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Obama to head to Alabama

The White House has just announced that President Obama will travel to Alabama tomorrow to inspect the damage caused by the tornadoes that hit the state yesterday.

As we suggested in First Thoughts earlier this morning, these kind of visits -- right after a disaster -- are tricky for presidents. On the one hand, there's the desire to visibly respond to tragedy and destruction. On the other hand, there's the desire of a president -- and his entourage -- not to get in the way of the clean-up.

The White House obviously decided to err on the side of getting in the way.