October 30th, 2012
03:39 PM ET
10 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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  1. Malory Archer

    Now, now Gurgyl, you really can't blame weed for truthy's childish rants. I know plenty of people who use and they're all decent people. Some are even nicer when they're half baked. Maybe if truthy partook in Mother Nature's gift on occasion he wouldn't be such a jerk.

    October 30, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  2. Haters!!

    Critical Thinking get a life!! Get off the computer and go put your white hood on. My prayers go out to all the people in the east coast. May God Bless America.

    October 30, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. slyyone

    Have any republicans on here elaborated what Mitch o conell said when the POTUS was inaugurated ? what's was it? oh and I quote" my main job is to make this president a one term president" not jobs.... middle class relief... not deficit reduction .... please talk about that repukes!

    October 30, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  4. FactCheck

    BP oil spill???? Total Obama incompetence.

    Did you hit your head against the back of your trailer park? The GOP explicitly told the President NOT to get involved as BP was a private company and they had everything under control. I'm guessing you knew that but couldn't resist earning your nickel for trolling this site.

    October 30, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  5. kayla

    i prefer to stay with president obama than the morman looney tune

    October 30, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
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