President Says Oso Slide Response Should ‘Inspire’ America
By Austin Jenkins
President Obama has now seen the Oso landslide in Snohomish County firsthand. The President toured the disaster zone by helicopter Tuesday. He then met with family members of the victims. Obama’s visit coincided with the one month anniversary of the tragedy.
The President’s last stop on his tour was the Oso firehouse. It was there that first responders gathered to hear Obama speak. The walls were decorated with handmade signs thanking rescue workers. Another banner proclaimed “Oso Strong.” The President embraced that theme.
Barack Obama: “These are folks who love this land and it’s easy to see why because it’s gorgeous and there’s a way of life here that’s represented and to see the strength in adversity of this community I think should inspire all of us because this is also what America’s all about.”
The President said he and first lady Michelle Obama are grieving along with the community. And he pledged the ongoing support of the federal government and the nation.