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President Obama to visit tornado-affected areas Wednesday

Posted: May 3, 2014 - 8:57am

President Barack Obama will come to Arkansas to tour tornado-affected areas, Sen. Mark Pryor said Saturday morning. Obama will most likely be in the state on Wednesday.

Obama has not been in the state as president. His last visit was as a U.S. Senator stumping for Gov. Mike Beebe.

Pryor invited Obama to see the damage done by the tornado, which ravaged Vilonia and areas of Mayflower in Faulkner County.

Pryor's letter read:

"I write to invite you to travel to the Arkansas communities devastated by this week’s deadly tornadoes.

As you know, my state was recently hit by a series of tornadoes. On Sunday, April 27, 2014, storms tore through large swaths of central Arkansas including Ferndale, Mayflower, Saltillo, Vilonia, El Paso, Center Hill, Step Rock, Denmark, Velvet Ridge, Thida, and Pleasant Plains. To date, 15 lives have been lost, over 150 Arkansans injured, 264 homes destroyed with many more left uninhabitable, numerous businesses have been damaged, and countless families’ belongings strewn for miles and miles.

The last few years have been particularly difficult for our state. We’ve faced dozens of damaging weather events, ranging from tornadoes to ice storms to drought. In fact, some of the communities hit by last week’s storms had just finished rebuilding from a tornado three years ago.

The people of Arkansas are resilient. We’re working tirelessly to begin the process of cleaning up, rebuilding, and getting families back on their feet. It will be a long process, and I know Arkansas would benefit enormously from both private sector and federal assistance. As we see in many crises, Arkansans have come to the aid of their neighbors, family, and friends. Church groups, the American Red Cross, and numerous local and state businesses have come together to help those in need. However, expedited assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration, and other government agencies will be essential as we work to reconstruct the devastated areas of our state.

Your assistance in expediting all necessary aid is crucial to the affected families and communities, and I hope you will be able to join me in Arkansas to witness firsthand not only the damage to our communities but also the resilience, selflessness, and determination of our citizens. I appreciate your consideration of my request."

No details have been made yet about the president's visit.

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357 05/03/14 - 09:19 am
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Stay Away!

STAY AWAY. I've seen what presidential motorcades do, they tie up traffic and lock everything down when victims and volunteers and the other people who are actually accomplishing something are trying to be productive. There is nothing good that will come out of his visit for the people of Faulkner County, all he wants is a photo op in a "war zone" with the common folk.

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Elmer Fudd 05/03/14 - 09:41 am
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357

with you on this one for sure. It cost and arm and leg just in logistics to move him and the equipment. Pure waste of mine and your money.

crypted quill
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crypted quill 05/03/14 - 09:44 am
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Typical response from

Typical response from Bubba... (I am living off the government) FOX pain philosophy.

Hahaha! A massive traffic jam in Faulkner County only happens 10 minutes before school starts and 10 minutes after school lets out.

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conwaygerl 05/03/14 - 01:53 pm
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typical

Spoken like someone that doesn't have to travel during a rush hour...you know...to a job.

crypted quill
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crypted quill 05/03/14 - 03:59 pm
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Typical myopic

Typical myopic thinking...everyone has to travel to have a job.

Some people can get their jobs done efficiently without going to company headquarters.

Sorry conwaygerl, telecommuters will be the first to tell you it is not for everyone.

Elmer Fudd
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Elmer Fudd 05/03/14 - 09:51 am
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Quill

there you go again sniffing that ink. Suppose you love the idea of spending all that money for some photo ops?

357
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357 05/03/14 - 10:19 am
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Instead of spending however

Instead of spending however millions it will take to get the president and his entourage here for a photo op, I'd just as soon see them spend half that much to seed it tax free directly to the folks who lost homes and businesses.

crypted quill
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crypted quill 05/03/14 - 12:19 pm
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JEEZ! Magnum, don't you have

JEEZ! Magnum, don't you have a range war/welfare cowboy rally to attend?

WAIT!

If old Cliven Bundy would pay his fair share of taxes to our tornado victims...that would be even better.

Ya know...$110 billion in taxpayer subsidies go to business from state and local governments.

Also, too, 3 out of every 4 dollars go to fewer than 1,000 big corporations AKA corporate welfare.

Yeah, you're RIGHT...the president should be doing laundry and buying plane tickets when he's not dispatching troops or signing legislation.

357
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357 05/03/14 - 01:03 pm
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According to the latest

According to the latest estimates easily found on the internet it costs $230K per hour just in operating costs for Air Force One to fly the president. So a four hour round trip is a cool million bucks. So, you tell me, which do YOU think the folks in Vilonia and Mayflower would rather have from the tax dollars they've contributed to the federal government; a photo op with the president so he can look "presidential" or direct finanical support to help get their lives back to some resemblance of normal?

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lachowsj 05/03/14 - 06:47 pm
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You tell me

Which would you prefer, Obama spending money to see tornado damage or Bush 43 spending money to go on vacation. Bush used Air Force One to fly from Washington to his Crawford, Texas ranch 77 times during his presidency.

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