM

  10. From Romney's not-a-campaign rally today:

    "The campaign announced they would load supplies into a campaign bus for delivery in Virginia, North Carolina, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania – all swing states impacted by the storm."

    Posted by: endo | Oct 30, 2012 3:45:12 PM

  11. Meanwhile, Romney at his "victory rally"--make that "storm relief event"--today "recalled a story from high school from when he and others were tasked with cleaning up the school's football field that was littered in the aftermath of a celebration." Because cleaning up after Sandy is just like cleaning up after a football celebration, Mitt!

    Posted by: Ernie | Oct 30, 2012 3:47:40 PM

  12. It was good to hear Gov Chris Christie praising Pres Obama for his great help in dealing with the effects of Sandy .While I would never vote for him, I don't believe he is in the same category as most of the right wing extremists leadership in the Republican party. He did get elected Governor of N.J., one of the nations real blue states.

    Posted by: andrew | Oct 30, 2012 5:17:40 PM

  13. The real lack of bipartisanship has been in the House and the Senate, where the Republicans have made no secret that their plan is to obstruct government to make the US people hate the government. The Republicans think they have a lock on the "smaller government" brand, so they think this will get more Republicans elected, and get them back into power. To paraphrase what one long-time Republican congressional aide said before he retired in disgust: it was the most cynical plan to get power I had ever heard of.

    Posted by: Eric | Oct 30, 2012 5:33:12 PM

  14. If Romney wins, that means that Christie will not be able to run for President in 2016 and would have to wait until at least 2020 maybe 2024 to run. It is in Christie's personal best interest to have Obama win in 2012.

    Posted by: Chadd | Oct 30, 2012 6:17:09 PM

  15. @Eric, they brag to their Republican constituents about how obstructionist they've been then , no matter how many offers of compromise they've rejected, turn right around and accuse Obama on not being "bipartisan" enough!

    My major criticism of Barack Obama is that he spent too long seeking bipartisan approval, detente with the Republican party, LONG after they made it clear that would never happen. What it was that actually motivated that obstructionism, racism or just political gamesmanship, is beside the point. It became clear very early on that cooperation would not happen, no matter what. So he squandered the Democratic majority he had.

    But that was then and this is now. Challenge the supposed necessity of "super-majorities" that exist in NO written form, are not supported anywhere in the Constitution. It's a demand for Congressional courtesy when NONE has been given in return.

    Posted by: Caliban | Oct 30, 2012 9:04:00 PM

  16. He's bailing on Romney and thinking about his own run in 2016. Wouldn't want to challenge a first term Romney; unlikely as that is.

    Posted by: orwoodsman | Oct 31, 2012 1:35:04 AM

  17. Every now and then, Chris Christie does something honorable. I do not like his stance on gay rights, or on most issues, but at least I always know where he stands. I admire him for praising Obama's efforts, just like I admired him when he called out the vitriol of an anti-Muslim bigot a year or two ago. There's no ambiguity with Christie.

    Posted by: John | Oct 31, 2012 10:20:00 AM

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