Obama to visit Alabama tornado zone Friday

WASHINGTON Thu Apr 28, 2011 12:48pm EDT

Residents inspect the aftermath of overnight tornadoes that left this part of Pratt City, a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama, in ruins April 28, 2011. REUTERS/Marvin Gentry

Residents inspect the aftermath of overnight tornadoes that left this part of Pratt City, a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama, in ruins April 28, 2011.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will visit Alabama on Friday to view the damage from deadly tornadoes, the White House said.

Obama received an update on the disaster from Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and other officials. Obama has already declared that an emergency exists in Alabama, the hardest-hit of Southern states ravaged by storms this week.

Obama is to stop in Alabama on his way to Cape Canaveral, Florida, to view the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour. He will meet the Alabama governor as well as local officials.

(Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Eric Beech)

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Pot2pot2 wrote:
I hate to be cynical but I beleive that Obama only does that which benefits him politically. And now, by going to Alabama, he hopes to be seen as the Consoler in Chief. Obama is stoic, seemingly without any emotions apart from his anger if he is criticized or crossed which then comes to the surface.

Apr 28, 2011 1:41pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Weather extremes are due to the federal government running airplane investigations. The Air Force is having a devastating impact on the sky. Do you have a crystal blue sky, or one coated with pollution? Not car pollution that is lower in the traposphere but jet pollution which includes harmful chemicals. They are not condesation trails when the exuast is designed to create cloud like formations

Apr 28, 2011 3:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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