December 27th, 2007
11:55 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama on Bhutto: 'Shocked'


Watch Obama react to Bhutto's death

(CNN) - Democrat Barack Obama said Thursday he is shocked and saddened by Bhutto's death.

“I am shocked and saddened by the death of Benazir Bhutto in this terrorist atrocity. She was a respected and resilient advocate for the democratic aspirations of the Pakistani people. We join with them in mourning her loss, and stand with them in their quest for democracy and against the terrorists who threaten the common security of the world,” he said.

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  1. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Obama shows compassion for Bhutto's death as every candidate should, not using Bhutto's death for political gain. As Obama said, she is respected, and we should all mourn her death.

    December 27, 2007 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. tr

    CNN-Clinton News Network

    You continue to show your bias. Your Obama headline emphasizes in quotes the word "shocked" while the Clinton headlines emphasizes in quotes the word "angered". LOL

    The correct quote from Obama was "We are shocked and saddened". Yet you failed to emphasize the words We and Saddened to make it look less aware of the circumstances.

    This is and continues to be the type of biased reporting on CNN's part which that has driven down your viewership which everyone knows is paid for by the Clinton machine and her supporters.

    Keep up the great work CNN pretty soon you will surpass FOX News as the leader in "Fair and Balanced" reporting.

    December 27, 2007 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  3. zo

    I am deeply saddened. Pakistan will indefenitely fail as a country without a resilient democrat to stand up for the people.

    December 27, 2007 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  4. CelinaB, Norcross, GA

    Go Obama,
    Bhutto was in agreement with Obama in his quest to root out terrorists including inside Pakistan. The war hawks talk tough on security matters while giving Musharraf a bear hug and a blank check when he shows no signs of fighting terrorist – their presence is his cash cow.

    December 27, 2007 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. On Borrowed Time, Atlanta, GA

    Well said!

    December 27, 2007 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  6. Mike O

    Well said, but being shocked? If you follow what's been going on there for the last few months, including there attempts, it shouldn't be shocking. Definitely saddening; the courageous woman was martyred for democracy.

    December 27, 2007 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  7. John in Indy

    Obama is against terrorism? What a brave statement! Oh my, I'm voting for him!

    December 27, 2007 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  8. Sebastian, San Diego, CA

    Obama's statement and his delivery of it (I think) really shows his unease when it comes to foreign affairs. Comparing his statement, reaction, and delivery to all of the candidates, his seemed to be the "stiffiest" and least affectionate (on the Democratic side).

    December 27, 2007 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |

    Shocked is what Huck is, because Huck doesn't have a clue.

    But Obie, do you have cable? Do you pay attention to what goes on outside your circle of adoring sycophants? This was EXPECTED by anyone who had any idea of the type of people we are talking about here. They are frikking terrorists hell-bent on killing off all who oppose their ideologies.

    Bhutto knew it could happen, Bhutto knew it would happen, Bhutto told us it would happen. She died for your sins of ignorance Obie.

    December 27, 2007 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  10. Mrs. America

    Anyone who saw Wolf Blitzer's interview with Mrs. Bhutto in Sept. and followed at all what has been happening in Pakistan and the previous attempt at Bhutto's life would not be shocked. I saw Obama talking to Blitzer on the Larry King show, and I don't think Obama really meant he was shocked as in surprised. No matter how expected something is, it's still an unsettling event when it happens. If she were a radical Islamist terrorist, we would say she was just looking for martyrdom.

    December 27, 2007 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  11. Kathy, Roseville, California

    Obama seems to not be able to adapt to a crisis. He didn't know Prime Minister Bhutto like Senator Clinton or talk personally to Musharrif right away like Edwards.
    Obama was cold and shocked. Wow. Isn't that like Bush in the classroom on 911 when he didn't know what to do?

    December 28, 2007 04:15 am at 4:15 am |
  12. Allison, NH

    Kathy, Roseville, CA – That's was reported yesterday that Obama and Bhutto spoke just weeks ago. Where do you get your information from??? Do you really think Edwards did any good running to Muscharrif? Muscharrif should not be trusted at this point to provide us any reassurance that democracy shall prevail in that country!

    Just as Dobbs said on Olbhermann last night – the govt. of Pakastan needs to give Bhutto's party time to find a replacement so that the elections go forth – not next week but REAL time. If we do not give them time, Mucharrif will certainly continue to lead this very distable nation.

    While I'm not sure if I'm voting for Obama, I do think his comment was well said. Why is he not allowed to feel "shocked"? Were we not "schocked" that President Kennedy was assinated after receiving death threats? He is allowed to feel this way – after all, he had a personal connection to this woman and in an instant her life was taken...I'm sure to him, that was shock.

    December 28, 2007 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  13. Allison, NH

    Sorry – I meant to say Chris Dodd, not Dobbs.

    December 28, 2007 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |