October 30th, 2012
03:39 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama visits Red Cross: 'Storm is not yet over'

(CNN) – Making an unannounced visit to the headquarters of the Red Cross in Washington, DC Tuesday afternoon, President Obama warned the remnants of Hurricane Sandy may continue to cause damage to swaths of the East Coast.

"This storm is not yet over," Obama said during the five-minute statement. "We have gotten briefings from the national hurricane center. It is still moving north. There are still communities that could be affected."

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"I want to emphasize, there is still risks of flooding, there is still risks of downed power lines, risks of high winds, and so it is very important for the public to continue to monitor the situation in your local community," he also said.

Shortly after his visit the White House announced the president will travel to severely impacted state of New Jersey Wednesday to survey damage with Governor Chris Christie.

The president also expressed his sympathies for the nearly 30 individuals who reportedly lost their lives as Superstorm Sandy worked its way up the East Coast as well as those who suffered extensive damage to their personal property.

"The most important message I have for them is that America's with you. We are standing behind you and we are going to do everything we can to help you get back on your feet," he said.

The surprise trip to the Red Cross, only a few blocks from the White House, came shortly after Obama convened a conference call with 13 governors and seven mayors from areas impacted by the storm.

"Were it not for the outstanding work that they and their teams have already done and will continue to do in the affected regions, we could have seen more deaths and more property damage," the president said in praising the work of the local leaders with whom he spoke. "So they have done extraordinary work, working around the clock. The coordination between the state, local and federal governments has been outstanding."

"My message to the governors and the mayors and through them to the communities that have been hit so hard is that we are going to do everything we can to get resources to you and make sure that any unmet need that is identified we are responding to it as quickly as possible and I told the mayor and the governors, if they're getting no for an answer somewhere in the federal government, they can call me personally at the White House," Obama also said.


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soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. truth hurts

    Obama playing weatherman now for how manys days???? Seriously, he just loves to hear the sound of his own voice. How about you get to DC and make sure your bureaucrats are doing what they need to be doing and knock off the grand standing for the cameras?

    October 30, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  2. Asus

    CNN Please stop clasifying his presidential responsibilty as a Political ticker

    October 30, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. UBS, WILLARD & THE 4000+ AMERICAN AMNESTY DEAL

    @truth hurts

    You're such a hater. I like this President's response to all the natural disasters on his watch better than "Heck of a job you're doing Brownie."

    October 30, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. Woman In California

    To all those in harms way, stay safe. The President is doing all he can to help you and for that I say, thank you.

    Having said that, I'm glad CNN finally remembered Barack Obama is the president and NOT The Great Liar from Mexico. We voted for the person we wanted in 2008 and we expect you to honor that.

    Obama 2012

    October 30, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  5. incredulous

    It's very comforting to have such a steady, capable and compassionate President. We're lucky to have him and I hope and pray that we'll be smart enough to keep him.

    October 30, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  6. amf140

    Did he blame the storm on George Bush???????

    October 30, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. Asus

    @truth hurts

    I know how Mitt Romney would take care of this situation. He would take care of fellow rich affected by this disaster and shove the 47% under the rug.

    October 30, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. Ready

    Yeah but his presidency is about over.

    October 30, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  9. truth hurts

    UBS, WILLARD & THE 4000+ AMERICAN AMNESTY DEAL
    I like this President's response to all the natural disasters on his watch
    ===================================================

    BP oil spill???? Total Obama incompetence. I can see your memory doesn't work very well.

    October 30, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  10. Richard L Smith

    truth hurts – The president is where he is supposed to be, doing exactly what he is supposed to be doing. Where's Mitt? Campaigning. And on Monday, 4pm est, just as Sandy is making landfall! You, like Romney are a hypocrite.

    October 30, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  11. just sayin

    if there is a free tv camera around, obama will eventually show up. it is in his dna. besides his campaign is running out of money. not as many people want to contribute to a loser.

    October 30, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  12. MDDD

    Thank you Mr. President. I live in one of the affected states. I have family in three other states. We need and value your leadership.

    October 30, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  13. a little sad

    truth hurts

    Obama playing weatherman now for how manys days???? Seriously, he just loves to hear the sound of his own voice. How about you get to DC and make sure your bureaucrats are doing what they need to be doing and knock off the grand standing for the cameras?

    First of all, he is already in DC.

    The Romney surrogate Chris Christie sure seems to think that Obama is doing right by the areas affected by Sandy. But what does he know, he's only the governor of the state hardest hit by the storm, and the guy who is on the ground in the affected areas.

    I'm sure the information you gleen from your parents basement is much more relevant and accurate.

    October 30, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. a little sad

    truth hurts

    UBS, WILLARD & THE 4000+ AMERICAN AMNESTY DEAL
    I like this President's response to all the natural disasters on his watch
    ===================================================

    BP oil spill???? Total Obama incompetence. I can see your memory doesn't work very well.

    What's natural about an oil spill? That was totally man-made!

    October 30, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  15. Asus

    @truth hurts. Dont forget that BP is an oil company supported by the republicans. Obama did a fantastic job to ensure that BP took care of the situation.

    October 30, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  16. Tree

    We Love You

    October 30, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  17. freedom

    Too late to repair all the unpresidential, partisan, and destructive acts of the last four years. One week before the election, the opportunist that he is, using a hurricane to try to act like he really cares about this country. After he rams the healthcare law down our throats, increases the deficit astronomically, shows no regard for our servicemen by not sending reinforcements to Benghazi (and jets off to Las Vegas for a campaign event), doesn't even address the nation or the families of the victims from the Benghazi horror, sends the women of his cabinet out to take the fall for him, and then claims he's for women's rights – it goes on and on. A visit to the Red Cross can't even begin to repair all of that. Yes, the storm isn't over – here comes election day.

    October 30, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  18. Critical Thinking

    Ah, Mr. President? Why did you fly off to a fundraiser the day after our Embassy got attacked and 4 americans were murdered, but you are focused like a pitbull on this weather event, refusing to leave Washington DC and help coordinate FEMA? Why do you hold a press conference for a hurricane update, but you have not held one to answer questions about this terrorist attack. Your priorities seem to be abit mixed up.

    October 30, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  19. Derrick

    Even in disaster you hateful racist republicans still find fault in this president. Obama will win reelection because he deserves it.....we all can see through the lies and rhetoric. Romney lies 3 times before he finishes a sentence flip flopping on positions daily....but i guess the truth does not matter to you idiot

    October 30, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  20. UBS, WILLARD & THE 4000+ AMERICAN AMNESTY DEAL

    @truth hurts

    How is the BP oil spill a "natural disaster?" Please explain that to me...........I'm waiting.

    October 30, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  21. Haters!!

    Give the President Obama a break you haters you should thank god its not you being affected by the storm you no heart @$$ () () ()"S!!!

    October 30, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  22. Wire Palladin, S. F

    Republicans can always point to "W's" responses as the republican way. Mission Accomplished, My Pet Goat, WMDs, and Cowboy Diplomacy.

    October 30, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  23. UBS, WILLARD & THE 4000+ AMERICAN AMNESTY DEAL

    @truth hurts

    BTW, the President got $20 billion dollars from BP for their incompetence. And speaking of the devil, right now there's a huge BP plant fire in Texas. How's that "drill, baby, drill" working out for ya?

    October 30, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  24. Anne

    The storm is not over and I am here to give you a speech. Nice suit-and-tie photo. Applause, please!

    October 30, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  25. jacques

    @truth hurts: you sure know the meaning of natural disaster. BP oil spill is your definition of "natural disaster".

    October 30, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
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