President Obama Vows Long Term Support For Slide Victims

By Austin Jenkins

President Obama offered words of encouragement and support to victims of the Oso landslide in Snohomish County. Tuesday marks the one month anniversary of the disaster. The President toured the slide by helicopter, met with families and first responders and spoke at the Oso fire house.

President Obama speaks at the Oso fire house after touring the landslide zone by helicopter and meeting with the families of victims. Credit Austin Jenkins.The fire house was decorated with posters thanking emergency responders and proclaiming “Oso Strong.” Obama vowed the country will be “strong right alongside you.”

Barack Obama: “Michelle and I grieve with you and the whole country is thinking about you. And we’re going to make sure that we’re there every step of the way as we go through the grieving, the mourning, the recovery.”

Among those in the audience were members of the Snohomish County Sheriff’s helicopter team that rescued a toddler boy shortly after the slide. The President was flanked by Governor Jay Inslee and members of the state’s Congressional delegation. Following Obama’s visit, the delegation announced an additional $7.5M in federal assistance.

Photo: President Obama speaks at the Oso fire house after touring the landslide zone by helicopter and meeting with the families of victims. Credit Austin Jenkins.

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