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WASHINGTON Nov 3 President Barack Obama told
emergency response officials on Saturday to cut through
government "red tape" and work without delay to assist areas
ravaged by monster storm Sandy to return to normal.
"There's nothing more important than getting this right,"
the president said at the beginning of a briefing with officials
from the Federal Emergency Management Administration, the
Department of Homeland Security, and state and local
The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut were
among elected officials participating in the video briefing on
efforts to help the East Coast states reeling from Monday's
storm that left 102 dead, millions without power, and whole
neighborhoods destroyed by flooding.
Obama said people working on rescue and relief efforts are
making a "120 percent" effort, but urged those providing
disaster relief to work without delay.
"We don't have patience for bureaucracy. We don't have
patience for red tape," the president said in remarks three days
ahead of his election showdown with Republican challenger Mitt
Relief efforts are focusing on restoring power and pumping
water out of flooded areas, Obama said. Efforts are also
concentrated on meeting the needs of people affected by the
storm, removing debris, and positioning National Guard in areas
where they can be helpful, he added.
(Reporting by Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Jackie Frank)