June 10th, 2009
05:09 PM ET
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White House reacts to Holocaust Museum shooting

As the Holocaust Memorial shooting was unfolding and during its aftermath, President Obama received regular updates through the White House Situation Room.
As the Holocaust Memorial shooting was unfolding and during its aftermath, President Obama received regular updates through the White House Situation Room.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – As the Holocaust Memorial shooting was unfolding and during its aftermath, President Obama received regular updates through the White House Situation Room, according to Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

"We're in contact with and get updates from [the] Homeland Security Council, and other agencies like the FBI," Gibbs added.

The president was first informed of the shooting by his spokesman prior to the daily briefing. At the time, details were sketchy, and the death of security guard Stephen Tyrone Johns had not yet been confirmed.

Gibbs said everyone is "saddened" by what has happened.

Just last week President Obama visited the Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany, in what senior aides described as an extraordinarily powerful stop.

Related: Guard killed during museum shooting


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  1. silly rabbit

    this is a terrible tragic situtation yet already we have people here wanting to point fingers and make a political situation out of it..one here even went as far as saying President Obama commented sooner here than in the Arkansas shooting. (wasn't he out of the country when that happened?) ALL three of the latest shootings are an awful truth taht we still have a long way to go for tolerence in our country and in this case the accused shooters and victims were black and white. This is not just a GOP or Dem problem so don't make it out to be one.

    June 10, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  2. Back to Simple Life

    So much hate in this country is shameful.

    June 10, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  3. Observant

    DHS report stated that acts of the type would be occurring, however the Republicans took issue with it and forced DHS Secretary Napolitian to apologize. It is now being proven that the report is factual, Obama administration should have stood by the report.

    June 10, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  4. 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 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  5. Leah

    CNN should ust look at the hate generated and encouraged by the headline blog for the day. You can't tell me that they didn't know exactly what they were doing when they posted the headline and the blog.

    Is this what CNN believes to be the most earth shattering event of the day...same thing with Jon Voight's quote...and playing up everything Rush Limbaugh says.

    Blogs once were a place where people could discuss topics and share information rather than spew the talking points of their "journalistic" hero.

    June 10, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  6. David

    I think we need to hear what the NRA/Republican Party has to say about their second MURDER committed just this month, by long time members of the Republican Extremist Party showing their 'solidarity' for their cause.

    June 10, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  7. sara-fl

    Lets all give Sara Palin, Hanity, Rush, Chenney, a grand salute for a wonderful iintroduction to the destruction, of this great county. They have spewed so much HATE, that these people are now the voice to our home grown Terrorist.

    June 10, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  8. GOP Disaster

    You know I'm hearing some from the right blaming this on Obama, which is plane stupid and ignorant. Here's a word of advice Chill out and quit blaming the President!

    June 10, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  9. Mike

    Nadine, you are an idiot. I normally don't call names, but.....Name one hate thing any of those talk show hosts have said that would incite someone and give them a reason to kill. Just because people don't agree with Obama's policies does not make them racist and full of hate. You and your liberal friends are the ones that get on these boards and spew hate and call names.
    There is no excuse for what this man did, and there is nothing that a conservative has said that made him do what he did.

    Following your logic, since a lot of libs hate the military and the president is Black, then it must be your fault that a black man shot a soldier in Little Rock. See how stupid that sounds!

    June 10, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  10. Todd

    Last week President Obama claimed that the Holocaust happened and there is no denying that fact. I can't help but feel this is a reaction to that speech

    June 10, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  11. Pete

    Sorry, GOP, this is on you. When unhinged people listen to Rush, Hannity, Savage, and Fox News 24/7, they are spoon-fed a vision of America where "scary brown people" and "others" are coming to rob them of their hard-gained freedoms. Demonizing minorities, immigrants, the educated while simultaneously insisting that people should be armed to the teeth to "fight back" is throwing a match on gasoline.

    REAL Americans saw this coming, at McCain/Palin rallies. The fear on the faces of their boosters, the same boosters screaming "Arab" and "terrorist" while McCain tried to get them to cool their jets.

    The basis of conservatism is an almost religious like devotion to the glorious past, the past where minorities knew their place. I'm not surprised that right-wing wackos have started killing people. This is the first of many, leading up to a new Oklahoma City.

    Hang your heads in shame, GOP.

    June 10, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  12. Expat American

    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 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  13. The Rev'd Fr Raymond Burgoon-Clark

    Control the manufacture and sale of AMMO. The 2nd Amendment says NOTHING about THAT!

    June 10, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  14. The Party of NO is only “pro-life” to save a zygote now, so it can then kill the “babies” 18 years later as soldiers in an elective religious war

    I wander if the neo-cons in the GOP and Fox News will be offering apologies to Napilatano and DHS.

    They ripped her a new one for publicizing a report that was requested by Bush, and warned against this very thing, a white supremacist lunatic veteran going off the deep end due to the hate stirred up by all the rhetoric of "us vs them" used so well as a wedge by the neo-cons.

    Who needs to worry about enemies without when we have the "christian taliban" doing such a fine job from within.

    June 10, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  15. Jennifer Lamb

    I wish people will understand that neither conservatives nor liberals are responsible the attack today. Even the State Department memo that mentioned the need for increased vigilance said conservative extremists. EXTREMISTS. There are unfortunately extremists in all religious and polital circles; they are not limited to only one party. These people do not represent the views of their mainstream counterparts. We should not start pointing fingers at political leaders; instead we should condemn the death of this man as an abhorrent example of hate and should all work to promote peaceful discourse in our country. No one is to blame but the crazy man with the gun.

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the security guard that was shot. Hopefully this will open more eyes to the dangers of hate and extremism.

    June 10, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  16. Greg

    Looks like the DHS report was right. I guess that would make Limbaugh and his ilk wrong as usual. The right wing is nuts.

    June 10, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    @ Jane, Blue, et al.

    This isn't about hating Republicans. This is about calling them out and holding them accountable for the obvious effects of their rhetoric. Domestic terrorism of this kind and the kind engaged in by Roeder, McVeigh and the rest, rises every time a Democrat becomes POTUS and/or the Dems take control of the Congress. Why? Because the GOP's response is to turn to page 3 of its playbook and start the tax-and-spend-gun-rights-state's-rights-abortion-christian-nation-militia-riling-secession rant. It's all right there on page 3.

    June 10, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  18. Lynley, MS

    So sad, so sad to hear this regarding Stephen John's family. It was a wasteful act. My prayers go out to his family. Sad.

    June 10, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  19. Dylan from MN

    I don't want to call all Republicans/Conservatives/Persons on the right wing, racist because I don't believe that to be true. But what your base has been spewing since the election has fueled this fire. When Rep. John Lewis said that McCain's campaign was "sowing the seeds of hatred", this is what he was talking about.

    What happened today at the Holocaust Museum and with Dr. George Tiller two weeks ago is disgusting and anyone who supports garbage like this, is in my eyes is a lesser human.

    June 10, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  20. Pat, CA

    This has nothing to do with Democrat or Republican, black or white.

    If you want to prepare an accurate expose, you'll find such despicable acts committed by people from ALL walks of life - and you KNOW it.

    So stop trying to fit them "neatly" into YOUR particular perspective. These people are psychopaths, plain and simple.

    June 10, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  21. bibi montanio

    i choose my comments carefully because no one knows where the bullets are coming from.it could be rush limbaugh,lou doubbs,newt gingerich,anywhere that hardly makes sense to hate your neigbour.

    June 10, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  22. Are You Kidding Me?

    @Thomas

    The Holocaust Museum is a federal building, paid with federal tax dollars. As the head of a branch of the federal government, I think it is an appropriate response for the White House to comment. This event happened in the heart of Washington, D.C., across the street, down the street and next to FEDERAL BUILDINGS. Also, Capitol police, the FBI, the National Park Police, etc are involved. This did not happen on some country road in some far away place. These are federal entities that are related to each other. Do your research before you comment.

    June 10, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  23. Typical Republican

    Yay...one of my fellow republican brothers dealt some justice to the land. He took his gun and USED it. As a republican, I couldn't be prouder of my right wing neo con freaks of nature out there in the hood dealing terror to the world! We are the next taliban. FEAR US!

    June 10, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  24. Me

    If everyone wants to blame a political party for this event, I'm going to blame the Libertarian party.

    June 10, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  25. Mike Dallas

    Perhaps this man would not be dead or his family suffering so tonight, if the neo-cons and the rabid Reich had taken Napolitano's released more seriously, instead of calling for her to resign even though Bush commissioned the report not her.

    I personally, hope the DHS taps the phones, intercepts internet communications on all the rigthwing, redneck, sandle schlepping Jesus freaks in the GOP and the cable chatter bobble-heads at Fox News, so no one else or their family has to suffer this fate at the hands of these lunatics incited by GOP hateful rhetoric.

    June 10, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
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