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October 29, 2012

President Obama on Sandy: The election can wait

President Obama took the helm at the White House today, pledging an efficient government response to Hurricane Sandy -- and warning those in its path to heed the caution of emergency management officials.

"Please listen to what your state and local officials are saying," Obama said. "When they tell you to evacuate, you need to evacuate. Do not delay. Don't pause; don't question the instructions that are being given, because this is a serious storm and it could potentially have fatal consequence if people haven't acted quickly."

He spoke after a briefing with the government's emergency response teams, including FEMA, and warned that "everybody is aware at this point that this is going to be a big and powerful storm."

Asked about potential effect on the election, Obama demurred: "I am not worried at this point about the impact on the election. I'm worried about the impact on families, and I'm worried about the impact on our first responders. I'm worried about the impact on our economy and on transportation. 

"The election will take care of itself next week," he said.


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Thomas Nass

Good call, Mr. O.

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