President Obama Tours Tornado Damage In Central Arkansas.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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President Obama Tours Tornado Damage in Central Arkansas

 

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May 07, 2014
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This afternoon, President Obama traveled to central Arkansas to tour the areas affected by last week’s tornadoes and severe storms.

 

Upon arriving, the President talked with some of the families who lost loved ones as a result of the tornadoes, as well as some of the first responders, recovery workers, and members of the National Guard that are helping the community recover.

 

He also took time to view the devastation wrought by the tornadoes, before delivering remarks about the disaster – and the road ahead.

 

“The federal government’s going to be right here until we get these communities rebuilt,” said the President. “Because when something like this happens to a wonderful community like this one, it happens to all of us.”

 

 

President Obama Speaks on Disaster Recovery Efforts in Arkansas

 

Published on May 7, 2014

President Obama makes a statement after viewing devastation from the recent tornadoes and severe storms in Central Arkansas and meeting with families affected by the disaster. May 7, 2014.

 

 

 

The people of Vilonia and all the other towns devastated by the storm understand there’s a lot of work that remains to be done, but I’m here to remind them that they’re not doing this work alone. Your country’s going to be here for you, we’re going to support you every step of the way. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

On Board: President Obama Visits Tornado Damaged Areas in Vilonia, Arkansas

 

Published on May 7, 2014

On May 7th, 2014, President Obama visited Vilonia, Arkansas, where he viewed the devastation from the recent tornadoes and severe storms, and met with first responders, recovery workers, and families. Severe storms in the South and Midwest killed at least 35 people last month, including 15 in Arkansas.

 

 

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President Obama Speaks At The Oso Firehouse.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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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.

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President Barack Hussein Obama Heading To Oso, Washington To Survey Mudslide Damage.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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On Tuesday, the President will travel to Oso, Washington, to view the devastation from the recent mudslide and to meet with families affected by this disaster, as well as first responders and recovery workers.  Following his visit to Oso, Washington, the President will travel to Tokyo, Japan.

 

From The Associated Press:

 

PRESIDENT OBAMA TO SURVEY DEADLY WASHINGTON MUDSLIDE DAMAGE

 

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans a brief visit near Seattle to survey damage from a recent mudslide that killed more than three dozen people.

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Obama will stop while on his way to the Asia-Pacific region for a four-country trip that begins Wednesday in Tokyo.

While in Washington state, Obama will also visit with victims of the deadly March 22 disaster, emergency responders and recovery workers.

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The massive mudslide killed at least 41 people and buried dozens of homes in the small town of Oso, which is about an hour northeast of Seattle.

The Snohomish County medical examiner’s office has identified 39 of the victims, with two not yet identified. Four names remain on a list of missing people.

Crews continue to dig through the wreckage in a search for bodies, focusing on a small area where the final four victims are believed to be buried.

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At the request of Gov. Jay Inslee, Obama earlier this month declared that a major disaster had occurred in the state, making it and affected residents eligible for various forms of financial aid, including help covering the costs of temporary housing, home repairs and the loss of uninsured property. The Homeland Security Department, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers are also helping.

Obama recently asked the nation to send its thoughts and prayers to the state and to Oso.

“We know that part of this tight-knit community has been lost,” Obama said last month while attending a European summit just days after the tragedy struck. “We hope for the best, but we recognize this is a tough situation.”

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After the Oso visit, Obama continues on to the Asia-Pacific region, where he is scheduled to spend the rest of this week and part of next week conferring with the leaders of Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines.

 

03-23-2014 Oso Mud Slide

 

 

 

 

UNCUT (HD): Dramatic account from Oso mudslide witness

 

Published on Mar 23, 2014

In this unedited interview, Paulo Falcao shares his dramatic account of watching the Oso mudslide cross the highway a short distance in front of his vehicle. Falcao goes on to describe the events that immediately followed, including hearing a woman and small child scream for help from the mud.

 

 

 

 

WHAT CAUSED THE OSO WASHINGTON MUDSLIDE

 

Published on Mar 26, 2014

What caused the OSO Washington Mudslide ?
See for yourself. This is my thinking and I am not an “expert”
But think for a moment how the “experts” continually FAIL at their jobs or are muzzled by governmental mandates that are designed to exploit our natural resources with very little oversight.

 

 

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Remarks By The President At FEMA Headquarters


 

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President Obama Delivers Remarks at FEMA Headquarters

October 07, 2013 | 10:40 |Public Domain

 

President Obama visited FEMA Headquarters in washington, D.C. to thank employees for their work responding to weather events around the country and discuss the ongoing government shutdown.

 

 

 

Remarks by the President at FEMA Headquarters October 07, 2013

 

U.S. President Obama makes remarks during a meeting on hurricane preparedness at Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) headquarters in Washington

 

Remarks by the President at FEMA Headquarters

FEMA Headquarters
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THE PRESIDENT:  I’m here at FEMA for a couple of reasons.  First of all, I want to thank Craig Fugate and his entire team, and the incredible workers who are here at FEMA.  They are having to, under less than optimal situations, still respond to Mother Nature, which doesn’t stop just because the government has shut down.

 

I wanted to get initially a briefing on what had happened with Hurricane Karen, became Tropical Karen, and then fortunately dissipated, so we dodged a bullet there.  In the meantime, we’re on tornado watch here in the Mid-Atlantic states because of severe weather patterns.  And we’ve got blizzards up north, we’ve got some weather patterns in the middle of the country that we’re still monitoring.  And so I just want to say thank you to all of you for the incredible work that you’re doing.

 

I think it’s important to understand that the people here at FEMA have been doing everything they canto respond to potential events.  Here at FEMA, they’re in touch with their state and local partners in case resources are needed.  FEMA remains prepared for natural disasters year around, with supplies pre-positioned in distribution centers across the country.

 

But their job has been made more difficult.  Thanks to the folks at FEMA, we were prepared for what might have happened down in Florida.  Nevertheless, the government is still shut down, services are still interrupted, and hundreds of thousands of hardworking public servants, including many FEMA professionals, are still furloughed without pay, or they’re not allowed to work at all.

 

So Craig was just explaining to me here at FEMA — about 86 percent of the FEMA workforce is furloughed.  In response to the potential event that might have happened down in Florida and along the coasts, Craig called back 200 of those workers.  Keep in mind, calling them back doesn’t mean they were getting paid, it just means they had the privilege of working without pay to make sure that they were doing everything they can to respond to the potential needs of their fellow citizens.

 

Now that this particular storm has dissipated, Craig is going to have to re-furlough at least 100 of those folks who were called back.  So think about that.  Here you are, somebody who’s a FEMA professional dedicated to doing your job; at a moment’s notice you’re willing to show up here in case people got in trouble and respond to them, even though you’re not getting paid, even though you don’t have certainty.  And now you’re being put back on furlough because the government is shut down.  That’s no way of doing business.

 

That, by the way, just speaks to the day-to-day emergencies that may come up and that is FEMA’s job to respond to.  Craig was also explaining the fact that when it comes to training first responders, for example, we have on a weekly basis already scheduled training for first responders that now have to be rescheduled.  It will probably end up ultimately costing the government more money for us to put those things back together again.  And so not only is this shutdown hurting FEMA workers, not only is it making it more difficult for us to respond to potential natural disasters, but it may actually end up costing taxpayers more than it should.

 

Right now, Congress should do what’s in the best interest of the economy and the American people, and that’s move beyond this manufactured crisis and work together to focus on growth, jobs, and providing the vital services that Americans all across the country depend on, including the services that FEMA provides.

 

I heard a lot of talk over the weekend that the real problem is, is that the President will not negotiate.  Well, let me tell you something — I have said from the start of the year that I’m happy to talk to Republicans about anything related to the budget.  There’s not a subject that I am not willing to engage in, work on, negotiate, and come up with common-sense compromises on.

 

What I’ve said is that I cannot do that under the threat that if Republicans don’t get 100 percent of their way, they’re going to either shut down the government or they are going to default on America’s debt so that America for the first time in history does not pay its bills.  That is not something I will do.  We’re not going to establish that pattern.

 

We’re not going to negotiate under the threat of further harm to our economy and middle-class families.  We’re not going to negotiate under the threat of a prolonged shutdown until Republicans get 100 percent of what they want.  We’re not going to negotiate under the threat of economic catastrophe that economists and CEOs increasingly warn would result if Congress chose to default on America’s obligations.

 

Now, the other thing I heard over the weekend was this notion that Congress doesn’t have the capacity to end this shutdown.  The truth of the matter is there are enough Republican and Democratic votes in the House of Representatives right now to end this shutdown immediately, with no partisan strings attached.  The House should hold that vote today.  If Republicans and Speaker Boehner are saying there are not enough votes, then they should prove it.  Let the bill go to the floor and let’s see what happens.  Just vote.  Let every member of Congress vote their conscience and they can determine whether or not they want to shut the government down.

 

My suspicion is — my very strong suspicion is that there are enough votes there.  And the reason that Speaker Boehner hasn’t called a vote on it is because he doesn’t, apparently, want to see the government shutdown end at the moment unless he’s able to extract concessions that don’t have anything to do with the budget.  Well, I think the American people simply want government to work.  And there’s no reason that there has to be a shutdown in order for the kinds of negotiations Speaker Boehner says he wants to proceed.  Hold a vote.  Call a vote right now, and let’s see what happens.

 

The second thing Congress needs to do is to raise the debt ceiling next week so the Treasury can pay the bills that Congress has already spent.  That’s what most Americans do if they buy something — if they buy a car or if they buy a house, if they put something on a credit card, they understand they’ve got to pay the bills.

 

This is something routine.  It’s been done more than 40 times since Ronald Reagan was President.  It has never before been used in the kind of ways that the Republicans are talking about using it right now.  We can’t threat an economic catastrophe in the midst of budget negotiations.

 

So authorize the Treasury to pay America’s bill.  Pass a budget, end the government shutdown, pay our bills, and prevent an economic shutdown.

 

And as soon as that happens, I am eager and ready to sit down and negotiate with Republicans on a whole range of issues:  How do we create more jobs?  How do we grow the economy?  How do we boost manufacturing?  How do we make sure our kids are getting a first-class education?  All those things will be on the table.  I’m happy to talk about health care; happy to talk about energy policy; how do we deal with our long-term fiscal situation.

 

All those things I’ve been eager and anxious to talk to Republicans about for the last seven months, and I’ve put out a budget that specifically lays out my vision for how we’re going to grow this economy.  And I expect the Republicans should do the same, and we can negotiate it.  But we shouldn’t hurt a whole bunch of people in order for one side to think that they’re going to have a little more leverage in those negotiations.

 

Last point I’m going to make:  The bill that is being presented to end the government shutdown reflects Republican priorities.  It’s the Republican budget.  The funding levels of this short-term funding bill, called the CR, is far lower than what Democrats think it should be.  Nevertheless, Democrats are prepared to put the majority of votes on to reopen the government.  So when you hear this notion that Democrats aren’t compromising — we’re compromising so much we’re willing to reopen the government at funding levels that reflect Republican wishes, don’t at all reflect our wishes.

 

For example, here at FEMA, they’re still subject to the sequester, so even before the shutdown they were having trouble making sure that everybody was staying on the job and fulfilling all of their various functions.  We need to get that sequester lifted that’s been hanging over the head of the economy and federal agencies during the course of this entire year.

 

This short-term legislation to reopen the government doesn’t even address that.  That has to be done in a broader budget framework.

 

So Democrats have said we are willing to pass a bill that reflects the Republicans’ priorities in terms of funding levels.  That’s a pretty significant compromise.  What we’re not willing to do is to create a permanent pattern in which unless you get your way the government is shut down or America defaults.  That’s not how we do business in this country, and we’re not going to start now.

 

So, again, I want to thank everybody at FEMA here for the extraordinary work that you’re doing.  You show each and every day that you take your responsibilities seriously.  You do your jobs with consummate professionalism.  And hopefully you’re setting a good example for members of Congress.  They need to be doing the same thing.  And if they do, then there’s no reason why we all can’t move forward and make sure that we’re taking care of America’s business.

 

Thank you very much, everybody.

 

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12:41 P.M. EDT

 

Obama’s remarks came during a lunchtime visit Monday to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Washington headquarters, which like other federal agencies has seen its staff cut down during the budget stalemate. Obama said some 86 percent of the workforce has been furloughed because of the government shutdown that began last Tuesday.

 

 

 

 

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President Obama Pays Unannounced Visit To FEMA Headquarters Thanks Staff For Working Without Pay.


 

By Jueseppi B.

U.S. President Obama makes remarks during a meeting on hurricane preparedness at Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) headquarters in Washington

At FEMA headquarters, President Obama will use remarks to again urge House to vote on cleancontinuing resolution to re-open government

 

 

President Obama Delivers Remarks at FEMA Headquarters

 

Published on Oct 7, 2013

President Obama visited FEMA Headquarters in washington, D.C. to thank employees for their work responding to weather events around the country and discuss the ongoing government shutdown. October 7, 2013.

 

 

 

President Obama on Monday dared House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to call an immediate vote on a clean spending bill that would reopen the federal government after a week-long shutdown.

 

Obama also strongly pushed back against Boehner and other Republicans who say he is not negotiating during the budget stalemate, saying he is “happy” to negotiate but refuses to do so under the threat of a shutting down the government or defaulting on the nation’s debt.

 

“I’m happy to talk to Republicans about anything related to the budget,” Obama said. “There’s not a subject that I am not willing to engage in, work on, negotiate and come up with compromises.” But, the president added, “We’re not going to negotiate under the threat of further harm to our economy and middle class families.”

 

Obama added that Democrats effectively already have compromised in the budget debate by agreeing to a budget bill that has lower spending levels reflecting Republican priorities.

 

“It’s the Republican budget,” Obama said. “That’s a pretty significant compromise.”

 

 

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Obama visits FEMA to pressure Boehner on budget stalemate

 

 

 

Obama’s remarks came during a lunchtime visit Monday to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Washington headquarters, which like other federal agencies has seen its staff cut down during the budget stalemate. Obama said some 86 percent of the workforce has been furloughed because of the government shutdown that began last Tuesday.

 

On Sunday, Boehner suggested that there would not be enough votes in the House to pass a clean continuing resolution – a no-strings-attached budget bill that would effectively re-open the government. But Obama believes otherwise, and on Monday dared Boehner to “prove it.”

 

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“Call a vote right now, and let’s see what happens,” Obama said, adding that members of Congress should be allowed to vote their conscience on the budget issue.

 

Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck responded to Obama’s visit to FEMA by highlighting a bill the House passed last week that would restore funding to FEMA to maintain “normal operations.” Noting that Obama has threatened to veto the legislation, Buck said the bill is awaiting action in the Senate, which is controlled by Democrats.

 

“If the president and Washington Democrats want FEMA up and running, they have the ability to make it happen today,” Buck said in a statement to reporters.

 

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President Barack Obama again pressured House Republicans to put a “clean” government spending bill up for a vote Monday, challenging House Speaker John Boehner’s claim that the funding bill lacks sufficient support to pass.

 

“My very strong suspicion is there are enough votes there” to pass the government funding legislation, he said during an unannounced stop at FEMA National Response Coordination Center in Washington, D.C. “Hold a vote. Call a vote right now. Let’s see what happens.”

 

“If Republicans and Speaker Boehner are saying there aren’t enough votes, then they should prove it,” he said. “Let the bill go to the floor and let’s see what happens. Just vote.”

 

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House Speaker John Boehner said on Sunday a funding bill that would reopen the government but would not make substantial changes to the president’s health care law would not pass the GOP-dominated House. The administration – as well as numerous whip counts by media outlets, including NBC News – disputes that claim.

 

As the Senate came back into session after a Sunday recess, Senate Majority Harry Reid suggested that Boehner is “afraid” that the clean funding bill would pass.

 

“Are you afraid this measure will pass, the government will reopen and the American people will realize you took the country hostage for no apparent reason?” Reid said of Boehner.

 

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