Moore Residents React to Upcoming Presidential Visit
By Caitlin Alexander
Several Moore residents responded with mixed reactions to President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to the tornado's aftermath Sunday."The president coming to Moore, Oklahoma? I really don't know. He's going to see a lot of devastation," said Wayneta Canary, whose mother's home was destroyed in the tornado.Governor Mary Fallin said an administrator with FEMA has already responded to Moore and that the town is preparing for Obama's visit. Some residents said a presidential visit could emphasize the need for immediate government help."I think he'll get a warm welcome, and we appreciate what he's doing, fast-tracking everything with FEMA," said One Church volunteer Ryan Fowler.Regarding his itinerary, Governor Fallin told Channel 8 earlier this week, "I think he's going to want to see the disaster area, probably visit with some of the families that have struggled through this disaster and see the relief efforts that have gone on here."One man helping dig through the rubble of a devastated house said, "I have no interest in seeing him."However, a man that lost his home thinks it could help. He said, "If we keep it in the public's eye, the people that need help will continue to get help."The president is expected to arrive in Moore Sunday morning and speak sometime Sunday afternoon.This comes after three high schools in Moore will graduate their seniors Saturday at Cox Convention Center.
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