October 30th, 2012
02:11 PM ET
10 years ago

Looking presidential: The optics of leadership during a disaster

(CNN) - As Sandy took aim at the East Coast, President Barack Obama discarded campaign events in Florida and Virginia to return to Washington and address the storm from the White House.

Mitt Romney adjusted his schedule to hit the battleground state of Ohio and direct campaign resources in Virginia and New Hampshire to focus on storm relief.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
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  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Soon Romney will claim he ordered FEMA's response just like he said he's responsible for saving Detroit. Do you know who Romney is now, that is not unless you too have Romnesia.

    October 30, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. sammieb51

    Also, this picture reminds me of the "soup kitchen" Ryan stopped by several weeks ago, so he could do a photo op of him washing dishes (that were clean BTW). Even the woman in charge of the soup kitchen was befuddled by his blatant photo op.

    Maybe they should answer some questions from the media, which they haven't done since the last debate. If the members of the GOP are so stupid as to allow him to get away with that, they bloody well deserve everything this guy brings to them IF he is elected. He is showing us every day what he is, why don't folks listen?

    October 30, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  3. Kirk in michigan

    I have never heard so many lame excuses for a candidate, he is shameless, his campaign never stopped. perfect opportunity to see his true colors. a giving man? hardly, he wont give any cash, sure has enough. you go ahead and try to act impartial, not fooled. he cant even act presidential withoutnshowing favoritism, see this turd for what he is, good at taking advantage of a situation, i will take the guy being presidential, unbiased and all

    October 30, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    GOP/Teatroll/Mittens policies:

    No natural disaster: Going hungry? Need help? In dire straits? You're on your own.

    Natural disaster if elected: Going hungry? Need help? In dire straits? You're on your own. Hopefully you chose the right state to live in.

    Natural disaster during campaign: Someone get out the cameras and soup cans, stat!!!!!

    Any questions?

    October 30, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. Kirk in michigan

    Romneys relief tour, one stipulation, must be a swing state, sorry mittens, we need a president of all people in the usa, not just ones you still have a use for. pathetic all around. lord help us if he wins, we will need it

    October 30, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. Romney is NOT My Hero

    First it's Washing Clean Dishes by Lying Ryan and now horse-Mitt is shaking hands with the commoners. I'm sure he'll go through an intensive detox program and body scrub after this campaign event (Oh, I'm sorry - Heartfelt charity work).

    OBAMA 2012!!!

    October 30, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. FedUpWithRomnesia1%

    "Rob-mey" looking presidential while practicing political opportunism in swing states and back-pedaling on his pledge to cut federal funding to FEMA?!?! Not a chance!!
    The 1% candidate asking the 47% to donate to relief efforts while pumping $50 million into campaign attack ads looks presidential?!?! Not a chance!!
    He wants to send FEMA "back to the private sector"!?!? How much of his personal $$ millions, his Super PAC $$$ funds or Bain's $$$ billions in profiteering from outsourcing US jobs to China are being donated to Red Cross??? Pure hypocrisy!!
    Put your money where your mouth is, "Rob-mey"!!!

    October 30, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  8. dward

    CNN....you just have a way with bias.....you are not a news agency....just political arm for Obama. Did you cover O in the situation room with his photo op.....o by the way where was O when the Libya crisis was going on...yes doing a fundraiser in Vegas.....how low can you go CNN

    October 30, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    No one has a home or electric to heat or eat the canned goods Idiot Romney.

    And the bed-bug infested clothing and blankets will be tossed. Too much trouble to clean and sort.

    Send Money to get hotel rooms and help prepare cooked meals. Idiot.

    He is so out of touch it isn't funny at all.

    Hey Florida - vote for this guy. Hurricane you say? Here's 2 cans of peas. Enjoy

    October 30, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. Dean

    Obama looks presidential, but he has yet to act presidential.

    October 30, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  11. Mrs Admin

    I would think all Americans would be pleased to see any of our leaders, whether it be Governor Christi, other Governors, the President or Mitt Romney working together to help our East Coast Neighbors after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. All of us should not be so judgmental about what's in a person's heart.

    Of course, we're in an election and both sides are trying to win but lay it all aside for just a day and let them be honorable men. This world would be a much better place if we could all sometimes catch the other side doing something right.

    October 30, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  12. dissatisfied


    Yes I remember how Obama handled the Gulf oil spill. He didn't do a damn thing!

    October 30, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  13. Kim in NC

    So fake....what a joke...just like the Paul Ryan photo op at the soup kitchen--

    October 30, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  14. Rameses007

    Benghazi,Benghazi!! It appears that the Republicans have forgotten who was in charge when the US servicemen were bombed in their barracks as they slept in Germany, our ally. 911, thousands killed on our soil. But republicans continue to spew this garbage like its only on a Dem watch this sad thing has happen. Stop politicizing a tragedy and pray from the families. Millions of Iraq and Afghanistan vets commit suicide daily, they return maimed but still we continue with this sad rhetoric. The GOP sold a WMD war to the coubtry using Colin Powell and last week after his endorsment of Obama, McCain made it appear that it was Powell who singly concucted such.If Romney is elected it will be God's wish according to the Christian right just a Bush was. They stole an election and it got us, reduced equity on our homes, loss of jobs, healthcare through the emergency room, two wars and a world that despise us.

    October 30, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  15. carolyne

    You people who scoff at the states taking care of FEMA...are you so naive to think that the federal government wouldn't help? That's the problem...it's the stupid people who vote liberal. Handouts...that's all you want, while you stay home and collect welfare.
    Do you not understand that our federal government is broke? What has this "president" done over the last four years except blame president Bush? He knew what he walked into when he was elected. He has attended under 40% of his staff briefings...AWOL most of the time, flitting here and there. Be informed people. If you watched something other than the comedy shows, where this "president" shows up, you might learn something. Try FOX NEWS for a switch...IF YOU DARE LEARN THE TRUTH ABOUT THIS POOR EXCUSE FOR A PRESIDENT.

    October 30, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
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