Obama Tours Oklahoma Tornado Damage, Pledges Long-Term Aid

In Moore, Okla., President Barack Obama tours destroyed homes, meets with victims

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Barack Obama, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin
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Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin greets President Obama as he arrives on May 26, 2013, at Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City, Okla., en route to Moore

President Barack Obama toured the rubble and relief efforts in Moore, Okla., Sunday following last week’s devastating tornado that killed 24, destroyed over 1,200 homes and damaged 10,000 more.

“Everywhere, fellow Americans are praying with you, they’re thinking about you, and they want to help,” Obama told Moore residents and first responders at Plaza Towers Elementary School, where seven children died in the storm. “And so I’m just a messenger here today, letting everybody here know that you are not alone, that you’ve got folks behind you.”

It was a familiar role for the consoler in chief, following the Boston Marathon bombing and the deadly fertilizer-plant explosion in West, Texas, last month. On Tuesday, Obama will travel to the Jersey Shore to speak with business owners and inspect Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.

“When we say that we’ve got your back, I promise you, we keep our word,” Obama said. “If you talk to folks in Alabama who have been affected over the last couple of years; you talk to the folks at Joplin, who I know have actually sent volunteers down here to Moore; if you talk to folks in New Jersey and New York, they’ll tell you that when we say we’re going to be there until you completely rebuild, we mean it.”

Obama told the story of a Bible found after another deadly tornado in Shawnee, Okla., the day before Moore was hit. It was discovered opened to the words, “A man will be as a hiding place from the wind, and a cover from the tempest.”

“And it’s a reminder, as Scripture often is, that God has a plan, and it’s important, though, that we also recognize we’re an instrument of his will,” Obama said. “And we need to know that as fellow Americans, we’re going to be there as shelter from the storm for the people of Moore who have been impacted.”

Obama saluted the National Weather Service forecasters who provided warning of the storm, the teachers who sheltered their students with their bodies during it, and the first responders and disaster-relief officials who sprung into action even as the twister continued its devastation.

“We could not be prouder of everyone here for the job they have done,” he said.

The President toured the disaster scene along with Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, walking through piles of twisted lumber 10 to 20 ft. tall, scattered bricks and personal belongings that had been in homes a week before. He walked past a bright pink stroller for a child’s doll, a student’s parka and schoolbooks.

Obama then visited a local fire station that had been turned into a command center, where he met with first responders and the families of the students who died at Plaza Towers.

21 comments
Chuck.Heston
Chuck.Heston

This tornado is just another example of death due to not enough guns. There's no way that tornado would have dared go near the  people who died had they all been carrying AK's with 30 round clips. Go NRA!

kbanginmotown
kbanginmotown

1KW: "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine..."

nevadasmith68
nevadasmith68

Yeah, the clown-in-chief feels your pain. Of course, this is not a photo-op. He should be in the federal pen with his pal,Holder and he should be made send the 35 cents a day he makes making car tags to his brother who is living in a cardboard box in the slums of Nairobi.

Libtards-UNITE
Libtards-UNITE

Could you be any dumber fitty? Doesn't appear so.

Libtards-UNITE
Libtards-UNITE

What a shame you people can't separate politics from everything else in life.  Shows how extremely shallow you all are fitty_three(IQ), arvay (even lower IQ), Hudson_valley_idiot.  Even though you don't believe in Heaven and Hell, you call all go straight to Hell.

fitty_three
fitty_three

They'll hate him till they need him then they'll love him secretly while they still pretend to hate him till they don't then then afterwords they'll go back to hating him again.

And then, they'll vote for the next GOP idiot, nevermind that Katrina and their own senator's stands on Sandy are their creds.

Air Cows!

arvay
arvay

Not so frigging fast.

Why should we in the solvent states keep supporting these reactionary, Bible-thumping people who fight every progressive measure?

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/2_Okla_senators_were_against_Sandy_aid.html

Let JAY-sus and GAWD help them.

These people are parasites, always complaining with their race-baiting screeched about "welfare" when they are the welfare parasites.  Move from tornado alley, creeps -- we're tired of supporting you.

sacredh
sacredh

It's too bad that all of us can't work together unless a disaster strikes.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@nevadasmith68  

Well, if you are in OKC, don't be a hypocrite and accept any aid.  

You can live in that cardboard box...

fitty_three
fitty_three

@Libtards-UNITE  

seems to me you just pointed the finger at yourself.  I mean, even your avatar does it!

Et tu, dumbo?

nevadasmith68
nevadasmith68

@arvay You must be a big fan of Bill O'Reilly-That idiot was running down Bible-thumpers the other night. Birds of a feather,I always say.

arvay
arvay

@nevadasmith68 @arvay  

What you always say is likely to be bathetic, since there are no resemblances between my thoughts and that moron. He may have also said "blue" which is another word I've used. You a Bible-thumper? Your logical process seems related to their.


fitty_three
fitty_three

@ahandout

When it comes to comparing me to you, 'special' is relative [the correct use of the word, dummy].

Apparently, you not only don't know the difference between 'relative' and 'relevant', you also aren't able to comprehend English.

But, my advice is the same:

Don't hypocrite @ahandout. If disaster strikes Cal, don't take the money!  You too can live in a cardboard box! 

ahandout
ahandout

@manlyman Don't mind him his A hole does most of the talking for him and his friends.