June 10th, 2009
06:52 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama calls Holocaust Museum shooting an 'outrageous act'

The White House issued the following statement Wednesday evening from President Obama:

“I am shocked and saddened by today’s shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. This outrageous act reminds us that we must remain vigilant against anti-Semitism and prejudice in all its forms. No American institution is more important to this effort than the Holocaust Museum, and no act of violence will diminish our determination to honor those who were lost by building a more peaceful and tolerant world.

“Today, we have lost a courageous security guard who stood watch at this place of solemn remembrance. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in this painful time.”

Related: Guard killed during museum shooting


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  1. Anonymous

    It is very shade for the victem family. R I p to him.

    June 10, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  2. Mike Dallas

    The toll mounts, first 3 policeman killed because the killer thought President Obama was going to take his guns away.

    Then an army recruit is killed because of a "religious jihad" for his new religion..

    A doctor that performs abortions is killed and the killer is "thankful:

    Now, this White Supremacist goes after folks at the Holocaust Museum.

    It is time for radio host,s political pundits, supposed "christians" and cable chatter bobble-heads to stop fanning the flames of hate, racism and bigotry in this country or this will only get worse.

    June 10, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  3. Gus The Willie

    What happen at the Holocaust Museum was a act of cowardice. It will only make this country more resilient. Our prayers go out to the slain hero.

    June 10, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  4. will

    I prey and hope that something can be done about the hateful white supremacy groups that are in America. Perhaps an amendment to the first amendment to out law such evil gathering, all need to be done is to out law any group that has ties to any one who is a white supremacist.

    June 10, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  5. Michele

    I have been to this museum, and it humbled me. What Hitler managed to make people do for him was inhuman and pure evil.
    Now we have Rush and Hannity screaming about gun rights while people are being killed on our streets for no reason other than the gunman (why is it always a man?) disagreed with something. I do wish the Republican Party would grow up and stop this fear-mongering, incitement to riot approach. No liberal will come after YOU with a gun, and you know that...but some nutty Conservative might.

    June 10, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  6. Candy West Virginia

    You can thank the likes of lush limpaugh, hannity, palin, newt, and coulter for this crime and those similar. The republicans are the American Taliban.

    June 10, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  7. Mike

    In other news, Obama gives his blessing to Iran gaining nukes as long as they use them in a "peaceful" way. Paving the road for a second Holocaust.

    June 10, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  8. Dan from q-ville pa

    man i find it odd that nearly every comment either says something bad about the republican or democratic party arent we all americans here come on people

    June 10, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  9. Chris

    Why did he choose not to make a statement about teh army recruitment station shootings not too long ago? Was that nto an outrageous act? Somethign to ponder over a nice glass of kool-aid

    June 10, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  10. Dan

    JUST LAST WEEK IN CAIRO, Obama said:

    ****"because we reject the same thing that people of all faiths reject: the killing of innocent men, women, and children"****

    WHAT IS OUR GOVERNMENT DOING TO STOP THE KILLING OF INNOCENT BY:
    1. Home grown Terrorists.
    2. Gangs and Drug Dealers.
    3. White Supremacists.
    4. Addicts and Insane.

    WHAT IS THE GOVERNMENT DOING ON GUN CONTROL.
    These Cowards only kill the innocent.

    June 10, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  11. workaholic

    Right wing replublicans neo-nazi nuts are at work again. Fox snooze Rush Liebot Sean hannity Bil Oreally have been preaching hate for years and getting away with it. America needs to do something about this.

    June 10, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  12. Dawn in Pa

    Mr. President, you said it best.

    Terror does not come from the Middle East, it can come from our own back yard...We have so much hate out there. It goes all the way back, tell me how many nationalities were going to be extinct. I cannot express how I feel. I feel numb. I feel anger, but that does not mean I am going out there to shoot someone... To Much Hate....

    June 10, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  13. Neilz

    Mighty fancy talk coming from the man in charge of the law enforcement institutions designed to uphold our vigilance.

    "This outrageous act reminds us that we must remain vigilant against anti-Semitism and prejudice in all its forms..."

    Where was the FBI? Where was the NSA? Where was the DHS? Why were these people standing around while this Nazi got away with murder. They all knew about him.
    They gave him a pass because he's white and a Christian. The fault for this latest act of terrorism lies squarely at the foot of government and law enforcement. This poor guard, this hero, did not have to die.
    We allowed this to happen through our acquiescence.
    We must make sure it never happens again.

    June 10, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  14. Expat American

    My prayers go to the family of the slain security officer.

    Right Conservatives or Republicans need not use this forum to rationalize or justify their beliefs or those of their brethren.

    Their campaign rhetoric served as the fuel for actions such as the shooting at the Holocaust Museum; even if it came out of the mouth of a ‘pretty woman’.

    The Republican/Conservative/Right has run out of options. All that remains for them is violence. This is a proud day for them; especially the Palin Lynch Mob.

    June 10, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  15. Derek

    Jeremiah Wright calls it totally awesome!

    June 10, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  16. Wi AMerICan

    A shield that protects is a shield I will honor this day . Please give this man a moment of Prayer............................................................................... ........................................................................... And God Bless.

    June 10, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  17. doro

    While Gingrich, Limbaugh and company have played ugly semantic games, gleefully deriding Judge Sotomayor as "racist," the reality of race-hatred and political violence remain a deadly threat. The flames of hatred are fanned in no small part by that element of the GOP that has decided to exploit white resentment and self-pity in its quest to retake power during the next two election cycles. Every day, talk radio and Fox TV find ways to suggest that whites (especially white men) are "victims" of the current administration; every day, white rage is treated as something legitimate and real and even revolutionary. All those folks who were buying up guns and ammo after the election were bound to make their presence felt sooner or later; in the environment the right has created, we should expect more tragedies like the murder of Dr. Tiller and the slaying of the museum guard today.

    June 10, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  18. Donald Reif, Jr.

    One can't help but wonder if all these recent "hate crime" attacks are a result of all the hatred spewing from the far right in this country, particularly from the likes of Limbaugh, Hannity and O'Reilly.

    June 10, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  19. Flo

    I'm disgustted by the violence going on in this country in recent months. We need to do more to shed light to hate speech and put a stop to this violence. The media need to be in the forefront and discuss this issue honestly to make this a public service. There's too many hate groups out here causing chaos and the media doesn't do the American people any favors by not opening up an honest dialogue. The report of Homeland security discussed these issues but some folks called it prejudice because it highlight extremist from the right. Imagine if we took the time to talk about these issues we could of save a life. CNN I respect your reporting of this news and I hope people are taking notes and maybe someone out there would think twice about killing another human being.

    June 10, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  20. Ken

    Obama comments on the museum shooting the same day, It took him three or four days to comment on the Army soldier who was gunned down in the streets of Little Rock a couple of weeks ago.

    June 10, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  21. Michael O'Brien

    On this one.., President Barack Obama is absolutely right. What a 'despicable' act. Acutally, a 'coward'. Mike in Montana

    June 10, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  22. Oh My!!!!

    This is so sad .....Maybe Hannity Rush Cheney and Newt will stop spreading Hate and Stop Bashing President Obama It is alot of Sick People in America!!!

    June 10, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  23. Johnathan

    How can anyone in their right mind be dismayed at anyone shooting anyone else in a country that seemingly won't settle for anything other than gun vending machines at every corner in america. Enough with the argument that people kill people, not guns. WRONG!

    We ought to change the saying "a chicken in every pot" to "a couple of Uzzi's in every home"

    June 10, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  24. James DC

    Both Campbell Brown and John King had to conver to Judaism just to get a show. So the information and everything controlled by jewish people.

    June 10, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  25. Moderate Conservative

    It is good to finally have a President who understands the core values of our country, who teaches them with his words, and who promotes them with his actions.

    I do not agree with President Obama on everything he has done, but his character and integrity are raising the bar for all future office holders.

    I join him in offering my prayers to the friends and family of the security guard killed by the Neo-Nazi movement.

    Perhaps the Department of Justice, FBI, ATF, and Homeland Security will finally dismantle these extended networks of racist terrorists (Neo-Nazis, Skinheads, Militias, New Black Panthers, Operation Rescue, Five Percent Nation, etc) that have grown across the country since 1865 (check out the most recent data in the Southern Poverty Law Center's list of extremist hate groups).

    June 10, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
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