Vice President Sharp met with relief workers in Kansas today. Here are his remarks.
It's good to be here today and meet with the fine men and women who are assisting with the cleanup after this terrible disaster. Thanks to the President's disaster deceleration, everyone here has been able to get to work immediately with the cleanup and recovery. The President and I are 100% behind you folks and we are willing to offer whatever assistance the Federal Government can. I want to take a moment to reflect on the 32 lives that were lost and 200 injured people who are recovering right now. You know, as I toured the area today, I met with many strong Kansans who have seen this happen before, and they refuse to let it affect them. We've had folks our here helping their neighbors in need, and that what this is all about. Coming together in times of despair to help each other. That is the American way. In addition to what the President and I have been able to do, we've seen many charities such as the Red Cross coming to assist the good people of Kansas. I know every American has you in their thoughts and prayers, and thousands of Americans have been sending help from all across the country. And when I come here and see neighbors coming together to help neighbors, I stand proud. The motto of this great state is, "Per aspera ad astra," which means, "through hardships to the stars." I think the folks here today know a little about that, because through these hardships, the sky is the limit, and this town, and the many towns around it will soon be back on top. Thank you, and may God bless you all. Let's get back to work!