We in Maryland lucked out compared to other parts of the country. Sure, some folks lost power, trees fell and homes were damaged. But nothing like the devastation in New Jersey and New York. I am still in utter disbelief. The images and videos are heartbreaking, and I wish them all a speedy recovery.
A surprising outcome, I would even call it a glimmer of hope for mankind, was the reaction from New Jersey’s governor. If you know Chris Christie at all, he is a loud, obnoxious, Obama-hater and huge supporter of Mitt Romney. But after this tragedy, he praised Obama for his amazing support during this horrendous time. He even went on Fox News, the most conservative news channel, and only said positive things about Obama. Here’s just some of a New York Times blog post
“I cannot thank the president enough for his personal concern and compassion for our state,” Mr. Christie said. He introduced the president, saying that it was his “honor” to present him for remarks.
Mr. Christie’s praise was striking for its departure from the political rhetoric of just a few days ago. At a rally in Richmond, Va., last week, Mr. Christie lashed out at the president, saying Mr. Obama had never learned how to lead anything, having served as a community organizer, state legislator and one-term United States senator.
“He’s like a man wandering around a dark room, hands up against the wall, clutching for the light switch of leadership, and he just can’t find it,” Mr. Christie said at the rally.
Those attacks were gone Wednesday. And Mr. Obama returned the compliment, saying that Mr. Christie “throughout this process has been responsive” and that “he’s been aggressive in making sure” that the state was prepared before the storm.
“I think the people of New Jersey recognize that he’s put his heart and soul” into the recovery after the storm. “I just want to thank him for his extraordinary leadership and participation.”
Here are the two men today:
I love this new union. Christie and Obama are putting aside politics to help people, whether they are Republicans or Democrats. I feel this partnership can be summed up in this photo of former enemies:
If aliens and predators can be friends, so can Republicans and Democrats.
Please keep the Hurricane Sandy victims in your thoughts.