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Speaking at the Red Cross headquarters in Washington today, Obama said his thoughts and prayers were with those who lost loved ones in the devastating hurricane, which has claimed at least ten lives in New York City alone.
"Obviously this is something that is heartbreaking for the entire nation," he said, "And we certainly feel profoundly for all of the families whose lives have been upended, and are going to be going through some very tough times over the next several days, perhaps the next several weeks and months. The most important message that I have for them is that America is with you. We are standing behind you and we are going to do everything we can to help you get back on your feet."
Before visiting the Red Cross today the president held a conference call with Atlantic governors imploring them to let his administration know of any unmet needs. According to a written statement, a number of governors offered their assistance to states who had taken more severe damage from the hurricane - in addition to federal relief.
Obama said the coordination between state, local, and federal agencies has been "outstanding."
As the nation tries to piece together what drove the largest mass shooting in U.S. history, President Barack Obama traveled to the town of Aurora, Colo., today to console the wounded and the loved ones of those lost in Friday's movie theater tragedy.
After more than two and a half hours of private meetings with the distraught victims he emerged, red-eyed, to quote scripture.
"He will wipe away every tear from their eyes," the president said in a hallway of University of Colorado Hospital, quoting from Revelation 21:4. "Neither shall there be morning, nor crying, nor pain any more. For the former things have passed away."
Obama told assembled press of his mindset when he approaches families who have lost their own.
"I come to them not so much as a president, but as a father and husband," he said. "And I think that the reason these stories have such an impact on us is because we can all understand what it would be to have somebody we love taken from us. What it would be like."
CHICAGO - President Barack Obama's love of golf hit a milestone today as he marked his 100th time on the links. His Father's Day achievement was reached at the Beverly Country Club in his hometown, the windy city.
Mark Knoller, CBS radio correspondent and chronicler of all things presidential, pointed out the quiet occasion to the traveling press.
Like 15 of the 18 presidents since Theodore Roosevelt, Obama has used golf as a way to unwind outdoors, but away from the prying eyes of press and onlookers. And despite the fact that he had never golfed before taking office, his love of the game is well known.
On warm-weather weekends he frequently visits two courses in the Washington area, Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland and Fort Belvoir in Virginia. Typically close friends or junior aides join him as partners, as was the case today when he brought Marty Nesbitt, a chum and neighbor from this city.
Matching predecessors, he is also known to bring business to the green on occasion. Among others, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former President Bill Clinton, and House Speaker John Boehner have all teed off with Obama at some point.