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April 23, 2014

At mudslide scene, Obama mourns with survivors

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OSO, Wash. —

Firefighter coats hung on the firehouse walls as Obama spoke, with homemade signs above them reading: “We (Heart) Oso.” “Thank you Oso.” “Oso Proud.”

Brande Taylor, whose boyfriend volunteered to work on the mudslide debris field, was glad the president made the effort to visit this rural outpost.

“It is a small community. It’s little. It’s not huge on the map. But there’s still people here who need help, that need the support,” said Taylor, who stood near the firehouse. “And they need to know the president is here to support and to help them rebuild their lives.”

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