Obama seeks to console victims of Oklahoma tornado

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President Barack Obama walks across the tarmac to greet people as he arrives on Air Force One, Sunday, May 26, 2013, at Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City, Okla., en route to the Moore, Okla., to see the response to the severe tornadoes and weather that devastated the area. He will also visit with the families affected, and with first responders. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — President Barack Obama is assuring victims of the devastating Oklahoma tornado that "you've got folks behind you" all over the country.

Obama joined federal and state officials at the site of the tornado damage Sunday to give an update on recovery efforts and to say he was touched by what he saw.

The president said, quote, "A picture's worth a thousand words." He said that some 1,200 homes have been completely damaged in the suburb of Moore, Okla., and that 12,000 have been affected.

He urged the American public to help the people of the ravaged community. He said that "our hearts go out to people" and said he wanted people in Oklahoma to know that "we're going to be with you all the way."