• Obama Tours N.Y.C. Sandy Recovery

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    NEW YORK — President Barack Obama (pictured center, in hug) vowed Thursday to stick with New Yorkers still struggling 17 days after Superstorm Sandy “until the rebuilding is complete” after getting an up-close look at devastated neighborhoods rendered unlivable.

    Obama brought the spotlight to people still living without heat or electricity and hugged many of those trying to rebuild their lives. He also delivered a post-election message of unity, nine days after a closely divided America gave him a second term.

    “We’re reminded that we are bound together and we have to look out for each other,” Obama said from a block in Staten Island that was demolished by the storm. “The petty differences melt away.”

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    Obama announced that Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, former chief of New York’s Housing Authority, will be his point person to oversee long-term rebuilding in the region.

    The president encountered many still suffering in Sandy’s aftermath, waiting in lines for food, supplies, and other help.

    He also met privately with parents who experienced the most unthinkable tragedy – the loss of their young boys, Brandon and Connor Moore, who were swept away in the storm. Damien and Glenda Moore’s sons were among more than 100 people who lost their lives because of the powerful storm.

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