Obama recognizes Sandy’s impact in weekly address
November 3rd, 2012
06:00 AM ET
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Obama recognizes Sandy’s impact in weekly address

(CNN) – President Barack Obama recognized the massive destruction wreaked by Superstorm Sandy this past week in his weekly address on Saturday – his last weekly address before Election Day – and said he was inspired by stories of first responders.

“Today, I ask everyone to keep them in your prayers,” he said, speaking of the victims. “And as President, I promise them this: your country will be there for you for as long as it takes to recover and rebuild.”

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The superstorm’s death toll in the United States surpassed 100 late Friday, including 22 in New Jersey and 48 in New York, the U.S. states hit hardest by the storm.

One storm modeling firm has estimated the damage at between $30 billion and $50 billion, and nearly $18 million in federal disaster assistance has been distributed so far.

Obama stressed in his address his involvement in the federal response.

“From the earliest hours, I ordered that resources be made available to states in the path of the storm as soon as they needed them,” Obama said. “And I instructed my team not to let red tape and bureaucracy get in the way of solving problems, especially when it came to making sure local utilities could restore power as quickly as possible.”

On Saturday morning, the president will hold a meeting on relief efforts with state and local officials, a White House official said Friday. In addition to the Homeland Security secretary and Federal Emergency and Management Agency administrator, the governors of Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York will participate either in person or by phone.

He visited New Jersey earlier in the week and toured the damage with Gov. Chris Christie.

In his address, the president recognized the efforts of first responders, from New York south to North Carolina, “who repeatedly put themselves in harm’s way to bravely save the lives of others.”

Obama urged those seeking to aid in the recovery efforts to contact the Red Cross.

Obama’s rival in the presidential race, GOP nominee Mitt Romney, was to deliver his party’s address, Romney spokesman Rick Gorka told reporters on Friday. That address was not immediately available early Saturday morning.

– CNN White House Producer Lesa Jansen contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • New Jersey • New York • President Obama
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Tell you the truth–this president is our GIFT. God gift. True. Big auto is making bullet trains too... Yes, on obama12.

    November 3, 2012 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  2. Bipartisanship! Obama 2012! Christie 2016?

    Bipartisanship! President Obama and Governor Christie are leading by example. I'm voting for Obama.

    November 3, 2012 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  3. Dar

    Yup, got the photo opp with Christie and now it's back to being campainer in chief,
    People would have been more influanced for the president had he stayed on task and helped out on the east coast.
    That would have been better than anything he is doing now.

    November 3, 2012 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    Obama has had his photo ops, and now he is handing off responsibility to charities, for the recovery. The truth is......the government is broke, and has no money do help with, even if Obama wanted to, which he really doesn't.

    November 3, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  5. anonoymous

    God bless America. They will rebuild. I pray for all who have been effected by this storm. Thank you Mr President and Gov Christie for your leadership...

    November 3, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    The labor unions in NYC, are NOT allowing non-union workers, from other states, to come in and help restore the utility service to the people.

    CNN is NOT reporting that FACT! Ask them WHY!

    November 3, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  7. McShannon

    Senators and Congressmen will win on straight ticket voting by Democrats. I never voted a straight ticket until this year when I realized the terrible animosity of the Republican Party and the fact that they would vote only a straight ticket themselves. We must win the presidential election and the rest will fall into place. President Obama supports FEMA in all its capacity and Sandy in that respect put the wind to our backs. Like the cable guy says “Let’s git er done”

    November 3, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  8. Boomer

    FEMA and other government action should have preceded the Obama/Christie photo tour. Providing water, food, generators, and other assistance should have been top priority. Unfortunately, "politicians" focus more on "talk" than on timely "action."

    November 3, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  9. Marty, FL

    Pres. Obama made federal emergency management a priority to work together with Gov. Christie, Cuomo, and other leaders for national disaster relief.

    In contrast, Romney hedged again on another important issue, even saying he would get rid of FEMA.

    November 3, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  10. lyn

    President Obama you show us the people that you are the one we want to LEAD our AMERICA. God bless everyone our prayers are with you all.

    November 3, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  11. Ancient Texan

    Yes, he looked presidental, but still no power, no gas, no food, folks are homeless, folks still waiting to be recued, and dead waiting to be found.

    November 3, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  12. Phyllis G Williams

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    What a picture of heavenly love. Tears came to my eyes when I saw them placing the needs of the people on higher ground.

    November 3, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  13. plain&simple

    We live in an age of instant reaction. I blog everyone sees it boom right now! This storm has wiped out communities in hours,that have taken decades to build. Yes people are working on clean up and do initial repairs. There is no reset button....real life remedies take time and effort. Get real with your criticisms or get off your butts and out into the action with all your bright ideas.

    November 3, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. GI Joe

    Quit whining - they have his phone number, and guess what - the phone rings on Air Force ONE.

    Grow up people.

    November 3, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. Marcia Schmit

    Ancient Texan– yes, there are still people who need help– you twit.– and are going to need a WHOLE lot more..I remember "good job, Brownie!" ...the repuglican's response to Katrina. Infrastructure a lot more complicated, and damaged .

    November 3, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  16. eveman

    4 year wasn't enough to correct the mess of forma republican president, therefore forward to obama/biden

    November 3, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  17. TNPatriot

    "Rick McDaniel –
    The labor unions in NYC, are NOT allowing non-union workers, from other states, to come in and help restore the utility service to the people.
    CNN is NOT reporting that FACT! Ask them WHY!"
    Rick, they are not reporting it because it turned out to be a LIE by ONE utility worker who wanted to go home. The Governors, the utility companies and the unions have all denied that it happened. Strangely, out of the hundreds of non union utility workers who are THERE, only ONE guy got this message when he was in VIRGINIA, on his way to New Jersey.
    Facts are a terrible problem for the anti-union, anti-middle class republicans who want to revert America to the 19th century.

    November 3, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  18. Neutral Observer

    I remember when Katrina hit and things got bad in New Orleans. Lots of the same stuff now happening in Sandy hurricane. Funny, media doesn't seem to be consistant with who they blame/celebrate in their coverage.

    November 3, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  19. it must be said

    As devastating Hurricane Sandy has been to the the USA, absolutely NOTHING surpasses Hurricane OBAMA for the level of destruction caused over the last 4 years.

    November 3, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  20. Thomas

    Great Photo !
    My hats off to all those that work together when its so needed.

    November 3, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  21. jvan

    i salut you mr president......& we're moving forward with you sir

    November 3, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. alpha kappa

    mmhhhh posts here are from the same people who said that government should stay out of the way.mmmhhh im jus sayin

    November 3, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. Aramis

    To Ancient ( out of this world)Texan
    What you are not getting has nothing to do with the President !! It is just that Texans do not have it all together!! Look at
    Bush – goes to war based on WMD that didn't exist. I and thinking America could have told him so. Most of the world could and have told him so, but no – he is a patsy of the religious right who have no qualms lying their way into war.
    All the while " halleluja praise the Lord."
    What a bunch!!

    November 3, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  24. Mike in Texas

    What's your point Ancient Texan? I am sure you think if Romney was President everyone would have power back on already and the everything would be rebuilt. Just admit you hate the President.

    People, I just want to let you know that not everyone in Texas is a bigot like Ancient Texan. Thank you and God Bless America!!

    November 3, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  25. bcrunner

    Hey Boomer!! Maybe you missed the memo. FEMA had already moved assets into position ahead of the storm!!

    November 3, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
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