More than one Obama adviser suggested Romney was blurring precisely the line that the president would never dare cross.
"Soon enough we'll need to get back to work on the most important campaign of our lifetime," campaign manager Jim Messina said in an email. It looked like so many of the fundraising appeals he has sent out for Obama's re-election bid. In this one, he was lobbying people to donate to the American Red Cross.
And soon enough, indeed, Obama was going back to official campaigning. Aides confirmed he would be blitzing through Wisconsin, Nevada and Colorado on Thursday.
Meanwhile, he was still monitoring the storm.
And voters were monitoring him, not campaigning, even as he is.
EDITOR'S NOTE — Ben Feller has covered the presidencies of Barack Obama and George W. Bush.
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