President Obama has made a statement on the Oklahoma tornado, saying that he has spoken with Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin on Monday and with Mayor Glenn Lewis of Moore, and that "Oklahoma needs to get what it needs right away." He added that the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Craig Fugate, is now on his way to Oklahoma.
Speaking following a meeting with his disaster response team, Obama said that "our full focus is on the urgent work of rescue," and that "the people of Moore should know that their country will remain there on the ground beside them as long as it takes." He talked about the recovery and rebuilding ahead for those affected:
"There are empty spaces where there used to be living rooms and bedrooms and classrooms. And in time we're going to need to refill those spaces with love and laughter and community. We don't yet know the human and economic losses that may have occurred. We know that the severe rumbling of bad weather continues, and we're also preparing for hurricane season, that begins next week."