Christie and Obama

Chris Christie has never had any problem criticizing Barack Obama. A few weeks ago, for example, he uncorked this:

However, in the wake of Sandy, Christie has been praising Obama for his response to the crisis. This has prompted conspiracy theories about him having secret (or not so secret) 2016 ambitions.

Now, I’m as cynical as the next guy, but … really? Does Christie cross people as that sinister? I think Jeffrey Goldberg has the best theory:

Christie, in my experience, is a deeply emotional and highly sentimental man, and he is torn-up about the devastation along the Jersey Shore. The support he’s received from President Obama — the support he receives from anyone — at such a wrenching moment, makes him inordinately grateful. And President Obama has been extremely attentive.

Exactly. As I said earlier on Twitter, Chris Christie wears his heart on his sleeve. He says what he thinks and he doesn’t pull punches. This is, in fact, one of the things we like about him. Seeing the devastation wrought on the Jersey Shore of his youth, the Shore he has taken his children to many times, has clearly hit him hard. You can see it in his face; you can feel it in his statements. And having a President he has been highly critical of call him up and say, “tell us what you need” moved him.

Of course, I may be buying into Christie’s genuineness too much. And maybe Goldberg’s alternate theory — that Christie just wants to meet Bruce Springsteen — is the right one. But for the moment, I’m taking this for what it is: the gratitude of a man who is deeply hurt by what his state has endured. And I think it’s a sign of how weird our politics has gotten — just yesterday, I was reading about people only wanting to date politically like-minded mates — that we immediately assume a sinister motive? As Franklin Harris noted on Twitter, politicians used to play nice in the aftermath of a crisis. Katrina was the exception, not the rule.

By all accounts, Christie is doing a fantastic job managing this crisis. Why should we be upset if he wants to throw some credit in the Feds’ direction? Especially if the reports that FEMA has learned from Katrina and is doing a better job are true?

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  1. Mississippi Yankee

    While I commend this man for doing whatever it takes to rebuild and restore his state I must admit there oh so much I dislike and distrust about him too.

    Not least of which is obvious lack of personal self control.
    Petty I know but it IS the very first thing I notice when I see him. His views on immigration, gun control and global warming are just more weight on the scales.

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  2. Seattle Outcast

    He’s probably responding to a little “nice little disaster relief you got here, shame if anything happened to it” phone call from DC….

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  3. Hal_10000 *

    He’s probably responding to a little “nice little disaster relief you got here, shame if anything happened to it” phone call from DC….

    Yes. I’m sure that if it came out the President was playing that kind of game, it would do wonders for his re-election chances….

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  4. Seattle Outcast

    Yes. I’m sure that if it came out the President was playing that kind of game, it would do wonders for his re-election chances….

    Just like the LSM playing “Romney will abolish FEMA” for the WH, completely without shame. You need to accept that the press has so much Obama cock down its collective throat that they’d gladly not bother to report such a thing….

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  5. Poosh

    And having a President he has been highly critical of call him up and say, “tell us what you need” moved him.

    This was pretty much what Bush did during Katrina note.

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  6. CM

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  7. Mississippi Yankee

    CM,
    Can you tell us how this excerpt and Salon video link is

    I like politics, I like well-constructed and well-articulated argument, and I find American politics and issues particularly interesting. I like exploring different viewpoints and working out exactly how and why I disagree (is there a point of departure, where is it, what explains it). I like finding out what informs opinion (how much is opinion drive by opinion as opposed to facts).

    and not leftard driven agenda bullshit?

    Dancing with you and cress has really not solved any pressing question for anyone here BUTT it has keep me from many beautiful women that take off their close all over the internets and they swear they’re ‘gonna kick yer ass’ for keeping me away.

    Continue your “narcissitic and perhaps masturbatory performance” without me.

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  8. Hal_10000 *

    Just like the LSM playing “Romney will abolish FEMA” for the WH, completely without shame. You need to accept that the press has so much Obama cock down its collective throat that they’d gladly not bother to report such a thing….

    The problem being that Romney actually said he would downsize FEMA and privatize it or send it to the states. And then confirmed that statement when asked about it this week. I think the issue is a bit more subtle than “abolish FEMA” but this was not the right time for that.

    This was pretty much what Bush did during Katrina note.

    Yes, and the Democrat governor, mayor and senator acted like assholes. I’m glad to see Christie didn’t.

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