Obama prepares for Joplin visit, tornado anniversary

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - As the one-year anniversary of the Joplin tornado approaches, the city is preparing for commemorative events – including a visit from Pres . Barack Obama.

According to a Whitehouse spokesman, Obama is looking forward to delivering the commencement address at Joplin High School next week.

"The president wants to express to the community of Joplin how they've really served as an inspiration, both to him and to people across the country," Josh Earnest, Whitehouse principal deputy press secretary, told our Christa Dubill.

"The president often looks forward to the opportunity to visit with the graduates (publicly)," he continued, "but he'll often try and find the opportunity to try and meet with them privately, too."

Our 41 Action News team will be in Joplin to cover anniversary events, the graduation and the city's recovery.

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