`Election Will Take Care of Itself’ — President Says No Needs `Unmet’

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President Barack Obama speaks about preparations for Hurricane Sandy at the White House on Oct. 29, 2012.

“The election will take care of itself,” President Barack Obama said today at the White House, allowing one question from reporters about the impact of Hurricane Sandy on a presidential election a week away.

That was only one message that the president wanted to deliver from his news-televised station in the West Wing, as Sandy bears down on the New Jersey coast with a wide swath of wind and rain targeting a broad region of the Northeastern Atlantic coastline.

“There are no unmet needs,” the president reported of coordination with the states in the path of the storm.

This is a government prepared, staged for the first response in the aftermath of a “big storm” and in communication with local authorities — that is the “optic,” as Obama adviser David Axelrod spoke of earlier today, that the White House was conveying on this stormy Monday, eight days from Election Day, Nov. 6.

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