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President Obama to visit Ohio; 62-foot statue of Jesus explodes

June 15, 2010 |  9:12 am


The White House Tuesday announced that President Obama will travel to Ohio on Friday.  Specifics of the trip have not been released yet.

In other Ohio news, a 62-foot statue of Jesus exploded Monday night after lightning struck the 6-story-tall structure.  "Touchdown Jesus," as Ohio citizens nicknamed it, was completely destroyed.

Outside of geographical location, the two news items are probably not related.

Meanwhile, Obama will address the nation Tuesday night from the Oval Office.  Expected to discuss the Gulf oil disaster, the president will discuss his strategy for "containing the oil that's leaking and cleaning up the environment," according to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

Obama's relationship with BP has cooled considerably.

"I don't think the president wants to take BP's word that everything is OK," Gibbs said in an interview with Fox News. "I don't think we can risk going forward on taking a company's word for it anymore."

-- Jimmy Orr

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Photo: Flames shoot up from a 62-foot statue of Jesus, which was struck by lightning on Monday night.  Credit: Associated Press