Well the past couple of days has kept Barack Obama busy keeping up with Hurricane Sandy and its effects in the North east. One wonders why he was not more inclined to be as “on top of things” concerning Benghazi, but that is another story. Of course, in this last week of campaigning Obama is all about the public relations and photo opportunities that come with his visits to areas hit by the storm. But when it comes to New York City, mayor and ‘nanny in chief’ Michael Bloomberg would rather he did not show up.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie welcomed Obama to the Hurricane hit state to get a first hand look at the damage. While the media went wild over his words of praise for Obama’s response to the Hurricane, others were not as happy about the Governor’s attitude with Obama this close to the election. To those Christie reponded, “I don’t give a damn about Election Day. It doesn’t matter a lick to me at the moment. I’ve got bigger fish to fry.”
“The level of devastation on the Jersey Shore is unthinkable,” Christie said, adding that officials are “nowhere near” being able to let residents back onto the Barrier Islands. “It would be completely unsafe for homeowners to think about today or anytime in the next couple days about going back on the barrier islands. So we want everyone to be patient in that regard,” he said.
Christie said he could not predict how long it would take to restore the region.
“It is beyond anything I thought I would ever see,” he said. “Terrible. So we need to remain patient, let the waters recede, then we can go in and make an assessment about rebuilding that section of the Jersey Shore. It is a terrible sight right now.”
Obama also assured him that FEMA will be expedited and no doubt big government handouts along with that at taxpayer expense.z
However, when the word came that Obama might intend to visit New York City, Nanny Bloomberg nipped that in the bud.
“We’d love to have him, but we’ve got lots of things to do,” Bloomberg said, adding that the president’s planned trip to New Jersey Wednesday is “fine.”
“It represents the whole region,” he said. “People understand the storm and he doesn’t have to…he’s got a lot of things to do.”
While claiming that he was “flattered” that Obama offered to visit, he said the best thing to do was for him (Obama) “to go to New Jersey and represent the country.”
While we understand that the devastation in New York City is grand, it is just another sign that Democrats are not all that into Barack Obama anymore. If this would have been 2008, there is no doubt that NYC would have had an open door for Obama.
What always amazes me is how politicians turn devastation and human suffering into photo opportunities, political opportunities, or opportunities to give away the people’s money and expand government. I shouldn’t be surprised, but I always am.
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