Obama Calls Rick Perry Over Texas Wildfires

Thursday, 08 Sep 2011 12:25 PM

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President Barack Obama called Texas Gov. Rick Perry to assure him that the feds will be there to help as the state continues to deal with wildfires that have killed four and destroyed more than 1,000 homes in the past three days.

The president offered federal aid and told Perry that “requests for additional assistance, including as recovery begins, would be quickly assessed,” The Washington Post’s 44 Policy and Politics blog reports.

Obama had taken heat from the Texas governor back in April over the federal response to wildfires then raging.

Perry, who is seeking to replace Obama in the White House, was critical of the federal decision to declare Alabama an emergency disaster zone after tornadoes killed 200, while not doing the same for Texas.

“Why are you taking care of Alabama, why are you taking care of other states,” Perry said according to the Post. “The letter didn’t get lost in the mail.”





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