Obama offers help for Oklahoma tornado victims

President Barack Obama, right, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, talks about the Oklahoma tornado and severe weather, Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. Earlier, the president met with his disaster response team to talk about the tornado that tore through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama, right, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, talks about the Oklahoma tornado and severe weather, Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. Earlier, the president met with his disaster response team to talk about the tornado that tore through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he is instructing his disaster response team to get tornado victims in Oklahoma everything they need “right away.”

Obama calls the devastation that tore through the Oklahoma City suburbs, quote, “one of the most destructive tornados in history,” even though he said the extent of the damage is still unknown.

Obama spoke Tuesday after an Oval Office briefing on the latest developments from his disaster response team and as Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Craig Fugate was heading to Oklahoma.

Obama has declared a major disaster in Oklahoma, ordering federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts.

The president offered prayers and said there’s a long road of recovery ahead. But he said the victims won’t travel alone and will have the resources they need.

 

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