President Obama Surveys Moore Tornado Damage; Visits Victims, First Responders

Sunday, May 26th 2013, 10:39 am
By: News 9

President Barack Obama arrived at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City Sunday morning, to tour the damage from the massive tornado that devastated the Oklahoma City area.

Air Force One landed at Tinker Air Force Base at 11:42 a.m. Sunday. President Obama was greeted at the bottom of the stairs by Gov. Mary Fallin, Rep. Tom Cole, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, Midwest City Mayor Jack Fry, and Tinker personnel. 

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The president then shook hands and spoke with some of the tornado victims and first responders who were invited to the Air Force Base for his arrival.

About 350 Tinker families lost their homes.

President Obama then went to Moore to tour the damage in the area, and visit with affected families, teachers, and first responders.

The president addressed the public from the site of Plaza Towers Elementary School, where several child died after the tornado hit Moore.

Click on the video above to watch the president's complete speech.

The president boarded Air Force One and left the Tinker Air Force Base at about2:40 p.m. Sunday.

The White House says Obama wanted a firsthand look at the recovery from the tornado that killed 24 and damaged an estimated 12,000 homes Monday afternoon.

The town of Moore is a community of 41,000 people located about 10 miles from Oklahoma City.

Obama offered prayers for the people of Oklahoma from the White House in recent days. He said that "while the road ahead will be long, their country will be with them every single step of the way."