Obama had a nice lovefest with Christie, but now it’s hard to turn on the news without seeing continuing scenes of devastation in New York and New Jersey, Obama country. It underscores the very considerable difference between reality and photo-ops. It also reminds people—if they’re thinking it through—that disasters happen, and the resultant destruction is not so easy to fix even with the best of will.
George Bush was excoriated for Katrina because he was—well, George Bush. Obama has been praised re Sandy because he is—well, Barack Obama. ‘Twas ever thus. But neither can wave a magic wand and make the ravages of nature on modern life all better.
People who lost relatives, homes, possessions, and power (in descending order of importance) need a lot of help. But most of the assistance will come from relief agencies, local responders, and the good citizens around them.
[ADDENDUM: Ace has more.]