ASBURY PARK, N.J. (TheStreet) -- President Obama got a warm, if wet, welcome at this New Jersey Shore town's boardwalk Tuesday afternoon, wearing his FEMA jacket and standing alongside the New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie. With his usual charm, the president addressed a dedicated and delighted crowd outside on the boardwalk at Asbury Park's Convention Hall.More than 1,200 people lined up Sunday for a limited number of tickets to the event, and all ticket holders were admitted on Tuesday. Crowds of people without tickets stood near the entrance area lining the blockades on the streets and boardwalk that kept pedestrians and cars blocks away from site. Governor Christie introduced the president from a podium set up in the light rain from which Obama spoke of his visit earlier in the day to the Point Pleasant boardwalk, where he and the governor and the governor's family played some games, including the classic "Frog Bog." "Gov. Christie's kids taught me the right technique for hitting the hammer to get those frogs in those buckets the way I was supposed to," the president said.
But the president quickly moved into the rebuilding of the Shore after Sandy and hammered away at the theme that his administration and the American people will not stop until all rebuilding is complete. Noting that there was still much to be done, the president praised the residents for their accomplishment and their determination. "You are stronger than the storm," he said, to cheers. "After all you've dealt with, after all you've been through, the Jersey Shore is back and it is open for business and they want all Americans to know that they are ready to welcome you here."
The president alluded to Asbury Park's most famous export, Bruce Springsteen, "I think a friend of mine from here probably put it pretty well," he said. " 'Down the Shore everything's all right.' He's the only person that the president has to call 'The Boss' -- except the First Lady."