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Obama Offers Condolences to Tornado Victims

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.

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11 Responses to Obama Offers Condolences to Tornado Victims

  1. Please remember that these disasters are now hapening in “red” states. Given that these same disasters were in California, New York or Illinois, it would be an entirely different story.

  2. No one but the most die-hard hyper-partisans believe his sincerity.
    At least with George W. Bush, he wore his pain on his face. The character contrast between the two men becomes clearer with each passing catastrophe.

  3. As someone with friends and family in the affected areas of Alabama, I would like Pres. Obama to stay away for the time being. Right now the most important thing is search and rescue which would be severly hampered by the security restrictions that would happen if the president were to appear.

  4. Don’t count on it Keith. It doesn’t sound like fun for our teenager-in-chief. Perhaps if he could couple it with a “fun”d raiser or a Bieber concert.

  5. I give him credit for acknowledging the death and destruction caused by the storms. Won’t hold my breath waiting for him to visit any of the affected states. He might fly over them on the way to his next campaign gig, but that is about it.

  6. This is why we southerners just love Prez Zero, we dont want him down here, he is a distraction with his photo ops, just look at his falling on his face on the gulf coast earlier. We dont vote for him so he could care less

  7. Not enough love for him to actually come down south. He might learn a few new choice words from his “fans” or at least the middle finger wave. Just sayin.