After “Devastating Storms,” in the Southeast, Obama to Travel to Alabama

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April 28, 2011 4:32 PM



ABC News’ Sunlen Miller reports:

Noting that the “devastating” storms which have ripped through the southeastern United States have been “some of the worst that we’ve seen in decades,” President Obama today attempted to assure Americans he’s focusing on the domestic disaster.

 “We can’t control when or where a terrible storm may strike, but we can control how we respond to it,” Obama said from the East Room of the White House this afternoon, “And I want every American who has been affected by this disaster to know that the federal government will do everything we can to help you recover and we will stand with you as you rebuild.”

President Obama announced that he will travel to Alabama tomorrow where he will meet with those leading the response efforts, as well as the families who are “reeling from this disaster.”

In remarks that were scheduled to announce the reshuffling of his national security team, the president briefly addressed first what has been done so far to help deal with the storm’s aftermath.

“I’ve already spoken to the governors of Alabama, Virginia, Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia and I’ve let them know that we are ready to help in any possible way. I’ve declared a state of emergency in Alabama so that we can make all necessary resources available to that state. I’ve dispatched Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate to Alabama so that he can personally work with state and local officials,”

The president said that the loss of life has been “heartbreaking” and the damage to homes and business is “nothing short of catastrophic.”

So far 164 tornadoes have been reported from Mississippi to New York, the worst tornado outbreak since 1974 when a super tornado outbreak killed more than 300 people.

“In a matter of hours, these deadly tornadoes — some of the worst that we’ve seen in decades — took mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, friends and neighbors, even entire communities. Others are injured, and some are still missing.”

The president commended those who have been “working around the clock” for the last two days to help save lives and rebuild communities.

“And we pray for their success and we stand with every American affected by this disaster in the days and weeks to come.”

-Sunlen Miller

April 28, 2011
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Keep in mind where these devastating storms happened (you know Obama and his team are) and how quickly he was to respond- even in rhetoric.

Posted by: Ed | Apr 28, 2011 9:05:46 PM


Then why did you bring up George Bush, Mr. High and Mighty?

Posted by: Jose | Apr 28, 2011 8:21:07 PM


So What?

As long as he is still doing his job who cares?

Bush did not go to any fundraisers, but what did he do for Katrina victims?

You guys are plain nuts.

Get a grip. The guy is President for at least another 2 years. Given the imps you have as GOPher candidates he is guaranteed another 4 come 2013.

Now can we concentrate on fellow Americans in AL, TN, VA, GA please.

My gosh.

Isn’t this a time for us to just stop stupid politics and take care of suffering fellow Americans.

Posted by: STEVE_NJ | Apr 28, 2011 8:05:33 PM


Obama went to three fundraisers in New York last night after going to Chicago to be on the Oprah Winfrey show. Yes, he was campaigning. He’s ALWAYS campaigning.

Posted by: Jose | Apr 28, 2011 7:07:35 PM

Anonymous, was George Bush campaigning during Katrina?

You GOPhers are shamless.

This is a disaster. Can we keep stupid politics out of it.

The folks in Alabama care less about Obama’s birth certificate right now.

With the state of emergency declared, the National Guard should be dispatched immediately. Afterall we are spendings trillions in Iraq and Afghanistan. We should at least take care of our families in AL, TN, VA, WV, GA, etc., or else see you in 2013.

Posted by: STEVE_NJ | Apr 28, 2011 6:25:44 PM

LYDIA: “This is when the necessity of a strong, well-managed government at a local, state and national level is proven its importance.”

True. Disaster relief and recovery is one thing most people expect of their government. Unfortunately, due to the over-extended and unwieldy nature of ours, too busy with the myriad other tasks that should really be left to the private sector, its performance during disasters is usually quite disappointing. It also helps to have a commander in chief who can break away from his campaigning and fund-raising to care for the people he swore to protect.

Posted by: Anonymous | Apr 28, 2011 5:18:36 PM

What a bunch of disasters and this is only the start of the tornado season.
The photos of the devastation are heart-breaking.
This is when the necessity of a strong, well-managed government at a local, state and national level is proven its importance.
My thoughts go out to the people who have suffered so much, so quickly.

Posted by: Lydia | Apr 28, 2011 4:51:51 PM

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