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Obama visits the tornado affected town of Vilonia in Arkansas

U.S. President Barack Obama talks with Daniel Smith and sons Gabriel Dority (R) and Garrison Dority as he visits the tornado devastated town of Vilonia, Arkansas May 7, 2014. The tornadoes were part of a storm system that blew through the Southern and Midwestern United States earlier this week, killing at least 35 people, including 15 in Arkansas. Obama has already declared a major disaster in Arkansas and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS DISASTER)

Obama visits tornado-ravaged Arkansas

Surveying the residue of nature's destructive power in the country's midsection, President Barack Obama pledged Wednesday to residents of tornado-ravaged Arkansas communities that their government will stand with them until they finish rebuilding.

Obama said he wanted to stop in this small city about a half-hour north of Little Rock to assure those grieving the loss of loved ones, homes and treasured possessions that they will not be forgotten. (AP)

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