Tornado survivors wait for presidential sighting

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Updated: 5/26/2013 11:30 pm Published: 5/26/2013 8:55 pm

The presidential visit to Moore drew crowds with people from across state lines and tornado survivors.

"I think he needs to be here and the people want him here," said Teresa Robinson.

Across from Plaza Towers Elementary, behind the barricades, survivors watched for any sighting of President Obama touring the damage at the school.

However, there were two children in the crowd who caught people's attention.

"This thing is soft, feel it," said Xavier Delgado, a third-grader.

He was carrying a teddy bear to put on the fence where a makeshift memorial has been created in front of Plaza Towers Elementary. He was in the third grade and at school when the tornado tore through his school where seven children died.

In front of the rubble, is a line of seven crosses with each victim's name and in the middle is a cross with the number seven, representing the number of students who died at the school.

Obama toured the school that is now demolished.

"When he flew over the school, the sighting itself was a moment of awe," said Starr Young.

She was the first to get in position. Eventually the crowd grew larger, people were taking pictures of the guards standing on cars surrounding the school armed with guns. Others were taking video and checking their phones to see where he would go next.

"I'm listening to the scanner to see what they are saying," said one woman watching for a sighting.

To get to the school, the president drove down Eagle Street. Once Obama left, FOX23 News drove through the neighborhood and spoke to a survivor who was not impressed with his visit.

"I wished he would have picked up something, or asked people if they needed anything," said Carolyn Perry.

Many people were disappointed they didn't get to see the president but they were glad to see that he saw the damage.

"I'm glad he came for the people," said Delgado's mother.

However, what caught the people's eyes were the T-shirts Xavier and his sister were wearing while waiting for the president to arrive.

"It was wonderful to see the two children in the school," said Mary Bowling.

The children were wearing T-shirts that read on the front "I survived an EF5 at Plaza Towers Elementary, May 20th 2013."

"I got chills," said Young. "That was something too, words can't describe it."

On the back of the shirts were pictures of the seven children who died.

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The views expressed here do not necessarily represent those of KOKI FOX23 - Tulsa

WyoMoe - 5/28/2013 10:45 AM
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The only reason that obama went to Moore was to see (and probably enjoy)the great suffering of many white people.
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