Obama Visits Flint, Greeted by Gov. Snyder
President Barack Obama is visiting in Flint, Michigan, a city devastated by contaminated water in recent months.
He was greeted by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who has been heavily criticized for his administration’s handling of the crisis. Flint Mayor Karen Weaver also met the president at the airport.
Obama’s first order of business will be to receive a briefing on the federal response to the crisis. He then will meet with city residents.
Obama declared a state of emergency in mid-January and ordered federal aid to supplement the state and local response. At that point, the crisis was in full bloom.
It took several months more for the nation to focus on the beaten-down city’s plight, raising questions about how race and poverty influenced decisions that led to the tainted water supply and the beleaguered response once problems surfaced.
More than 40 percent of Flint residents live in poverty and more than half are black.