June 10th, 2009
06:52 PM ET
13 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. A. Fernandez

    Sad thing to happen. When will people realized that violance only beggets violance we will not better ourselfs until this is realized

    June 10, 2009 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  2. Wingnuttia-Free Zone

    The right-wing nuts are crackin.

    June 10, 2009 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  3. Zion

    Now, will we start fighting our domestic terrorists, or pretend that they do not exist because they're white.

    June 10, 2009 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  4. MADinAZ

    Two months ago, after the "Tea Parties", I was ridiculed when I warned that we would see a resurgence of the right-wing violence of the '90s.

    Shortly thereafter, a Redflex worker here in Arizona was assassinated; then there was Doctor Tiller, and now this.

    I fear that the bombings are not far off.

    June 10, 2009 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  5. American Black Jew.

    To all the Neo-Nazi and Nazi mentality guys: To all those who hate Blacks and Jews: To all Racists:

    Today James von Brunn got shot back by the Secutiry Guard. Today is 2009, not 1940. Probably James von Brunn would be a Hero in 1940 for what he did today. But in 2009 he got shot back.

    If you Nazis harm others, your asses will also get kicked. Hitler existed in 1940s. In 2009 Hitler would have been hiding in the Caves of Afghanistan like Bin Laden.

    Hitler was the biggest coward in Human History. He killed innocent, women and childern. If he had balls, he would have dared Russia, America, England. Hitler never got out of Germany, except to countries that were weak and unable to defend themselves.

    June 10, 2009 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  6. white woman in Hawaii

    This is just more proof that the far right wing is out of control. Just last month we were warned that right wing extremists would come out of the shadows, and the homeland security secretary Janet N (sorry I cannot correctly spell her last name) was critized and forced to apologize! She was correct all along! This crazinest needs to stop. Limbaugh and Newt certainly are not helping matters either.

    June 10, 2009 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  7. Polly

    We still have a long way to go. It's a disgrace that this man was shot today.

    June 10, 2009 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  8. Coeurdazur

    Breaks my heart to see this...
    9/11 was bad, but that was allegedly by foreigners. This was one of our own. The hate that has been spewed by our "loyal" opposition from Limbaugh, Palin, Chaney, the conservative media, and the religious right should share in the collective guilt and realize that their rhetoric has just taken a life.
    The taking of one's life kills us all.
    My prayers to the family...

    June 10, 2009 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  9. donna neptune

    i agree with the president, but it is a shame to have 1 foot in the grave and have that much hatred in your heart, where does he think his spirit will end up, if he doesn;t change.....

    June 10, 2009 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  10. donna neptune

    thanks rush limbaugh, thanks sean hannity, mark levin, sarah palin and others for stirring up so much hate, that the weak ones will go out and do something like this, i hope you all can sleep at night.....

    June 10, 2009 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |

    Amen...My thoughts and prayers are with this guards family also.......As well as w/ the President who I pray will remain bold and safe through all this hate fueled rhetoric in our homeland.

    June 10, 2009 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  12. Job A. Toussaint

    What will this world come to when people act out their hatred instead of express it peacefully? Oh yea! You can't because hate and peace don't mix like oil and water.

    My heart goes out to the brave guardsmen everywhere securing the people going in and out of these institutions.

    This heinous act today reminds us all to stay vigilant and aware, and no matter where you're from and where you've been, hatred, prejudice, ignorance, and anti-Semitism lives and breathe all around us. From the lowest of class to the highest hierachial positions, it exists. Just live your lives with awareness, because although there's good law-abiding citizens, there's someone out there who wants to do nothing but hate and terrorize others.

    May God rest the soul of the fallen security guard.

    June 11, 2009 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
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