In the wake of yet more terrible storms, this time in the Midwest, the President called Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to personally extend his condolences and to tell all of the families of Joplin affected by the severe tornadoes that they are in his thoughts and prayers. The President assured the governor that FEMA will remain in close contact and coordination with state and local officials.
President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, during his visit to Dublin, Ireland, May 23, 2011. The President and Gov. Nixon discussed the deadly tornado that touched down in Joplin, Mo., Sunday night. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
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New Obama Administration Jobs and Innovation Initiative to Spur Regional Economic Growth
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4:35 AM: The President and the First Lady arrive in Dublin, Ireland
5:15 AM: The President and the First Lady arrive at President's Residence and sign guest book
5:25 AM: The President and the First Lady meet with President McAleese and Dr. McAleese
5:50 AM: The President and the First Lady participate in a tree planting ceremony
6:15 AM: The President holds a bilateral meeting with Taoiseach Kenny
8:20 AM: The President and the First Lady attend U.S. Embassy meet and greet
10:00 AM: The Vice President meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
12:30 PM: The President delivers remarks at Irish Celebration
5:00 PM: The Vice President attends a retirement ceremony for Ambassador Chris Hill