President Obama Speaks At The Oso Firehouse.


 

By Jueseppi B.

Barack Obama

 

I’ve observed my share of Presidents in my 54 years and not one comes close to this POTUSA. Not one past President has had the number of natural disasters to contend with that this President has faced. Not one past President has had the number of deaths from gun violence that this President has had to handle. And for sure, not one past President has had to shoulder the sheer hatred because of their skin color. Yet, Barack Hussein Obama loves this country and his citizens.

 

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(CNN) —Calling their grit, resiliency and sense of community an inspiration to all Americans, President Barack Obama promised Tuesday that those impacted by last month’s deadly landslide in Washington won’t be forgotten — least of all by the federal government.

 

"This is ... what America is all about," Obama said. "When times get tough, we look out for each other. We get each others' backs. And we recover, and we build, and we come back stronger."

“This is … what America is all about,” Obama said. “When times get tough, we look out for each other. We get each others’ backs. And we recover, and we build, and we come back stronger.”

 

Speaking in Oso, a small community about 60 miles northeast of Seattle that was ground zero for disaster, Obama outlined the ways the government has already helped and will continue to do so. He said that he wanted to visit the area to show support for “families who are searching for loved ones (and) families who have lost everything.”

 

President Obama Speaks on Responding to the Mudslide in Washington State

 

Published on Apr 22, 2014

President Obama delivers remarks at the Oso Firehouse after viewing the devastation from the recent mudslide in the area and meeting with the families affected by this disaster, as well as first responders and recovery workers. April 22, 2014.

 

 

President Obama Tours Oso, Washington.

 

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Schoolchildren watch President Obama’s motorcade travel past their bus on Washington Highway 530 near Oso

Schoolchildren watch President Obama’s motorcade travel past their bus on Washington Highway 530 near Oso

 

“I just wanted to let you know that the country is thinking about all of you, and have throughout this tragedy,” the President said. “We’re not going anywhere. We’ll be here as long as it takes.”

 

Obama spoke exactly one month the rain-saturated hillside along the Stillaguamish River gave way, unleashing walls of mud that swallowed up roads and homes in and around Oso.

 

First responders, Washington National Guard members and volunteers quickly converged on the traumatic scene, digging through mud, logs and debris 70 feet thick in some places hoping to find the missing.

 

Authorities on Monday put the death toll from the landslide at 41, though that number could rise as the search continues.

 

The President noted that while few knew of Oso before last month, many since have “been inspired by the incredible way that they community has come together and shown love and support that they have for other in ways big and small.” That might include risking their lives volunteering to find neighbors, providing a meal to those on the front lines or offering up chain saws or rain jackets.

 

“One resident said, ‘We’re Oso, and we just do it,’ ” Obama said after touring the damage and meeting with various people involved in the search-and-rescue operations as well as relatives whose loved ones died.

 

The debris field is full of toxic sludge, including human waste and toxic chemicals from households, oil and gas, according to Lt. Richard Burke of the Bellevue Fire Department. During the rescue efforts, some workers have come down with dysentery.

 

The work seems never-ending, and the piles of debris and muck remain high a month after the mudslide.

 

But thanks to workers’ efforts, water that was 6 feet deep has now drained, making it easier for heavy equipment to navigate the still tricky terrain.

 

One spruce tree that remained standing after the mudslide is now a memorial to the victims and a source of strength to the workers.

 

Obama came to Washington state on the way to a four-country tour to Asia. He will stop in Malaysia, where the mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and its scores of passengers remains unsolved, and South Korea, where a ferry full of high schoolers collapsed last week.

 

The President didn’t refer to either of those disasters in his comments Tuesday. But he did laud the response of those in and around Oso for symbolizing what is best his own country.

 

President Obama Speaks at the Oso Firehouse: The Slid Show Gallery

 

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Tryon, a rescue dog muddied from the day's work, stands with his handler March 30 near the west side of the landslide.

Tryon, a rescue dog muddied from the day’s work, stands with his handler March 30 near the west side of the landslide.

Teresa Welter cries during a candlelight vigil in Arlington on Tuesday, March 25.

Teresa Welter cries during a candlelight vigil in Arlington on Tuesday, March 25.

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9 Responses

  1. I just spoke these same words this morning. No other President has had to endure as many tragic disasters, killings, death nor pure hatred and massive unprovoked, undeserved disrespect! I will march around the world and back to stand with or for this President. I will be in the front of the pack to stand against any and all who even tries to impeach him….I swear I am so sick and beyond enraged with the crap that is allowed to keep being shoved on this man. OMG, most times I just have such rage inside that I feel incapable of even trying to find the words to express it. I don’t even try to explain it anymore because it surpasses any fire of emotions I’ve ever experienced before…the only thing that even comes close is when my son was in Iraq and I heard his unit was part of an attack…still that was a different type of rage but it’s as close as I have to even begin to compare. And not everyone around me can understand if I attempt share depth of emotion that runs through me on this subject. I was excited to see your post pop up as I had just cleared some emails out my box then tried to sign off to go to sleep but after 3mins or so I was already too restless unable to be still and was glad to click on to see this title!
    On Point as always Mr Hack and I know you feel me, that always makes it even better! Keep doing you Mr Hack, nobody does it better! Miss & Love Ya Peas <3

    • You are one of my longest friends on social media Ms. Shelley, and I love & respect you a metric ton. I feel you, and you expressed your emotions excellently. It’s always a pleasure to see you and read your comments. Now get to doing a blog about your experiences!!!!

  2. I think I know what it is about this man that is so endearing and enduring, he is sincere and real. Yes, he is the President and he carries a huge burden, nevertheless he is also humane, compassionate and has continued to be true. I think the only other President we have had in my lifetime (my memory) who I could say this about would be Jimmy Carter. Though they were very different in style, certainly did not face the same challenges, they both retained this same humanity and sense of themselves.

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