While George Bush toured Europe and had tea with the Queen (“W” choose not to return to the States early), Obama visited the flooded Midwest, helping volunteers in Quincy, Illinois, fill sandbags that are being trucked to reinforce levees on both sides of the Mississippi River, less than a mile away. Authorities expected the river at Quincy to reach a near-record level of 32 feet by Wednesday. Severe flooding already has hit Cedar Rapids, Iowa, northwest of Quincy.
Obama had planned to campaign in Cedar Falls last Wednesday, but the flooding forced him to cancel; he plans to visit as soon as they are allowed in.
On the “Obama for America” website there is a link to Red Cross and you can also register to volunteer to help in Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin.
Senator Obama says his thoughts are with the people of Iowa, where flooding has chased thousands from their homes.
Obama said since he’s been in public office he has not seen “this kind of devastation.”
Obama pledged to push the federal and state governments to provide aid to the stricken areas.
There are no reports of John McCain visiting the area.