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.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at


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