Thank you for taking a moment to be president.
After saying nearly nothing about the tornadoes last week in North Carolina and elsewhere that killed nearly four dozen people – and failing to travel to the region – President Obama released a statement tonight lamenting the loss of life in the latest phalanx of twisters to rip through the South.
At least 200 people are known dead as of this writing and the damage is brutally extensive. So Obama offered some sympathy.
Michelle and I extend our deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives because of the tornadoes that have swept through Alabama and the southeastern United States. Our hearts go out to all those who have been affected by this devastation, and we commend the heroic efforts of those who have been working tirelessly to respond to this disaster. I just spoke to Governor Bentley and told him that I have ordered the Federal Government to move quickly in our response and informed him that I approved his request for emergency Federal assistance, including search and rescue assets. While we may not know the extent of the damage for days, we will continue to monitor these severe storms across the country and stand ready to continue to help the people of Alabama and all citizens affected by these storms.
Well, your deepest condolences are wonderful, but if you can get out to Chicago to appear with Oprah, you can surely find some time to get down South and put your presidential arm around these suffering people on behalf of the rest of us.