Oklahoma tornadoes: President Barack Obama to visit Oklahoma on Sunday

Gov. Mary Fallin is glad Obama is coming and praises his commitment to recovery efforts in the wake of this week's tornadoes.
BY CHRIS CASTEEL ccasteel@opubco.com Modified: May 22, 2013 at 10:10 pm •  Published: May 23, 2013
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President plans visit to Moore

— President Barack Obama will visit Oklahoma on Sunday to talk to victims of this week's deadly storms and thank the people who worked on rescue and recovery efforts.

The White House provided no details Wednesday about the president's itinerary, so it wasn't known whether he would attend the memorial service to be held at the First Baptist Church in Moore. Gov. Mary Fallin announced the service Wednesday. Fallin said, “The state of Oklahoma is experiencing an unimaginable tragedy, but we know we will recover and emerge stronger.

“As we work to rebuild, we appreciate President Barack Obama's kind words, compassion and his commitment to aid in the recovery effort.”

Obama will be making the second trip of his presidency to Oklahoma; he gave a speech in Cushing in March 2012 about his energy plan.

Since Monday, the president has been in regular contact with members of his administration and state and local officials. He called Fallin, Moore Mayor Glenn Lewis, Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, and Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore.

And he sent Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate to the state. By Wednesday, more than 400 FEMA personnel were in Oklahoma assessing damage and helping people sign up for assistance.

Cole said Wednesday that “the federal response has been exceptional so far.” Cole said Obama told him to call him directly if there were any problems “and we'll get it fixed.”



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