Obama: Hurricane Sandy Response 'How I Want the Federal Gov't to Operate Generally'

By Patrick Burke | November 14, 2012 | 4:19 PM EST

President Barack Obama makes an opening statement during his first news conference after Election Day, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(CNSNews.com) - President Obama said the federal government’s response to Hurricane Sandy was a “pretty good metaphor” for how he would like to see government operate in general.

At a White House press conference on Wednesday, Obama said he admired the American people, adding: “When you talk to these folks, you say to yourself ‘Man, they deserve a better government than they’ve been getting.’ They deserve all of us here in Washington to be thinking every single day, ‘How can I make things a little better for them?’

“Which isn’t to say that everything we do is going to be perfect or that there aren’t just going to be some big tough challenges that we have to grapple with.

“But I do know that federal government can make a difference. We’re seeing it right now on the Jersey Coast and in New York. People are still going through a really tough time,” Obama said.

He added: “The response hasn’t been perfect but it’s been aggressive and strong and fast and robust and a lot of people have been helped because of it. And that’s a pretty good metaphor for how I want the federal government to operate generally and I’m going to do everything I can to make sure it does.”

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, more than 4.7 million households lost power in New York and New Jersey as a result of Hurricane Sandy. As of Nov. 11, at least 121 people had been killed due to the storm surge.