Obama tours destruction in Oklahoma, vows nation ‘has your back’

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President Barack Obama is greeted as he tours a tornado affected area on May 26, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma.
President Barack Obama is greeted as he tours a tornado affected area on May 26, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma.
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President Obama resumed his role as the nation’s comforter Sunday, vowing to the people of Oklahoma “we’ve got your back” six days after a ferocious tornado tore a deadly path there.

The president’s tour of the city of Moore included visits with victims and first responders and a firsthand look at the destruction wrought by a twister that rated the most powerful on the five-step scale used to measure a tornado’s might.

Surveying piles of rubble that a week ago was a tidy suburban neighborhood, Obama walked along Eagle Drive to what was Plaza Towers Elementary School. Seven children died in the school.

“Obviously a picture is worth a thousand words; we see what the people of Moore have been dealing with,” Obama said in brief remarks, the mangled wreckage of the school building serving as his backdrop.

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Obama tours destruction in Oklahoma, vows nation 'has your back'

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