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Obama tours New York storm damage, consoles victims

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) shakes hands during a visit to a hurricane battered Staten Island neighborhood in New York November 15, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) shakes hands during a visit to a hurricane battered Staten Island neighborhood in New York November 15, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) shakes hands during a visit to a hurricane battered Staten Island neighborhood in New York November 15, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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A woman walks in front of the Superstorm Sandy destroyed boardwalk at Beach 89th street in the Rockaways section of the Queens borough of New York November 15, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A woman walks in front of the Superstorm Sandy destroyed boardwalk at Beach 89th street in the Rockaways section of the Queens borough of New York November 15, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A woman walks in front of the Superstorm Sandy destroyed boardwalk at Beach 89th street in the Rockaways section of the Queens borough of New York November 15, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd L) greets residents during a visit to a hurricane battered Staten Island neighborhood in New York November 15, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd L) greets residents during a visit to a hurricane battered Staten Island neighborhood in New York November 15, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd L) greets residents during a visit to a hurricane battered Staten Island neighborhood in New York November 15, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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U.S. President Barack Obama pauses to view a home completely demolished by flooding from Hurricane Sandy on Cedar Grove Avenue in New Dorp Beach on Staten Island in New York City, November 15, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Segar

U.S. President Barack Obama pauses to view a home completely demolished by flooding from Hurricane Sandy on Cedar Grove Avenue in New Dorp Beach on Staten Island in New York City, November 15, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Segar

U.S. President Barack Obama pauses to view a home completely demolished by flooding from Hurricane Sandy on Cedar Grove Avenue in New Dorp Beach on Staten Island in New York City, November 15, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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U.S. President Barack Obama exits a vehicle as he stops to view homes demolished by flooding from Hurricane Sandy on Cedar Grove Avenue in New Dorp Beach on Staten Island in New York City, November 15, 2012. President Obama made his second trip to the Northeast Thursday to survey damage and recovery efforts and meet with relief workers since one of the most destructive natural disasters to hit the U.S. Northeast. REUTERS/Mike Segar

U.S. President Barack Obama exits a vehicle as he stops to view homes demolished by flooding from Hurricane Sandy on Cedar Grove Avenue in New Dorp Beach on Staten Island in New York City, November 15, 2012. President Obama made his second trip to...more

U.S. President Barack Obama exits a vehicle as he stops to view homes demolished by flooding from Hurricane Sandy on Cedar Grove Avenue in New Dorp Beach on Staten Island in New York City, November 15, 2012. President Obama made his second trip to the Northeast Thursday to survey damage and recovery efforts and meet with relief workers since one of the most destructive natural disasters to hit the U.S. Northeast. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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U.S. President Barack Obama (C) walks to Marine One upon his arrival in New York City to view recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy, November 15, 2012. From L-R: Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Senator Charles Schumer, Obama, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) walks to Marine One upon his arrival in New York City to view recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy, November 15, 2012. From L-R: Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand,...more

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) walks to Marine One upon his arrival in New York City to view recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy, November 15, 2012. From L-R: Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Senator Charles Schumer, Obama, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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U.S. President Barack Obama is seen through a building destroyed by the storm surge of Hurricane Sandy as he speaks to residents of the Staten Island borough region of New Dorp Beach in New York November 15, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

U.S. President Barack Obama is seen through a building destroyed by the storm surge of Hurricane Sandy as he speaks to residents of the Staten Island borough region of New Dorp Beach in New York November 15, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

U.S. President Barack Obama is seen through a building destroyed by the storm surge of Hurricane Sandy as he speaks to residents of the Staten Island borough region of New Dorp Beach in New York November 15, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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U.S. President Barack Obama looks out the window of his car as he is driven through areas damaged by the storm surge of Hurricane Sandy in the Staten Island borough region of New Dorp Beach in New York November 15, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

U.S. President Barack Obama looks out the window of his car as he is driven through areas damaged by the storm surge of Hurricane Sandy in the Staten Island borough region of New Dorp Beach in New York November 15, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

U.S. President Barack Obama looks out the window of his car as he is driven through areas damaged by the storm surge of Hurricane Sandy in the Staten Island borough region of New Dorp Beach in New York November 15, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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New York Police Department officers accompanying U.S. President Barack Obama wait for the motorcade to drive past as he inspects areas damaged by the storm surge of Hurricane Sandy in the Staten Island borough region of New Dorp Beach in New York November 15, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

New York Police Department officers accompanying U.S. President Barack Obama wait for the motorcade to drive past as he inspects areas damaged by the storm surge of Hurricane Sandy in the Staten Island borough region of New Dorp Beach in New York...more

New York Police Department officers accompanying U.S. President Barack Obama wait for the motorcade to drive past as he inspects areas damaged by the storm surge of Hurricane Sandy in the Staten Island borough region of New Dorp Beach in New York November 15, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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