Obama views mudslide scene

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The shadow of Air Force One, with President Barack Obama aboard, is seen on a cloud as it approaches Paine Field Airport, Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Everett, Wash., en route to Oso, Wash., the site of the deadly mudslide that struck the community in March. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Swooping over a terrain of great sadness and death, President Barack Obama took an aerial tour Tuesday, April 22, 2014, of the place where more than three dozen people perished in a mudslide last month, then mourned privately with those who lost loved ones in the destruction.

Evidence of the mudslide's power was everywhere: trees ripped from the ground, a highway paved with mud and debris, a river's course altered. And in the midst of the awful tableau, an American flag flying at half-staff.

Even as the president flew overhead, the search for bodies continued below. Two people are still listed as missing.

Back on the ground, the president gathered at a community chapel in the small town of Oso, about an hour northeast of Seattle, with families of the victims. The March 22 mudslide killed at least 41 people and buried dozens of homes. (AP)

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