Presidential contenders respond to a weather emergency

Ethel C. Fenig

A devastatingly destructive storm struck parts of the eastern third of the country Friday night; millions are still without power. So the very next day President Barack Obama (D) - or one of his staffers - tweeted  the following helpful advice to his workers.

Keep cool while you're canvassing this summer: OFA.BO/7JyjLP #Obama2012

Not so coincidentally, to help the canvasser remain cool, the link leads to a...you guessed it...a Vote Obama tank top, "a stylish and fun way to show your support." It even has a "unisex fit" and, at $30, is the same price as the BFD tee shirt which has sleeves. Such a deal!

Oh yes, he also called the governors of the severely impacted storm states

to express his condolences for the loss of life and his concern for individuals and first responders still confronting the destruction and loss of power that is impacting communities as a result. The President told the Governors that he has directed FEMA to ensure they continue to provide necessary support to state and local officials in impacted areas as they respond to these events, especially considering the power outages and the high temperatures many of the impacted areas are currently experiencing.


He did not however offer BFD or Vote Obama tee shirts. Just as well.

Meanwhile the Mitt Romney (R) campaign also responded  to the situation

The Romney for President bus is in Ohio this week and we've decided to put it to good use in the relief effort, but we need your help.

If you'd like to make a donation to the relief effort, bring supplies to the Romney for President Headquarters located at 1335 Dublin Road in Columbus on Sunday between 10am and 7pm.

We will load up the Romney for President bus on Sunday evening and send it to Southeast Ohio on Monday morning to deposit supplies at various relief centers.

Here's what we need:

* Bottled Water

* Non-perishable food items, such as beef jerky, granola bars, peanut butter, etc.

Bring your supply donations to our headquarters Sunday and we'll ensure it gets to your fellow Ohioans who are in need on Monday.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Romney did not urge his volunteers to purchase pricey campaign tee shirts.

A devastatingly destructive storm struck parts of the eastern third of the country Friday night; millions are still without power. So the very next day President Barack Obama (D) - or one of his staffers - tweeted  the following helpful advice to his workers.

Keep cool while you're canvassing this summer: OFA.BO/7JyjLP #Obama2012

Not so coincidentally, to help the canvasser remain cool, the link leads to a...you guessed it...a Vote Obama tank top, "a stylish and fun way to show your support." It even has a "unisex fit" and, at $30, is the same price as the BFD tee shirt which has sleeves. Such a deal!

Oh yes, he also called the governors of the severely impacted storm states

to express his condolences for the loss of life and his concern for individuals and first responders still confronting the destruction and loss of power that is impacting communities as a result. The President told the Governors that he has directed FEMA to ensure they continue to provide necessary support to state and local officials in impacted areas as they respond to these events, especially considering the power outages and the high temperatures many of the impacted areas are currently experiencing.


He did not however offer BFD or Vote Obama tee shirts. Just as well.

Meanwhile the Mitt Romney (R) campaign also responded  to the situation

The Romney for President bus is in Ohio this week and we've decided to put it to good use in the relief effort, but we need your help.

If you'd like to make a donation to the relief effort, bring supplies to the Romney for President Headquarters located at 1335 Dublin Road in Columbus on Sunday between 10am and 7pm.

We will load up the Romney for President bus on Sunday evening and send it to Southeast Ohio on Monday morning to deposit supplies at various relief centers.

Here's what we need:

* Bottled Water

* Non-perishable food items, such as beef jerky, granola bars, peanut butter, etc.

Bring your supply donations to our headquarters Sunday and we'll ensure it gets to your fellow Ohioans who are in need on Monday.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Romney did not urge his volunteers to purchase pricey campaign tee shirts.