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President Barack Obama cancels LI trip to deal with Ebola crisis

President Barack Obama speaks at Northwestern University in

President Barack Obama speaks at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Credit: Getty Images / Brendan Smialowski

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has canceled his trip to Long Island for his scheduled appearance Thursday at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser to stay at the White House to work on the government's Ebola response, the White House said Wednesday.

The event, at the Garden City Hotel, had sold out, and was Obama's first fundraising trip to Long Island, said its organizer Jay Jacobs, the Nassau County Democratic Party chairman and a Democratic national committeeman.

It was the second day of fundraising trips that Obama decided to forgo in the midst of heightened concern about Ebola, which has now been diagnosed in two Dallas nurses who treated a patient from West Africa who died from the disease.

Obama had been scheduled to travel to New Jersey and Connecticut for fundraisers Wednesday, and had planned to travel to Rhode Island and Long Island Thursday.

"The president has a job to do. I understand that," Jacobs said Wednesday.

He said no one knows yet whether the event has just been postponed or actually canceled.

"It's understandable," said Jon Cooper, a former Suffolk County legislator and early Obama supporter who had recently become a co-chairman of the fundraiser. But he said many people who had been looking forward to seeing the president would be disappointed.

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