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October 31, 2012

White House message of the day: We're on it

With the president poised to leave the White House at noon to tour storm-damaged areas of New Jersey, a White House official tells reporters the first-responder-in-chief continued overnight to get updates from his team on the recovery efforts.

The update included efforts by state and local officials and private utility companies to restore power, the official said. Obama will get another briefing this morning "on the impacts and the extensive federal support being provided to support state and local recovery efforts." Echoing the president's reelection slogan, "Forward," the official says Obama "continues to direct his team to lean forward aggressively."

The storm poses both risk and opportunity for Obama, who has suspended campaigning in the last week of his final campaign to focus on recovery effforts.

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