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SEATTLE — President Obama plans to visit the Oso Mudslide area Tuesday, taking a look at the devastation that so far has killed 41 people.

The president will land at Paine Field in Everett around 12:30 p.m., and then plans to leave from Paine Field at 5 p.m.

We will have live updates throughout the day, including live stream video and continuing access on our live blog.

Check below for the latest on President Obama’s visit. Here’s a full story of the event.

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This concludes the live blog of President Obama’s visit to Washington state today.

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Local pool report 7
From: Rikki King, Everett Herald

Walls of the fire station are covered in maps and photos of slide scene, along with thank-you banners from area schools. People are standing on chairs to ensure they can see the president when he arrives. Some of the emergency responders have their cell phone cameras already trained on the empty lectern waiting for the first photo. Snohomish County DEM director John Pennington is among the crowd.

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Pool Report 6: Oso Fire Department scene
From: Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post

After spending about one hour and fifteen minutes with relatives of those who perished in last month’s mudslide, President Obama came to the Oso Fire Departmentat roughly 3:30 pm PT to address first responders and members of the community.

A few dozen first responders sat in folding chairs, including some of the pilots who flew in to extract mudslide victims as well as members of the Washington Conservation Corps and FEMA Corps. In addition there are state and local officials who are helping members of the community recover financially from the disaster, such as representatives from the Small Business Administration and the state’s unemployment agency.

A banner declaring “Oso Strong” is stretched across the opening of the firehouse, with a bright red Snohomish County Fire District 25 truck parked right outside.

The president has not yet come out to speak.

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The President’s motorcade arrives at a Firehouse near Oso — 

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From Kevin Berry: “Obama waved at us. Day made. #potus #obama #osostrong”


Apr 22, 2014 | Obama waved at us. Day made. #potus #obama #osostrong by imkevinberry on Keek.com

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Everett Herald: County may prohibit building in landslide hazard zones

Story here >> http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20140422/NEWS01/140429693

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Pool report 4: Aerial Tour
Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post

After about 15 minutes of flying time, Marine One flew directly over the site of the mudslide wreckage. The impact of the one month-old disaster was still fresh, with a swath of mud and debris covering the mountainside. Ripped up trees littered the landscape, and the path of the Stillaguamish River was altered. A one-mile section of a state highway was covered in mud and debris. A couple of bright-yellow excavators could be seen operating below, digging in the earth as part of the ongoing effort to recover the bodies of those who died. Amid the wreckage, an American flag flew at half staff.

Marine One touched down on a landing zone at approximately 1:31 pm PT. We are now headed to the Oso firehouse in Oso, Wash., one of the two small towns most directly affected by the disaster.
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Local pool report 3
From: Rikki King, Everett Herald

Engines are running in the motorcade long before the president is expected. Secret Service agents give the motorcade cars a quick rub with a dust rag so they shine, straightening the small flags on SUVs and applying a presidential seal decal. Officials can be seen on airport building roofs, scanning the sky. Marysville firefighters watch from the tarmac. The crowd in the parking lot continues to grow, hemmed in by squad cars.

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President Obama shaking hands with Jay Inslee

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President Obama hugging Patti Murray. 

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Local pool report 2
From: Rikki King, Everett Herald
Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 3:01 PM

Families and couples with babies and lawn chairs arrived at the Arlington airport, hoping for a glimpse of the president. They looked up as helicopters hummed overhead. Some waved at the sky. A toddler in a yellow jacket played in the grass, her mother’s watchful eye following her.

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Pool report 3, WA arrival
From: Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post

Air Force One touched down on Paine Field Airport at approximately 12:48 pm PT, and President Obama disembarked at 12:50 pm. He was greeted by a large group of WA state and federal politicians, per the White House, including Gov. Jay Inslee, Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, Reps. Suzan DelBene and Rick Larsen, Everett mayor Ray Stephanson, Seattle mayor Ed Murray, Major General Bret Dougherty, the adjutant general, and Jon Lovick, Snohomish County executive.

At 12:53 pm Obama boarded Marine One with the governor and Sens. Murray and Cantwell and took off for an aerial tour of the mudslide area.

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Local pool report 1
From: Rikki King, Everett Herald

By 11:30, police and fire vehicles were lining up along the Arlington airfield entrance. Snohomish County sheriff’s Lt. Rodney Rochon leaned out his window to greet the arriving state motorcycle troopers. Black SUVs with Maryland plates followed them in onto the airfield. The day is warm but cloudy and cooling.

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Larsen Statement on President Obama’s Visit to the 530 Mudslide

EVERETT—Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, issued the following statement in advance of accompanying President Obama on a visit today to the 530 slide.

“The tragic mudslide that devastated the Oso and Darrington communities one month ago has forever changed the lives of so many in Snohomish County.”

“The President’s visit today underscores the country’s commitment to helping Oso and Darrington heal and recover. I am pleased President Obama will meet with survivors and community leaders to hear their stories. He will learn about the many challenges of rebuilding but also the incredible resilience of the people in these communities.

“The ongoing hard work and support from first responders, community leaders, and friends and neighbors is deeply admirable. The President will see this strength in action today,” Larsen said.

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Here is a photo of the restricted flight zone’s in advance of the president’s visit. 

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Pool report #1 from Juliet Eilperin of the Washington Post:

President Obama arrived at Joint Base Andrews on Marine One at 10:27 a.m. Under clear and sunny skies, along with national security adviser Susan Rice, communications director Jen Palmieri, press secretary Jay Carney, trip director Marvin Nicholson and deputy chief of staff Rob Nabors. The president boarded Air Force One at 10:30 a.m.

We are rolling, bound for Oso, Washington.

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