The president was in the Albany area to deliver economic remarks at Hudson Valley Community College. The visit closely followed weekend reports that Washington Democrats, some saying they were acting on behalf of Obama, urged Paterson to drop out of the race.
Such a move would pave the way for Cuomo to win the Democratic nomination. An embattled Paterson was subdued Monday before and during the economic address, at which Obama offered a cordial, almost perfunctory introduction. "A wonderful man, the governor of the great state of New York, David Paterson, is in the house," he said before delivering his address at the college in Troy, across the Hudson River from New York's capital.
In contrast, Obama then introduced the attorney general as a close ally and joked with the hard-charging, headline-grabbing Cuomo, calling him "your shy and retiring attorney general." "Andrew's doing great work enforcing the laws that need to be enforced," Obama said as he cast a warm smile toward Cuomo and the two made eye contact. Obama didn't look at Paterson in his introduction. "I think that you would have to be pretty dense not to get the message," said Doug Muzzio, a politics professor at New York City's Baruch College, who viewed video of the event afterward.
And the beat goes on....