ABC News’ Matt Jaffe and Sunlen Miller report:
"We are deeply concerned," Obama told ABC News’ Ann Compton at the Yankee Kitchen family restaurant in Boardman, Ohio. "I’ve instructed my senate staff to monitor the situation closely. Make sure we’ve contacted both FEMA but also private relief organizations just to make sure that whatever happens people are prepared."
Obama said that they would continue to monitor the storm and would keep Louisiana residents in their minds. "Obviously we’re going to be each day seeing what happens and we’re praying for New Orleans but we want to make sure that people are making all the necessary precautions." Obama added that he hoped people had learned from Hurricane Katrina that evacuation is key.
"This time they’re not taking any chances so say a prayer," Biden said adding that his wife Jill "went down there for a week after when the hurricane hit last time."
Asked about his new role as Veep nominee, Biden responded, "Oh I hope I’m adjusting well."