Politico is reporting that President Obama is cutting his Martha’s Vineyard vacation short to head back to the White House as Hurricane Irene approaches Washington DC. The president will head back Friday while his family remains in Martha’s Vineyard as scheduled.
Overall this is a good move by the president, I am sure Obama could have easily monitored the hurricane from Martha’s Vineyard… But this move is showing leadership and at this point Obama needs all the good aesthetics he can get when it comes to him being President. A good example of a leader taking the aesthetics of a situation for granted would be NJ Governor Chris Christie.
In late December the Northeast was slammed by a snow storm that left NY and NJ digging out for days. During this snow storm Christie made the decision to stay on vacation in Disney World as he felt the situation in NJ was in good hands while he was being updated regularly throughout the day. This proved to be a bad move for Christie as he was by many for not leading.
For the record I didn’t have an issue with Christie remaining on vacation as long as he was in contact with his people and kept up to date. In all seriousness what did people want? Did they want to see footage of Christie with a shovel digging cars out of snow drifts????
Same goes for Obama, do people expect the President of the United States to be filing sandbags and making make shifts dams to stop flooding??
At the same time I do understand this is politics and the public is all about appearances; with that said hopefully Hurricane Irene will not cause too much damage and everyone in the storm’s path will be safe.
So stock up on supplies (water, batteries, first aid kits) and stay dry, if you live in an evacuation area don’t be stupid….
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!