Obama: Disaster ‘is not yet over’

President Barack Obama speaks at the Red Cross headquarters in Washington, D.C., about ongoing relief in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Tuesday, October 30, 2012. (Pool Photo by Chris Kleponis/CNP/MCT)

WASHINGTON — Seeking to project command in a crisis, President Barack Obama told storm-stricken residents along the East Coast that “America is with you,” but warned that the disaster “is not yet over.”

As the countdown to Election Day reached the one week mark, Obama immersed himself Tuesday in his official duties.

He convened conference calls with state and local officials, held briefings in the White House Situation Room and dropped by Red Cross headquarters in Washington.

“My instructions to the federal agencies has been, ‘Do not figure out why we can’t do something; I want you to figure out how we do something,’?” Obama said. “There’s no excuse for inaction at this point.”

Obama said there still were risks of flooding and downed power lines, and called the storm “heartbreaking for the nation.”

The White House also announced that Obama was scrapping a third consecutive day of campaigning and instead would travel to New Jersey today to view the devastation from superstorm Sandy. His tour guide was to be New Jersey’s Republican governor, Chris Christie, a supporter of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.