President Obama continued to step up his leadership on the tornado disasters in Missouri and other parts of the Midwest, taking time out as he started his day in London to talk about the calamities and scheduling a trip to Missouri Sunday. Here’s part of what he said.
Before the day starts here in England I wanted to say a few words about the devastating storms that we’ve seen in Missouri and Minnesota and across the Midwest.
Like all Americans, we have been monitoring what’s been taking place very closely and have been heartbroken by the images that we’ve seen in Joplin, Missouri, in particular. The devastation is comparable and may end up exceeding some of the devastation that we saw in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, just a few weeks ago.
So far we know that over 100 people lost their lives . . .
I know that a lot of people are wondering how they’ll get through the coming days or months or even years, but I want everybody in Joplin, everybody in Missouri, everybody in Minnesota, everybody across the Midwest to know that we are here for you. The American people are by your side. We’re going to stay there until every home is repaired, until every neighborhood is rebuilt, until every business is back on its feet. That’s my commitment, and that’s the American people’s commitment.
Obama’s comments and actions, following on his slow or weak response to earlier disasters, shows that he and his aides have grasped the importance of a president’s involvement on behalf of the American people when such horrific natural disasters destroy lives. Since we deal with the real world around here, I’d also mention that it brings political benefits – and avoids political damage – something Team Obama surely also has come to understand.
For these good reasons, it looks like golf is canceled for Sunday.