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No Moore: Obama flubs name of Oklahoma city devastated by tornado, calls it ‘Monroe’
Question of the Day
During his visit to the Jersey Shore with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Tuesday, President Obama referred to the wrong city in Oklahoma devastated by a tornado last week.
Even though Mr. Obama had just visited the city of Moore, Okla. Sunday and toured the path of destruction the tornado left, in remarks in Asbury Park, New Jersey Tuesday he sent a shout-out to the victims in Monroe, Okla., which is more than 200 miles to the east of Moore.
“When you look out at the beach here, even in the rain it looks good,” he said.
“You can count on the fact that you won't be alone. Your fellow citizens will be there for you. Just like we'll be there for folks in Breezy Point and Staten Island, and obviously we're going to be there for folks in Monroe, Okla.”
Twenty-four people, including seven children, perished in last week's tornado, which tore through central Oklahoma.
Mr. Obama in his remarks also credited Bruce Springsteen for popularizing the phrase, “Down the shore, everything's all right,” which the president repeated several times during his brief remarks about the return of vibrant businesses along boardwalks and beachside towns in the state.
The line is from the song, “Jersey Girl,” which Mr. Springsteen made famous but was originally written by Tom Waits in 1980s.
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