Watch as Beshear takes phone call from President Obama about tornado damage

03/03/2012 02:57 PM

PINER — President Barack Obama called Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear to convey his concern and offer federal support in the wake of the devastating tornadoes that killed at least 18 people in the commonwealth.

Beshear was speaking in Piner, where three people were confirmed dead, on Saturday afternoon when an aide handed the governor the phone with Obama on the other end.

Standing to Beshear’s left was state Sen. Damon Thayer, a Georgetown Republican who represents the southern part of Kenton County. “How often do you get to see the governor take a phone call from the president in Piner?” Thayer asked after Beshear hung up from the one-minute-and-thirty-second conversation.

About Don Weber

Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work. Don Weber can be reached at


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