President Obama Delivers Emergency Hugs to Staten Island


"People still need emergency help," President Obama declared today on Cedar Grove Avenue in Staten Island, where he surveyed storm damage along with a posse of New York elected officials including Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Cuomo, and Senators Schumer and Gillibrand. "They still need heat. They still need power. They still need food. They still need shelter." Obama's visit did not provide nor guarantee any of those things. But what Obama did bring was hugs. Lots and lots of hugs.

He hugged people in a food distribution tent:

US President Barack Obama hugs a woman inside the distribution tent as he tours a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in the aftermath of Storm Sandy on Staten Island in New York on November 15, 2012.
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He hugged people on the street:

US President Barack Obama speaks to residents in Staten Island, New York, as he reviewed areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy on November 15, 2012. He was accompanied by Senator Chuck Schumer, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano (2nd R).
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He hugged a FEMA Corp member:

He hugged Andrew Cuomo:

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Also, while we don't have a photo for you, the Times reports that when Obama met Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, "they exchanged handshakes and bear hugs."