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

White House reacts to Holocaust Museum shooting

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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. Ken


    "Just another thing that the liberals will use to hate everything Republican. How many republicans do you know are NEO-Nazis?"

    The question should be – "Just how many NEO-Nazis are Republican? or Democrat?"

    June 10, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  2. Joe

    Some deranged Nazi antique piece of dung does the unthinkable, and the left wingers start ranting about conservatives causing it, something about the pot calling the kettle sooty.

    June 10, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  3. Laurie

    The Republicans will try to come up with some excuse for this. But they are DIRECTLY and INDIRECTLY and TOTALLY responsible.

    Good job! Your rhetoric of hate has killed another innocent person!

    June 10, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  4. Independent_me

    Blame the right-wing extremist talk show hosts and the FAUX station.
    They are hate-mongers. Boycott the corporations that advertise on their talk shows!

    June 10, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  5. SKF, Eugene, Oregon

    Stop it! Stop all the finger pointing and arguing... THAT is where some of the responsibillity to each of of our OWN selves needs to be owned towards such tragedy's that are being reinforced and adding sparks to ignite so much of this kind of hate in the first place! WE are NOT teams in a football game! WE are ONE country that is losing all of our beauty because WE are treating it like some kind of two-sided game! The joke will be on ALL of us without ANY side to take if we continue to allow for this way to continue!

    June 10, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  6. xavier

    Lets not excuse the fact that the GOP has some responsibility in the creation of these monsters. I saw some of the rallies during the last presidential electio , and while the republican party may not have directly incited these mosnters, their subordinates did. I wonder who put that idea in their heads?

    June 10, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  7. Otto

    Unfortunately, electing President Obama has placed fuel to the fire. Those hateful people will stop at nothing to spil the blood of the innocent. Anyone who hate another because the other does not look like them is a rasist and equally, a terrorist.

    June 10, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  8. Wanderer

    The killer might not represent anyone but himself. However, he was certainly the product of racism. Racism is of course the manufacturer of racists. Whoever still owns the idea of racism is the owner of this kind of manufacturer. They cannot deny it.

    June 10, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  9. Tim

    Good thing the shooter wasn't a muslim supremacist, we would have never heard about it.

    June 10, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  10. Longhorn#1

    What is the White House going to do about it. Put the man in jail for twenty years and he'll be out in five.

    June 10, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  11. S. Denice

    For those who don't want to believe that republican extremists are to blame for the recent waves of violence, you're deluded. Take a good long look at Fox News and the rhetoric of many anti-Obama commentators. Words such as "dangerous, deadly, unsafe, socialist, fascist, marxist, muslim, un-american, anti-american, etc. only fuels the fires of hatred, especially for those of limited education. REPUBLICAN EXTREMISTS ARE TO BLAME AND SHOULD BE HELD CRIMINALLY LIABLE!!!

    June 10, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  12. Peter E

    America is the only country in the western world where racism and naziism are legal. Our people and the media just wait around for more murders, and don't even care. There are dozens of hate-murders in the country every month but only when it happens at flashy, historic places does the media even report. The media isn't doing its job. We've become too complacent. We need to shut down hate groups now, not just wait around until AFTER they murdered someone!

    June 10, 2009 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  13. teacheng

    This domestic terrorism is cowardly and evil. Shame on those posters who provided even a modicum of wishy-washy support for this man's views or are using this to make a political point. (I'm looking at you, Holocaust Museum guy, and those equivocating the recruiter's murder)

    June 10, 2009 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  14. skyhawkdriver

    I have for many years been worried about domestic terrorists..there have been many acts perpetrated by the likes of peta that not only have caused destruction to personal property but taken lives..this incident is another case of domestic terrorism..I have not and will not view this wack jobs web site..however it's coverage on the nightly news has been extensive and shows him to be an extremist jew hater..this has nothing to do with the 2nd amendment so let's not even go there..law enforcment has been aware of this whack job for a long time but chose to do nothing since his release from prison..at some point the laws that are on the book need to be enforced..this act is the same as the murder last week of an american soldier on american soldier by an muslim extremist..an act that was all but ignored by the white house..both of these criminals deserve nothing better than to be strapped in the chair,or better yet shot at sunrise

    June 11, 2009 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
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