May 29 - U.S. President Obama pledged to stand behind Joplin, Missouri for as long as it takes tornado ravaged town to recover. Deborah Lutterbeck reports..
U.S. President Barack Obama tours tornado ravaged Joplin, Missouri. Obama got a first hand look at what is left of the town of 50,000 people. A week ago a tornado slammed into Joplin leaving behind a swath of destruction nearly a mile, damaging about 8,000 buildings. SOUNDBITE: U.S. President Barack Obama, saying: "Obviously, the scene speaks for itself. When we were in Tuscaloosa a few weeks ago, I talked about how I had not seen devastation like that in my life time . You come here to Joplin, it is just as heartbreaking and in some way even more devastating." Later at a memorial service Obama vowed to stand by residents for as long as it takes to recover,. SOUNDBITE: U.S. President Barack Obama, saying: "The cameras may go, but we will be with you every step of the way. We are not going anywhere" The May 22 tornado was the deadliest single twister in the United States since 1947. It killed at least 139 people and injured more than 900. Scores more are still unaccounted for. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters