October 30th, 2012
03:39 PM ET
1 year 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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  1. wellywellup

    If he said nothing repubs would be trashing him, when he says something repubs trash him. Repubs don't care if he is right or not, they will just trash anything he says or does. Repubs don't care about America, plane and simple.

    October 30, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    @truth, even Christie told the three stooges from faux news this morning to go take a hike. The look on their faces was priceless.
    The President is our commander in chief and our leader. The twit is a gnat that we will finally get rid of come November 6 .

    October 30, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. Ah...I See.

    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.

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    Pass the drugs brosef. Obama was there right away doing exactly what he did this time: coordinating with state and local officials, which is all he can do in the first place. I suppose you'd rather he finish reading a children's book while the Twin Towers collapsed?

    And as far as the BP oil spill goes...exactly WHO was it that said we shouldn't blame BP and force them to clean their mess resulting from cut corners involving safety measures (Companies are people, my friend. [Greedy vultures more like])? UHHHHHHHHH... REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMEN!

    October 30, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  4. Peggy

    Ob ama just drives me crazy. He says things that are convenient. So many lies. This is his chance to show "concer" for us little people in his eyes. Where has he been for 4 years? Certainly not working much. We need a working president, not one just interested in the show and bring us down.

    October 30, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  5. Padraig

    Well he is finally is in the situation room, he should have been there during the embassy attack which killed four brave Americans.

    October 30, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. mrjones

    How ironic is it that the Republlican Convention's keynote speaker is going to be touring New Jersey with the President tomorrow giving him support, a twist in the plot no one could have predicted 3 or 4 days ago. Is this what they mean by divine intervention? What is the saying... God is Great.

    October 30, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. Larry L

    @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?
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    When I first realized the storm would create a significant disaster I actually thought specifically about you. I wondered how long you could resist making childish, poorly conceived comments to in some way criticize the President for his efforts to help in this emergency. Again you've been reliable. Your comments are as usual, petty, meaningless, and small. Again the picture of the person who didn't get a date to the prom emerges... the guy the who never got to hang with the "cool kids". Here's a tip... being a d!(k-with-ears isn't going to improve your self-esteem. Certainly there have been areas regarding the President's performance you could find to criticize – nobody can please everybody. Nobody expects total agreement. But you'd best focus on reality rather than allowing hate and racism to cloud your judgement. Make comments backed up by honesty and valid, mature observations. That sort of interaction will make you feel better about the candidate you choose – and yourself. (Note: Set the bar low at first. The "cool kids" are still unlikely to eat with you until you make some significant progress. Lose the elevated heels and about fifty pounds – that could help)

    October 30, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. PAPA 399

    why not have some constructive and helpful fun between the political parties by having a donation contest to red cross/hurricane Sandy.CNN could keep a tally and we could all just be AMERICANS helping those devastated in the aftermath.I'm so tired of the bashing,I think this would be fun.If you decide to do it, I'll start by donating 100.00 as a democrat.

    October 30, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. truth hurts

    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!
    ==================================================================

    ohhh OK.... Obama incompetence is totally acceptable if it is NOT a "natural" disaster. Good point.

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

    @truth hurts, you are an ass hole, idiot of smoking merjuana. Nasty thug, please do not post comments like a drunkard. Idiot. Enough.

    October 30, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  11. Barak Lincoln

    Its a shame when politicians take situations as this one and jocky for political Gain in the midst of the tradegy,. I would never vote for an individual that does what Romney did during Bengazi or what Gov, Christi did with the Mayor of Atlantic City... these cowards and those that vote for them just seem to have a problem with Black's in authority.. Get over it.

    October 30, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. H

    The NY Times recently endorsed President Obama for re-election outlining all the reasons why and comparing his vision to Romney's regressive proposed policies. PLEASE ... we need a strong government (local, state, federal) to address national natural disasters, threats to security, and economic growth. Government is not a bad word. Hurricane Sandy is a perfect example of why we need to support police, firefighters, ERs, mayors, governors, and federal politicians who care about ALL people, not just a few. Churches and private citizens will never replace government – our prayers are important, too. For everyone in the US suffering from this, I pray that you show your best and highest selves on blog posts, helping neighbors, and recognizing that a republican businessman with the interests of the elite will not serve us all. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/28/opinion/sunday/barack-obama-for-president.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0

    October 30, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. Paul

    What a joke this moron is

    October 30, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. truth hurts

    UBS, WILLARD & THE 4000+ AMERICAN AMNESTY DEAL
    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?
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    So I assume you own no car, don't drive anywhere, heat using gas or oil, use electricity that is generated using gas or oil, use anything plastic, etc. Yes, of course you do so drill baby drill is also working out for you as well. You lefties are soooo clueless.

    October 30, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. Bill from GA

    It is amazing how many totally ignorant comments are on these sites.

    The first month in office our President passed a Stimulus bill that turned around the economy.
    GDP went from MINUS 5% to PLUS 5 % within a year.
    The Stock Markets doubled.
    We went from LOOSING 800,000 jobs a month to positive job growth.

    This progress was halted when the righties got the ability to filibuster his agenda in the Senate, and later block all progress in the House.

    How can anyone not be impressed?

    October 30, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    @truth hurts

    The only natural disaster I'm seeing on this page is that you were born with fingers. Put the tinfoil hat down and step away from the keyboard. Seek help.

    October 30, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  17. John

    I think Obama is saying, "Thank god I don't have to go into another debate with Mitt, I am tired of getting thrashed"...

    October 30, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  18. Lisa P

    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
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Our memories are very different - I remember a private company that had no safeguards in place, and was unable to cap its runaway well after many promises and numerous attempts over the course of a month. Or was it two? Or three? I fail to see how BP's utter incompetence is somehow President Obama's fault. Unless you are suggesting that there needs to be much more and stricter regulation of deep sea oil drilling? Or that BP should have compensated victims more generously, and done a better, more complete job of clean-up and restoration? Plus some extra heavy fines and a real plan for handling future accidents...

    October 30, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. Lisa P

    By the way, glad to see President Obama calling attention to the great work of the Red Cross, and also reminding everyone that it's not over yet. I remember Irene, and how Vermont got pounded while New York and New Jersey were picking up the pieces and breathing a sigh of relief. It's not over until Sandy is out dying in the North Atlantic, which may not be for several more days. New England, stay on guard and stay safe!

    October 30, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  20. MNAnonymous!

    I really hope that the republicans writing posts here are not a significant sample of the Republicans out there... if they are we are in big trouble as a nation! I really hope that the ones here are just trolls paid to make silly and/or hyperbolic statements! The path of their reasoning is so messed up!

    October 30, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  21. slyyone

    For all the republicans who are attacking the POTUS, please be a man or a woman and say what you really mean.. you hated the fact that a black man became the leader of that free world and you would be damned if it happens for a second time.if you are real, say you don't like the president cause he is black.. cause if it was for leadership and intelligent decision-making you couldn't be voting for Mutt Romney aka etch a sketch

    October 30, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  22. truth hurts

    Osama Bin Laden
    Our economy
    Job creation
    Brian Terry, US Border Patrol agent
    hundreds of Mexican citizens, including children
    Christopher Stevens, Libya Ambassador
    Sean Smith, killed in Libya
    Tyrone Woods, former us Navy SEAL, killed in Libya
    Glen Doherty, former US Navy SEAL, killed in Libya

    All killed by the Obama adminstration.....

    October 30, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  23. slyyone

    Even the New Jersey Governor knows what it means to be humble and to give credit where credit is due. he knows who his President is! since Mutt can't humble himself, he will be humbled....remember this post on 10/30/12

    October 30, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  24. C Anderson

    President Obama is a strong proven leader, not a lying creep like Mitt Romney.

    October 30, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "I think Obama is saying, "Thank god I don't have to go into another debate with Mitt, I am tired of getting thrashed"..."

    Yeah, especially after the polls and intelligent people the world over recognized that Obama curbstomped Mittens in the second and third debates.

    October 30, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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