Obama cancels Wis. event to monitor Sandy

Politics,Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke

President Obama cancelled a campaign event scheduled for Tuesday in Wisconsin, the second event in two days from which he has withdrawn due to Hurricane Sandy.

“The President will no longer travel to Green Bay, WI tomorrow for a campaign event, so that he can stay in Washington, DC on Tuesday and closely monitor the impact of and response to Hurricane Sandy,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a statement.

Earlier this morning, Carney announced that “due to deteriorating weather conditions in the Washington, DC area, the President will not attend today’s campaign event in Orlando, Florida.” Obama had flown to Florida early in order to beat the D.C. weather before he was forced to return without attending the event. Bill Clinton spoke in his place.

Obama has been criticized over the last several months for holding a campaign event in Las Vegas the day after the September 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

“[T]he president of the United States, rather than the next day finding out what happened went on a campaign trip to Las Vegas and Golden, Colorado,” Karl Rove, President Bush’s senior advisor, said on Fox News Sunday yesterday.

During that campaign trip, Obama compared his campaign volunteers to the Americans who had died in Libya.  “The sacrifices that our troops and our diplomats make are obviously very different from the challenges that we face here domestically but like them, you guys are Americans who sense that we can do better than we’re doing,” Obama said. “I’m just really proud of you.”


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