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Obama coming to Arkansas to tour tornado damage

By Sarah D. Wire

This article was originally published May 3, 2014 at 8:58 a.m. Updated May 3, 2014 at 9:29 a.m.

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People walk between two destroyed houses in Mayflower on Monday, April 28, 2014, after a tornado struck the town late Sunday.

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President Barack Obama will travel to Arkansas on Wednesday to view damage from the tornadoes that hit central Arkansas last Sunday and meet with affected families, first responders and recovery workers, according to the White House.

More details of the trip, the president's first to Arkansas, are expected in the coming days.

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., said the president had accepted his invitation to travel to Arkansas and "to witness firsthand not only the damage to our communities but also the resilience, selflessness, and determination of our citizens."

In addition, Gov. Mike Beebe on Sunday will tour storm damage in Mayflower and Vilonia with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.

The EF4 twister killed 15 people in Faulkner, Pulaski and White counties. More than 3,000 homes are considered unlivable in Vilonia and Mayflower.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for more.

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Pacorabone says... May 3, 2014 at 9:23 a.m.

Oh brother! Big brother is coming to town! Time for me to take a short vacation away from here. Far far away. On a good note, I'm glad to see that Sen. Pryor thinks having Obama here will help him.

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lilith2u says... May 3, 2014 at 9:23 a.m.

I hate to be cynical but he has conspicuously ignored this state before when he was confident the elections would go his way. He has so damaged the Democrats he has to hold his nose and come here to feign concern. Where was he when Arkansas got hit three years ago or the last two presidential elections?

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Smoothseaz says... May 3, 2014 at 9:29 a.m.

Most of it will be cleaned up by then. What`s the point now?

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Dontcallmenames says... May 3, 2014 at 9:29 a.m.

Oh great, so El Presidente will come here and cause more chaos with his entourage (including taking up needed hotel space), do a lot of hugging, make a lot of promises and not deliver anything like he did with Hurricane Sandy victims.

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SPA says... May 3, 2014 at 9:29 a.m.

I'm glad he's coming. I'm happy that Pryor invited him; that was appropriate. This is good news.

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23cal says... May 3, 2014 at 9:37 a.m.

I swear if Obama would declare that breathing is a good thing the right wing extremists would stop doing it just to spite him.

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lilith2u says... May 3, 2014 at 9:53 a.m.

23Cal...the fact you refer to anyone criticizing Obama as a right-wing extremist is why millions of us have left the Democrats since 2008. If Obama and his supporters had not pulled the race card at every turn he would have been impeached by now for his role in covering up the IRS scandal, the ATF transporting of guns into Mexico (Fast and Furious), Benghazi, targeting journalists, and by-passing Congress with his "pen and his phone."

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ArkansasHawk says... May 3, 2014 at 10:18 a.m.

You Salute the rank not the man. He is the President of the United States of America, fairly elected by citizens of the United States of America, He is coming to this state to tour the damage of a horrible disaster and he coming in good faith to offer support and offer condolences on behalf of the nation.

Regardless of politics, he should be given the same respect and welcome afforded the President of the United States!

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FreeSpiritMan says... May 3, 2014 at 10:18 a.m.

lilith2u If you left the democrat party, I say good riddance to bad rubbish.

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oldude says... May 3, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.

Oh Joy!

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