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First Things First: Obama Off to Campaign Events

6:20 PM, Oct 28, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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President Obama is on board Air Force One on his way to Orlando, Florida for campaign events. "[Obama] is bound for Orlando to squeeze in some campaigning before Sandy really bears down," according to the pool report.

Tomorrow, the president is scheduled to hold campaign events in Florida, and then travel to Ohio. As of now, he's scheduled to return to Washington tomorrow night.

Earlier today, Obama visited the Washington headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, prior to the East Coast being hit by hurricane Sandy, which will likely happen starting tonight and well into tomorrow night.

"While at FEMA the President participated in a briefing with federal partners including FEMA regional directors," a White House official told the pool reporter. In the briefing the President was joined by FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, FEMA Deputy Administrator Richard Serino, Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco, Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security Richard Reed. Other members of the FEMA leadership team were also part of the briefing. National Hurricane Center Director Rick Knabb joined by video conference."

Obama also had a conference call with governors and mayors whose constituents will be affected by the storm. 

And then Obama left town, sure to be out of the storm's path, and on his way to campaign events.

UPDATE: The White House press secretary announces these scheduling changes:

"Tomorrow, the President will return to the White House following his event in Orlando, FL, to monitor Hurricane Sandy, which is currently forecast to make landfall along the Eastern seaboard later tomorrow. The event in Youngstown, OH, will move forward with President Clinton and include Vice President Biden.

"The President continues to be regularly updated on the storm. Today, he participated in an operations briefing at the National Response Coordination Center at FEMA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. During the briefing, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate updated the President on ongoing deployments of teams and resources by federal partners to support state and local responders in potentially affected areas. The President also received an update on the storm from National Hurricane Director Rick Knabb, and later spoke directly with Governors and Mayors from potentially impacted states to ensure there were no unmet needs. The President continues to receive regular updates on the storm, and continues to direct his team to make sure all available resources are brought to bear to support state and local partners."

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