Obama to Storm Victims: America Is with You
Speaking at a small podium at the American Red Cross headquarters in Washington D. C., and offering no hint on when he might return to the campaign trail, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, “this storm is not yet over.”
Mr. Obama described the “extraordinary” hardship that many had endured over the last twenty-four hours on account of Superstorm Sandy.
“Obviously this is something that is heartbreaking for the entire nation,” he said.
Mr. Obama said that his most important message in the weeks of struggles ahead is, “America is with you.”
He said he had advised government officials to remove any bureaucracy and red tape and to do whatever it takes to get resources out as swiftly as possible.
Mr. Obama praised the Red Cross saying, the organization “knows what it’s doing” and urged those not suffering to show some “generosity” by providing donations to aid in their work.
Mr. Obama also praised the spirit and resilience of New York residents, particularly citing those at New York Hospital for “carrying fragile newborns to safety” and the firefighters bravely wading in water to save lives.
As Mr. Obama wrapped out, a reported shouted a question regarding his plans to return to the campaign trail, but the president had already walked away.