Obama tours New York storm damage, consoles victims
NEW YORK (REUTERS) - President Barack Obama consoled grieving victims of Superstorm Sandy on the ground and surveyed disaster zones from the air on Thursday, visiting parts of New York City still struggling to recover 17 days after the storm devastated the United States (US) Northeast.
Wearing a wind breaker and sturdy shoes, the president walked through destroyed sections of the borough of Staten Island, hugging and chatting with people whose lives were shattered when Sandy slammed ashore on Oct 29, bringing a record storm surge and killing more than 120 people.
Among those he consoled were Glenda and Damien Moore, the Staten Island parents of 4-year-old Connor and 2-year-old Brandon, two boys who died after being torn from their mother's arms by raging floodwaters.
At the request of the Moores, Mr Obama also praised New York police Lieutenant Kevin Gallagher, who stayed with the Moore family to help them through that tragic night.