Chris Christie Won President Obama a Stuffed Animal

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May 28 2013 1:25 PM

Memory, Meet Metaphor: Chris Christie Wins Obama an Actual Prize at the Jersey Shore

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President Obama holds a stuffed bear after playing an arcade game along the boardwalk as he views rebuilding efforts following last year's Hurricane Sandy in Point Pleasant, N.J., on May 28, 2013

Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

President Obama joined Gov. Chris Christie at the Jersey Shore today to get a first-hand look at the rebuilding efforts in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, a trip that is no doubt bringing back some painful memories for those Republicans who think that the governor's pre-election/post-Sandy embrace of Obama helped hand him another four-year term. Memory, meet metaphor, via today's White House pool report (emphasis mine):

Obama and Christie then paid an unannounced visit to the Point Pleasant boardwalk. They looked at a giant sand sculpture in progress on the beach (so far, it's just a wood frame with scaffolding all over it) and talked with the designer, Ed Jarrett. Jarrett told the president he is building it from "top to bottom." The town is going for the Guinness record for sand castles, several folks gathered on the boardwalk said. 
The party then moved to an arcade called "TouchDown Fever" to try and win a stuffed bear by tossing a football through a tire. Obama tried and missed a few times. Christie then threw the ball through the tire, on his first and only try. Obama gave him a high five ending in a clasp. And said, "That's because he's running for office." The guy behind the counter gave Obama a "Chicago" bear.
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Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

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