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Aug 28, 2011 4:14 AM by Trovette Tottress

Obama: Getting through Irene will be `tough slog'

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has told top members of his administration to keep him up to date through the night on Hurricane Irene.

Obama held an evening conference call with Vice President Joe Biden, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and top homeland security assistant John Brennan. He told the group he wants to meet again Sunday morning.

Earlier, Obama offered moral support to federal emergency management workers hunkered down for Hurricane Irene's weekend march up the East Coast. About 14,000 active-duty and National Guard troops were put on standby for post-storm relief work. Obama says getting through the storm will be a "tough slog," but he only had praise for the federal effort so far.

The storm is being blamed for the deaths of at least six people.

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