wayne, new jersey

President Obama tours damage caused by the rain-swollen Passaic River in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene in Wayne, New Jersey, September 4

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  1. 1 jacquelineoboomer
    September 4, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    That’s what they’re there for, Mr. President. That hug.

    • September 4, 2011 at 2:16 pm

      Yepper! It’s called LOVE.

    • 4 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      September 4, 2011 at 5:24 pm

      That’s what strikes me about these pictures. People are just so comfortable going up to this President and asking for a hug. I’m so used to seeing it now but it really is remarkable. Has any other President gotten this reaction? It’s like people instinctively recognize the humanity and compassion in him and when they are really hurting all they want is a hug from him to feel better.

    • 5 anniebella
      September 4, 2011 at 7:43 pm

      Someone need to tell the guy to put his shirt on, he’s meeting the President of the United States, not some crazy T Republican.

  2. September 4, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    The people know. They will remember. I firmly believe this in the depths of my soul despite the noise in the market, whether it is about falling poll numbers and some creating an illusion that everthing PBO does is bad.

    People know.

    • 7 Sue in Minnesota
      September 4, 2011 at 1:51 pm

      Ladies I concur…because President Obama is genuine, and we feel that connection in our hearts.

    • September 4, 2011 at 2:02 pm

      “People [not corporations] know.”

      Yes they do!

      YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!
      YES.WE.CAN, Again…Obama/Biden 2012!

    • September 4, 2011 at 2:22 pm


    • 10 desertflower
      September 4, 2011 at 2:47 pm

      People DO know.I firmly believe this. Despite the yakking and name calling, these REAL people know who’s been fighting their fight.Look at their faces. Look at the Gov’s face…even HE can’t accept what his party says about disaster relief…I’m certain of that. These are HIS people! How do you ever look at these tragedies affecting real lives and tell them we don’t have the money to help them?(a lie) Not going to happen.

    • 12 Tracy
      September 4, 2011 at 4:16 pm

      I agree. Looking at all the photos of our president when out with people belies all the gloom and doom of media, pundiots, and slanted polls. Don’t recall a president ever who prompted such an outpouring of affection although Clinton may have come close. I love my president whichis not true of any other president. Salon has a disgusting article calling for primarying PBO, arguing that he is destroying the democratic party with his corporatist policies. Are those fools GIP operatives? Or just jealous of PBO’s charisma and disdain for their games?

      • 13 bison
        September 4, 2011 at 9:28 pm

        You are so right on! When you see the President out with the out among the people the gloom and doom polls don’t add up.
        The out poring of affection is obvious, but if you the comments on HP, Politico, and others you are missing this narrative.

  3. 14 Sue in Minnesota
    September 4, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    I don’t like to rely on ‘optics’ or our cultural obssession with them. However Chris Christie would be well advised to stay out of any picture frame that includes the President. Christie is not a role model for healthy lifestyle choices, not IMO, and it is also my opinion that there is meaning to be derived from his physical condition. 😯

  4. 15 Fred
    September 4, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    thank you President for going to NJ as I have family members living there.GOD bless you

    • 16 jacquelineoboomer
      September 4, 2011 at 1:57 pm

      I’m a Jersey girl myself, and I appreciate the fact he went there, as well. God bless him and all the people of NJ affected by the hurricane!

  5. 19 Debz
    September 4, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Are there any videos of this visit?

  6. 20 maritza
    September 4, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    My apologies if this, O/T, has been addressed here but the: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2011/09/so-that-ignorance-wont-be-reason-why.html

    ”This is a summation of the first two years of the Obama Administration’s accomplishments to remind us all about what it means to have the majority in Congress that can actually pass legislation and effect the kind of change that guided the State of our country’s affair in the right path. Whether we like what the Obama Administration accomplished or not is beside the point but it takes a majority to push for something as we had witnessed during the first two years of the Obama Administration.
    This is also a reminder about why we need to reverse the power structure in 2011 by electing more and better Democrats to achieve more of what we had started in the first two years of this Administration. I understand some folks will try to undermine the progress we have made but we must highlight them so that the false narrative of some does not feel like the reality.
    Share it to all that you think will help inform and to those who appreciate what we have accomplished in the first two years of the Obama Administration. And, tell ’em that these were all possible because we had Democratic Majority and why it is important not to be complaisant come election 2012.”…

    • September 4, 2011 at 2:25 pm

      IMHO the President could have probably done more and better were it not for the “Blue Dog”Dems.

      • 22 utaustinliberal
        September 4, 2011 at 3:28 pm

        Thanks for this Maritza. Instead of Maxine Waters, MoveOn, The CBC, certain dems, the PL, and emoprogs touting these accomplishments, they’re busy cutting of their noses to spite their faces by throwing President Obama under the bus.

      • 23 Uche
        September 4, 2011 at 5:42 pm

        Totally agree Yardarm. The PL and Firebaggers whine and complain about Gitmo, but they conveniently forget the fact that most Dems in congress voted with Rebups to with hold funding for its closure. They unfairly project dictatorial or monarchical powers to this President,whereas our constitution calls for seperation of powers. He can’t govern and legislate at the same time. Fools, all of them!!

  7. 25 Me4obama
    September 4, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Wow, this is real life PBO is witnessing. He has Huge heart Indeed.

  8. September 4, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    You know, when you look at these photos, you see a warm, deeply compassionate POTUS REACHING OUT AND HUGGING, HOLDING those struck with such horrific devastation, and then you see the Governor with his HANDS IN HIS POCKETS.

    • September 4, 2011 at 2:21 pm

      Yet people in the media tell us not to believe our lying eyes. The evidence refutes their claim over and again.

      • 28 desertflower
        September 4, 2011 at 2:49 pm

        Most people don’t see all the wonderful pics that we do here…they are unable or unwilling to see the compassion this President has for ALL people. We need to change that somehow.

  9. 29 Debz
    September 4, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    I like the photo of the Gov taking pictures of POTUS with the people. At least he is being a good sport.

    • September 4, 2011 at 2:20 pm

      This is a boon for Christie as well. His polling numbers were in the tank, it’s a reality but Governors popularity spikes with disaster response if they do well. Bev Perdue in NC is seeing her numbers rise a bit. Christie is in a blue state, so being seen with the President and not as a hyper-partisan is the image he’ll ultimately need both to be re-elected and if he hopes to run for the Presidency in 2016.

      The President gets a Republican Governor who will go to war with his party for much needed disaster relief monies when the GOP is calling for off-sets because they fear any relief money would act as a economic stimulus otherwise and they can’t have that.

    • 31 vitaminlover
      September 4, 2011 at 2:36 pm

      Maybe one of the people asked the gov. to take the picture (snicker, snicker). They know who they want to pose with. Christie will just have to eat that.

  10. 32 zizi
    September 4, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Living out the Good Samaritan Biblical story to help a neighbor in need rather than parrot excuses about why not to. Compassion flows naturally from PBO’s being. Granted he is a politician,but it does not seem that his demonstrations of compassion are an opportunistic act. He cares. Obamacares.

    • 33 Me4obama
      September 4, 2011 at 2:19 pm

      Absolutely, Obamacares.

    • 34 Debz
      September 4, 2011 at 2:20 pm

      His compassion is real, I would say he is one of the few politicians who is not a phony. he really does care about people and it shows. This is why people see him as personally likable and someone who cares about them.

  11. 35 Linda
    September 4, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Is that Jay in picture # 2 in the back with the sunglasses ?

  12. 40 carolyn
    September 4, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    This is Christie’s chance to learn from the master! And, he seems to be watching carefully…

  13. September 4, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    The president did an aerial view of things in Patterson NJ!! Unlike past administrations, he landed and talked with real people!

  14. September 4, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    CNN breaking news:
    Governor Christie leads presidential tour of new jersey!

    Oh brother!

  15. 56 carolyn
    September 4, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    I noticed that both of NJ’s Senators are there too, and right in the frame with the Prez. I think Christie is smart enough to know that his state is basically a blue one, and that if he wants to be re-elected, he can’t snub the Prez. He’s done too any mean things to education, and needs to appear kinder. Also, I read that his heart’s desire was to be governor of NJ, and does want to do a good job for the people of the state. Let’s hope so.

  16. September 4, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Those are some big SS folks in the bottom couple of pictures.

    • 59 Sue in Minnesota
      September 4, 2011 at 2:49 pm

      Who is the really tall AA gentleman walking with the group in one of the middle pictures. He appears to be about 6’7″ or 6’8″.
      I am a stretch myself, I always notice other tall people…guess it’s hard not to 😉

  17. 61 Mary Gray
    September 4, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Looks like Chrisite is taking it all in. Bet he learns a thing or two. Lets see if he changes. Hard for a “hands in the pocket” type to start spontaneously becoming a “hugger”.

  18. September 4, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    I love the agile PBO in pix number 7.

  19. 65 chiara
    September 4, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Totally OT but does anyone know what happened to the SS agent who was always with the President? He is bald, looks like he’s in his 40’s maybe and I think his name is Joe, or at least that’s what people here called him ;-). I haven’t seen him in pictures of POTUS for a long time.

    • September 4, 2011 at 2:39 pm

      Joe Clancy. It’s assumed that he was just rotated out, reassigned elsewhere. Both to keep fresh eyes on the situation and to give him a break from what has to be a very stressful job.

      • 67 chiara
        September 4, 2011 at 2:46 pm

        Thanks! He was so recognizable that it always make me feel more comfortable for the president when I saw Joe there.

  20. 68 Me4obama
    September 4, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    I see Eric Whitaker in the Last Photo. PBO keeps those two Eric and Nesbitt very close to him.

  21. September 4, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Topless man looks like he might have a hernia, given that bump over his navel.

  22. 72 chiara
    September 4, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Ok that last picture is hysterical. It looks as if someone has handed Christie a camera to take a picture of them with the President. HA!! I bet that sort of chapped his hide.

  23. 75 utaustinliberal
    September 4, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    I’m so glad people are getting comfort from the President’s visit. His smiles and hugs offer so much comfort and he just keeps showing everyone how effective government works. The guy with the tats cracks me up. He felt so comfortable in the President’s presence that he didn’t bother putting a shirt on. 😀

    Ooooooh I spy with my little eyes….. Jay “Clark Kent” Carney. 😉

    • 76 Sue in Minnesota
      September 4, 2011 at 2:56 pm

      Yup ….sitings earlier reported and confirmed, thanks to Linda’s finely tuned and calibrated JAYDAR.

      Hard for Jay to subdue his fineness, it stands out, even in a crowd. 😉

  24. 77 jacquelineoboomer
    September 4, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Christie sure warmed up in some of the later photos … camera in hand … smiling. Glad to see that! We’re all just people, people!

  25. 78 Me4obama
    September 4, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    The last photo is so cracking me up. It looks like PBO is in the middle of a Garage sell and Christie looks happy they sold an item.

    • 79 Sue in Minnesota
      September 4, 2011 at 2:51 pm

      OMG :D, I can so relate to that picture, and the emotion of selling yet another piece of junk/treasure 😀

    • 80 Doris
      September 4, 2011 at 2:57 pm

      I feel that way too Me4. You see a compassionate Gov. here who cares about his people and is very glad and happy that the President is there to comfort and love on them.

  26. 81 Doris
    September 4, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Let’s give Gov. Christie a little credit. He’s letting the President be President, nothing wrong with that. These pictures are non-partisan. This is a time when all Americans need to come together. Let’s not be guilty of acting like the other side.

  27. 85 halo
    September 4, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    I have to say Gov. Christie has been doing a good job in all of this. He’s probably happy he decided not to run for President.

  28. September 4, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Gov Christie is on a charm offensive. He did a poor job last December when he went to Disneyland and the state suffered from a big blizzard. He is just like the rest of the repub. governors–destroying public workers, not taking fed. money for a tunnel to NYC, lost race to the top money. He is destroying pubic education and public unions. Do not be fooled by these pictures. He was on every national news show last week but refused to give NJ reporters and the public any news after the storm had passed. He is all about himself.

    • 87 prettyfoot58
      September 4, 2011 at 7:31 pm

      But if his outcry against the house republicans who wamn to restrict fema funds……helps the President….Right on

  29. 88 Gail
    September 4, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    This is the reason that emoprogs say their biggest obstacle to destroying this man, our President, is the emotional attachment that people have to him and feel for him.He is beloved by many of us. Period.

    • September 4, 2011 at 7:15 pm

      And believe me Gail if it wasn’t for the push back that they’ve been getting they would have destroyed him and brought him down by now.

      I hope these emoprogs realize that there are many, many of people who will never forget the way they treated him. After PBO leaves office in 2016 there will come a day when the emoprogs will call on the president’s “TRUE” base for support for one of their heroes and I wait with anticipation to see if there will be any blow back for their non stop bashing of this president.

    • September 4, 2011 at 7:33 pm

      And just wait for the African American turnout in 2012. They see what he’s been put through and WILL show up to vote.

  30. 96 terrick
    September 4, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    best part of the whole day….suprised people havent commented yet that women at the end of the AP video handed Chris Cristie her camera to take a picture of her and the president..HAHA bet he is not used to that?

  31. September 4, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    In two pictures, you see PBO staff ing the water to get to the people. Now THAT says something. Betcha no other politician would have done it.

  32. 98 Ceb
    September 4, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    I love how he moves among everyday people hugging, holding on to, and touching people who are distressed and showing it. He does not expect troublled people to dress up or to put on a front for him. In all of my years of watching and reading about presidents, I have never seen one who would walk among the everyday people, here and abroad, without filters. No flyovers, meeting only with officials, hand sanitizers or wiping his hands on other people (as GWB did in Haiti) from this president. His years in Indonesia, his mother’s work in Third World countries and his work as a community organizer, have all taught him to really see people and to value them; to not see them as numbers or acceptable collateral damage. We are so lucky to have him.

  33. 99 Pamela
    September 4, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Their faces, they are so delighted, ecstatic, even! Love the faces of the people who are in his aura, they are healing themselves with love and open-heartedness, even in their grief and loss. Amazing. Amazing grace!

  34. 100 Regster
    September 4, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Thank you President Obama for coming out and re-connecting with the true base of your support and those (primarily in Wayne) who vote against their interests. You showed what leadership looks like and what true compassion is.

    As far as Christie goes, I’m giving him nothing. He has constantly given the people of my state the finger and I want to give it back to him. I bet it truly chapped him to be quiet while the President, “the Only Adult in the Room”, was close by and would dress him down. Christie is an arrogant, blustering, bombastic, egomaniacal, ignorant robber baron who lied and played to the apathy and ignorance of the population. How he got the state assembly and state Senate Dems to go along with him is a jaw-droppingly amazing study in NJ politics – you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours. DO NOT BE FOOLED FOR A SECOND BY CHRISTIE! Now is the time to pounce when he won’t dare strike back. Bullies hate when you fight back.

    Again, thank you Barack Obama for all that you do and embody! We and the world appreciate and love you and your family!

    • 101 EDP4BHO
      September 4, 2011 at 11:13 pm

      I love a person who pulls no punches. Agree. Once a snake, always a snake. Saying one nice thing, when your behind is in trouble, doesn’t hold once you’re back on your feet. I trust no one who has said anything derogatory against President Obama, and not taken it back. Damn rethugs who put party and meanness over the total good of the people. Christie doesn’t get any kudos from me either. God bless the rest of us.

      • 102 anniebella
        September 5, 2011 at 7:48 am

        Christie is not as popular as he use to be, so he figure he would get in some good shots with the President, showing the folks that it looks like he is working hard, and his approval ratings might go up.

  35. 103 CTGirl
    September 4, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Just saw the local news and the shirtless guy was on. He was very happy to meet the president and told him so. As you can tell, he was caught by this surprise visit. 🙂

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