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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 Modified: May 22, 2013 at 10:10 pm •  Published: May 23, 2013

Obama has pledged that the state will receive all the federal resources necessary to clean up and rebuild, and he signed a major disaster declaration early Tuesday to get the process started.

“The people of Moore should know that their country will remain on the ground, there for them, beside them as long as it takes. … There are empty spaces where there used to be living rooms, and bedrooms, and classrooms, and, in time, we're going to need to refill those spaces with love and laughter and community,” Obama said Tuesday.

Congress approved legislation earlier this year to replenish the disaster fund controlled by FEMA, and White House press secretary Jay Carney said this week that the fund is flush enough for now.

Former President Bill Clinton headed to the state the weekend after the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 and again for the anniversary in 1996; Clinton also made a post-tornado visit, in 1999, to Del City.

In 2001, then-President George W. Bush attended the dedication of the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.

Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau

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