Mr. Obama spent a little more than an hour Saturday morning in the briefing, which included video conferences with the governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, and several mayors. He said “we’re starting to shift” people from shelters in the affected areas to temporary housing.
The president said helping people recover from the storm is his “number one priority.” Reporters asked about the frustration of residents in places such as Staten Island, but Mr. Obama did not respond to their questions.
The president also campaigned Saturday in Milwaukee, Wis., Dubuque, Iowa, and finally at a late-night rally in Bristow, Va., with former President Bill Clinton and musician Dave Matthews.
Mr. Clinton, speaking to the crowd of about 24,000 at the Jiffy Lube Live amphitheater, poked fun at Mr. Romney for avoiding taking stands on various issues.
He said Mr. Romney “has tied himself in so many knots … he could be hired as the chief contortionist for Cirque de Soleil.”
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Dave Boyer is a White House correspondent for The Washington Times. A native of Allentown, Pa., Boyer worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 2002 to 2011 and also has covered Congress for the Times. He is a graduate of Penn State University. Boyer can be reached at email@example.com.
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