Politicians, on both sides of the aisle they supposedly want to reach across, talk a good game about bipartisanship. This week, during and after Superstorm Sandy, President Obama and Governor Christie of New Jersey showed what it is and what can get accomplished when actually practiced.
Sandy was wreaking havoc on the eastern seaboard, especially New Jersey. On the 29th, close to midnight, President Obama called Governor Christie asking him what the federal government could do to help. Together, they worked on the Major Disaster Declaration, providing recovery assistance. Craig Fugate, the FEMA administrator, said that based on the conversations Obama had with officials in New York and New Jersey, a verbal declaration was enough. Christie said:
“He worked on that last night with me…offered any other assets that we needed to help. I want to thank the President personally for his personal attention to this.”
This gets the aid to where its needed faster. By verbally declaring it, it doesn’t go through a full federal assessment.
Obama visited Christie today to look at the damage Sandy had caused. Christie told him that the hardest hit areas needed power and clean drinking water.
“I discussed all of those issues today with the president and I’m pleased to report that he has sprung into action immediately to help get us those things while we were in the car riding together. I cannot thank the President enough for his personal concern and his compassion,”
This is coming from a guy who slammed Obama in his speech at the Republican National Convention. Both of them put partisan crap aside and worked on getting New Jersey on the road to recovery.
It’s going to be a long road. My friend who lives in central New Jersey was spared this year. She is one of the lucky ones in town who has power. Neighbors are going to her house to cook and shower. Thankfully, the trees didn’t fall on the house. Branches were scattered on the ground, but they weren’t huge ones like last year.
My partner’s friend in Jersey City wasn’t as lucky. She texted her that she had waist-high water in her house. It’s really sad because this is her first house. She was so excited when she bought it. Relief can come faster to people like her thanks to bipartisan effort.
So what does Mitt privatizing FEMA would be cool Romney have to say about all of this? Not much. A campaign stop in Dayton Ohio was first stopped out of respect for the victims. Then it was resurrected as a storm relief event – which apparently was staged. Campaign aides hauled ass to Walmart to buy $5K worth of food and supplies for people to
hand to Romney while he says, “thank you” and smiles for the cameras. donate.
Reporters asked his senior campaign adviser, Kevin Madden, if Romney agreed with Christie that President Obama was doing a good job in handling the disaster:
“I believe the response is still going on so I’m not in a position to qualify the response by the federal government. I believe it’s still ongoing.”
Keep it classy, guys. Keep it classy. 🙄
November 1st, 2012 at 3:20 AM
Sadly, Christie will now and forever be chastised by the new GOP/TeaParty for having kind words for the president and showing the anti-government types that such conditions do warrant the massive power of the federal government.
November 1st, 2012 at 10:39 PM
That would suck. They love him for being in your face and blunt. I hope that they don’t turn on him just because the message was different this time.
November 1st, 2012 at 4:42 AM
it was great to see the cut when Gov Christie put Fox & Friends in their place!
November 1st, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Yes! When they talked about Romney coming to visit New Jersey, he said, “I couldn’t care less about that.”
November 2nd, 2012 at 4:01 AM
The man is trying to lead his state during a time of need … and I’m not going to fault him for that or try to put a political spin on it.
November 8th, 2012 at 12:13 PM
November 1st, 2012 at 6:48 AM
unfortunately, this election and the debates around it have lost all logic and sense. In September I was really into discussing the policies. Now, reading all the stuff that people are concerned about, I have decided to post no more views on it. The election campaigning has been very disappointing, on both sides.
November 1st, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Agreed. I am so glad it’s almost over.
November 1st, 2012 at 7:40 AM
Hi. I just learned about this party: http://www.justicepartyusa.org/ They sound kind of great. I hate watering down votes, but I’d be seriously looking into trying to get them into power.
November 1st, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Thanks so much for that link, Stephanie! It’s so hard to fight a two-party system. The ones who are fighting will be the ones writing in candidates or voting 3rd party on Tuesday.
November 2nd, 2012 at 9:22 AM
I’ve got to give credit where credit is due. In the final moments of a nasty election, Boutros Boutros-Christie decided that doing his job was his top priority. He could have used the crisis to orchestrate a partisan hack job that could win the election for his side, but chose not to.
Sadly, this a very rare move these days, so rare that folks are talking about it like it’s manna from heaven. That’s how bad things are; doing your job is a distant second to doing your duty for your party.
No doubt, he will be punished severely for it.
November 8th, 2012 at 12:16 PM
“Boutros-Boutros Christie.” Haha Sedate you crack me up.
That’s how bad things are; doing your job is a distant second to doing your duty for your party.
Word to Big Bird (who is still employed unlike the guy who came in 2nd). 😛
No doubt, he will be punished severely for it.
I hope not. That would be a damn shame.