May 28th, 2013
01:12 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama channels Springsteen in touring Jersey storm recovery

(CNN) - "Down the shore, everything's all right," President Barack Obama declared Tuesday on his return to New Jersey's devastated coast seven months after Superstorm Sandy caused billions of dollars in damage there.

The line from the Tom Waits song "Jersey Girl," popularized by local hero Bruce Springsteen, was the main theme of the joint visit by Obama and Gov. Chris Christie to survey recovery efforts and encourage people to hit the beaches this summer.

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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Those boardwalks look outstanding. It's amazing how quickly they got those rebuilt. I'll definitely be visiting Atlantic City this summer.

    May 28, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. anonymous

    How funny is this? John McCain risks his life to meet with and help the Syrain people seeking freedon and our Commander-in-Chief strolls the boardwalk for yet another photo op. This country is doomed.

    May 28, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. gg

    When both partie come together to service the people... then you see that kind of positive resolutes.

    May 28, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. Name lynn

    Well thats great chris an the president meet up in jersey after sandy hit the town, the bushes did meet up with the president like chris did that mean something to the president an the people.

    May 28, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  5. Bootstomper

    John McCain seriously? Maybe you and John baby should go fight in Syria.

    May 28, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. it must be said

    When you have scandal after scandel swirling around you, you will do anything to change the subject and headlines. What next? A tour of Katrina damaged areas? Maybe hurricane Andrew from decades ago? Oh wait! I know... that bridge that fell from a truck hitting the supports, yeah, there must still be some lingering photographers there.

    May 28, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  7. Bill

    @anonymous

    It is called working together for all the American people. You must have been asleep in class when they covered bipartisanship. Youi must be from some bible-beating red state that hates the president and everything he does.

    May 28, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. Data Driven

    @anonymous,

    Don't know if it's "funny", but it's certainly preferable. I rather like the notion of an American president checking up on progress on rebuilding efforts after a horrible natural disaster in our country. Kinda shows he cares about the people who live in our country. Whereas the other guy is over there someplace, where he has no business being, talking to almost certainly violent jihadists in order to make the military industrial complex a little more bank with yet another pointless Mideast War (See: War, Iraq, 2002-2012).

    May 28, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  9. NameFrank Deery

    Laural and Hardy!

    Thr weather always seems to favor Obama's
    bungling. Wake up liberal media!!!

    May 28, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  10. Sihle

    Well done to Gov. Chris and President Obama

    @ anonymous.
    Doesn't that tell you something about who is prioritizing what? Sen. McCain prioritizes war in Syria and Obama's priority are the people of the United States of America.

    May 28, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  11. just askin

    how many millions and millions of tax payers dollars are being wasted on all these obama tours? this little tour accomplishes nothing for the american people. does this guy ever actually do any work? this is getting really tiresome and expensive at this point.

    May 28, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  12. rs

    How funny is this? John McCain risks his life to meet with and help the Syrain people seeking freedon and our Commander-in-Chief strolls the boardwalk for yet another photo op. This country is doomed.
    ____________________________________
    Oh, yes what a "hero" McCain is, one whole hour just outside the border with Turkey- huge risks- NOT! NPR's reporters are taking far greater ones.
    Tell me how do you feel about McCain supporting an al Queda branch against Christians in Syria? Really want to touch off that civil war and sectarian bloodletting?.

    May 28, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. Evergreen

    @gg I agree completely. When we work together we show the best side of this country.

    May 28, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    -anonymous

    How funny is this? John McCain risks his life to meet with and help the Syrain people seeking freedon and our Commander-in-Chief strolls the boardwalk for yet another photo op. This country is doomed.
    ************
    "Freedon"? I had no idea McCain was there to single-handedly help the Syrian people win their "freedon". If an unstable, impulsive old man who's main contribution over the last decade is picking a failed beauty queen (who's only enduring professional accomplishment was mastering the art of stabbing her patrons in the back) is any example of his defending freedom, than only the GOP is doomed. The rest of the country will survive.

    May 28, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    I figured the governer would have had one of those famous fleeces of his ready to give to the President.

    May 28, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  16. ST

    I can sense out something. Chris Christie is about to move to the opposite side. It is only my assumptions BUT which might turn to be true.

    May 28, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "How funny is this? John McCain risks his life to meet with and help the Syrain people seeking freedon and our Commander-in-Chief strolls the boardwalk for yet another photo op."

    Since you asked: That mischaracterization is hilarious. If you think McCain is even remotely in danger or "risking his life," then your tinfoil hat is likely too tight and cutting off oxygen to your brain.

    May 28, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    anonymous

    How funny is this? John McCain risks his life to meet with and help the Syrain people seeking freedon and our Commander-in-Chief strolls the boardwalk for yet another photo op. This country is doomed.
    ---------–

    Probably not as funny to the people who lost their homes, their businesses, and their jobs as it seems to be funny to you.

    Oh, and McCain risking is life to protect his country? Now that IS funny. We can count ourselves fortunate that his IS nothing more than a photo-op ... if only he doesn't create a National Security issue out of this ego trip of his.

    May 28, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  19. oh, it's true, it's true

    Another expensive wasted day in the life of Obama and our country. Nothing accomplished except a photo op costing the American tax payers millions. I'm sure he'll soon load up another BS speech about how some people aren't paying their fair share while he wastes all the money millions at a time on these bogus useless PR campaigns to get people off the subject of his numerous scandals. Wake up America, you're being conned beyond belief.

    May 28, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain

    "How funny is this? John McCain risks his life to meet with and help the Syrain people seeking freedon and our Commander-in-Chief strolls the boardwalk for yet another photo op."

    McCain, like when he went to Iraq and proclaimed it to be like strolling around an outdoor market in Indiana, is under heavy security. He also spent a total of 2 hours in Syria, having crossed over the border from Turkey, a U.S. ally.

    If you think this is anything other than a photo-op for McCain – cranky old bitter defeated man that he is – your loony.

    May 28, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    -Lynda/Minnesota

    anonymous

    How funny is this? John McCain risks his life to meet with and help the Syrain people seeking freedon and our Commander-in-Chief strolls the boardwalk for yet another photo op. This country is doomed.
    ---–

    Probably not as funny to the people who lost their homes, their businesses, and their jobs as it seems to be funny to you.

    Oh, and McCain risking is life to protect his country? Now that IS funny. We can count ourselves fortunate that his IS nothing more than a photo-op ... if only he doesn't create a National Security issue out of this ego trip of his.
    ******************
    You can be damn sure that if there had been another disaster in, say, Texas or Oklahoma, our rightie friends ( who shall remain "anonymous") would have been screaming over the slow pace of any Federal response. Apparently, it is only acceptable to get aid to taker states and not giver states in a prompt fashion. Speaking of costs, can we send McCain and Preibus the bill for this little PR stunt? I doubt having an ill-tempered, impulsive old man in a diplomatically sensistive spot will help anything, but there is certainly the potential for him to screw things up.

    May 28, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain

    @just askin: "how many millions and millions of tax payers dollars are being wasted on all these obama tours? this little tour accomplishes nothing for the american people. does this guy ever actually do any work? this is getting really tiresome and expensive at this point."

    I guess you're just used to GW Bush who took the most vacation days of any president, mostly to his ranch in Crawford. Seeing a President actually work throws you ...

    May 28, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |