President Obama Coming to New York to See Hurricane Damage

By Julie Shapiro on November 9, 2012 3:57pm 

 President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the 20th anniversary of the Rev. Al Sharpton's organization National Action Network on April 6, 2011 in Harlem. Obama will tour Hurricane Sandy damage in New York City Nov. 15, 2012.
President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the 20th anniversary of the Rev. Al Sharpton's organization National Action Network on April 6, 2011 in Harlem. Obama will tour Hurricane Sandy damage in New York City Nov. 15, 2012.
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NEW YORK — President Barack Obama is coming to New York next week to see the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy.

The visit comes just days after Mayor Michael Bloomberg put the kibosh on a visit from the commander in chief.

Fresh off his reelection victory, the president will travel to the storm-struck parts of the city Nov. 15 to meet with residents, officials and first responders, the Associated Press reported.

Obama previously toured the devastated New Jersey coastline but has not seen the destruction in New York. The storm killed 41 people in the city.

In the days after the storm, Obama said that he wanted to visit the city, but Bloomberg said "we‘ve got lots of things to do," according to Politico.

"And I'm not trying to diss him, but I know he had planned a trip to New Jersey, and I said, 'That's fine. It represents the whole region; people understand the storm,'" Bloomberg reportedly said.

On Friday Bloomberg denied saying he didn't want Obama to visit. "We're happy to have him," Bloomberg said at a press conference.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed Obama for reelection shortly after the hurricane, citing the president's commitment to combatting climate change.

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