- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 7, 2014

President Obama on Wednesday told the people of an Arkansas town devastated by tornadoes that their “country is going to be here for you” through the long rebuilding process.

En route to California to attend Democratic party fundraisers, the president stopped in Vilonia, Ark., and toured a subdivision where 50 homes were destroyed by tornadoes on April 27. Fifteen people were killed by the storms.

“I’m here to make sure that they know and that everybody who has been affected knows that the federal government is going to be right here until we get these communities rebuilt, because when something like this happens to a wonderful community like this one, it happens to all of us,” Mr. Obama said. “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 is going to be here for you. We’re going to support you every step of the way. You are in our thoughts and prayers.”
The president already has declared Vilonia a federal disaster area.

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