I am such a cynic, I think anything is possible resulting from a natural disaster.
People back there can have the lousy weather. I am going to die out west and would NEVER consider living anywhere east of the Rockies.
Sure, there is lots of history back there and a lot of things to do, but it is so great out west I could never even dream of living anywhere back there.
From the article:
Hurricane Sandy battered the mid-Atlantic region on Monday, its powerful gusts and storm surges causing once-in-a-generation flooding in coastal communities, knocking down trees and power lines and leaving hundreds of thousands of people — including a large swath of Manhattan — in the rain-soaked dark.
The mammoth and merciless storm made landfall near Atlantic City around 8 p.m., with maximum sustained winds of about 80 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said. That was shortly after the center had reclassified the storm as a post-tropical cyclone, a scientific renaming that had no bearing on the powerful winds, driving rains and life-threatening storm surge expected to accompany its push onto land.
The storm had unexpectedly picked up speed as it roared over the Atlantic Ocean on a slate-gray day and went on to paralyze life for millions of people in more than a half-dozen states, with extensive evacuations that turned shorefront neighborhoods into ghost towns. Even the superintendent of the Statue of Liberty left to ride out the storm at his mother’s house in New Jersey; he said the statue itself was “high and dry,” but his house in the shadow of the torch was not.
So much for the economic "recovery." But Obama should get lots of positive press over his handling of the situation, unlike Bush's criminal bungling of Katrina.
I am sure the Republicans are going to accuse Obama, if not of causing the hurricane himself, of exploiting the disaster for political gain.