Globe/T. Rob Brown
Torrie Epperson, of Joplin, holds close her 5-week-old baby, Alice Epperson, as she waits for President Barack Obama and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to take the stage Sunday afternoon, May 29, 2011, at Missouri Southern State University's Taylor Performing Arts Center. Epperson, who is a Joplin High School teacher, said she and her baby were home alone when last Sunday's tornado destroyed their home.