Obama in Moore, Oklahoma: 'Americans Are Praying With You'

The president visits areas recently damaged by tornado activity.
9:34 | 05/26/13

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-- -- -- -- Dresser -- rhetoric. Obviously -- a picture's worth a thousand words and what we're seeing here it gives you some sense of what. People more hands people Oklahoma have been dealing -- -- over these last several days. There coupled with knowledge months that I want to make but. Let me begin but -- saying that whenever I come to. An area that's been devastated by some natural disaster like this I -- major -- -- understands them speak out and have the entire country. Everywhere. Fellow Americans. Plane would be thinking about -- and they want to help. And so -- as a messenger. Today letting everybody here know that you're not alone but you've got folks behind -- obviously the damage here is pretty hard to comprehend. Our hearts go up to the families have been impacted. Including those who. Have loved ones who were lost. And that was true for the parents of some children here. Its -- towers elementary school. There -- a number of people -- want us especially thank because they've. Engaged in some heroic efforts in dealing with this disaster the first ball governor -- -- Thank you so much for -- quick response -- your outstanding work. Mayor Glenn Lewis the mayor of Moore who. Has been. Mayor here before when there was -- disaster. And because of his strong spirit and sense of community. Has been able to help lead the community through this disaster we -- much appreciate your work. Represented Tom Cole not only is this is congressional district but more importantly this is home town. And so. You know for him this carries a special. Sadness but also resolved in terms of trying to. Make sure that that the city of more bounces back mayor Mick Cornett Oklahoma City. A neighbor friend we appreciate him being here. -- few -- is here. And obviously we're very proud of the work that he in his FEMA team have done. Suzy -- superintendent of schools here thank you for your leadership. Jamie Simpson. -- want. It's especially commend plaza towers elementary school principal as well as Shelly McMillan prior ward elementary school principal -- More on the ground when this happened and because of they're quick response. -- are keeping a level head. They're putting kids first. Saved a lot of -- and they're still going through some tough times. You know I can only imagine. Being their husbands -- -- and -- good you know I'm sure they were -- one. The tornado first struck but. I know that they could not be prouder of their wives for the outstanding work that they did. In in this in this amazing situation. I want to thank chief police Jerry -- -- And all the first responders. In this area. Who. Were some of the first folks on the scene. Who were putting themselves at risk that save other people's lives. That's what first responders do but sometimes we take -- program and it's important we don't. And we -- moments like this that's why it is so important that we continually support them. You know at my direction -- few -- arrived here on Tuesday. FEMA was on the ground even before Monday's tornado hit and their teams have now. Completed searches more than 12100 buildings we've helped to register more than 44200. People for disaster. Assistance and we've approved more than 3.4 million dollars indirect aid obviously there's a lot more to come. But it's not just a government response we've seen incredible outpouring of support from churches. From community groups who -- helping folks begin to recover. This area is known more than its share of -- break but people here pride themselves on. The Oklahoma standard. You know what governor films called being able -- worked through disasters like this and come out stronger on the other side and that's what we've been -- in this week. From the forecasters who issued warnings to the first responders who dug through the rubble to the teachers who shielded. -- their own bodies their students. Oklahomans have inspired us where their loved. And their courage. And their fellowship. Neighbors have been offering up spare bedrooms and -- captures for those in need of shelter. Universities have opened up and their buildings for temporary housing and local companies have pitched in. So there is a strong community. Whereas with strong character. There's no doubt they're gonna bounce back but they need help. I -- any of us would need help if we saw the kind of devastation we're sitting here. -- we have about 12100. You know homes have been completely destroyed but we've got 121000 that have been damaged. In one way or another and that's a big piece of business and along with the schools we've got a hospital. That has been -- destroyed. It's gonna take a long time for this community rebuild so I want emerge. Every American to step up their -- -- one message for folks here today go online. Donate to the American Red Cross. And if you're from the area and you need to register for disaster assistance you can call 180621. FEMA. That's 180621. FEMA or you can go to disaster assistance dot gov. Disaster. Assistance dot gov. On the web. Either way I guarantee if you've got. Some significant damage and and and have -- been impacted. Go -- and and and reach out and they're going to be professionals there were. Are ready and willing to provide you the assistance the unique. We know more -- there's gonna come back stronger. From this tragedy. Here's your mayors said that dear lord approving new street signs. And I want folks affected. Throughout Oklahoma to -- that -- going to be with the every step of the way. On Sunday the first deadly tornadoes touched down about forty miles from here. And I mention this the day afterwards. There was a story that really struck me in the press in the rubble. Was found a Bible. Open towards the red demand will be as a hiding place from the wind and they cover from the tempest. And -- it's it's a reminder scripture often is that. God has a plan and it's important -- that we also recognized were instrument of his wealth and and we need to know that. As fellow Americans we're going to be there is as shelter. From the storm for the people more -- -- -- impact. And when we say that we've got your back I promise -- we keep our word. He would he would talk to folks in Alabama who've been affected over the last couple years you talk to folks -- Joplin who I know have actually send volunteers down here to more. To talk to folks in New Jersey and New York. They'll tell you that. What we say we're going to be there until you completely -- remain. And and I want her -- to have that confidence so again to all the people here behind me. -- -- say how proud I am of them how grateful I am for their service. I want to make one final comment a lot of the first responders talked about. The training that they've done. In part through some federal grants. To prepare for disasters like this and as a consequence when it actually happens they know what to do they're not losing time. They're able to go through all the drills and training -- -- -- gone through. Training education. Both for citizenry but also for first responders is that -- critical. And we've got to make sure that those resources. Remain in place so. And -- -- in congress cares deeply about what's happening and I'm confident that. Resource will be forthcoming. When it comes to rebuilding but remember that it's also the ongoing. Training. And equipment that we're making sure those things -- place we can't. Short change. That kind of ongoing. Disaster response we can't just wait till the disaster happens that's how and part. We're able to save a lot of lives I want -- -- that -- -- so I would -- let me just again say thank you -- -- here. -- governor thank you for your leadership. And may god bless people Oklahoma. An -- -- continue to bless the United States -- Thank --

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