MITT ROMNEY DOING DISASTER RELIEF. “Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign is helping storm relief efforts in Ohio. Spokesman Chris Maloney says the state campaign headquarters in Columbus is open Sunday for donations of water, flashlights, non-perishable foods and other items needed in the aftermath of severe storms Friday evening that knocked out power to much of the state amid a heat wave. He says a Romney bus in Ohio this week for campaign office openings will be diverted Monday and Tuesday to deliver supplies to shelters, fire stations and churches in hard-hit areas.”
Reminded me of two things. It calls to mind all the anecdotes published (mostly, but not exclusively in the conservative press and on right-of-center blogs) about the actions Mitt Romney took individually (and on his own initiative to help his neighbors and friends. And second, of the times that Newark Mayor Cory Booker has come to the aid of citizens in need.
All this caused me to wonder if there are any anecdotes of Barack Obama going out of his way to help individuals in need?
(And no, not as in “community organizing when you rally your community to a political cause, but in terms of actually going out of his way to help an individual facing a challenge requiring immediate personal assistance.)
UPDATE/FROM THE COMMENTS: Stacy tracked this link down for us: President Obama has Personally Helped Some of the Struggling People Who Write him. Seems he’s cut a few personal checks to the people who write him. pst314 followed up on Stacy’s question, asking if Obama had “helped people BEFORE he became President”.
Kudos to the president for giving to people in need. Interesting though that unlike Mr. Romney, Mr. Obama hasn’t rolled up his sleeves and personally helped out.