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Obama Drinks Filtered Flint Water, Meets Little Miss Flint During Visit

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President Obama reassured people that he was there to help solve the crisis. FOX 47's Nicole Chadwick was there as he spoke to almost a thousand people at Northwestern High School.

In an effort to assuage fears and instill hope, President Barack Obama on Wednesday visited the beleaguered city of Flint, Michigan amid a towering crisis involving lead in the city’s water supply.

He also toured a food bank, participated in a roundtable discussion about the lead-contaminated water crisis, met with Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, and spoke to an estimated 1,000 people at Flint Northwestern High School.


Watch Roland Martin and NewsOne Now’s coverage of Pres. Obama’s visit to Flint in the video clip below.

TV One’s NewsOne Now has moved to 7 A.M. ET, be sure to watch “NewsOne Now” with Roland Martin, in its new time slot on TV One.


From the New York Daily News:

He coughed while he was talking and looked under his lectern, where a glass of water would normally be. Obama was speaking in the poverty-stricken city still reeling from state officials’ failure to treat water from the Flint River.

“Uh … Can I get some water?” Obama asked to cheers. He asked again before he was handed a small glass. “I really did need a glass of water, this is not a stunt.”

Obama implored local residents to get and use the free water filters, bring their children for blood tests and let their taps flow for five minutes a day to flush contaminants. He also drank the water, which now comes from the Detroit supply, at an appearance earlier in the day.

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He also met with 8-year-old Amariyanna Copeny, whose plaintive letter is credited with inspiring the president’s visit. He greeted her with a warm embrace, reports USA Today:

It was the president’s first visit since the city’s water crisis began. He arrived Wednesday and rode in his presidential limousine with Gov. Rick Snyder to a briefing at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan and Flint. The two leaders had a “strong, constructive discussion about how all levels of government can work together,” Snyder spokeswoman Anna Heaton said.

Then he delivered gave a speech in front of 1,000 people Wednesday at Northwestern High School, including many students.

“A lot of you are scared; all of you feel let down,” Obama said. “I am confident that Flint will come back,” he said. And, “I will not rest … until every drop of water that flows to your home is safe to drink, and safe to cook with, and safe to bathe in, because that’s part of the basic responsibilities of a government in the United States of America.”

Lead infiltrated the city’s drinking water in April of 2014 after officials switched the city’s water source, a process that has left at least 12 people dead, writes USA Today.

Do you think the president’s visit will help change things in the city? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

SOURCE: New York Daily News, USA Today | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty | VIDEO CREDIT: Inform

SEE ALSO:

“Obama Could Make Us A Priority:” Flint Residents Hope President’s Visit Sparks Change

Obama Promises 8-Year-Old: “I’m Coming To Visit Flint”

Obama Drinks Filtered Flint Water, Meets Little Miss Flint During Visit  was originally published on newsone.com

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