November 26th, 2008
05:30 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama team reacts to Mumbai attacks

Obama’s transition team reacted to the shootings in Mumbai.
Obama’s transition team reacted to the shootings in Mumbai.

(CNN) - The Obama Transition team's chief national security spokesperson, Brooke Anderson, released a statement late Wednesday reacting to the attacks in Mumbai, India:

"President-Elect Obama strongly condemns today's terrorist attacks in Mumbai, and his thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and the people of India. These coordinated attacks on innocent civilians demonstrate the grave and urgent threat of terrorism. The United States must continue to strengthen our partnerships with India and nations around the world to root out and destroy terrorist networks. We stand with the people of India, whose democracy will prove far more resilient than the hateful ideology that led to these attacks.”


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  1. Sarah TX

    I can't believe the shear stupidity of some people who are leaving comments. What else do you want to say is Obama's fault? The fact that the last 8 years have been the worst example of leadership in American history? Please link that to Barack Obama. Where is our President? And somebody please let me know if McCain and Palin could have prevented this. Maybe I need to be enlightened.

    November 26, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  2. Drake From Houston, Tx

    LISTEN ALL!!!

    Why are you all throwing blame at Obama and Bush, when they arent even involved in this horrifying act? And why, when I read all these comments, do i feel like we are in the last days of the election. For those of you who voted on election day, congrats. You spoke out. Now, no matter if you "won" or "lost" on Nov 4th, we need to step up and support India and all of the people who have been killed or wounded or affected by this tragedy. This isnt about who put out what statement when or how they did it or in what location they did it or anything like that. This is about the world coming together, and helping our brothers and sisters in need. All of you who think that this is political right now, SHUT UP!!! This is a time for helping and caring. Resect the victims enough to stop being political for one minute. Please. It is the people that think everything is political that has run this country into the ground. Think about that.

    November 26, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  3. The T

    Lauren....Who's the President now...GWB

    November 26, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  4. Ike from PA

    I am thoroughly convinced that some of you blogers will turn any incident, foreign or domestic into a negitive against a President you didn't vote for. So much for patriotism or having pride in your country. Move on!!! We have a new President. Four years from now you will have another chance. In the meantime, why don't you focus your efforts in to doing your part to help us get ourselves out of this MAJOR MESS (both foreign and domestic) our out going President got us into. Democarat or Republican, a mess is a mess. Lets get out of it!!

    November 26, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  5. Franky

    I gotta say, people are still talking crap? Even after the election is over? Or let alone, what do these people in the comments section understand what's REALLY going on in the world? I just think is a waste of time for these guys on top to keep duking it out on something unpredictable, we gotta grow up already and let us do our share because if they keep doing what they are gonna, this economy is gonna end up like one of those hotels and we'll see who is to blame...

    November 26, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  6. Greg Hodges

    This attack is simply more proof; not that it should be needed; that the Bush doctrine of "Go It alone" policies were/are idiotic!The ONLY way to crush Al-Qaeda and it`s mad dog killers is a concerted world wide attack on terrorism where ever and when ever it raises it`s ugly head. At the same time this is a huge wake-up call to governments who think that they can strike a deal with the devil (Pakistan); and hope that the snake bites them last. There can be know safe haven anywhere on Earth for these animals. They must be made to realize once and for all that NO CIVILIZED PEOPLE; regardless of race; religion; etc.; will have anything but contempt for murderers of innocents!!!

    November 26, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  7. Cynthia

    I find it interesting that this is pretty much what Bush has been saying for how long. Did anyone here notice the language that was used?

    November 26, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  8. Soccer Nana

    Lauren, just in case you don't know – President Bush is the President of the United States; therefore, he is in charge; PEOTUS Obama is not in office at this time.

    Hey Griff, the same FYI is for you.

    Until PEOTUS Obama is sworn in as our 44th President, this is unfortunate incident is President Bush's to deal with.

    November 26, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  9. Avi Abraham

    As an Indian Jew, I know too well what terrorist attacks feel like. My heart is so very heavy with sorrow and the need to be close to loved ones there. Why do they do this?? If the dispute is Kashmir, why target progressive, affluent cities like Bombay?? I know, provoking to continue the vicious cycle of victimology. Please post my letter CNN. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CARRYING THIS STORY AND GIVING IT SO MUCH COVERAGE. YOU ARE THE VERY BEST. G-d bless.

    November 26, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  10. ralph

    Everyone of you people making stupid, derogatory comments are no better than the ones that you are critizing. Republicans, Democrats, Independents, doesn't matter, you are the worst that America has to offer. Feel free to leave.
    I didn't vote for Obama but I am not going to just sit here and listen to the sore losers trash the guy before he ever takes office. Like him or not, give him a chance and support him, not because he is a Democrat and not because he's black but because he will soon be the President of the United States. He's going to be my president and yous.
    Whether he is up to the challenge I don't know but give the man a chance and for God's sakes, stop putting each other down. Grow up and maybe we can help turn today's mess into tomorrow's success.

    November 26, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  11. Rob

    people your forgetting Obama isn't President until Jan 20th–the idiot Bush is President now . Brain dead as usual

    Griff we get it your in the GOP , now go do something useful. your comments are stupid

    November 26, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  12. california person

    Funny how everyone is acting as if Obama is already President.
    Then again, Obama is working a lot harder than Bush has been.

    November 26, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  13. Ray Fisher

    As long as Obama doesn't invade Thailand (Ala. George Bush) in response, America will be satisfied with his response. Somehow, someway the world needs an anti-terror response team to confront these instances in all nations.

    November 26, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  14. mitchell

    the last sentence is a profound statement in and of itself. not all that ,terrist!terrist!axis of evil!,malarkey! think about the words. "democracy will prove far more resilient, than the hateful idealogies that led to these attacks." this shows the 'strength of our morality' , while weakening those who kill innocents because of hatred. this is why we must have a leader with intelligent wording abilities. no more nimwits!

    November 26, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  15. JAN

    Jacqueline, New York...you just took that thought out of my mind...I also think so!

    November 26, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  16. JT from TN

    This is getting rediculous, it's us agianst them, by the time their done they'll have the whole world after them and they'll still be attacking. God bless the victims in India.

    November 26, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  17. rick

    Drake From Houston, Tx November 26th, 2008 8:47 pm ET

    LISTEN ALL!!!

    Why are you all throwing blame at Obama and Bush, when they arent even involved in this horrifying act? And why, when I read all these comments, do i feel like we are in the last days of the election. For those of you who voted on election day, congrats. You spoke out. Now, no matter if you "won" or "lost" on Nov 4th, we need to step up and support India and all of the people who have been killed or wounded or affected by this tragedy. This isnt about who put out what statement when or how they did it or in what location they did it or anything like that. This is about the world coming together, and helping our brothers and sisters in need. All of you who think that this is political right now, SHUT UP!!! This is a time for helping and caring. Resect the victims enough to stop being political for one minute. Please. It is the people that think everything is political that has run this country into the ground. Think about that.
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    AMEN!!!!!!!!!

    November 26, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  18. Gaylon Barrow

    He doesn't know what Mumbai is or where it's at.

    November 26, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  19. JT from TN

    Who gives a crap who's in charge, work together and get it done geeeesh..I an't never heard such whining people.

    November 26, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  20. gloria

    Help us Obama-won Kenobi, you're our only hope!

    If ONLY he was already in office! We need him now.

    November 26, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  21. gloria

    Ralph said "...give the man a chance and for God's sakes, stop putting each other down. Grow up and maybe we can help turn today's mess into tomorrow's success."

    Bravo, Ralph! Well said. You are so right.

    November 26, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  22. Johnny C.

    Wow,

    This is my first post to CNN ever.
    I have been reading these posts for the past few months and have come to the conclusion that most people posting are way too opinionated!
    What I mean is that most are so entrenched in their own opinions that they are not willing, or are unable to suffer fools and idiots.

    Case in point, a lot of people are currently beating up on Lauren and Griff for their uniformed remarks.

    Well my take is this, Obama, although not the President is allowed to have an opinion.
    Could this be a “test” for his’ administration?
    Possible, however unlikely for the very reason that he is not the current President, Bush is.
    After eight long years of failed politics, most of us are looking for anything that will offer a glimmer of hope. Apparently, some of us find that hope in Obama. However that does not give us the reason to down the opinion of others, despite their obvious ignorance.

    Building bridges should not, nor does it have to start with Obama. Building bridges should start with the person in the mirror, meaning you, us.
    So I say, give these idiots a break, attacking them does no good, and more likely causes them to dig deeper into their preconceived notions and misconceptions.

    I am not asking anyone to agree or tolerate idiots. However, I respectfully request that you try to understand their point of view.
    In addition, take the time to explain your truth without the name calling.
    If it is that important for you to comment then at lest be person enough to explain your own reason for your opinion.
    It might be possible for you to convert the uninformed or at least give them pause.

    If nothing else, please remember to never argue with a fool.
    Why, because people reading (watching) can not tell the difference.

    May God bless you all, stay safe and enjoy the holidays.

    Peace!

    (516) 395-66XX

    November 26, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  23. JeepRover

    I think this is the proper response from the president-elect of the United States. It offers support to a well, democratized nation that is going through "growing pains". It also shows the world our solidarity with fellow democracies around the world and that the terrorist have not, and will not break our wills. It also provides respect to the current administration. We must also remember: the point of terrorism is to force the government to break its own constitution in reaction to their "acts of terror". Nothing more. Nothing less. If we react as they wish-they win.

    To the people of Mumbia, India: I wish you Godspeed in your recovery, may you find your Loved Ones alive, and if not may you be able to perform the necessary rites to ensure a better afterlife (or reincarnation as the case may be).

    @Lauren and Griff: my sympathies for your ignorance. May our next president, Mr. Obama, enact swift legislation to remedy the education system in your particular locales so that the simple error of not knowing that George W. Bush is still the President until January 20th. This is not Obama's test. This act does not present a "clear and present danger" to the US. In reality I think it could be argued that this is a parting shot at a lame-duck president. Fare thee well, Mr. Bush; you were perhaps the most ineffective president in the history of the United States.

    -JeepRover

    November 26, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  24. John

    Sometimes events are created for the sole purpose of creating fear and panic, thus herding the already skittish sheep into making decisions they may live to regret!

    November 26, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  25. DannyCali

    Those bad guy just want to throw the last ball to Mr. Bush because when the new President come their might not have chance that's why their do it now. Let keep for your story Republican and Mr. Bush your break it and now your own it, do not blame game to Obama.

    November 26, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
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