TCTI: Too Crazy To Ignore
Dave Ross
President Obama comforts a storm victim while touring damage in New Jersey. (AP image)

Should the hurricane pictures affect your vote?

No question, President Obama's video has been more compelling than Mitt Romney's lately - Marine One flying over devastated beaches versus a political rally in Florida? No contest.

But is an undecided voter going to look at this and say "I'm so moved by Marine One, he's got my vote!"

There's a commentary on CNN today by former correspondent Frida Ghitis, who's covered disasters all over the world, and now works on her own as a consultant, and she lists a bunch of examples of leaders who looked great during disasters until they became disasters themselves.

She writes that in Thailand, the same prime minister who led the recovery after the massive Tsunami in 2004 and boldly rejected outside aid, won his election in a landslide, but then tanked and now lives in exile.

The Japanese prime minister who led the earthquake response there, and even dressed like a relief worker ended up resigning.

And she has similar stories about disasters in Peru and Chile.

Of course America is not Thailand or Japan or Peru or Chile. The President isn't jumping onto bulldozers. In fact, I heard him actually lowering expectations:

"I don't want anybody to feel that somehow this is all going to get cleaned up over night. We want to make sure that people have realistic expectations," Obama said after touring storm damage.

Photos from the tour

But her point is the election ought to be about the direction of the country for the next four years, not about who's best at commiserating with victims.

And she's right. But what's encouraging to me about the last few days and especially this mutual embrace between the President and Chris Christie is that at least it actually does seem like an authentic outbreak of bipartisanship. It's just too bad it took four years and a Superstorm to make it happen.

Dave Ross, KIRO Radio Morning News Anchor
Dave Ross hosts the Morning News on KIRO Radio weekdays from 5-9 a.m. Dave has won the national Edward R. Murrow Award for writing five times since he started at KIRO Radio in 1978.
Top Stories

  • Failing
    So far, it's good news for car tab fees in King County, and bad news for bus riders

  • 21 & Over
    There's a push to raise the age to from 18 to 21 in order to legally buy tobacco

  • Suing The Seahawks
    A Seahawks fan sues for $50 million over limiting playoff ticket sales
ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus
Sign up for breaking news e-mail alerts from
In the community
Do you know a student who stands out in the classroom, school and community?
Help make their dreams come true by nominating them for a $1,000 scholarship and a chance to earn a $10,000 Grand Prize. Brought to you by KIRO Radio and Comprehensive Wealth Management.

Do you know an exceptional citizen who has impacted and inspired others?
KIRO Radio and WSECU would like to recognize six oustanding citizens this year. Nominate them to be recognized and to receive a $2,000 charitable grant.