President Obama and the First Lady comfort people at Holt Elementary School in Holt, Ala. (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama hugs a resident as he surveys damage caused by devastating severe storms and tornadoes in the Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Reggie Love takes video using his iPad of damage caused by devastating severe storms and tornadoes in the Tuscaloosa

President Barack Obama hugs Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala., as first lady Michelle Obama and Birmingham, Ala. Mayor William Bell look on

23 Responses to “alabama”

    • 2 Charmed
      April 29, 2011 at 4:31 pm

      I thought he was leaving the union….

    • 3 Suzanne
      April 29, 2011 at 4:31 pm

      And we know President Obama will look at all of the situations with compassion and balance, making his decisions on what is needed in each situation. Here’s an excellent discussion of how much money TX has received from the Federal Govt to fight wildfires


      Federal government has given over $39 million in fire grants to Texas

      “During the 2009 and 2010 award periods, the federal Department of Homeland Security through FEMA awarded $39,747,075 to Texas fire departments and state organizations for firefighting, through the Assistance to Firefighter Grants, Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants, Fire Prevention and Safety Grants, and Fire Station Construction Grants. That dollar amount does not include complete data for two of the grant programs (FP&S and FSC) which have not yet provided their information for the 2010 grant application period. In 2009 those two grant programs gave a total of $4,339,014 to Texas.”

      • 4 majii
        April 29, 2011 at 6:23 pm

        Thanks, Suzanne,

        I posted this to my FB page so that my contacts can see how low a person Perry is and pass it on. He’s never met a truthful statement/fact regarding PBO that he’s willing to acknowledge. He knows that keeping the rw nuts dumb and uninformed in TX is the key to maintaining power and control of the state in the hands of rw politicians.

    • 5 Luci1119
      April 29, 2011 at 8:28 pm

      HUH! Wonders never cease to amaze me

    • 6 yardarm756
      April 29, 2011 at 8:31 pm

      Wah,wah,wah! Last i heard he didn’t need no stinkin’ gubmint!

  1. 7 Suzanne
    April 29, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Thanks for the pictures and videos, Chipsticks. He is always there for the people involved. I love how he and Michelle are hugging and comforting them. How wonderful to know that your President really cares.

  2. 8 Suzanne
    April 29, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    I apologize for taking away from the tragedy in Alabama, but I’m not sure where to add this. There are some very interesting discussions about President Obama’s funding raising. The best is

    Paul Begala: You’re damn right we’ll spend undisclosed cash to battle the right


    Paul Begala to Greg Sargent:

    (Quote) As we say back home in Texas, “a hit dog barks.” Mr. Rove and the RNC are barking because their days of unchallenged lies are over. There is too much at stake. The Supreme Court itself, for starters, which Mitt Romney has pledged to stack with jurists like Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. The very existence of Medicare is at risk. Nursing home care, student loans, environmental protection, Wall Street reform, consumer protection — the very fabric of the American middle class — is in the Rove-Koch crosshairs. They want to slam the middle class in order to give more rewards to oil companies, millionaires and billionaires.

    Everywhere I go Americans have asked me why progressives are letting the right wing define the debate. Sadly, in the post-Citizens United world, unlimited money has allowed them to. There is a real groundswell out there. Progressives are fed up with the politics of fear and smear, fed by the tactics of lie and buy. They want to stand up and fight back. That’s just what we intend to do.
    …. Greg Sargent:
    But in truth, both Feingold and Begala can be right here. It’s wrong that voters will not be told who is funding Dem ads — period. But the problem here is the rules that enable this to happen on both sides, and Dems are trying to change those rules. The liberal case for accepting undisclosed money — as articulated here by Begala — is that over the long term, it will make reform more likely by evening the playing field and facilitating Dem electoral success. It’s fair to demand, as Feingold does, that Dems not embrace “unlimited corporate influence.” And it’s good to have Feingold staking out the argument that undisclosed money is unacceptable, lest it become accepted as routine. But the better way to hold Dems to Feingold’s standard may be to insist that they pursue real reform in legislative terms, not to demand that they lead by example and adopt what amounts to unilateral disarmament, as admirable as that might seem.(endquote)

    Also Steve Benen

    And another by Greg Sargent

    This is my comment: It feels right to me. The Democrats are on the playing field with integrity and I like it. Ideals and pragmatism. The courage to get things done.

    • 9 GGail
      April 29, 2011 at 5:01 pm

      Suzanne, if you have something that you want Chipsticks to use as a topic you can send it via the Contact Me link at the top of the TOD page. I used it and the topic was posted promptly and then I added my comments.

    • 10 kay360
      April 29, 2011 at 8:30 pm

      Thanks for posting these articles. May I reiterate Paul Begala’s quote: “Damn right!”

    • 11 Luci1119
      April 29, 2011 at 8:38 pm

      Heyyyyyyyyy, I like It, sounds like they have made the Dems mad, and I guess the Dems say, what’s fair for the Goose, Is fair for the Gander Lol. You know like ,If you can’t beat ’em’, join ’em’.

  3. 12 HZ
    April 29, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    It is sad and shameful how Gov. Rick Perry and all of his mean-spirited friends just cannot tell the truth. We know that President Obama’s Administration has records of what they have done in this situation. Plus, these ugly spirits in these people never realize to themselves, “What I am doing is hurting the people of my state.” Well, Mr. Perry does not realize that he will be judged greatly on this. We know that the President does not have a mean spirit in him to allow suffering people in need, and he is aware of the need, and not provide for them. No, not our President. I do not see it in his spirit. Perry is not being truthful. I believe Perry is lying, period. These men and women jealous, hateful, short-sighted, and very poor leaders. They are shameful people. We will get it right at the polls in 2012. etc., e Let us call them for what they are.I am tired of these evil white-boys showing their nasty hearts. Plain and simple. Good old southern boys all ticked off.

  4. 13 anniebella
    April 29, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    This is the time to put aside politics, religion, race, and anything which seperate us and try to help each other, if anyone can’t do that, then evil fills your heart. If Perry is upset, then why don’t he invite the President and First Lady to visit his state. Perry is just full of a lot of dog doo.

  5. 14 GGail
    April 29, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Welcome back Chipsticks! You hit the ground running. Thanks for providing this information regarding Alabama.

  6. 16 lisa
    April 29, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Oh Ms. Chips, I’ve been at odds and ends without you today. I’m so glad you’re back 🙂 But I hope whatever endeavor that took you away from us was successful. Thanks so much for the videos! There’s another part of the second video of the president’s statement where the wasp comes back for the gov and PBO shoo’s it away and the governor turns to him and they both say something along the line of:” you watch my back and I’ll watch yours.” Then they chuckled and the gov. turned back to the camera and continues to talk. It’s amazing how humor can aid in the soothing of grief.
    p.s-The mayor seems like a nice guy.

  7. 18 P
    April 29, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Missed you 2day Chips welcome back! 🙂 They are at their best here….so much GENUINE compassion within these two lovebirds its beautiful to watch! 🙂

  8. 19 kelly
    April 29, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    This is a horrible scary situation to be in. I am glad POTUS has pledged to do everything possible to help these people recover and has taken the time to go directly to them. The commentary from the news ladies in the last clip was one of the best most respectful I have heard since our president started leading this nation. Bless.

  9. 20 GGail
    April 29, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    These are powerful pictures and by the sound of the two reporters, there will be many many people in this section of Alabama that will appreciate this President and remember his compassion for a long time.

  10. 21 Deagara
    April 29, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Chip…..I love your site. Here’s over 10 minute footage of the President and first lady arriving in Tuscaloosa, AL:


  11. 22 anniebella
    April 29, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    In the first pictures you can see the First Lady giving the young boy some comfort like only she can. i think she is just great.

    • 23 anniebella
      April 29, 2011 at 11:37 pm

      Let us all pray for the people who lost so much in those states who were hit by those tornados. It is terrible, and these people need our prayers and if we can donate a dollar or two, please do so to Red Cross, or if you can give some of your time, just whatever you can to help.

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