Bush Salutes Tornado Town in Speech to Kansas Grads

US communities 'stronger than any storm,' he boasts
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2008 3:19 AM CDT
A rescuer looks for survivors in the remains of the Greensburg High School after a tornado hit Greensburg, Kansas.    (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, G. Marc Benavidez)
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(Newser) – President Bush returned to praise Greensburg residents yesterday to mark the first anniversary of the day the Kansas town was struck by a devastating tornado that killed 11. Bush applauded the community's resilience and determination in a speech to the town's high school graduating class of just 18 students, reports the Wichita Eagle.

"A tornado broke the boards and bricks of your buildings but it could not break the bonds of faith and family that held your town together," said Bush in his first high school commencement address as president. "America's communities are stronger than any storm."