June 10th, 2009
06:52 PM ET
9 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. 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 |
  2. bruce

    As a Minister and Chaplain I neither condone nor accept the words of this man. Surely a "true" man of God would accept that Jesus was a Jew and his references to 'them jews" are offensive and extremely distasteful. This man disrespects both the faith that he professes to celebrate, the people whom he supposedly shepherds, and the racial group from which he seeks his "fame" and so-called "celebrity" status. Is it any wonder that he continually loses both credibility and support.

    June 10, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  3. Back to Simple Life

    I wish someone would tone down the hateful rhetoric both on tv and in the on-line blogs and websites.

    I believe they will make more of an effort now to trace those who speak hate and incitement. I sure hope so.

    June 10, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  4. Sherrie F. Eugene, Oregon

    I am so sorry for these reminders of hate that is still so rampant within our own country; and the weight and pains in which are continually being placed upon your shoulders to bear Mr. President Obama! WE, the American public and people want to express our deepest sorrow and shame for such ignorance acted and spoken in a country which creates its own harmful barriers that only prevents working together to enrich lives with the blessings that we all carry and can offer as a gift to the future of this great Nation and the World we leave behind! As our President, you give me the skills and hope to witness peace without fear in my lifetime. May God continue to Bless Us.

    June 10, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  5. David

    Why does the Media and the education system of America keep insisting that there were Six Million jews killed in the Holocaust...when there were not even that many jews living in that geographical area that could have been killed, even if they ALL had been killed? Which they were not. They were not ALL killed. Which makes the official story all the more implausible. Kind of makes you wonder, doesn't it?

    Could it be, that the whole business of grossly exagerating the holocaust has been used to justify the creation of the jewish state. Wow, people will believe absolutely anything they are spoon-fed by the media, with no questions asked. It's amazing, simply amazing. The holocaust simply could not have killed as many jews as being told, under any circumstances or theory of the imagination. It is just not possible, it is not physically possible. Why are people like sheep, they just go with the herd, and believe what the herd is told they are supposed to believe.

    June 10, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  6. Alice Hill

    What is wrong with our Country but, thank God for our security Guards. I office my prayers to this young man family

    June 10, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  7. Tatianna

    Did Obama issue a statement when the recruiter was shot last week.

    June 10, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  8. Gary Jaussaud

    Gary's Comment is:

    I guess Rev. Wright got tired of talking to him self and decieded to
    come out into the open to spread more hate and bad words toward
    the World. Rev. Wright go back into our cave and be quiet you were
    doing so well.

    June 10, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  9. Buddy Gilmour

    President Obama is a decent man and a Christian man whose first inclination is to reach out to his enemies, to heal, and to forgive. But its time for him to remind folks that our nation operates under the rule of law. He should unleash the FBI to track down violent domestic hate groups with the same vigor being applied to foreign terrorists. He should have those leaders of the previous administration who broke laws brought up on charges. He's gone out of his way to bring all of these miscreants back into the American fold. Now he needs to remind those who consider themselves above the law that there are serious consequences. The carrot is fine, but its time for the stick.

    June 10, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  10. Obama is a fraud

    Obama never misses a chance to go for a vote from a group – like the Jewish lobby, But Obama will sell Israel out to be liked by the muslim world

    June 10, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  11. John in NoHo CA

    New drinking game!: one whiskey shot per "Rev. Wright is prejudiced" comments brought up by the Hannity crowd and.... GO!

    June 10, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  12. Louise in CA

    Thank you, Mr. President. I feel you speak for me in this, and I hope for the vast majority of American voters who put their confidence in you.

    June 10, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  13. Joe

    I agree this act is despicable and unconscionable.
    This isn’t meant to sound disrespectful, but it raises another question, where is Mr. Obama's outrage at the solder killed and another shot and wounded in front of a recruiting station by a radical Muslim extremist? Is it he doesn’t really care about our solders or is it he MUST ignore the obvious existence of Islamic fundamentalism or both?
    Mr Obama what is it you realy think, you have been sadly silent in this tragedy.

    June 10, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  14. Chrys Thorsen

    It's astonishing how some people can be so blinded by their own self-deluding hatred and bigotry that they deny historical evidence right in front of their faces. That, or else they do it for political gain, as we're seeing among some extremists in the Middle East. I've never understood supremecists, except that they are pathological.

    June 10, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  15. gerryluimes

    The combination of an NRA, awell organized White Supremacy movement,a "beloved" second Amendment, adding up to a few hate crimes per week,; Only in the USA,you say? PITY!.

    June 10, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  16. skyhawkdriver

    Isn't it strange that the president didn't use the same adjective to describe the senseless murder of a united states serviceman by a muslim extremist..but of course according to the annointed we are a muslim nation..even though less than one percent of the population are muslim..the person who committed this act deserves to fry

    June 10, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  17. Independent_me

    Why are you shocked, President Obama?
    The right-wing talk show hosts have been inciting their listeners to acts of violence. It was bound to happen.

    June 10, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  18. Vince

    Keep guns legal!

    June 10, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  19. United We Stand

    President Obama wants to unite America, while others fear his positive message: and have only negative, hate-filled remarks. No names need be mention because they know who they are. May God touch their souls!

    When someone is off in hate land it doesn't take much to ignite the hate.

    June 10, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  20. Phil

    While a very appropriate reaction to the museum event, why did the President not immediately condemn the shooting of the Army recruiter in Arkansas?

    June 10, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  21. peroque

    What doesn't someone cut this Ass's tongue out! The hatred and racism he spews is dangerous!! Where are the assassins when they are reallly needed!!!

    June 10, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  22. Purpose

    Terrorist have struck America. This savage who killed U.S. citizens just to hunt for our Jewish friends, is disgusting. This vile creature is part of a larger picture of terrorism in our country. This disgusting act is tied to the other savage act of terror against the Dr. who performed abortions. This is a growing threat to America. We must combat this terror with all the forces in our possession. We should start profiling all those who fit the description of this growing radical organization. Thugs, terrorist, radicals and evil savages populate this demographic.

    If anybody sees anyone fitting the description of these savages, please contact your local authorities.

    June 10, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  23. scott winter haven

    Good thing it wasn't the Rev. Wright huh Obama!!!!

    June 10, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  24. not me

    And yet, at the same time, his pastor Rev. Wright makes racist Jewish comments.

    June 10, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  25. AJ

    Two domestic terrorism acts in 2 weeks.

    Janet Napolitano is owed an apology. And should be allowed to do her job going forward.

    June 10, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
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