President Obama made his first trip to Paterson, NJ after Hurricane Irene hit, to survey the damage caused by the tropical storm.
Obama accompanied by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and met with Paterson residents as they try to rebuild their communities.
The President spoke, took pictures and tried to lift the morale of the Paterson residents.
As Reported By NJ.com:
"As president of the United States, I want to make it very clear that we are going to meet our federal obligations," Obama said while standing on a bridge over the swollen Passaic River. "Because we’re one country, and when one part of the country gets affected, whether it’s a tornado in Joplin, Missouri, or a hurricane that affects the eastern seaboard, then we come together as one country and we make sure that everybody gets the help that they need."
Federal authorities also expanded disaster aid to the entire state today, making every resident and business affected by the storm eligible to apply for federal dollars.