President Obama cut his vacation to Martha's Vineyard short this weekend so he could be at the White House when Hurricane Irene made landfall. He was one of many politicians who exercised caution in handling Irene in an attempt to avoid the political pitfalls that were seen in the handling of Hurricane Katrina six years ago.
Yesterday, he warned Americans that while the storm had dissipated, the disaster is still unfolding.
"Many Americans are still at serious risk of power outages and flooding, which could get worse in the coming days as rivers swell past their banks," the president explained. "So I want people to understand that this is not over."
Ron Brownstein, CNN senior political analyst breaks down the government's response to the hurricane with Carol Costello on American Morning today.