Obama Visits Hurricane Sandy-Battered Staten Island [PHOTOS]

on November 15 2012 9:27 PM
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    New York Police Department officers accompanying U.S. President Barack Obama wait for the motorcade to drive past as he inspects areas damaged by the storm surge of Hurricane Sandy in the Staten Island borough region of New Dorp Beach in New York November 15, 2012. Reuters
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    U.S. President Barack Obama (C) shakes hands during a visit to a hurricane battered Staten Island neighborhood in New York November 15, 2012. Reuters
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    A woman walks in front of the Superstorm Sandy destroyed boardwalk at Beach 89th street in the Rockaways section of the Queens borough of New York November 15, 2012. Reuters
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    U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd L) greets residents during a visit to a hurricane battered Staten Island neighborhood in New York November 15, 2012. Reuters
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    U.S. President Barack Obama pauses to view a home completely demolished by flooding from Hurricane Sandy on Cedar Grove Avenue in New Dorp Beach on Staten Island in New York City, November 15, 2012. Reuters
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    U.S. President Barack Obama exits a vehicle as he stops to view homes demolished by flooding from Hurricane Sandy on Cedar Grove Avenue in New Dorp Beach on Staten Island in New York City, November 15, 2012. President Obama made his second trip to the Northeast Thursday to survey damage and recovery efforts and meet with relief workers since one of the most destructive natural disasters to hit the U.S. Northeast. Reuters
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President Barack Obama, alongside Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, spent Thursday surveying areas of New York City that remain in ruins more than two weeks after Hurricane Sandy struck the city. 

Reuters reports that Obama toured the borough of Staten Island, one of the hardest-hit areas. Twenty-two Staten Island residents died in the storm, including Connor and Brendan Moore, two young children washed away by the floodwaters.

Obama praised New York police Lt. Governor Kevin Gallager, who stayed with the Moores throughout the night to console them on the loss of their sons.

"That's not in the job description of Lt. Gallagher. He did that because that's what so many of our first responders do. They go above and beyond the call of duty to respond to people in need," the president said. 

"That spirit and sense of togetherness and looking out for one another is what is going to carry us through this tragedy. It's not going to be easy.”

The visit was Obama's first to New York City since the storm struck the Northeast, though he did  visit New Jersey storm victims right after the hurricane hit. Obama was then accompanied by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican and a previously outspoken critic.

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