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“We’ll Be with You Every Step of the Way”

President Obama visited Joplin, Missouri, yesterday to meet with those who lost so much in last week's devastating tornadoes, and the volunteers and first responders who came to help them.

Speaking at a memorial service at Missouri Southern University, the President said:

As you move forward in the days ahead, I know that rebuilding what you’ve lost won’t be easy. I just walked through some of the neighborhoods that have been affected, and you look out at the landscape, and there have to be moments where you just say, where to begin? How to start? There are going to be moments where after the shock has worn off, you feel alone. But there’s no doubt in my mind what the people of this community can do. There’s no doubt in my mind that Joplin will rebuild. And as President, I can promise you your country will be there with you every single step of the way. We will be with you every step of the way. We’re not going anywhere. The cameras may leave. The spotlight may shift. But we will be with you every step of the way until Joplin is restored and this community is back on its feet. We’re not going anywhere.

Visit to find out how you can help the residents of Joplin and communities across the country rebuild their lives after devastating storms and tornadoes.

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