POTUS to view Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts
November 15th, 2012
08:02 AM ET

POTUS to view Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts

President Obama returns to New York Thursday to view clean-up operations weeks after Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the area.

President's schedule:

10:20AM THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews/South Lawn/ Open Press

10:35AM THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews/ Out-of-Town Travel Pool Coverage

11:30AM THE PRESIDENT arrives New York City/ JohnF.KennedyInternationalAirport/ Open Press

12:15PM THE PRESIDENT views storm damage, talks with citizens who are recovering from the storm and thanks first responders who put their lives at risk to protect their communities/ Out-of-Town Travel Pool Coverage

2:55PM THE PRESIDENT departs New York City/ JohnF.KennedyInternationalAirport/ Open Press

3:50PM THE PRESIDENT arrives Joint Base Andrews/ Out-of-Town Travel Pool Coverage

4:05PM THE PRESIDENT arrives the White House/ South Lawn/ Open Press

4:35PM THE PRESIDENT hosts cast and crew members of the film Lincoln for a screening at the White House/ Closed Press

Topics: Daily Schedule

soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. Kool-Aid Police

    "We're going to cut through the red tape." – Tell that to the people still without power and food.

    November 15, 2012 at 8:31 am |
    • Cynthia L.

      BEFORE HURRICANE SANDY HIT, Mayor Bloomberg told Obama that they were prepared for the storm and no thanks to FEMA's help. He was in denial that a storm would actually be that devastating, wouldn't you say?? Now the glaring deficit of their lack of preparation and scope of infastructure vulnerability is in full view. A model lesson for the nation. Now is time to face the what ifs and not run away from them.
      As far as those that are hurting right now – I'm so sorry for your loses – my prayers and collected goods are headed your way.

      November 15, 2012 at 10:37 am |
      • John

        nice post...

        November 15, 2012 at 11:29 am |
      • pappy

        blow it out your buzo, oblunder and bloomey couldnt handle thier behinds with both hands, quit making excuses for these rats

        November 15, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
      • jean2009

        It looks like redneck pappy has been running his still again. don't let your white hood and sheet catch on fire.

        November 15, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
      • pappy

        Troll, i already told ya doll, sweet talk dont work for me, can ya wrench on harely, if ya can post a picture of the scooter, then maybe we can work something out,, you have to pay your own way though, use your bammy money

        November 15, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
      • Caramon

        BEFORE HURRICANE SANDY HIT, Mayor Bloomberg told Obama that they were prepared for the storm and no thanks to FEMA's help. He was in denial that a storm would actually be that devastating, wouldn't you say.

        This story sounds a little familiar. Local government lack of preparations and FEMA prevented a better response from the federal government. Isn't that what happened in New Orleans when it was Bush's fault?

        November 15, 2012 at 11:04 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        Mayor Bloomberg had a week to prepare for the hurricane. FEMAs help was offered before it hit. FEMA does not just take over as much as you all love to think it does. It works in tandem with state and local governments when invited to do so. And, even still, after it arrives, doesn't control what is supposed to be the jobs done by the states and cities own agencies which should be out in front but does help organize efforts. I don't hear the mayor of New York, the governor of New York or the governor of New Jersey complaining about FEMA right now. That electricity is still not on in some places, is the burden of New York City power companies serving the areas affected because they own the equipment. They are hampered by many factors including their own inabilities to work together where different services over-lap. The state contracts with other power companies in other areas for support.
        Staten Island for one, is a tad below sea-level and part of that island became overcome by 14 ft of surging ocean. 2,800 people and businesses remain without power. They are still flooded in some areas making the situation pretty tough in those areas especially. Salt water is about the worst thing that can happen to an electrical system. That and fallen trees. FEMA is working to get people without housing into shelters or other living arrangements along with city efforts. That, and helping them with the paperwork to re-build with government assistance and no, it will not pay 100% of that bill. The key for everyone to learn is HAVE A BACKUP PLAN. Natural disasters happen. The thing that is staggering – alot of people don't have flood insurance there. Why the heck not??
        Having been through a catagory one hurricane myself, I saw first hand how much damage can be done and how long it can take to get services back afterwards. Although, where I was staying at the time did not have the high-density population like New York, when you have damaged power-poles either down or tipping dangerously, dangling lines and fallen trees everywhere hampering travel on just about every street it is humbling. The business I was working for had spotty services on and off for weeks as the city attempted to turn power on in the different neighborhoods. That in itself is creepy. Residents and businesses were warned that using the telephone during a power-surge could lead to harm and cautioned against plugging in our computers until things were more stable. Life does not get back to normal for some time. All the things you are used to having and are cavalier about gets rubbed in your face. Like your local grocery not having refrigeration or NOT have the local grocery because it got destroyed. It's a real eye-opener.
        If anything, you all should be asking why electric lines aren't buried and why generators aren't required equipment for gas stations in your own town and cities. Complain about stuff before stuff goes wrong and see that it gets changed.

        November 16, 2012 at 4:54 am |
    • DTONCR

      My heart goes out to the many families that are devastated by Hurricane Sandy. However, when I tried to warn people I knew on the East coast about the Hurricane, coming from a family affected by Hurricane Katrina and, recently, Hurricane Issac, people laughed it off. I, personally, know what it feels like to have no power, but you all must understand, THERE IS NO INFRASTRUCTURE!!!!! SO, STOP BLAMING IT ALL ON THE POWER COMPANIES!!!!! It's not like the terrain is the best to get around and build new poles for the cables. Then, you have to make sure the houses you're connecting the electricity to is safe, so it won't start a FIRE!!! Be grateful for your life! Be grateful that the government is doing this much, because if it wasn't for the lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina, which we are still feeling the effects from, then you would not have gotten the response you have now! You have no idea the physical and mental stress people went through. I'm sorry, but what the East coast is dealing with is only a fraction of what we went through for Katrina. Stop complaining and come together as a community! That's how you survive. Maybe now, people will stop calling the victims of Katrina, refugees, and thefts. If you had to take care of your family, now, would you do the same?

      November 15, 2012 at 11:04 am |
  2. acdcguy

    That's very nice of him to go "view" the damage, sure that will make all them residents feel much better...........

    November 15, 2012 at 8:35 am |
    • Frank

      what do you want him to do? get a tractor and pick up the stuff? The President is not supposed to do that, he is supposed to lead. If he went there and saw something wrong happening, he would be the one getting everything fixed... It's amazing that even in this article people try to criticize Obama.. If you hate the guy thats your personal problem, but what he did there was something all Presidents do.

      November 15, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
      • pappy

        What he did was a photo op, he is nothing but a pair of empty shoes, you aint that ignorant you cant see this???

        November 16, 2012 at 9:04 am |
      • pappy

        The embarassment is you frank, your spineless, your a follower, dont have any original thoughts??? your whats happened to this country, everyone young un today is raised by the tv, i pray you dont breed we dont need more losers clogging up the planet

        November 16, 2012 at 9:54 am |
  3. jean2009

    Maybe the President can get LIPA to move faster to restore power, but whenever you have one of these weather events you need to heed the warnings given before the storm (providing you have a warning). These people had a week of warnings, and were told to evacuate. People who are told to evacuate should learn it is wise to take that advice and evacuate, and they should also have a ready cache of emergency supplies on hand.

    We can wish the people affected the best...and the president the ability to bring comfort and needed help.

    November 15, 2012 at 9:47 am |
    • pappy

      comfort??? listen dame, go comfort the unemp in ohio penn, it just went up, oh by the way all over its over 8% again, i dont know what you dolls see in this jerk of a pres, should of never been allowed to smoke

      November 15, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
      • Frank

        You are immature and without knowledge and class. An embarrassment for us Americans. I hope others do not rate your low life character as how all Americans are.

        November 15, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
      • pappy

        OOOOOh frank geeeeze that really hurts, you gettin obammy money arent ya?? this old cracker can smell it, no wonder your a suck UP. i bet you got thru life being one of those brown nose boys??? a real yessir man aint ya???
        cant do nothing on your own

        November 16, 2012 at 9:07 am |
    • Lizzie

      LIPA is a GOVERNMENT OWNED AND RUN COMPANY, see how great it works when the government owns it.

      November 15, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        You do know that Staten Island had a record 14 feet of flooding and there is still lots and lots of deep standing water? Three hundred homes in just that area are no more. Some just barely standing. A hospital's main power center in the basement of the building flooded and ruined. Hundreds of businesses in both New Jersey and in New York were damaged, subways flooded. Turn on the power without removing damaged wires and wiring they'd probably kill alot more people than the hurricane did when it hit. But, Lizzie, facts never were a strong point for you, they don't matter in your world. You're happy to add your meaness to the misery those folks in the affected areas are having to go through if it means you'll get your jabs in. You don't want to live a governed country but you'd have a heck-of-a-time finding a country, island, or whatever, that doesn't have some form of government. Guess you're out of luck. Maybe in your next life you'll be a fish.

        November 15, 2012 at 10:05 pm |
      • jean2009

        Actually LIPA is a public utility which is owned by the United Kingdom based National Grid, it is only managed by the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) for the day to day operations though a contract....The big problem is the United Kingdom based company doesn't shell out enough money to maintain and keep the infrastructure up to date. This is another one of those things like the BP oil spill...British owned company cutting corners to make a bigger profit.

        November 16, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
  4. scott

    Someone needs to tell him the campaign is over, he does not have to go their for a photo op. Which is the only reason he is their not because he cares.

    November 15, 2012 at 10:44 am |
  5. Judy

    the government and fema are doing a good job. the local utilities are not. Repos would like to blame this on the president but they can't . Remember Katrina ???? It would have been a lot better if people had heeded the warnings as jean said. Look guys you lost the election get over it . Does every artical about the president have to be a chance to degrade the man. ? More than half the country voted for him because we think he is doing a good job and cares about the population. So why don't you try and work with us to make things better for everyone. What do you accomplish by being negitive and nasty??? He is the president for four more years. .

    November 15, 2012 at 10:51 am |
    • rory

      Whats really hard to believe is that over half of America is that stupid to vote for him. P.S. he is the nastiest of them all look what lies he spewed and is still spewing. you really need to pull your head out!!!

      November 15, 2012 at 11:04 am |
      • Cynthia L.

        Rory unraveled, maybe?

        November 16, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
    • John

      You may not think so now, but we all lost the election. The most recent report of unemployment is well over 430,000 with manufacturing way, way down. Both parties are the problem and they are both in tact (Pelosi, Boener, Obama, Reid).
      Other than the fact that Obama thinks he was elected to raise all of our taxes by 1.6 trillion, nothing has changed.
      And, BTW, reports are mixed on FEMA and how they are doing. Obama says they are doing great, but the people in the middle of the mess are saying something totally different.
      It is not a good thing that Obama has so many blind followers, especially the people gushing over him from the so called press. When the press can't ask a simple follow up question like "who actually gave Susan Rice the bad information" we are all in trouble. We can all respect the office of the president, but we do not have to bow down and follow blindly. Obama works for us, or at least he is supposed to be working for all of us.

      November 15, 2012 at 11:43 am |
      • jean2009

        Actually we all won. Just think how lucky we are we didn't get a president owned by a mob boss and robber barons.

        New York City would have done a lot better had Bloomberg not started by refusing FEMA help.

        November 15, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
      • pappy

        The only one who won was jean, more welfare money from my hard earned dollars, bet shes got a liter at home all being paid for by the bammy man.

        November 15, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
      • jean2009

        jean is 77, a great-grandmother...so no one lives at my house, but me, and FYI...I have no desire for a man...and if I did it wouldn't be a redneck idiot.

        November 15, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
    • Steveo

      Not so sure about FEMA doing a good job. New Yorkers (especialy the Staten Islanders) have been complainig about FEMA (who once shut down for bad weather), the Red Cross, and LIPA. The question of who is actually doing a good job is largely based on perspective. The perspectives that really count right now? These who are hurting!

      November 15, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • pappy

      Listen up skirt, you should be out learning to dance and courtsey so maybe you could land a man, let the men handle the business, go home and read your good wifes guide, Doll

      November 15, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
      • jean2009

        Well Geezer I doubt if you would count as a man.

        November 15, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
    • pappy

      It only proves half the country is truly stupid, kinda like you

      November 15, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
      • Cynthia L.


        November 15, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
    • Lizzie

      Love it, there was NOT A SINGLE vote cast in Pennsylvania for Romney, wonder how that happened, or in Florida where there are 178000 registered voters in a district, yet 270000 votes where cast, or a small town in Maine that had black voters but no one knows where they came from, and that's not all of them, even Ohio had problems but where quickly swept under the rug.

      November 15, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        Did you just wake up from your coma? Maine Republican Chairman CHARLIE WEBSTER APOLOGIZED for comments he made to a TV reporter about voter fraud because "dozens of black people" unfamiliar to local election officials showed up in a rural county to vote. Oops,.....he was a little off base with that one.

        November 15, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
  6. Reggie19

    Why is CNN not reporting the high first time unemployment from, last week.> It was 439,000 which should be shocking to the American people but as usual CNN will not report it because it is something negative against Obama.

    November 15, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
    • jean2009

      It means you missed the story, and CNN doesn't necessarily comment on every jobs report each and everyday. I expect the jobs numbers to even go up because when people lose homes and power they also lose their source of income...their transportation, and lack power doesn't only happen to homes it also affects businesses.

      Do you realize how many weather related and fire related events we have had nationally this year?
      As of the first of August, the nation was on record to have the most forest fires recorded in 50 years. the destruction of over 7 million acres...and the loss of many homes. The number of tornadoes so far this year in the U.S. 1039, a derecho that slammed across a 700 mile wide swath of the Midwest in late June leaving people with trees through homes, shingles gone, and citizens without power in many places for a couple of weeks, Hurricane Isaac hit the gulf coast in August, Sandy the east coast in October. all of which will affect the employment figures.

      November 15, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
      • pappy

        Well Doll, i bet your one of those women libers (fibers), all talk no action, my favorite with your kind is the bill comes and you say your old fashioned and the man should pay !!!! good luck finding a man

        November 15, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
      • pappy

        Count as a man???, no matter how much ya sweet talk i aint buying your dinner, but good try, skirt!!!!

        November 15, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
    • Lizzie

      But is not the stock market going through the roof, because everyone is buying?????? So much confidence from the RICH people who buy and sell stocks.

      November 15, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
  7. pappy

    Face it dames, the world would be better if ya all did what you should, remember you are nothing but adams rib !!!!!!

    November 15, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      McCain! You missed the briefing conducted by the top diplomatic, military and counter-terrorism officials 2 hour meeting today on Benghazi ! I'm pretty certain you just blew yourself and your little drama skit up all by yourself. So predictible. Pants on fire along with your....uh,...breath.

      November 15, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  8. MAMMY

    To pappy. Lost your teeth again, cranky-pants? My pappy said you were a loser. a boozer and you cheat at checkers. I should have listened.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
    • pappy

      I dont cheat at nothing doll, and me teeth are shinny, i gots daddys falseones after he passed, and i guess im a loser however im a rich one me and my siblin won 1.2 mil take home in the lotto, however if you decide to come a courting, i want yas to no up front i aint easy !!!!!!! can ya turn a wrench doll??? i like em that no them hareleys ?????

      November 16, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  9. JS

    Jean, do you think the 430,000 who just filed first unemployment claim feel like they won? How about the families of the people who were killed in the 9-11 terror attacks that Obama's administration is still trying to cover up?
    Some Americans did win – union leaders, the 30% of Americans who prefer to not work, the people who can't pay for their own birth control, people who are in this country illegally.
    Jean, what is better under Obama? Blind followers like you are bad for America. Did you see the press in the news conference gushing over Obama? Do you think not holding anyone responsible for anything bad that happens related to the current administration is good for America?
    I know libs do not understand this but, I see Obama and his policies as something trying to reach deeper and deeper into my pockets that will hurt me and others I support in the long run.
    Jean, tell us all why any working American struggling to make ends meet won when Obama was reelected?

    November 15, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
    • jean2009

      And thankfully we won't have a president in January who was paid for and bought by a mob boss, and robber barons,

      November 15, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
      • Lizzie

        Only a President who is beholden to Trumka and Soros.

        November 15, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
  10. Frank Marshall Davis

    As Rahm once declared, "Never let a good crisis go to waste".

    November 15, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  11. Dan B

    Jean, who are you talking about? Like I seriously have no idea. The only crazy people in Washington are from your party, like Lizzie Warren and Jesse Jackson and the Kennedys.

    November 15, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
    • Kool-Aid Police

      And they're revered as gods too even though Ted Kennedy got away with murder (literally).

      November 16, 2012 at 8:34 am |
      • Dan B

        Oh believe me Kool Aid, I know the Kennedys. They practically used to run my state (MA).

        November 16, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
    • jean2009

      Elizabeth Warren-Julian Castro 2016!

      November 16, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
      • Dan B

        Go Lizzie. I hope she wins the Dem nomination because there is no way she would ever become president.

        November 16, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
  12. Dan B

    Jean, I want that too, because Lizzie is a loon. I call her Chief Liza-lot.

    November 16, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
    • jean2009

      Dan...Looks like your guys from Mass...didn't win...HELLO! Look at who did!

      November 18, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
      • jerry

        yes look at the mess Mass has for politicians....it is laughable....but then what would one expect from a state who kept old ted kennedy in for decades...now he was a real class act, couldn't tie his own shoes and yet they voted for him...sick sick sick.

        November 25, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
  13. Dan B

    I know. I am reminded everyday. You know what. Congratulations to your candidate and good race.

    November 18, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      Dan, it was nice of you to say that.

      November 19, 2012 at 4:48 am |
  14. Alex

    hey guys the American Red cross has been involved in helping with hurricane katrina. I'm doing a survey over it to see what everyone thinks about their progress. It takes 2 mins max and would help me out so much! Thanks! http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CZZSJTJ

    November 21, 2012 at 2:25 am |
    • Alex

      hurricane sandy*** whoops

      November 21, 2012 at 2:26 am |
  15. jerry

    sure would like to see the press report the real mess in NY...after all they sure did when bush was in....

    November 25, 2012 at 9:31 pm |