Maiello: Defeat the Press
Wolraich: Obama at the Gates of... Gates
Perhaps like Katrina was a turning point for Bush's presidency, Sandy will be a turning point for Obama's.
After 4 years of 11-dimensional chess, this one's curiously a no-brainer - get help to people quick, get the power back on, get the payments in, streamline response.
I was ready to write a column about how we could get resources in *before* the storm, since we knew they'd lose power, subways would be flooded - and there's Brownie criticizing Obama for acting too quickly. Well that's a good side of the fence to be on.
And Obama's found a bipartisan partner in Christie, earnestly it seems this time. Considering the number of Republicans in office, it's been a needle in a haystack attempt.
Maybe after the Jim Lehrer event and the current relief, Obama will find his note to sound stronger, that this *is* the purpose of government, to pool resources, to take the lead when times are bad, to make sure home education is there for those neglected, that supplies are in place for emergencies.
After a month of being pummeled for saying the obvious on Libya, Obama has run face first into the obvious - these morons will never cut him a break.
So maybe he'll return to his friends, his base - I had a moment of hope going into New Years 2009 that wasn't quite realized. I have one again today - maybe the President's found his groove - maybe the 2nd term will be the right track. Fingers crossed, Semper Fi.