Obama in Okla.: ‘You Are Not Alone’

    US President Barack Obama tours a tornado affected area on May 26, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. Obama is in the Oklahoma City area to survey damage from the tornado which struck a week ago and meet with victims and first responders.  From left: City of Moore Mayor Glenn Lewis, unidentified, Obama, Rep Tom Cole, R-OK, and Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    President Obama surveyed the damage in Moore, Okla., the town devastated by a tornado that killed 24 and displaced thousands from their homes last week, calling the damage “hard to comprehend.” “Everywhere, fellow Americans are praying with you, they’re thinking about you and they want to help,” the president said. “And I’m just a messenger telling you that you are not alone.” Obama delivered his remarks while standing atop a pile of debris that was once an elementary school, while household items that survived the destruction were strewn in the distance. Obama insisted the area would get federal help in rebuilding, but he also urged local lawmakers to continue funding for emergency response training and equipment.

    Stands on a pile of debris that was once a school.
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