Video | President Obama to Speak on Oklahoma Tornado Tragedy-Updated

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President Obama Gives Statement On The Deadly Oklahoma Tornadoes
(AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama (C) speaks about the tornadoes that impacted Oklahoma yesterday, while joined by Vice President Joseph Biden (L) Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (2nd-R) and FEMA Deputy Administrator Richard Serino in the State Dining Room at the White House May 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. The town of Moore, Oklahoma reported a tornado to be at least EF4 strength and two miles wide that touched down Monday killing at least 24 people and leveling everything in its path. U.S. President Barack Obama promised federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts.

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49 Responses to Video | President Obama to Speak on Oklahoma Tornado Tragedy-Updated

  1. 9-year-old from Plaza Towers school among first tornado victims identified

    Ja'Nae Hornsby 9

    A 9-year-old girl who was “always smiling” is among the first of the Oklahoma tornado victims to be identified.

    Third-grader Ja’Nae Hornsby was one of the students who perished when the twister demolished Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla. on Monday afternoon.

    Members of her grieving family gathered Tuesday at a Baptist church in Oklahoma City to console each other after a night of anxious waiting ended with a hope-shattering call from the medical examiner’s office.

    Her aunt, Angela Hornsby, said Ja’Nae had spent last weekend at her house, playing with her cousins and “doing what little girls do.”

    “They like to play dress-up,” she recalled. “My daughter puts jewelry on them and I took pictures of them dancing together and they took video. They were just happy.

    “She was always happy, always smiling.”

  2. Mythe

    Lord bless each person and family affected by the storm in Moore Oklahoma . Guard and protect their lives as they move forward in the days months and years to come. With new mercies each day Lord place Your hedge of protection around lives that changed in an instant . And grant us mercy on this day Lord as new raging storms approach . May the winds and rains obey Your will . Peace be still. In the name of Jesus hear our prayers. Amen .

  3. Sen. Inhofe: Tornado aid will be “completely different” from Sandy aid

  4. Ametia says:

    We here at 3 Chics are NOT going to sstop posting on the REAL TREASONOUS CULPRITS in America. We can morn the loss of our citizens and move on until the next tragedy, but it will not solve the problem.

    We must call out and get the powers that be in check for their IDEOLOGY of Small government, welfare nonsense, entiltement nonnsense, OBSTRUCTIONISM, alll the while stuffing their bank accounts from BIG OIL LOBBYISTS and the like.

    We must call out and check the IGNORANT racists and LOW INFORMATION VOTERS who continue to VOTE against their own better interests and welfare, because they are the very ones being AFFECTED by their own IGNORANCE.

  5. Ametia says:

    Inhofe: Tornado aid ‘totally different’ from Hurricane Sandy aid
    By Rachel Weiner and Matt DeLong, Published: May 21, 2013 at 10:40 am

    In the wake of the devastating tornado in an Oklahoma City suburb, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) rejected comparisons between federal aid for this disaster and the Hurricane Sandy relief package he voted against.

    That was a “totally different” situation, Inhofe told MSNBC, arguing that the Sandy aid was filled with pork. There were “things in the Virgin Islands. They were fixing roads there and putting roofs on houses in Washington, D.C.”

    “Everyone was getting in and exploiting the tragedy that took place,” he said. “That won’t happen in Oklahoma.”

  6. Oklahoma Tornado: Sen. Tom Coburn Plays Politics with Disaster Relief?

    There’s nothing like an act of Mother Nature to remind us of our humanity. Looking at the ongoing coverage of yesterday’s tornado that devastated the small community of Moore, Oklahoma, I’m reminded of this.

    Much like in the first few minutes after the Boston Marathon bombing, images of rescue efforts by first responders assisting victims serves as a subtle reminder. That would be, that in tragic events, the most important item is the human condition in times of pain, fear, and desperation.

    In those first few moments, not much thought is given to the loss of property and material items. All that matters is the rescue of lives. And it is as such, that many individuals spring into action with abandon of self in an attempt to save lives.

    One would think that everyone from Oklahoma especially, would be this way. But just as the tragic events of yesterday’s tornado gives us a glimpse of the human spirit and the will to live, unfortunately it also exposes our worst attributes as human beings. In the wake of yesterday’s tornado, it’s sad to see Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) be that very person. One would think that a politician who represents Oklahoma would be the last person to play partisan politics when it comes to the mater of rescue, recovery, and federal disaster aid funds. Unfortunately for the Oklahoma tornado victims, Tom Coburn is the man poised to play partisan politics at their time of desperate need.

    This from Washington Post:

    Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) will insist that any federal aid to deal with the tornado in his home state must be offset by budget cuts.

    “He will ask his colleagues to sacrifice lower priority areas of the budget to help Oklahoma,” spokesman John Hart said. Should other Republicans join Coburn, it could set up a fight similar to the January tug-of-war over Hurricane Sandy funding. That aid package was delayed by GOP opposition and ultimately passed with mostly Democratic support.

    Coburn was against the Sandy relief package, as well as 2011 legislation toreplenish the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster fund. His office has noted that the 1995 aid for victims of the Oklahoma City bombing was balanced by cuts to unspent appropriations. However, he did ask for expedited FEMA aid in 2007, when an ice storm hit his state.

    • CarolMaeWY says:

      Thank you Southerngirl2. Yesterday I went through many emotions, but I watched the professional reporters on local stations. Their reporting was factual and helpful and professional. They were occasionally overwhelmed with emotions. It’s now embarrassing to see the anchors (commenters) now. Suggesting it looks like it’s been bombed. What does their audience know what a bomb site looks like? Tornadoes are more common in the U.S. Who hires the talent? {:-( We heard Who, What, Where, When, Why and How from the local media reporters.
      Teachers again were heroes.
      Now I suppose the politics and the worst of humanity will be the headlines. May the first cut be to the salaries of the Congress. All should work for min. wage, have same health coverage citizens in their States do and no lifetime pension or health care. They can also work a forty hour week, stop fundraising and two weeks vacation a year. My Senator will only accept letters from constituents and no one from out of State. I don’t think he should see lobbyist that are out of State either. Yes, I’ve told him.
      Everyone wants to help. May I guest @TeamRubicon They are veterans who are still serving their Country by going to is after areas and are good at what they do. It takes me forever to go back and forth to go from here to twitter to share their other links on how to help them help. they are probably on site by now. They do have a FB page too, and website.
      Others forgotten are the animals. There are many there to help. I’m sorry I don’t have links. The has many links for help. Also FEMA, Homeland Security, etc. They are easy to google.
      God please help us bring America together to help each other.
      If you don’t believe in God, please help those in need in any way you can.
      Thank you 3chips for giving me a place to share my thoughts.

  7. Ametia says:

    In the meantime,the mean, hate-filled, narrow-minded, GOP at work for its citizens!

    Oklahoma Senator Won’t Support Tornado Relief Without Budget Cuts
    By Igor Volsky on May 21, 2013 at 9:10 am

    The tornado that hit Oklahoma on Monday resulted in more than 20 deaths and is expected to cost the federal government untold billions of dollars in aid and recovery. But Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), who has long objected to federal funds being spent on everything from veterans benefits to relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, is already insisting that any additional appropriations should be paid for with cuts elsewhere. “That’s always been his position [to offset disaster aid],” Coburn spokesman John Hart said. “He supported offsets to the bill funding the OKC bombing recovery effort.”

    Indeed, during his time in Congress, Coburn has portrayed his efforts to rein in federal spending as a principled stance against accumulating larger deficits and passing debt to future generations. But Coburn hasn’t always opposed government spending that is not offset by budget cuts. The senator known as “Doctor No” has voted to fund the war in Iraq, the 2008 bank bail out, and even relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina:

    – 2005: The “Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act” (H.R. 1268) provided $82 billion to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Coburn voted for the measure.

    – 2006: The Defense Appropriations Bill (H.R.2863) provided approximately $40 billion for the war in Iraq. Coburn voted for the measure.

    – 2006: “Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act,” (H.R. 4939 ) provided $72 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Coburn voted for the measure.

    – 2005: After Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, Congress passed two relief bills, allocating more than $50 billion and allowing the National Flood Insurance Program to borrow more money. One of the measures was adopted by unanimous consent and Coburn voted for the other.

    – 2006: Congress approved a Department of Defense appropriations bill (H.R. 5631), including approximately $70 billion for the war in Iraq. Coburn voted for the measure.

    – 2008: In October 2008, the Bush Administration and Congress enacted a rescue package to stabilize the financial system by creating the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Coburn voted in favor of the measure.

  8. Ametia says:

    Please tell me; how are you going to “DOWNGRADE” DEATH? Either folks are dead or alive

    The medical examiner has revised the death toll in yesterday’s tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, to 24, down from 51. Nine of the fatalities are children.

    At least seven of those children were killed at Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, police said. Emergency personnel continue to scour the school’s rubble.

    President Barack Obama said today he doesn’t yet know the full extent of the damage but promised aid. “Oklahoma needs to get everything it needs right away.”

  9. jerry luke says:

    Why in the world didn’t Oklahoma knowing this was a disaster area specially when a 300 mile an hour tornado has already been through the area, build schools strong enough that it won’t be so easy to blow down . Look at their double decker parking lots, they’re still standing . Isn’t our schools especially our children more important than parking lots. The first tornado is strike one the second tornado strike two so are we going to sit around and wait for strike three. I hope Obama when he speaks is more concerned about getting money into disaster prone areas..

    • Ametia says:

      Jerry, perhaps the state of Oklahoma and their ELECTED OFFICIALS should be more concerned about these disaster-prone areas. You’re obviously not up on the latest from Sen. Coburn and Inhofe who are trying to divert federal funds and offsetting budgets to pay for disaster releif. Stop trying to blame the president for the mishandling of state funds by the Repbulicans who govern there.

      Have mercy on the citizens of Oklahoma!

      • jerry luke says:

        not trying to blame anyone except for those being negligent and neglecting what happened in the past and not learning from it. I’m saying we need to build stronger structures for schools in disaster prone areas.

      • Ametia says:

        You’re full of shit, Jerry Luke. If you’re so concerned, why not NAME the culprits who are really to blame. Why name only “Obama?” So the ones you didn’t name are the exceptions from blame, I see. GTFOH

      • jerry luke says:

        I did say Oklahoma I did not say Obama . Elected officials in Oklahoma should be concerned about building better structures when they contain their children and knowingly they are in a disaster prone area. The tornado several years ago was 300 miles an hour winds. Why did they not take action and built stronger schools having plenty of time. Tornadoes came through in 1999 and 2003.

      • Ametia says:

        Who is “we & they”

    • @Jerry

      Didn’t you pay attention to the President’s action last night? He signed the Oklahoma Disaster Declaration with lightening speed. Is that concerned enough for you? You need to lay blame at the feet of elected officials who don’t give a rats ass about the people of Oklahoma like Coburn and Inhofe. They’re the ones giving Oklahomans the finger.

      • Ametia says:

        ALL.OF.THIS. Better take that shit to Stormfront or Townhall. It won’t play here.

      • jerry luke says:

        You do have a point. government greed has definitely taken over and all knows that is a fact.. We will see if they’ll build better structure schools knowing that tornadoes will always be coming into that area. If I lived there I would take up a collection, add to what the government plans to do and build dome shaped solid iron structures That is 50 to 75 percent underground.

    • CarolMaeWY says:

      You said Obama. Read what you write.

  10. Awww…look at the little kitties.

  11. Ametia says:

    Oklahoma declared state of EMERGENCY

  12. Ametia says:

    PBO: “We will back up our deeds with prayers for as long as it takes.”

  13. Ametia says:

    Joplin, MO folks have dispatched a team to OK City, They know.

  14. Ametia says:

    President Obama is speaking, surrounding by Secreatry Janet Napolitano and VP Biden.

  15. Ametia says:

    Tears* Now who knows, this woman might have given up on life if that dog hadn’t survived. The elderlydepend on their pets for iove and comfort.

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