New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has developed a new tone about President Obama in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Bloomberg took a few minutes away from coordinating storm responses to announce his official endorsement of Obama for a second term, stating he would be the best one to take climate change seriously and spearhead regulations to tackle the problem.
The mayor cited doubt about presidential challenger, Mitt Romney, saying his stand on climate change has backtracked from earlier positions.
As governor of Massachusetts, Romney declared a commitment to reduce carbon consumption, but as presidential candidate, he has changed numerous positions in his effort to gain support from a GOP base that has grown increasingly conservative—including his stand on climate and energy.
"Our climate is changing," Bloomberg wrote in an opinion article for Bloomberg View, a section of Bloomberg News. "And while the increase in extreme weather we have experienced in New York City and around the world may or may not be the result of it, the risk that it might be— given this week's devastation—should compel all elected leaders to take immediate action."
Bloomberg rejected consideration of a presidential tour after Hurricane Sandy ravaged his town, opting instead to support Obama’s visit to New Jersey, which was the hardest hit state, to work with Gov. Chris Christie in getting storm relief efforts underway.
Christie found out firsthand how Obama’s disaster policy changes will help his state rebuild, whereas, if Romney/Ryan projected policies were in effect today, New Jersey and the others declared in State of Emergency status—would be left literally blowing in the wind to fend for themselves.
Bloomberg’s endorsement comes on the heels of generous statements of support from Christie regarding Obama’s leadership during the storm response.
Furthermore, Christie rejected any consideration of inviting Romney to tour New Jersey devastation, saying he wasn’t concerned about presidential politics at a time when his state was in the midst of rescue and recovery.
Currently, Bloomberg is a registered independent, but he has previously been registered under both Democrat and Republican parties. Less than two weeks ago, Bloomberg declined to give his support to either candidate.
"I'm honored to have Mayor Bloomberg's endorsement," Obama said in a statement. "I deeply respect him for his leadership in business, philanthropy and government, and appreciate the extraordinary job he's doing right now, leading New York City through these difficult days."
Bloomberg put emphasis on climate change for his endorsement for obvious reasons, but he also said he wanted to support a candidate, who will be on the right side of history on social issues—like gay marriage.
The president was back on the campaign trail Thursday, but he expressed optimism about the endurance of the American spirit to survive such tragic hardships.
“The good news is, we will clean this up,” said Obama. “The good news is, we will get through this.”
The silver-lining of Hurricane Sandy is putting the spotlight on climate change and bringing the discussion into direct focus on a threat to humanity that has been shoved under the rug by GOP dogma, big oil and deep-pocketed special interest groups.
Too bad it took Sandy to bring global warming back into the conversation.
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