April 25th, 2013
01:17 AM ET

Obama to attend memorial for victims of Texas plant explosion

In a central Texas town still looking for answers, President Barack Obama will join the community of West on Thursday for a memorial service for the 14 people killed in a fertilizer plant explosion last week.

First lady Michelle Obama will also attend the service at Baylor University in nearby Waco, Texas.

Before leaving Washington, Obama signed a proclamation ordering all flags in the state to be flown at half-staff for the day.


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  1. wut

    Corruption killed those people. Greed killed those people. Will he preach against those things? Maybe.
    He'll be the preacherman, come to shine a light into their darkness. Mm-hmm. That's right. Amen, brother!

    April 25, 2013 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. vikingwoman

    I'm glad the President hasn't forgotten this disaster, amidst the Boston bombing! The media pretty much has! I realize a bombing is much more interesting than deregulaton, but obviously just as deadly! And in my estimation, just as worthy of investigation!!

    April 25, 2013 at 5:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Clue phone

      Don't be a sucker. His attendance is not motivated out of concern or compassion for the deceased. He seeks the spotlight to capitalize onTexas' "rapidly changing demographics" so he can enslave more helpless needy dependent people, addict them to government hand outs, register them, and get dims elected

      April 25, 2013 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I really wonder who owns stock in the fertiliser company: residents were deceived about its danger.
    The only coverage appearing in this forum concerns healing, coping, and Presidential visits. Spirituality is cool, but so is restitution.

    April 25, 2013 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  4. Hamsta

    Obamacare and taxing the rich along with over regulation is causing companies to ignore safety issues and increase production with less manpower. More than likely this is the direcy result of an oppressive greedy closet case socialistic government.

    April 25, 2013 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mr Dalloway

    bush rightly should have been arrested while there. Peas in a pod, no personal morals.

    April 25, 2013 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Using remote control toys to kill people without atrial, warrant or court order is a warcrime by anyones standard. At least Bush gave them a right to fair trial.

      April 25, 2013 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      The suspect will be treated in the same manner as Ted Kazcynski and Timothy McVeigh. They also received fair trials.

      April 25, 2013 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Hey banasy according to international law if we denied the Boston bomber Miranda rights and a civilian trial it would be perfectly legal. By definition this Chechen muslim is an enemy combatant that committed an act of war (jihad ). Ted Kazinski and Timothy Mcveigh don't fit in that category.

      April 25, 2013 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Well, as he is a US citizen, they decided it would be unconstitutional to do that, and they have given him his Miranda rights and are going to try him in Federal Court; he's been here since he was 8, for goodness sake.
      You make a case had the brother lived, however; he was NOT a US citizen.

      April 25, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Hey banasy, he is an immigrant, his citenship can be revoked and tried as an enemy combatant legally.

      April 25, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I can't see the board on this device, but I submitted a comment that probably didn't post. It contained a word similar to "resdidution."
    This phobia of the included T-word is absurd.

    April 25, 2013 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    Both Ted Kazinski & McVeigh also had a 'cause' were terrorists. & killed innocent Americans. Agree with@banasy.

    April 25, 2013 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    'Hutaris' (Christian Soldiers) militia based in Michigan fits the same definition.

    April 25, 2013 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    Agree with comments by@vikingwoman.

    April 25, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mary

    Miranda warnings need not be provided prior to asking questions directed at neutralizing an imminent threat, and voluntary statements made in response to such narrowly tailored questions can be admitted at trial.” Again, there was no stated or acknowledged “public safety threat” detailed by officials in the press conference the night Tsarnaev was arrested.

    April 25, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I suppose they needed to know if there were more explosives planted somewhere else.
      Statements by law enforcement immediately after an event, when they are still in the process of learning things, vary from later statements when more is known. This is the price people pay for demanding information immediately from our law enforcement. It is also good fodder for the conspiracies that will inevitably crop up.

      April 25, 2013 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    In this case where overwhelming evidence is there for a conviction I have doubts whether defense would go into the Miranda technicality.

    April 25, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    Did you folks hear of the tragic shooting in Illinois where 5 people were shot to death.
    I consider that an act of terror too. tragedies keep happening.

    April 25, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      and they will keep happening as long as the gun control freaks think they can protect you with a gun free zone sign.

      April 25, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mary

    In that case, lets just do away with the Miranda altogether ...

    April 25, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    Perhaps only for cases being tried under 'terrorism'.
    But then Virginia tech, Columbine and Colorado were terrorism too.

    April 25, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    The W.Texas tragedy is horrific, 14 lives lost ,50 houses destroyed a whole town devastated. We can't even begin to imagine in how many ways lives there have been touched.

    April 25, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
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