In the final throes of a bitter presidential campaign, President Obama on Thursday morning said that a nonpartisan America had risen to deal with super storm Sandy and offered it as a template for the next four years.
Speaking to a crowd in Green Bay, Wis., Obama praised the “leaders of different parties working to fix what’s broken.”
“There are no Democrats or Republicans during a storm,” Obama said. “There are just fellow Americans.”
The words marked Obama’s return to the campaign trail after a three-day hiatus in which he appeared in public only to talk about the storm and the federal government’s efforts to work with state and local government to prepare and respond.
The part about “leaders of different parties” was a clear reference to his public tour with Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, a campaign surrogate for fellow Republican Mitt Romney who nevertheless praised Obama’s accessibility and vigor in storm response.
After weeks of increasingly acrimonious exchanges, the storm produced a pause in the conversation in which both sides turned their focus to bracing for the storm and rallying around those in its path.