5 things Obama planned before Washington Navy Yard shooting
September 16th, 2013
10:29 PM ET
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5 things Obama planned before Washington Navy Yard shooting

Washington (CNN) - By the time President Barack Obama walked into a packed auditorium at the White House Monday, his economic message for the day had already been eclipsed by the unfolding tragedy at the Washington Navy Yard.

And that was before the city's mayor announced that 12 people and the gunman had been shot dead.

As the White House shifted again into disaster-response mode, the president's already-full plate got a lot fuller. And while the executive branch is more than capable of keeping multiple balls in the air, the topics Obama has been looking to push for months are again receding into the background.


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  1. S. B. Stein

    That is part of what happens when you are president; you want to do something when many other things pop up.

    September 16, 2013 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  2. FidyCents

    Obama has another chance to ignore the economy and once again go after a social agenda. Epic failure is on the menu once again.

    September 17, 2013 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  3. boungirno

    this is outragious and for something of this magnitude to be able to take place in our goverment means we are very incompetent when it comes to running our country

    September 17, 2013 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  4. orrball

    He shows no respect to the people how died ! Also attaches the GOP for not talking or compromising and then says he won't talk or compromise! I in my life have never seen anyone but a child tell me it was there fault so many times. Hillary is hiding from Bengasi and her brothers use of the state dept. Very little reporting on that !

    September 17, 2013 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  5. I'malib

    1. Play Golf
    2. Blame Bush for something.
    3. Go on vacation.
    4. Blame the Republicans
    5. Play Golf.

    September 17, 2013 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  6. Gurgyl

    Congress and Senate both need to pass Gun-Ban Laws. We need This in this nation, USA. Do not argue on bs grounds. Pass to show we are a nation–not a jungle. Period.

    September 17, 2013 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  7. bassman

    What was going on the same moment Pres. Obama was giving a partisan speech? Saying Republicans want to hurt people. Authorities were looking for a killer. People were dying. Hiding in lockers. Tone death?

    September 17, 2013 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    The President's critics will always be the President's critics. HIndsight is 20:20. His mistake was to combine two messages into one press briefing. Maybe he spoke about the shootings too soon, also. The President spoke before a casualty count had been announced, but his critics will not tell you that.

    September 17, 2013 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  9. ST

    I do not care what the President has on his plate, and what comes unexpectedly and make his plate fuller and fuller. What I do care is these do nothing congress. Yesterday was a big a lesson to them to act. If they aren't all dead-brain congress, when they are back today to work (I was told yesterday all of them disappeared of fear), the first thing to tackle could have been "Gun Control Law". You were safe yesterday, BUT you do not know whether you will be, today, tomorrow or the day after. Please take action. It is on your own benefit and the whole country at large.

    September 17, 2013 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    Well, CNN, President Obama HAS been rather distracted lately. You said so yourself just yesterday.

    You know how it is for this President:

    The economy... Benghazi witchhunts... Syria... IRS witchhunts... NSA witchhunts...
    GOP obstruction... Sandy Hook... Boston... Ft. Hood... GOP calls for impeachment...
    Immigration reform...

    Yes. There is a sour grapes theme to my comment. GOP obstruction. GOP name calling. GOP bickering. GOP witchhunts. Apparently (and at the cost of all Americans) the GOP is still in "let's make Obama a one termer" election mode.

    I guess I'm not quite sure why the media is still anxious to carry this particular GOP water bucket for the next 3 years.

    September 17, 2013 08:44 am at 8:44 am |