President Obama: "The
Jersey Shore is back in business"
May 28, 2013
Obama took a trip to the Jersey Shore, where he visited with local
families and business owners who are preparing for the 2013 summer
President Obama last visited New Jersey in November of last year to see
firsthand the damage and destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy. But
today, thanks to extensive rebuilding efforts over the last several
months, boardwalks, beaches and businesses up and down the shore are
ready to welcome summer visitors, as the President explained.
Now, we all understand there’s still a lot of work to be done. There are
homes to rebuild. There are businesses to reopen. There are landmarks
and beaches and boardwalks that aren’t all the way back yet. But thanks
to the hard work of an awful lot of people, we’ve got wonderful shops
and restaurants and arcades that are opening their doors. And I saw what
thousands of Americans saw over Memorial Day Weekend: You are stronger
than the storm. After all you’ve dealt with, after all you’ve been
through, the Jersey Shore is back and it is open for business, and they
want all Americans to know that they’re ready to welcome you here.
“If anybody wondered whether the Shore could ever be all right again,
you got your answer this weekend,” President Obama said. "From Sea
Bright to Bay Head, from Belmar to Seaside Heights, folks were hanging
out on balconies and beaches. Shows were sold out at the Stone Pony.
Kids were eating ice cream and going on rides, going and eating some
more ice cream. Guys were trying to win those big stuffed animals to
impress a special girl."
Since the storm hit, President Obama and his administration have worked
with state and local officials to aid the recovery process, providing
billions of dollars to families and governments across the region. And,
because rebuilding efforts like those taking place in Sandy's wake are
measured in years -- not weeks or months -- President Obama promised
that help will continue until the work is done.
going to keep doing what it takes to rebuild all the way and make it
better than it was before, make it stronger than it was before, make it
more resilient than it was before," he said.
"Part of the reason I wanted to come back here was not just to send a
message to New Jersey," President Obama said, but also to send a message
to folks in Oklahoma.
When we make a commitment that we’ve got your back, we mean it -- and
we’re not going to finish until the work is done. Because that’s who we
are. We help each other as Americans through the bad times, and we sure
make the most of the good times.