In 2012, on this day Hurricane Sandy made landfall at the mouth of New York Harbor.
Hurricane Sandy makes landfall by Ed & Scott PalterThe tropical cyclone had already devastated portions of the Caribbean and Mid-Atlantic. But the near full submersion of the Statue of Liberty (pictured) was an indication of the terrible disaster that befell the Eastern Seaboard.
And yet the defining television moment finally came when the President and Mayor Bloomberg conducted a helicopter tour of the devastated area. Although not his fault, it was a damning picture that ensured Obama became a political victim of the tragedy in no small part because of his non-emotional response in which he once again appeared "too small" a figure on the national canvas.