President Obama's disaster tour of NYC will begin shortly after 11:30 a.m. this morning, when Air Force One is expected to arrive at JFK airport. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand will be on board, and the president will be greeted by Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg. The group will then be joined by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan for an aerial tour of the parts of NYC hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy.

Exact details about Obama's itinerary today have not been officially announced, but local officials on Staten Island tell the Advance that the president is expected to arrive in the devastated neighborhood of New Dorp at about 1:30 p.m. It's believed the president will visit a FEMA recovery center and take a walking tour of the neighborhood, which is immediately south of Midland Beach, where the highest concentration of Sandy-related deaths in the U.S. occurred.

In his first post-reelection press conference yesterday, a reporter finally asked Obama about global warming, a topic that came up zero times during four debates leading up to the election. "I am a firm believer that climate change is real, that it is impacted by human behavior and carbon emissions," Obama said. "And as a consequence, I think we’ve got an obligation to future generations to do something about it." At the same time, Obama seemed pessimistic about the political challenges standing in the way of any significant climate change legislation:

There’s no doubt that for us to take on climate change in a serious way would involve making some tough political choices, and you know, understandably, I think the American people right now have been so focused and will continue to be focused on our economy and jobs and growth that, you know, if the message is somehow we’re going to ignore jobs and growth simply to address climate change, I don’t think anybody’s going to go for that. I won’t go for that.

If, on the other hand, we can shape an agenda that says we can create jobs, advance growth and make a serious dent in climate change and be an international leader, I think that’s something that the American people would support.

Slate's Will Oremus interprets this as a clear sign that Obama is "not willing to push for those tough political choices." It will be interesting to see if the topic comes up during his visit to NYC today; hopefully he won't run into Representative Bob Turner, who still doesn't believe any action on climate change is necessary—despite seeing his home destroyed by the hurricane.