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Obama tours damage in Oklahoma and console victims of tornado

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President Barack Obama joined federal and state officials in Oklahoma Sunday to see the damage and destruction caused by last week's tornado.

The president was given an update on recovery efforts and said he was touched by what he saw.

Obama assured victims of the devastating tornado that "you've got folks behind you" all over the country. "A picture's worth a thousand words."

He said that some 1,200 homes have been completely damaged in the suburb Moore, Okla., and that 12,000 have been affected.

Obama urged the American public to help the people of the ravaged community.

"Our hearts go out to people and we're going to be with you all the way."

Meanwhile, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin (R-OK) said it will be important to have serious "vigorous discussion" about providing safe places in schools.

This comes after Plaza Towers Elementary School was destroyed in the devastating tornado, where seven children died. The school didn't have a "safe room" in which teachers and students could seek protection.

 

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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