SANDY PUNCHED the east coast in the gut, with 22 dead being reported in Staten Island so far, New Jersey and New York getting the worst of it, while West Virginia and other areas got pummeled, too. No one escaped nor’easter Sandy if she passed through where you live.

Now, it’s the last weekend after a grueling campaign season. We’re just looking forward to not seeing the non-stop negative ads anymore! Tim Kaine and George Allen are locked in a fierce fight, so we’ve gotten even more than most.

In Ohio, amid slamming Mitt Romney on the false Jeep ad that brought earned negative national and local press to Romney, President Obama, hoarse from the final push, managed to also deliver a few truths to Ohioans. People who because of the outdated Electoral College system we still utilize will be one of the battleground states that decide who will be the next president of the United States.

A transcript of the video from the campaign, because much of what Obama said is worth remembering, even beyond Election Day.

You see heroes running into buildings, wading into the water to help their fellow citizens; neighbors helping neighbors cope with tragedy; leaders of different political parties working together to fix what’s broken; it’s a spirit that says no matter how bad a storm is, no matter how tough the times are, we’re all in this together “” that we rise or fall as one nation, as one people.

And that spirit has guided this country along its improbable journey for more than two centuries. It has carried us through the trials and tribulations of the last four years. Remember in 2008, we were in the middle of two wars and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Today, our businesses have created nearly five and a half million new jobs. The American auto industry is back on top. Home values are on the rise. We’re less dependent on foreign oil than at any time in 20 years. Because of the service and sacrifice of our brave men and women in uniform, the war in Iraq is over. The war in Afghanistan is winding down. Al Qaeda is on the run and Osama bin Laden is dead.

So we’ve made real progress these past four years. But Ohio, we’re here today because we all know we’ve got more work to do. I love you back and we’ve got more work to do. As long as there’s a single American who wants a job and still can’t find work; as long as there are families who are working harder and harder but are still falling behind; as long as there’s a child anywhere in this country who’s languishing in poverty, or barred from opportunity, we got more work to do. Our fight goes on.