Shortly before Obama's visit, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said her chief request for the federal government was help plowing through regulatory hurdles.
"Basically, what I need is the ability to get through red tape, the ability to get the FEMA funds in here quickly and to get the services that our citizens need to help them recover through this terrible disaster," Fallin said on CNN's "State of the Union."
Fallin, a Republican, said the initial reaction from the federal government in assisting her state was fast and effective.
"So far, we have had great response," she said, quickly adding that there was a long way to go before Moore returns to normal.
"This is a massive debris field," she said. "It's not just a couple blocks. It's miles."
Schools across town destroyed
Weekend graduation festivities in Moore were infused with reminders of the tragic tornado.
When Southmoore High's Alyson Costilla walked across the stage to get her diploma, about a dozen people in the crowd stood and held up pictures of her mother, who died in a 7-Eleven ravaged by the powerful winds.
The cost of rebuilding classrooms for Moore's students will be enormous.
The city's public schools suffered $45 million in damage, including the two elementary schools that were leveled. Overall, insurance claims related to last week's storm will probably top $2 billion, said Kelly Collins from the Oklahoma Insurance Department.
Strangers rush to help
The cleanup can be arduous, if not overwhelming.
Caleb Allison stared at the mass of debris that covered the yard where his home once stood.
"Who's going to come get it?" the high school Spanish teacher wondered last week.
But his mammoth problem was quickly solved Sunday with the help of students, parent-teacher association members and fellow teachers from his school and the elementary school where his wife teaches.
"We probably had 70 to 80 people in our front yard, and we cleaned it in a matter of 30 minutes," he said.
Morgan DeLong, one of the volunteers, said many whose homes survived the storm are eager to help.
"It's kind of our turn to return that blessing and help people out," she said. "It's amazing to just look out and see how our community's coming together."