I'm glad that there is a little humor coming out of the terrible tragedy in Greensburg, Kansas. Apparently, presidential hopeful (not gonna happen!) Obama is a little mis-informed...the following was posted on Fox News today.
Obama: '10,000 People Died' in Kansas Tornado
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
RICHMOND, Va. — Barack Obama, caught up in the fervor of a campaign speech Tuesday, drastically overstated the Kansas tornadoes death toll, saying 10,000 had died.
The death toll was 12.
"In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died — an entire town destroyed," the Democratic presidential candidate said in a speech to 500 people packed into a sweltering Richmond art studio for a fundraiser.
Obama mentioned the disaster in Greensburg, Kan., in saying he had been told by the office of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius that the state's National Guard had been depleted by its commitment to the Iraq War.
"Turns out that the National Guard in Kansas only had 40 percent of its equipment and they are having to slow down the recovery process in Kansas," Obama said, his shirt sleeves rolled up and his head glistening with sweat.
As the Illinois senator concluded his remarks a few minutes later, he appeared to realize his gaffe.
On the other hand, our actual President made a personal trip to Greensburg today to see the damage for himself, and to offer encouragement and comfort to the families of Greensburg. Click here to see some photos of his visit.