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President Obama is praising the heroes here in the heartland and promising that the federal government will do everything it can to help.
He says he's already decided disaster declaration to get things moving right away.
Our prayers are with the people of Oklahoma today.
Our gratitude is with the teachers who gave.
They're all to shield their children.
With the neighbors.
First responders and emergency personnel who -- to help as soon as the tornado passed.
And -- all of those who has darkness -- searched for survivors.
Through the night.
And tonight the flag on the Capitol Hill is still flying at half staff in honor of the victims here and Oklahoma.
Our senior White House correspondent Ed Henry live at the White House tonight -- We'll -- interest thing before the president made those comments here at the White House he had a high level briefing with some of his top advisors including the Homeland Security secretary.
-- -- -- can see this official White House photo.
Of that Lisa Monaco one of the other advises there you remember she was pivotal in the Boston bombings investigation as well in terms of keeping the president in the loop about the latest developments.
The president made clear that the full force of the federal government will be on hand in Oklahoma to deal with this tragedy Nicholas.
The neighborhoods were destroyed.
Dozens of people.
Lost their lives.
Many more were injured.
And among the victims were young children.
Trying to take shelter and safest place they knew.
Dangerous thing as well because -- few -- was not in this briefing with the president only because he was already on his way.
To Oklahoma so his deputy was here to help -- the president by the Homeland Security secretary Janet Neapolitan panel is now on her way as well she'll be in Oklahoma where you are tomorrow -- meanwhile in terms of the president we don't know yet when -- go well White House officials are saying.
It out privately is that a likely go at some point but right now publicly they're saying he does not want to get in the way of all the first responders trying to.
But you know bring everyone together try it in that recovery mission to deal with every on the ground the last -- -- -- do is bring the president's security detail in.
And distract -- all that ships who -- released updates via.
Yeah they couldn't take much more traffic congestion here that's for sure it Henry the White House thank you -- they've --
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