June 10th, 2009
05:09 PM ET
9 years ago

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.

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  1. Moderate Democrat

    Hey, I'm all for this notion that there are simply nut cases out there that belong to a certain party but are certainly not the poster child of that party. Chances are, this guy is a right wing lunatic. Does that mean all right wingers are going to murder. Of course not (are they lunatics...I will hold judgement on that).

    But before you start lecturing people how some nut case associated with your party doesn't represent you all. Why don't you go over to the Rev. Wright story and condemn the nut cases there trying to associate somethign WRIGHT said about how it reflects on Obama.

    If you can't do that, then you truely are a pathetic creature with a biased nature.

    June 10, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  2. malclave

    Still suppressing conservative responses to liberal attacks, huh, CNN?

    Goebbels would be so proud of you.

    June 10, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  3. will

    If every white supremacy group would one day cease to exist the Republican Party would be dead. With over 100,000 white supremacists living in America it is hard for any African American or Jews person to know who is who amongst any white American.

    It may be safe to say, the reason why me and so many other educated and work experienced African Americans are out of work is because of the hate that so many who are white have for us. May be I’m just paranoid or a racist like it has been said so many times about any African American who has had the guts to speak out about the ills between the African Americans and their white counter part.

    June 10, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  4. American Woman

    I think this is a fact. More Americans die at the hands of Americans yearly, than probably those that die or killed by non-Americans. My God, what are were doing fellow Americans. Agree to disagree, don't take another life because of your belief/thoughts. The history of our nation is just that...history. Let us not forget...if we don't learn from the past(mistakes), we are doomed to repeat them. I prefer to look forward, not to forget the past, but to love my neighbor. Anger and hatred uses too much energy and time.

    May the Creator have mercy on all mankind.

    June 10, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  5. catmom

    Unfortunately Thomas when something devastating happens in our country the President of the United States usually does have a comment. Nothing new here Thomas.

    I hope people are beginning to see the effect the constant hate speech and negativity is doing to this country. It has been unprecedented since President Obama became President. It is time to stop and support our President, support our country and stop the nastiness. If you don't like what the President is doing, vote him out, period. I certainly remember whenever anyone even attempted to criticize the previous President those on the right screamed about how UN American and unpatriotic it was. What is the difference now. Like Rodney King said, "Can't we all just get along".

    June 10, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  6. Brian in VA

    Another extremist act.

    June 10, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  7. Dan from q-ville pa

    who care who the man was it is what he did that matters

    June 10, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  8. tedious898

    Jane June 10th, 2009 5:56 pm ET

    Anyone who thinks this is related to the conservative points of view are dead wrong and just plain ignorant. Human beings develope views, ideologies, and hatred on their own. This guy was a sicko and had a warped mind. He started doing stupid and hate filled things in the late 1970's and 1980's.

    Jane, it is such a shame that you can't see the correlation between a man losing his life and the words spoke by the "ring wing heros" of "terrorist, facist, communist, socialist, muslim" (all associated with our president) has nothing to do with it. Are you that stupid- really?

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

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

    June 10, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  10. no more gloves

    Not a day for shouting.

    A time for Sorrow, A time for tears
    That is where we are now
    A time for healing, A time for learning
    This is where we need to be

    Anyone who would seek to gain political advantage over this deserves scorn and derision. This loss of life is horrific in it manner and the family of this slain man deserves our sympathy and condolences while the attacker deserves to rot in a concrete and steel box.

    Much sorrow on the part of this Republican for these events and yet I see the vultures out ranting about how it's the "evil guns" or the "wretched hate mongers of the right" who are really to blame for this fruit-loop going off the deep end and killing someone. There is only one person to blame for this crime and that is the man currently in a hospital bed fighting for his life.

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

    The fault here lies directly at the feet of government and law enforcement. The FBI, NSA, DHS, they all knew this man and what he was capable of. He was given a pass because he's white and Christian.
    The American Elite will sleep soundly tonight, knowing another one of their martyrs has died to secure their status.

    June 10, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  12. Jeremy

    It is called the right to bear arms! Where on earth such a criminal with long history of hate crimes was allowed to buy a gun? Can NRA explain what is going on? No wonder gun sales have skyrocketed since Obama won elections.

    June 10, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  13. Bonnie

    This year 2009, and hatred still runs rampant, people are still teaching their children to hate, whether you know the person or not, if they are different than you in any way, HATE them. How can you say you love your children, when all you teach them is hate. What you are teaching them is not only to hate others, but to hate themselves. So sad, so very sad. Instead of teaching to rejoice, enjoy and love life, and people in it, you learn and teach, and live hatred, this is not living, it is only existing. So sad, so very sad.

    June 10, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  14. makesUwonder

    Today Stephen Tyrone Johns showed us what a HERO he was. Thank you sir and God bless you.

    June 10, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  15. ThinkAboutIt

    Jay John: How are both political parties responsible for the shooter's actions? He is responsible for his actions – and if it comes out during his trial he was motivated and incited by others to commit this horrible crime, they, too, will bear responsibility.

    To blame political parties is as unthinking and prejudiced as the shooter blaming "non-whites" for his problems.

    June 10, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  16. 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 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  17. JT

    Jay John – Your comment makes no sense. BOTH parties caused today's events? Get real.

    June 10, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  18. Ken

    Mike...you hit it right on the head how Obama commented so quickly on the museum shooting, but took thee or four days before commenting on the Army soldier shot dead by a terroroist on the streets of Little Rock. Obama is a sad commentary for being Commander-in-Chief.

    June 10, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  19. BusyMom

    This shooter was a right wing extremist (a white supremisist and a "birther" a group who continues to dispute our President's country of birth in the face of all evidence that he was indeed born here in the US) just like the right wing extremist who killed Dr. Tiller. Limbaugh, Hannity, O'Reilly, Beck and the like should be ashamed of themselves for relentlessly spewing hate daily and encouraging the paranoia and hate of right wing extremists. Sure they have a right to free speech but they also have a responsibility not to distort information and promote hatred that leads to violence.

    June 10, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  20. Mike in NYC

    Say what you want about the GOP, but your typical rank and file Repub thinks they can't get into heaven without worshiping Jews and Israel. The GOP leadership is slavishly pro-Israel.

    White Nationalists despise the GOP as race traitors, so I seriously doubt this fellow got the idea to shoot up a Holocaust museum from right-wing talk radio.

    June 10, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  21. sara-fl

    It's sad for us, but happy one for the white supremist groups they are havin a party.

    June 10, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  22. Roger from CA

    This nutjob probably acted now because of Obama's visit to Buchenwald last week.

    But there has also been an upsurge in white-supremecist activity since Obama's election. The idea of a black man in the White House enrages this idiots.

    June 10, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  23. New Day

    I agree with Jane. This is not the fault of Conservatives or Liberals. Its the fault of those that make money by inciting violence from the comfort of their posh homes. I may not agree with conservatives when it comes to politics but, politics are a small part of life. We are all people, above all, and we all pretty much want the same things. We want a decent job, a happy life, and a happy, healthy family.

    June 10, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  24. 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 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  25. German,Irish American

    Isn't it great that racist Obama,"Reverand Wright is my mentor", has an immediate response for abortion doctors and museum workers murders, but, when a fellow Black Muslim murders and wounds servicemen it takes him four days to give a one sentence reply denouncing the action.

    June 10, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
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