President Obama thanked volunteer relief
workers "for their outstanding work" at a Red Cross office Tuesday in
Washington, while cautioning that risks remained from flooding,
snowfall and downed power lines.
"This storm is not yet over," he cautioned.
He praised governors Chris Christie of New Jersey and Andrew Cuomo of New York state, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, for making necessary arrangements ahead of the storm to prevent more deaths and reduced property damage: "The preparation shows."
Ahead of the November 6 elections, with his campaign interrupted by disaster response, Obama touted that 1,000 people from the Federal Emergency Management Agency had been pre-positioned in affected states and were already delivering water and other emergency supplies. "My message to the federal government: no bureaucracy, no red tape," he said.
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