November 6th, 2009
12:18 PM ET
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Obama orders flags lowered to honor Fort Hood victims

President Obama said Friday that flags at the White House and other federal buildings will be flown at half staff until Veterans Day in recognition of the shooting at Fort Hood, Texas.
President Obama said Friday that flags at the White House and other federal buildings will be flown at half staff until Veterans Day in recognition of the shooting at Fort Hood, Texas.

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Friday that flags at the White House and other federal buildings will be flown at half staff until Veterans Day in recognition of the shooting at Fort Hood, Texas.

"This is a modest tribute to those who lost their lives even as many were preparing to risk their lives for their country," he said at the White House.

"It's also a recognition of the men and women who put their lives on the line every day to protect our safety and uphold our values."

Full coverage: Fort Hood shootings

Obama said he met Friday morning with FBI Director Robert Mueller and other federal agency heads to discuss the ongoing investigation into the massacre.

"We don't know all of the answers yet, and I would caution against jumping to conclusions until we have all of the facts," he said.

The alleged shooter, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, a psychiatrist who worked in a hospital at Fort Hood, is blamed for the deaths of 12 soldiers and one civilian, military officials said.

Another 30 people were wounded; 28 of them required hospitalization.

Related: Search for clues in Fort Hood massacre


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  1. Obama doesn't give a rat's ***

    Obama's just going through the motions on this. One thing I find revealing about most of the people who read and post on CNN blogs, they rushed to post all kinds of hate about Sarah Palin's event, but only 1 comment on this important story! Sad!

    November 6, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  2. Lee, Ann Arbor, Michigan

    President Obama doesn't mind jumping to conclusions when it concerned the Boston Police Department, Fox News, Tea Party people, etc.

    I believe Obama is still a muslim and certainly is empathetic towards that religion and there way of life. It was pathetic the way he went around the world apologizing for America.

    November 6, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  3. Lee, Ann Arbor, Michigan

    President Obama doesn't mind jumping to conclusions when it concerned the Boston Police Department, Fox News, Tea Party people, etc.

    I believe Obama is still a muslim and certainly is empathetic towards that religion and their way of life. It was pathetic the way he went around the world apologizing for America.

    November 6, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. Richp

    Two alternatives are all I can think of, either he became a radical over time or just snapped and committed suicide by cop, well, almost. Should be interesting to find out which. A military base is one of those almost like a school or any other firearm free zone. Nobody has live ammo. So it's a cowards dream shoot. If he wanted to make a statement he should have offed himself in front of the graduation. Either way may he rot.

    November 6, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. Marc

    you know, those in the media need to really rethink the Over Use of certain words. this "PC" nation is going to be the end of us all..
    the gunmen is not "the alleged gunmen"
    he was shot 4 times, while shooting other people. there's nothing to allege. no pun intended here, but he was shot RED handed!!!

    Those soldiers and families of those soldiers, need answers. Not politically correct BS to protect the criminal. Not a trial that will last for the next 5yrs as some lawyer dredges up all the possible loopholes int he system. A rat is a rat.

    and to all my comrades at Ft Hood. "Halfway down the trail to hell, is a field called Fidler's Green..."

    November 6, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  6. white female

    What Man always trying to keep the peace, at home and abroad.
    Thank you Mr. President for your cool head in leading this country.
    May God cont. to Bless you and us, and help us all come to a better place. My heart goes out to the familiess that lost love ones, and the wounded ones also. Let' s all reach out to help or pray foe someone else today, and moving forward.

    November 6, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  7. Kevin St Pete FL

    Thank you, Mr. President, for honoring our fallen warriors from yesterday's tragic affair. May God provide comfort to their families of the Ft. Hood Community.

    November 6, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  8. Danny

    I suppose the Repubs will say he's just going for a photo op by ordering the flags lowered.

    November 6, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  9. getReal

    Yea right, Dominican mama 4 Obama...

    The guy yelled "Allah Akbar" as he killed people he did not even know... Yes there are many nice respectable muslims, but Islam as a whole has a disproportional number of wack jobs that think it is OK to kill those who don't agree with them. That is why many rational people are a little wary of Islam in general.

    It also does not help that rarely will a prominant muslim speak up against the radicals, but they do not hesitate to speak up about the so called "reasons" that militants actions are "justified".

    What is needed is eduacation an tolerance on both sides... Much like in pollitics. But from the posts of yours that pollute the blog-waves all the readers already know how intolerant you are towards anyone that is also not an Obama worshiper.

    November 6, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  10. Andy

    This was methodically planned, he had two guns, and remarks he made to coworkers months ago were anti American. He shouted Alla Akbar before the shooting started . All you liberal terrorists sympathizers need to find another country to live in. Muslims will never assimilate into our culture and our way of life like every other immigrant has since this nation was formed.

    .. Islam is incompatible with western civilization!!!!

    November 6, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  11. Reaganomics Leads To Feudalism

    Wait a minute!...This CAN"T be true!

    Rush, Hannity, and Beck have convinced all the wingnuts that our President HATES our troops AND our country.

    Disciples of Rush, Hannity, and Beck are CONSTANTLY posting these claims on this ticker...all the time.

    Rush, Hannity, Beck, and their disciples COULDN"T be wrong about our President...now could they?

    November 6, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  12. Karen

    My heart goes out to these families who lost their loved ones! And thank you President Obama for honoring these heroes!

    November 6, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  13. CM

    No need to jump to conclusions. The Allah is Great battle cry he yelled says it all! But BHO will stand up for his kin.

    November 6, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  14. bj, Texas

    Because of the policies of this stupid president we have once again been attacked by terrorists on our own soil. Thanks Oblunder!

    November 6, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  15. Marc in Toronto

    It saddens me that our once highly regarded and respected neighbors to our south are being brought to their knees by partisan politics, the NRA and a lack of civility between each other.

    40 of your Senators really don't seem to care about insuring that every American is cared for in a fair and equatable manner like every other democratic country in the world. You have more guns on the street and in the home than the days of the old wild wild west and they are being used on a daily basis to kill fellow citizens, often in mass. The NRA, clearly divided potitical parties and lobbyist in general are destroying your country.

    The USA were once the beacon of hope and the moral compass for all other nations and we followed your lead. Now we watch cable news and just feel sorry for you. You finally have a leader with intelligence, forsight and compassion but unfortunately everyone seems to have their own agenda and could care less about the country. It's called being civilized people. Common, get back to your roots and lead. Get back to being a country for the people.

    November 6, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    This was not an act of the moment...this was carefully thought-out. Ingenious, why be a suicide bomber when you can create chaos and sympathy...there will be more events like this!

    November 6, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  17. IndependantThinker

    It's a nice gesture, but why don't the flags just stay at half-mast until all troops are home? This action suggests that these soldiers deaths are somehow more important than all the other who died/are dying in the wars we are currently fighting. I understand that these deaths happened due to friendly fire, on American soil, but isn't the death of any soldier a tragedy?

    November 6, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  18. tata mcgee

    Mr. Obama's disgusting disrepect for the dead at Ft. Hood shows he is in no way capable of leading this country. He should stick to raping our healthcare system and quit trying to be something he isn't, a loyal American.

    November 6, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  19. tata mcgee

    Mr. Obama says we should wait before we judge the jihadist butchere of Ft. Hood but he reflexively attacked the New Haven police for arresting one of his racist buddies before knowing all the facts. Mr. Obama scares the ever living hell out of me. Who is Barack Hussien Obama ?

    November 6, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  20. SucroseDaddy

    Does anyone know why this happened??? I will tell ya the insider story...

    Nidal (a psychriatist) counseled a lot of Iraq Soldier colleagues to learn that many of them broke the Veil for the Islamic Women, some were molested ... all of this is common and natural in such scenarios.

    He got REALLY PISSED off by this (damage) to the religion. Period

    Nothing to do with Obama OR Cheney OR LacrosseDaddy OR Lee from Ann Harbor OR a Proud American OR Boehner OR the brainless, stupid and dumb arses like them!!!

    November 6, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  21. Joe Average

    Flags at half staff and prayer rugs at half roll.

    November 6, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  22. Former Army

    CNN why do you rarely post my comments?
    Obama says “Let’s not jump to conclusions”.
    Let’s not act stupidly, another Beer Summit. Yea he cares for our troops, almost as much as he cares for the UN.

    November 6, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  23. Joe Average

    marc,
    It saddens me that our once highly regarded and respected neighbors to our south are being brought to their knees by partisan politics, the NRA and a lack of civility between each other.

    40 of your Senators really don't seem to care about insuring that every American is cared for in a fair and equatable manner like every other democratic country in the world. You have more guns on the street and in the home than the days of the old wild wild west and they are being used on a daily basis to kill fellow citizens, often in mass. The NRA, clearly divided potitical parties and lobbyist in general are destroying your country.

    The USA were once the beacon of hope and the moral compass for all other nations and we followed your lead. Now we watch cable news and just feel sorry for you. You finally have a leader with intelligence, forsight and compassion but unfortunately everyone seems to have their own agenda and could care less about the country. It's called being civilized people. Common, get back to your roots and lead. Get back to being a country for the people.
    ----------------------

    Stay to the north and all will be well.

    November 6, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  24. tata mcgee

    Marc in Toronto – The U.S. is the pile crap you observe now because people like Obama have, for the last 50 years, told the population that they should just do it if it feels good, regardless of the consequences. 40% of our population is on the dole now and votes in Marxist thugs like Mr. Obama. You need to seal the border Marc, it is going to get a hell of a lot worst in the U.S. before it gets better. Maybe if you offered Mr. Obama asylum in Toronto we could flush our national sewers once and for all.

    November 6, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  25. Kevin In Iraq

    As someone stationed at Ft. Hood and a PROUD AMERICAN and SOLDIER, I am appaled at the level of disrespect that Muslims have for Americans, what did we EVER do to them? Just because our beliefs differ from theirs, just because we embrace ALL religions and races, and we as a whole country, don't discriminate against ANYONE, just because we rose together after 9/11 against the "extremists" who thought that it would be a good idea to attack INNOCENT CIVILIANS? I think that if this guy wants to be a mayter, treat him like one, let the CIA have a go at him, let him get watter logged, and sleep deprived, let him, and all of his "buddies" know that WE AS AMERICANS will not stand for attacks against our nation, either on US soil or not! And he did not just "snap", you people don't know what it's like to "snap"! Teach them all a lesson, and use this guy as an example, HOOAH!!!!

    November 6, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
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