Obama to Joplin, MO
March 5th, 2012
12:07 PM ET

Obama to Joplin, MO

Almost exactly a year after a massive tornado ripped through the town of Joplin, Missouri, President Obama is slated to deliver the commencement speech at the local high school, according to a senior administration official.

Joplin was practically wiped off the map last year on May 22nd when a tornado tore through the town causing the death of 161 people.

President Obama last visited the town days after the storm and delivered remarks at a memorial service. “The cameras may leave. The spotlight may shift. But we will be with you every step of the way until Joplin is restored,” the president said. “We’re not going anywhere. That is not just my promise; that’s America’s promise.”

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  1. Lefty

    Hail Obama! He can turn a cloudy day into sunshine! Sorry but I took a double shot of kool-aid this morning.

    March 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  2. Steveo

    Tornado season started early this year! In some cases, entire families and neighborhoods are gone! I like the back and forth of political discussion but this is not the story for that! My thoughts and prayers go out to those who lost loved ones and property! President Bush was often called the Comforter in Chief! No doubt President Obama will do the same!

    March 5, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • John

      Nice comments Steveo – I 2nd what you said.
      Those poor people...

      March 5, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • jerry

      oh they bashed the crap out of Bush for not flying into New Orleans after the storm... he flew over....did not disrupt the relief efforts....

      March 5, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
      • Steveo

        One thing we can all agree is whether Bush was bashed or not (he was) he still comforted people. Obama is going to do the same thing! As I stated Jerry, this is not a story that lends itself to political bickering! People died, people were injured, people lost their homes, churches, and businesses, people are hurting! I will credit the president for providing comfort to hurting people Bash away on the next story, just not this one or anyother like it! One has to be strangley jaded to infuse politics into this, whether from the left or the right!

        March 5, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
    • Name*Liz Carter

      I don't remember GWB being referred to as the Comforter In Chief, but thanks Steveo for you continued level-headedness and honesty. My prayers and sympathy goes out to the victims too.

      March 5, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
      • John

        Liz, check out the 2/20/11/ issue of the Star Ledger – "The comforter in chief: The right words at the right time".
        In a later post you noted "especially this president" when writing about BO's security. I'm wondering why you think this way. Every president has security issues. Bush had more than most.

        March 6, 2012 at 6:40 am |
  3. BLKMANnAmerica

    Great read, in the end this type of President is indeed a "comforter in Chief". Presdient Obama is such a good President.

    March 5, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  4. jerry

    I wonder how much air space was shut down... at least President Bush didn't opt for the BIG photo opportunity like this fake-in-chief does.

    March 5, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • jean2009

      What was that "Mission Accomplished" on the deck of an aircraft carrier?




      March 5, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
      • jerry

        Jean President Bush is enjoying life in Texas on his ranch...yes he has a home and everything, he didn't rent it out when he went to D.C. like others who are well...carpetbaggers.

        March 5, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
      • jean2009

        Sorry jerry ....Bush sold the ranch and moved to a suburban house in Dallas. Say why would he have rented the Crawford Ranch since he lived there most of his presidency. Besides he sold it because it had served his purpose of making him appear to be a cowboy.....image....image....all those photo ops you know.


        March 5, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ jerry
        Just to get you up to speed on the Bush's new $2.1 million digs.

        March 5, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ jerry I couldn't resist this one...

        March 5, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
      • jerry

        Jean.... your referenced Vanity Fair article on the ranch..was speculating the sale of the ranch (they still own it, and use it). They do have a home they built in town also... You need to learn to read..old gal. Your always referencing left wing nut case articles and we all know you are an angry old single black woman...

        March 5, 2012 at 10:26 pm |
      • jerry

        You know the fact is obama went to chicago to join that racist america hating church...to practice civil rights law, lecture (not ever a real professor) law classes....and just generally play up his race for political gain....ie a carpetbagger.

        March 5, 2012 at 10:33 pm |
      • jean2009


        March 6, 2012 at 11:31 am |
  5. george of the jungle

    jerry give it a rest. so many lives lost . People need to know that the country is behind them now. Thank you mr president

    March 5, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
    • jerry

      I'll give it rest when O'Barry is back in Chicago where he belongs. Just a few months to go George.

      March 5, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
      • jean2009

        I wouldn't hold my breath since it is going to be a few years.

        March 5, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
  6. Name*Liz Carter

    Jerry, Bush took photo-ops everywhere he went! My goodness! How much air-space is being shut down? It better be as much as it takes to keep a President secure and safe, especially this one! You heard me? It better not be any Ooooopses!!! They took as much as they needed for the others didn't they, and with NO QUESTION EITHER! You are an evil, hateful, jealous biggot who really needs to check himself!

    March 5, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
    • jerry

      sorry about that... We who disagree with obamas grandstanding at every opportunity are evil and hateful and oh yes racist... You may not believe there are a lot of people who would not feel comfort from an obama visit... especially in the south...you nut case.

      March 5, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
  7. Bonnie

    I don't think the people were very comforted by Bush that went through hurricane Katrina. I remember a lot of them feeling like Washington had deserted them. I know Obama will be more concerned and caring.

    March 5, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
    • jerry

      yes...all those well fare people they just raised all kinds of heck.... and many f them never did go back...sorry for Texas!

      March 5, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
      • jean2009

        What a miserable racist fool you must be....Katrina didn't care if people were poor or rich it took over 1800 lives. And yes the Bush Administration was slow to address the situation.
        "We lost everything. Katrina didn't care if you were poor or rich; all the houses look the same now." – Mississippi resident Penny Dean (Quoted in People magazine)


        March 5, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
      • jerry

        well...jean....fact is the majority of the complainers were out of work moochers... call it racist if you will...but its just a fact. The left made a big deal out of the handling of the disaster...so, what else is new. hahaha

        March 5, 2012 at 10:30 pm |
      • jean2009

        Out of work moochers on what do you base that? Post some facts.

        For a fact ....on the morning of August 29, 2005, 400,000 jobs were lost due to Hurricane Katrina...so to me that means on the day Katrina hit 400,000 working American citizens had been earning their own living. On that unexpected day they not only lost their means of earning a living, but they also lost everything they had. So you think that is a reason for hahaha? Big deal ...yes ..it was a big deal to those 400,000 people.

        March 6, 2012 at 11:48 am |
      • Steveo


        I was going to ask about about the slow State and City response but since I brought up the "no politics on this story" admonition, I will follow my own advice. Maybe next time!

        March 6, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
      • jean2009

        Well Steveo since cities and very likely most of the states affected lost a lot of their support infrastructure, including trained support people, and rescue equipment, but also access to equipment with personnel trained to use specific equipment. Certainly that fact played havoc with their response time. We can all say they didn't have a good pro-active plan for a storm of that magnitude....but so it seems neither did Washington.

        Not only did the Federal government not immediately respond when the situation was so grim. This was exactly a time when they needed to forget about being asked and pitch in and do what had to be done at a quicker pace.


        March 6, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  8. 4Joplin2011

    It saddens me to hear the hate towards the President for coming to visit Joplin after our tornado and speaking at the JHS graduation. He would be damned if he did and damned if he didn't. How can you dislike people so much when so many lives were lost? If you spent a day in their shoes I think you would be singing a different tune. We welcomed thousands of volunteers from all over the world and having camera's at the platform of destruction no matter who was here, and we were thankful for all types of support. Thankfully my four cousins who live in town only lost their homes and not their lives....and even a year later the kids still have nightmares of living through the noises of the storm. The stories of a dead Father covering his children to protect them at Home Depot, and then burying the father and his two kids in the same casket in his arms still brings tears to my eyes. That is just one story of a horrible afternoon.

    There is freedom of speech in this country, but bashing someone's intentions is just wrong. Watch your mouth.....because I am grateful like many Joplin residents for his visit, and would be grateful to Bush if he came as well. The needy and hurt by the tornado have no bias when comfort is needed.

    June 12, 2012 at 11:59 am |