Obama Says Storm Recovery His ‘Number One Priority’--Before Dashing Off to 8 States

By Matt Cover | November 5, 2012 | 11:59 AM EST

President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One before his departure from Andrews Air Force Base, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012. Just two days from the finish, Obama's campaign is mobilizing a massive get-out-the-vote effort aimed at carrying the Democrat to victory, as Republican Mitt Romney makes a late play for votes in Democratic-leaning Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(CNSNews.com) – President Obama said he would make the recovery from Hurricane Sandy his “number one priority” on the same day he embarked on an eight-stop, seven-state campaign barnstorming tour.

Speaking at the headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Saturday morning, Obama said he would be making recovery from one of the worst East Coast hurricanes in history his “number one priority.”

“And I can assure you everybody on this team, everybody sitting around the table has made this a number-one priority and this continues to be my number-one priority,” Obama said at FEMA headquarters.

Obama came off the campaign trail for three days after Sandy devastated the New Jersey and New York City areas, causing devastating flooding and power outages in the country’s largest metropolitan areas. He made high-profile tours of New Jersey with Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

However, by Thursday, the president was back on the campaign trail.

Saturday marked the beginning of a seven-state, eight-stop campaign tour for the President over the weekend, with stops in Wisconsin, Iowa, Virginia, New Hampshire, Florida, Colorado, and two stops in Ohio.

Obama sent some of his cabinet secretaries, including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, to speak with storm victims over the weekend.