Obama: Nation Will Stand With Oklahoma “As Long As It Takes”

"Our prayers are with the people of Oklahoma today," Obama said, "and we'll back up those prayers with deeds for as long as it takes."

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TONY GUTIERREZ / AP

An aerial view shows Tower Plazas Elementary school as rescue workers make their way through the structure, in Moore, Okla., on May 21, 2013.

A day after a tornado turned an Oklahoma City suburb into a war zone and killing at least two dozen, President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the nation’s prayers are with the people of Moore, Okla. and that the federal government will help residents recover.

“As a nation, our full focus is on the urgent work of rescue and the hard work of recovery and rebuilding that lies ahead,” Obama said in brief remarks from the State Dining Room in the White House.

Addressing the people of the 55,000 residents of Moore, Obama acknowledged their loss, but said they are not alone. “You face a long road ahead, but you will not travel it alone. Your country will travel it with you,” he said, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Obama noted that the town of Joplin, Mo., where a 2011 tornado killed 158, has deployed a team of first responders to help in Moore, saying that spirit of assistance will continue in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

(PHOTOS: Tornado Flattens Suburb Outside Oklahoma City, Kills Dozens)

Obama announced that already federal aid is flowing into the storm-ravaged area in the form of FEMA urban rescue teams and damage assessment teams. Late Monday, Obama issued a major disaster deceleration for Oklahoma, paving the way for additional help and federal disaster relief funding. Obama spoke with Gov. Mary Fallin and Moore Mayor Glen Lewis to make sure they have everything they need to carry out rescue and relief operations.

“Our prayers are with the people of Oklahoma today,”  Obama concluded, “and we’ll back up those prayers with deeds for as long as it takes.”

 
9 comments
reallife
reallife

”and we’ll back up those prayers with deeds for as long as it takes.”

Is the IRS going to request the "content" of those prayers before the relief funds are authorized?



drudown
drudown

The devastation that resulted from these tragic events underscores the flat out imprudence of the GOP's "no new taxes" agenda. It is eminently foreseeable that even worse natural disasters will be coming on account of global warming affecting ocean currents, i.e., which largely dictate weather. What, the People that have been displaced should turn to the "private sector" after such a natural disaster? So much for the (enter JAWS music) "Nanny State" being the problem. It is our corrupted Congress refusing to raise revenue to deal with these disasters once they happen on account of limited fiscal resources. 

Ps. dear Apple...your tax dodging is not appreciated. God Bless Oklahoma.

Hollywooddeed
Hollywooddeed

@reallife In light of the fact that many people lost everything, some their lives or their children and are suffering, maybe you could save your vile, meaningless political statement for a few days.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@reallife I'm hoping they request the contents of your head. My suspicion is that they will find nothing there.

TyPollard
TyPollard

@drudown 

Yes. 

The notion that there should be no politics in the wake of these tragedies misunderstands the role of government in our lives. Responding to real problems in a timely fashion is what we send representatives to D.C. for. Historically extreme weather events are what climate scientists predicted and real people, sometimes little children, will be the victims.

drudown
drudown

@TyPollard

Unfortunately, the very real threat of global warming (e.g., ALL the major extinctions on Earth were predicated by climate change) is deliberately obscured by, inter alia, (1) GOP leaders feigning disbelief based on doctored "studies" by their Big Oil campaign contributors; (2) incessant conditioning that non-issues such as (drudown, I can write this) "Benghazi needs to be readdressed" despite there being no fiscal, strategic or diplomatic harm to the People; and (3) the shopworn myth that "deregulation" is going to do anything but exacerbate the proximate causes of global warming. 

By way of example, if the polar ice caps are shrinking, and there is less snow to reflect the sun's rays...maybe the global community should endeavor to provide a faux reflection to offset natural shortfall? Regardless of whether that, in fact, would ameliorate the effects, the naked example shows the need for the State to (1) have fiscal resources available via taxation and (2) be an active participant in the coming decades. 

drudown
drudown

@TyPollard @drudown

Dear Sen. Inhofe:

How do you like me now?

/s/ the "new" Mother Nature 

“In law and government, what plea so tainted and corrupt/ But, being seasoned with a gracious voice, obscures the show of evil.” –Shakespeare