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Some conservatives are pretty upset about Chris Christie’s high praise of President Obama

For most of the past four years,  Republican politicians generally have paid President Obama only minimal respect at best, no matter his high office.

But New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has defied this prevailing GOP protocol this week by lavishing Obama with big praise for the president’s response to the Hurricane Sandy disaster. And some conservatives don’t like it a bit, especially with the election now less than a week away.

For three days in a row, Christie has lauded the president’s cooperation in dealing with the storm’s terrible aftermath in New Jersey. And, of course, all of this praise has been aired on network television for the masses to see.

A small collection of Christie’s comments:

“The president has been outstanding in this [emergency].”

“It’s been very good working with the President. He and his Administration have been coordinating with us. It’s been wonderful.”

“I’ve been on the phone with him personally three times. He gave me his number at the White House, told me to call him if I needed anything, and he absolutely means it.”

“The president has been all over this and he deserves great credit”

“He’s been very attentive, and anything that I’ve asked for, he’s gotten to me. So, I thank the president publicly for that. He’s done—as far as I’m concerned—a great job for New Jersey.”

All of this effusive praise from Christie naturally is making Obama look quite presidential — and quite non-partisan — at the very height of the political campaign season. The imagery of it all is politically priceless, especially with the nation paying rapt attention to the disastrous effects of the big storm.

What’s more, Christie also seems to be going out of his way to diss his party’s presidential nominee. When asked by one of the talking heads on Fox News Channel if Mitt Romney would be visiting New Jersey to survey the damage there, Christie responded:

“I have no idea, nor am I the least bit concerned or interested. I’ve got a job to do here in New Jersey that’s much bigger than presidential politics, and I could care less about any of that stuff. I have a job to do. I’ve got 2.4 million people out of power. I’ve got devastation on the shore.  I’ve got floods on the northern part of my state. If you think right now I give a damn about presidential politics, then you don’t know me.”

Ouch!

Christie’s conspicuous back of the hand to Romney, after tossing bouquets to Obama, has right-wing tongues wagging full-time, as one might well expect. What is the man thinking? Why is he doing this to our guy? Is this payback to Mitt for not giving him the running-mate nod? Is he trying to sink Romney’s ship this year so that his own presidential ambitions can be pursued in 2016 without an incumbent Republican president standing in the way?

Don’t you just love it?

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  1. Christie rocks. The far right also hates how he nominated a Muslim judge, and how he believes in man made global warming. I love this guy. If you watched his campaign speeches with Romney you know he pulls no punches in being critical of the President. Yet, he instinctly knows when its not the time to be political and work as one as a singular government advocate for the people.

    If Romney loses next week, Christie is instantly my favorite choice in 2016.

    Note that the freakazoid losers at MSNBC could learn a thing or two from Christie about acting responsibly. They had the gall to criticize Romney for his work at a Red Cross center yesterday.

  2. nef said: “They had the gall to criticize Romney for his work at a Red Cross center yesterday.”

    What Romney did at the Red Cross center was as phoney as Mitt Romney is phoney. The little man scrubs 2 pots. Romney buys $5000 of Granola bars at Wally World, to recycle at his event. Then he says he can relate to the cleanup effort because he had to clean up a football field once. Like Pat says, Romney is the most pathetic candidate ever.

    Apparently God isn’t on Romney’s side, or the hurricane would have turned out to sea. It came ashore and has caused Romney to show how phoney he is. Lucky for him the election is next week, so he won’t be able to step on his tongue much longer, and continue to make a fool of himself.

    Of course you don’t like MSNBC. Truth to you cons is like daylight to vampires.

  3. There goes tex again with the popular liberal narrative that if your income reaches a certain level you don’t know what it means to struggle, or what it means to possibly lose everything, or to express real despair, stress, or hardship. Nope. Money cures all that, doesn’t it, tex? Romney has just lived with a silver spoon his whole life and its impossible for him to relate to any common folk on any kind real level. He’s rich, his whole family is rich, all of his friends are rich. He just doesn’t understand.

    (except, you know, for all that campaigning he’s done as governor, and all that trekking around Iowa and every small community in the country that all Presidential candidates do. Which Romney has done twice now.)

    Its the liberals own grip on reality that is sorely lacking.

  4. shawnnews

    It’s not that Romney doesn’t know how to struggle or work — he thinks 47 percent of the country doesn’t. There’s a lot of people with the attitude that if you don’t have money, you must not work. In fact most people I know work but some at menial, necessary jobs that pay low wages. They’ll get accused of wanting handouts because they don’t get paid well.

  5. When there’s a crisis we pull together regardless of political affiliation instead of meeting in a back room and pledging allegiance to Pope Norquist and the McConnell doctrine.

  6. wrong shawnnews. wrong, wrong, wrong.

    He never said 47% of the people don’t work.

    He said 47% are dependent upon government, who think they are the victims, who think government has a responsibility to take care of them, and think they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing. And that they pay no income tax.

    Besides, he said he was “completely wrong” about those comments.

  7. My job is not to worry about those people – Willard

  8. His job is not to worry about trying to get their vote.

    The cynicism and depression of liberal politics is sometimes overwhelming.

  9. Brian Opsahl

    Ok now some clairity. He said (i dont care about the 47 %) and when he said that he thought he was just talking his to rich donors. So to the Veterans,Mom/Dads, retired cops,firemen,were all insulted by this crass coment.

    I think it’s the lying that has him loseing. you can’t screem fire in a theater and it’s not very smart to lie to Auto workers in Ohio a State that could possibly determine this election…and it is HIS choice to tell these scurless blantent lie’s

  10. We’ve given all you people need to know and understand – Mrs. Willard

  11. Cris Cristy has core values and they are on display for everyone to see. Romney just does not get it.

  12. What doesn’t Romney get Dave?

  13. Brian Opsahl

    How about FEMA …expdoc, on June 8 2011 Mitt said he would take FEMA back to give it to the States and to further that he would privitze it. Now today he refuses to even answer a question about that. (take my ball and going home) Is that whats going to happen when something bad happens as a President…..he’s going to ignore everybody because his very bad desission bite him in the butt
    ….really run and hide…that will make it go away.

  14. expdoc,

    What does Romney not get? For starters how about having the integrity to take a position and stand by it. The news is replete with examples of Romney “clarifying ” his positions every time he is reminded of earlier statements he took that were different. Gov. Cristy will not politicize hurricane Sandy. He understands FEMA is needed and not shy about asking for help. Romney wants to get rid of FEMA. Then when that view becomes unpopular he changes it. This is what I mean about core values. Any more questions expdoc? Happy to educate you further. Now go and vote for Obama.

  15. Brian Opsahl

    Couldn’t have said it better Dave …thanks
    A man who will sellsout American jobs to China….then lie about it
    A Man Who has said Chrysler,GM are moving American jobs to China….it’s a huge lie
    A man who was pro-choice, now he’s not, was for insurance, now he’s Not
    A Man who was against FEMA june 9 2011 / Yesterday said now he would not get rid of FEMA.
    There is hundreds of desissions that he has made that change from day to day with this guy. You can’t really want that do you !! Doc…

  16. Ted Biondo

    Hey guys, it doesn’t take a genius (Obama is definitely not a genius) to show up for a photo-op, say he’s doing something, while others do it, then take off for his ongoing campaign. Now, “free” gas? nothing is free!

  17. So our tax dollars went to China for green jobs solar and wind or approximately 25 US companies costs close to a trillion who many whose CEO’s were big Obama contributors..
    http://www.audacityofhypocrisy.com/fashion-shows/

    “Fiat SpA (F), majority owner of Chrysler Group LLC, plans to return Jeep output to China and may eventually make all of its models in that country, according to the head of both automakers’ operations in the region.”

    bloomberg dot com/news/2012-10-21/fiat-says-china-may-build-all-jeep-models-as-suv-demand-climbs.html

  18. Brian Opsahl

    Really, you still don’t get it do you. This lying add by Romney has pissed off so many Ohio folks that it might end up costing him this election and here you are still trying to twist it even more. For the really slow stupid republicans IT’S A LIE !!

    @ Ted, So your example of handleing a Hurricane is the way your GW Bush did things….
    Like seeing Americans shot in the street,begging for a bottle of water,you have got to be kidding …right Ted, (Brownie is doing a heck of a job) Your Bush put a complete idiot in charge of FEMA….Mr Obama hired the best Man for the job and he just happens to be a republican from Florida that has years of expeareance dealing with multipul Hurricanes

    He also implemented the 15 minute callback rule, and Cris Cristy has showerd the President with praise for his Handleing of Sandy and it’s aftermath….Ted, I beleive that Mr Christy knows a little bit more than you and FOX about this subject, but go ahead and be that typical rightwing Anti-American we have come to know so well….

    So Ted when you come back to our Earth PLEASE stop being so Anti everything Obama cause he will be your next President get used to it !! 4 more years

  19. Well be mad at Bloomberg, they published it.
    From Mother Jones
    “But the Romney campaign decided none of this mattered. They want to win Ohio, so they’re running ads that say this:

    Obama took GM and Chrysler into bankruptcy, and sold Chrysler to Italians who are going to build Jeeps in China. Mitt Romney will fight for every American job.

    Technically, every word of this is true. Obama did force GM and Chrysler through a managed bankruptcy. Fiat did end up buying Chrysler. And Chrysler is thinking about building Jeeps in China.”
    So they admit that is is “technically true” and then do a 180.

    People are begging for water in New York. FEMA ran out of water.
    Yea Obama and Christie took advantage of the photo op,and people are dying.

  20. Brian Opsahl

    Technically, Mitt Romney said….Let Detroit go bankrupt….and Technically Mr Obama said NO. Then he said and i QUOTE ….. ” I placed my bet on the American worker and I’ll make that bet any day of the week”
    Mitts idea of bankruptsy was way diffiernt than the Presidents. Mitt wanted a total liqudation of assets including dumping the Pensions of the workers and shutting down the parts supply chain. All of this with private money…one problem, there was no private money (Vulther Capitolist) because of the republican Bush economy….REMEMBER !!

    The only money available was a very risky move by none other than….go ahead say it !!
    Yes it was Mr Obama who risked his Presidency on us the American worker and now that GM is number one Romney comes in with his biggest lie ever told on a campaign.

    Technically Mr Obama did sell to the Italians and Fiat. If he hadn’t they might of folded but because he did that they are florishing and hireing several thousand workers in TOLIEDO OHIO ….go crawl bach in your cave and come out next wednesday it will be all over and Pray to God Romney can spend all his time reading about his Profitt (Joesph Smith) his Jesus…scary

  21. OK so let’s assume there were no photos of Christie and Obama then what would the low information Fox viewers say Obama refuses to have his picture taken with a Republican governor.

  22. Brian, tell the 20,000 plus GM/Delphi workers whose pensions were 85% funded that Obama didn’t dump their pensions.
    Tell that to all the dealerships that were forced to close and explain how that selection was made.

    So how much does GM still owe the taxpayer?

  23. “General Motors Is Headed For Bankruptcy — Again”

    I wish it wasn’t true, but ..

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/louiswoodhill/2012/08/15/general-motors-is-headed-for-bankruptcy-again/

    “Toyota knocks off GM as world’s biggest car maker”
    July 2012

    How about that volt!
    reuters dot com/article/2012/09/10/us-generalmotors-autos-volt-idUSBRE88904J20120910

    Republican economy like 5% unemployment and double the growth until a years of Pelosi and Reid.

  24. Wilson: When are you going to put your numbers where your mouth is and submit something to our daily presidential prediction survey?

    You and most of our right-wing regulars have thus far made no predictions.

    Of course, I can understand — seriously — if you’re waiting for the last minute to make your calculations. That’s what I’m doing, too.

  25. Saltheplumber

    The Big Boy (Chris Christie), is no fool. He has a BIG job ahead of him in New Jersey and will cadge ALL the help he can get. Passed over by mittens, he is reading the political winds and it looks like Mittens will lose. So the Big Boy sets himself up for 2016 as a hero in New Jersey. Plus, if BiPartisanship comes back (It has to), he looks like a Prince for working with Obama, whom he wont have to face in 2016. Its simple, Christie has made a Power Move and is the first one out the gate for 2016…

  26. Brian Opsahl

    @wilson…I get the feeling you actully want the Auto Industry to fail. Everyting you write about is Anti-American….and to prove your points you bring up Toyota. Is that what you drive ?
    Stop hateing Americans Romney will lose because he is a rampent liar and nic10 your following in his footsteps…how Sad

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