Obama’s Undreamed Of “Endorsement” : Chris Christie, From “‘Cause I Hate You” To Ebony & Ivory Just One Week Before Election

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“I feel badly for the president. Maybe he’s still a little tired from last Wednesday night; maybe he’s a little … maybe he’s just a little disoriented … Mr. President, you have lived inside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for four years.
If you can’t change Washington from inside the White House, then
let’s get you the plane ticket back to Chicago you’ve earned.”

Chris Christie, campaigning with Mitt Romney in Ohio, October 9, 2012.  

That Romney campaign event referenced above occurred 10 days before the National Hurricane Center first identified “a westward-moving moving tropical wave. . . This broad disturbance is producing widespread cloudiness and showers . . . ”  Like the childhood story about the little engine, this was the little storm that could. 1 

Here are just two of many examples of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s thought BEFORE  Hurricane Sandy. The topic, President Obama:

  • January 2012. After calling the President “most pessimistic man I’ve ever seen,” he continued “This is the type of disoriented anger your cynicism and your division is causing in our country,” Christie said, referring to Obama. “Bring our country together; stop dividing us.”
  • May 2012.  “He is the most ill-prepared person to assume the presidency in my lifetime. This is a guy who literally is walking around in a dark room trying to find the light switch of leadership. . . He has sat in the Oval Office and cared more about posing and preening and making partisan politics the rule of the day in Washington D.C. than he’s cared about progress.”
  • August 2012, GOP Convention Keynote Address. “It’s time to end this era of absentee leadership in the Oval Office and send real leaders to the White House. . . “I believe in America and her history. There’s only one thing missing now: leadership.”

Here are just a few of many examples of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s thought AFTER Hurricane Sandy amidst the clean-up. The topic, President Obama:

Appearing nightly, or for just this week?

  • October 30, Morning Joe:  “[T]he president has been all over this, and he deserves great credit. . . It’s been very good working with the President. He and his Administration have been coordinating with us. It’s been wonderful.”
  • October 30, CNN:  “He gave me his number at the White House, told me to call him if I needed anything, and he absolutely means it.”
  • October 30, Today show:  “The President has been outstanding in this, and so have the folks at FEMA .” 
  • October 30, CNN’s Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien: President Obama “has been incredibly supportive and helpful to our state, and not once did he bring up the election.”
  • October 31, press conference with President Obama:  “I think this is our sixth conversation since the weekend and it’s been a great working relationship to make sure that we’re doing the jobs people elected us to do. . . And I cannot thank the President enough for his personal concern and compassion for our state and for the people of our state.”

Little else can be said about this hopeful and very human putting aside of differences to put first the public good, the general welfare. So, for once, I won’t. . .


  1. National Hurricane Center, Tropical Weather Outlook, 10-19-2012

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Michael Matheron

From Presidents Ronald Reagan through George W. Bush, I was a senior legislative research and policy staff of the nonpartisan Library of Congress Congressional Research Service (CRS). I'm partisan here, an "aggressive progressive." I'm a contributor to The Fold and Nation of Change. Welcome to They Will Say ANYTHING! Come back often! . . . . . Michael Matheron, contact me at mjmmoose@gmail.com

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