Obama to attend memorial for victims of fertilizer plant explosion
April 22nd, 2013
12:53 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama to attend memorial for victims of fertilizer plant explosion

(CNN) - President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will go to Baylor University in Waco, Texas, on Thursday to attend a memorial service for the victims of last week's fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters Monday.

Obama, along with all the living former presidents, will be in Texas celebrating the opening of the George W. Bush Museum and Library in Dallas. He'll also attend a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee while in Texas.

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  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Terrible accident.
    Excellent President.

    April 22, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. sonny chapman

    Go ahead Rand Paul, say it; Obama is using them as props.

    April 22, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. Pete

    Thanks Pres.Obama for being the unselfish,compassionate president you are,keep it up we're behind you...And just how much are people to be charged for going to this library of Bushs in Texas,he should be paying us for enduring his crap!!

    April 22, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. BrianMemphis

    About time. They didn't vote for him and he's pretty much been real quite. Boston, on the other hand, supported this guy so he was out in force with them.

    April 22, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. liberal disease

    yey he is good at funerals

    April 22, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. PaulCat

    Thank you Mr. Obama for being the president that you are. No matter how much they dislike you, You love them even more.
    Thanks for being the adult in the room!

    April 22, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. Texan

    ^ I think you should speak for yourself. As a Texan that lives right next to West I can tell you noone gives two flips about Obama coming here. We are busy supporting the victims.

    April 22, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. KuttaCNN

    Terrible Tragedy.
    Incompetent President.

    April 22, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  9. Cephus

    Excellent idea but put your acts together otherwise some have taken control

    April 22, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  10. No Tea for me

    Great gesture by our POTUS.
    The TX politicians that voted against any relief for Sandy should be ashamed right now since they have their hand out requesting federal aid....
    Since cowboy Fonzie and his ilk wanted out of the US, they should pull themselves up by their bootstraps and not expect tax payers to help them in their time of need.
    Sadly this is par for the course for the hypocrites known as the GOTP.

    April 22, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. Dallas

    Thank you President Obama for being the voice of reason among all these shrill and bigoted politicians. Keep fighting the good fight.

    April 22, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  12. Kerry

    Thank you president Obama, for being the christian you are.

    April 22, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  13. tear around

    We appreciate all the effort and sharing of grief by President Obama with our citizens. What a shame there have been so many such events.

    April 22, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  14. Anthony in California

    Terrible Tragedy.
    Competent, caring, intelligent President.

    April 22, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  15. Zerubbabel

    There is no way that you can compare the these two tragedies. Boston was an act of terror committed by disaffected individuals. One is an American citizen and the other was married to and a father of an American citizen. West was the result of lax Texas state regvlators who allowed a corporation to commit the criminally negligent act of storing 270 tons of ammonium nitrate when any quantity above 400 lbs is to be reported to DHS, which they did not do. The West tragedy could have been prevented if the rule of law had been followed and the POTUS would not have to comfort those first responders and others lost in this criminal act. By the way, the POTUS has mentioned this tragedy several times, selective hearing, huh. Try practicing the principles from the Sermon on the Mount as the POTUS does on a daily basis. Love those who hate you, it is a really liberating experience, we can rise above our own pettiness. God Bless.

    April 22, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  16. PJ

    "I think you should speak for yourself...........as a Texan....."
    Thanks, I will do just that.
    As a Texan, who does not live near West, I am glad President Obama will attend the Memorial ceremony.
    And, since you think people should speak for themselves, maybe you should allow the people of West to
    decide if they "give a flip". They need all the help they can get, and this could be an opportunity for
    President Obama to help them.
    BTW, we don't have to live near West, to support them.

    April 22, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  17. WRONG Republican

    THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT for being a voice or reason in a sea of madness.

    April 22, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  18. much thunder..little rain

    funerals and raising money...dont sound just right

    April 22, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  19. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    People who ridicule President Obama for taking the time to honor the dead and wounded are simply showing how ignorant and hateful they really are. Thankfully, the right wing will die out and be replaced by more thoughtful, compassionate people.

    April 22, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. Former GOPer

    Barack Obama will go down as one of our nation's greatest presidents!

    April 22, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. Howard

    It's all an act. If it hadn't been the the DNC fundraiser he wouldn't have came. I just can't believe anyone would support Obama.

    April 22, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. KuttaCNN

    President Obama Legacy – Failed Recovery and Recession Forever !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 22, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  23. jerome

    Did any of the victims relatives even ask him to come there, or is it another "never let a tragedy go to waste"?

    April 22, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  24. Howard

    Zerubbabel. Are you saying the bombing could not been prevented? You might want to check out a few of the stories out there. It could have been prevented if the criminals also known as our government had done their jobs.

    April 22, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  25. ritmocojo

    Did anybody ask jerome anything about anything? Never let an opportunity to bash Obama go to waste?

    April 22, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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