By Jueseppi B.
Rebuilding New York City
Yesterday, President Obama traveled to Staten Island to promise residents his support as they begin the long process of rebuilding their devastated community just two weeks after Hurricane Sandy tore its path of destruction through the New York City borough.
Speaking to local residents, first responders, and elected officials, the President promised that he would return to the region again and again, until the rebuilding is complete.
West Wing Week: 11/16/12 or “That’s Who We Are”
This week, the President invited fourteen middle-class Americans to stand with him as he spoke on next steps for our continued economic recovery, marked Veteran’s Day with service members, veterans, and their families at Arlington National Cemetery, held a news conference in the East Room, and traveled to New York to continue to work on recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy.
West Wing Week: 11/16/12 or “That’s Who We Are”
Friday, November 9th:
- The President spoke to reporters in the East Room, flanked by middle-class Americans and urged House republicans to support a Senate passed bill that would prevent tax increases on middle-class families, and 97% of small businesses from taking effect at the end of the year.
Sunday, November 11th:
- The President and First Lady were joined by the Vice President and Dr. Biden to honor Veteran’s Day at Arlington National Cemetery, where the President laid a wreath, addressed the gathering at the Memorial Amphitheater, and traveled to section 60, to visit with families of service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Wednesday, November 14th:
- The President convened an East Room news conference where he pledged to work with Democrats and Republicans to find a balanced deficit reduction plan. He also repeated his view that the plan should strengthen the middle class, help create good private sector jobs and ask those who at the top of the income scale to do their fair share to deal with our fiscal challenges.
Thursday, November 15th:
- The President traveled to Staten Island, New York, to meet with state and local officials about the ongoing response and recovery efforts to Hurricane Sandy. He met with victims still struggling with the effects of the Super Storm that ravaged the region.
- Back at the White House, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes gave us a preview of the President’s upcoming trip overseas.
From Ms. Colleen Curtis The White House Blog November 15, 2012 06:26 PM EST
President Obama today promised residents of Staten Island his support as they begin the long process of rebuilding their devastated community just two weeks after Hurricane Sandy tore its path of destruction through the New York City borough.
Speaking to local residents, first responders and elected officials, the President promised that he would return to the region again and again, until the rebuilding is complete. He also said that he had asked Shaun Donovan, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, to continue to work closely with governors, mayors and local officials of New Jersey and New York in identifying redevelopment plans for affected communities. Secretary Donovan is a former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing.
The President began his visit with a helicopter tour over some of the areas that were hardest hit by the wrath of the storm, including Breezy Point, a Queens neighborhood where more than 100 houses burned to the ground. As he addressed the crowd gathered in a disaster recovery center, President Obama praised the first responders, volunteers and sanitation workers who are working tirelessly to help residents get back on their feet, saying they exemplify what America is all about:
During difficult times like this, we’re reminded that we’re bound together and we have to look out for each other. And a lot of the things that seem important, the petty differences melt away, and we focus on what binds us together and that we as Americans are going to stand with each other in their hour of need.
Today was President Obama’s second trip to the devastated region since Hurricane Sandy made landfall. At the President’s direction, the Administration has continued to bring all available resources to bear to support our state and local partners as they continue to respond and recover from the storm. Prior to the storm making landfall, the President provided Emergency Declarations for states up and down the East Coast, and FEMA pre-deployed teams to support Governors in potentially impacted areas.
Working with the Department of Defense (DOD), FEMA also established staging locations for water, meals, generators, medical supplies and other important resources, so that they could be quickly deployed to impacted areas once the storm had passed.
Since that time, following expedited Major Disaster Declarations for New Jersey and New York provided by the President, FEMA has deployed over 7,000 personnel to the impacted area, established 65 Disaster Recovery Centers to support affected communities, provided millions of bottles of water, hundreds of thousands of meals, and hundreds of generators to affected states, and approved over $600 million in direct assistance to hundreds of thousands of individuals impacted by the storm.
“America has never been about what can be done for us. It’s about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but necessary work of self-government. That’s the principle we were founded on.”
~ President Barack Obama, November 7, 2012~
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