- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 7, 2014

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (AP) - President Barack Obama has arrived at Little Rock Air Force Base ahead of his planned tour of tornado damage in Arkansas.

Air Force One landed around midday Wednesday. After exiting the plane, Obama greeted Gov. Mike Beebe, U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, Congressman Tim Griffin and other leaders.

The White House says Obama plans to meet with families who were affected by the tornado, first responders and recovery workers.

Wednesday’s visit marks Obama’s first trip to Arkansas since becoming president. He last visited the state during Beebe’s successful campaign for governor in 2006.

The president is making the stop in Arkansas while on his way to California, where he will raise money for the Democratic Party and receive an award from a foundation created by movie director Steven Spielberg.