COMMENTARY: Good Governance Equals Good Politics

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  • For President Barack Obama, good governance is also good politics.

    Four days before Election Day, Obama showed solid leadership during a national crisis. While Hurricane Sandy’s deadly storm devastated coastal towns and left much of New York City and Long Island, New York waterlogged and without power, Obama was the nation’s anchor in the storm.

    Hurricane Sandy, the most powerful weather system to hit the East Coast, presented an unexpected yet defining moment for Obama.

    The president was able to navigate a thicket where politics and governing collide. In the midst of an extremely close presidential race, Obama stayed off the campaign trail for two days speaking to the governors of the storm’s impacted states and making sure the government’s relief efforts were swift and seamless.

    By Thursday, the U.S. death toll from Sandy had climbed to 88. Obama wasn’t campaigning earlier this week, but he was earning valuable praise for his unflappable response to a natural catastrophe.

    The president was cool under pressure – and the nation knew it.

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, seems to be Obama’s newest best friend. Christie couldn’t say enough great things about Obama’s handling of Sandy, particularly for the state of New Jersey.

    ”I’m pleased to report that he has sprung into action to help get us those things immediately,” Christie said during a press conference this week.  “It’s been a great working relationship to make sure that were doing the job people elected us to do. I cannot thank the president enough.

    In a strange turn of events, with the election only days away, Christie’s remarks were almost tantamount to an endorsement.

    It’s rare for a high-profile Republican governor to compliment Obama and it’s even more unusual for Christie to heap praise on Obama a week before the presidential election. Christie has probably spent more time thanking Obama and less time talking about Mitt Romney, his GOP comrade, which has some Republicans grumbling that Christie isn’t a team player.

    What Christie knows well is this old adage: All politics is local. For Christie, who had hundreds of thousands of citizens in crisis, he needed immediate help from the federal government and Obama was there to deliver. The residents of New Jersey, some who had homes destroyed and many who are still in shelters, are also voters and Christie wants to stay on their good side.

    And the compliments flowed both ways.

    “At the top of my list, I have to say that Gov. Christie throughout this process has been responsive,” Obama said at a press conference. “He’s been aggressive in making sure that the state got out in front of this incredible storm and I think the people of New Jersey recognize that he has put his heart and soul into making sure the people of New Jersey bounce back even stronger than before.”

    “So,” Obama added, “I just want to thank him for his extraordinary leadership and partnership.”

    Will Obama’s shining example of leadership help him close the deal with undecided voters? And will Christie’s new friendship with Obama sway independents that are still on the fence?

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    5 thoughts on “COMMENTARY: Good Governance Equals Good Politics

    1. When it comes to choosing those to represent us in government, I believe Trust is the most important characteristic of any candidate. Beyond charisma, experience, knowledge, likability, or positions on issues, the people you send to Washington, the city council, the state legislature, or the school board, have to be people that you can trust. Trust trumps all other qualifications.

      In order for a candidate to be considered trustworthy they must exhibit the following behaviors:
      First, they have to do what they say they are going to do. That means saying what they mean, and meaning what they say.

      Second, whatever it is that they say they are going to do, they have to do to the best of their ability. There can be no half-steppin’.

      Third, they must tell the truth. They can’t accept lying as a means to an end.

      Fourth, they must be honest. They can’t blame others for their own mistakes, and they can’t take credit for something they did not do.

      And finally, they must never purposely deceive or mislead. If they do, then they are not worthy of your trust, nor your vote.

      As you make your final decisions on who you will choose to represent you, it is both good and proper to look at a candidate’s knowledge or experience, but at the end of the day, you have to ask yourself, “Can I trust this person?” Be sure to Vote.

    2. CindyCruz,I don’t believe that you actually admit George W Bush ruled the United States for 8 years.This is a good reason why ,we the citizens, should VOTE and reelect Barack H Obama,President of these United States.We don’t want no pompous,certified,gold plated,flip flopping,wanna be plantation owners ruling over us…

    3. obama doesn’t like white people, just look at the residents of Staten Island. Instead of using his power to get these people help he is out campaigning for votes. What a joke, this man only cares about himself a complete narcissist and you want 4 more years of this. Had this been a republican in office baw and all the other news pharrots would have gone ballistic. But no we have a black man in office that cares about as much for black people as he does fox news. don’t believe me ask the naacp who’s forum he couldn’t or wouldn’t show up for and not one black politician or pundit called him out on it.

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