WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama heads into the final weeks of the campaign with a two-fold objective: trying to keep his job as he does his job.
Obama assured the nation Tuesday that he's doing everything he can to deal with Hurricane Isaac.
Then he climbed aboard a helicopter and headed out for votes.
The swift pivot illustrates the president's juggle of governing and campaigning.
Standing alone in the White House Diplomatic Room, Obama reminded TV viewers, in so many words, that he is the only president in the race.
Succinct and serious, Obama said he was the one who ordered federal help in place in the Gulf Coast. He pledged his administration would do "everything possible."
By afternoon, Obama the campaigner appeared, wooing college students to stand with him again.