This is a profile-in-courage moment for President Obama, but it comes with considerable political risks.
Indeed, if Mitt winds up in the White House, his Granite State getaway could save him considerable grief in the coming years.
But without taking that considerable risk we never would have gotten what may be the most memorable sequence in the film.
mid-15c., "capable of being considered," from Medieval Latin considerabilis "worthy to be considered," from Latin considerare (see consider). Meaning "pretty large" is from 1640s (implied in considerably).
CONSIDERABLE. This word is still frequently used in the manner out by Dr. Witherspoon in the following remark: "He is considerable of a surveyor; considerable of it may found in the country. This manner of speaking in the northern parts." [Pickering, 1816]