With a superstorm barreling down on the East Coast in the last week of the 2012 presidential election, both candidates find themselves in the same position of having to tone down the campaign rhetoric to give the proper responses to the impending disaster. The media isn't taking a break, however.
President Obama, who at times has looked less presidential than his opponent, sees in the storm an opportunity to take command and reassure the American public that they are in his good hands. The Los Angeles Times followed that lead in a story headlined, "Obama: 'We're ready' for Sandy, election will 'take care of itself'.
Obama spoke after meeting with top security and emergency officials in the situation room, where he was briefed on the trajectory of the hurricane and the coordination of the federal and state efforts to minimize damage. Obama said he had been in touch with governors and other local officials, and urged people to listen carefully to their warnings.
How presidential. What was Mitt Romney up to? Remember, he's in the exact same position as Obama and has given the exact same response that the election needs to take a backseat to the storm.
However, the Times said he is "electioneering".
Hurricane Sandy's impending landfall, just eight days before Election Day, puts the GOP nominee in an awkward position.
Both men are in the same situation, having to suspend campaigning due to the storm as the election nears. But the Times put a more favorable light on Obama, and cast Romney in an "awkward position."