President Barack Obama tours tornado-damaged areas of Vilonia, Ark., Wednesday and talks with Daniel Smith and his sons Garrison Dority and Gabriel Dority, right.

Obama visited with first responders and families affected by the recent tornadoes before traveling on to California, where he will raise money for the Democratic Party and receive an award from a foundation created by movie director Steven Spielberg.

“I’m here to make sure that they know and that everybody who’s been affected knows that the federal government’s going to be right here until we get these communities rebuilt,” Obama said after walking through a subdivision in which just six of its 56 homes had any part still standing after storms tore across the state on April 27, killing 15 people.