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.