A wave of nostalgia washed over me this afternoon as I watched President Obama and Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) tour the devastation unleashed on the Jersey shore by Hurricane Sandy. I thought back to the distant past when Democrats and Republicans could have their disagreements over policy but come together when the national interest demanded it.
The governor had nice words for the president. “I want to thank the president for coming here today,” Christie said. “It's really important to have the president of the United States acknowledge all the suffering that's going on here in New Jersey and I appreciate it very much.”
And Obama had equal praise for Christie. “I want to just let you know that your governor is working overtime to make sure that as soon as possible everybody can get back to normal,” he said.
This is what it looks like when politicians from opposing parties work together. This is what it looks like when a flame-throwing critic of the president puts politics aside to attend to the needs of his state. This is what it looks like when the president has a willing partner. Imagine what more could have gotten done if the mutually beneficial Obama-Christie bromance had swept over Washington.