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.”

(Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)