Obama pledges federal help for Irene recovery

President Barack Obama speaks about Hurricane Irene in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

September 4, 2011 1:44:37 PM PDT
President Barack Obama stood on a bridge overlooking the rain-swollen and fast-rushing Passaic River in New Jersey's third-largest city and said Sunday the federal government would work to rebuild towns recovering from Hurricane Irene's wrath.