WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama is further cutting back on his campaigning because of Hurricane Sandy, on Monday heading back to the White House after an event with former President Bill Clinton in Orlando, Fl. to deal with the storm. Obama and Clinton were supposed to stump in three battlegrounds on Monday: Florida, Virginia and Ohio. The northern Virginia event is scrubbed and Vice President Joe Biden will appear with Clinton in Youngstown, Ohio.
Statement by the Press Secretary on Additional Changes to the President's Travel on Monday
Tomorrow, the President will return to the White House following his event in Orlando, FL, to monitor Hurricane Sandy, which is currently forecast to make landfall along the Eastern seaboard later tomorrow. The event in Youngstown, OH, will move forward with President Clinton and include Vice President Biden.
The President continues to be regularly updated on the storm. Today, he participated in an operations briefing at the National Response Coordination Center at FEMA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. During the briefing, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate updated the President on ongoing deployments of teams and resources by federal partners to support state and local responders in potentially affected areas. The President also received an update on the storm from National Hurricane Director Rick Knabb, and later spoke directly with Governors and Mayors from potentially impacted states to ensure there were no unmet needs. The President continues to receive regular updates on the storm, and continues to direct his team to make sure all available resources are brought to bear to support state and local partners.