November 6th, 2009
12:18 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama orders flags lowered to honor Fort Hood victims

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "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

    Quite so Mr. President. Inthe news last evening a ladywas quoted as saying that she wished this guy's name had been Smith. Because of the perpetrator's surname the low-brows of this country, along with the inbreds are jumping to conclusions that can only fan anti-Muslim sentiments in the populace. This man was member of our armed forces, a psychiatrist. There is always the distinct probability that he just "snapped".

    November 6, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  2. Michelle

    May God Bless all of our Military! What a truly sad day! My thoughts and prayers are with their families.
    If this so called man did not want to go to war, he had options for himself. I find it suspicious to kill all these innocent people. I am sure they don't want to go to war either, but they know their duty.
    Is it possible just like with Ft. Dix, he has been a cell all along, just waiting for the moment to strike? They are among us, living the so called American life and just waiting for the moment!

    November 6, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    @ Dominican mama 4 Obama...............shut up

    just blame bush............that is all the left / dems can do

    nothin else

    cry maybe...

    but nothin else

    November 6, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Let our military and their families find peace, they all give so much. We support, love and appreciate them all. We may never know the answers but through prayer there is hope this will never happen again.

    November 6, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. fools and their freedoms are soon parted

    1. Fact he was a member of the armed forces. 2. Fact: as a doctor he took an oath to do not harm. 3. He without provocation opened fire on his comarde in arms, those he may have been attending to. 4.The fact that he he has a muslim name and before the shooting was wearing traditional muslim dress, smiling and acting normal...that is only an indication that he may or may not have been a terrorist. 5. He could have also have an undetected medical or mental condition.
    If it is PROVEN that this was a premeditated attack, he should be tried in military court for treason, murder, dereliction of duty, etc....
    But we must not jump to name calling "low-brows", "inbreds" between us at this time. Now is not the time to be partisan.

    November 6, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |

    President Obama should focus on the issue of poerty in ihis nation because in his country there is a lot of problems so what I can say to the president of the USA that however he is surposed to engage in the African political conflicts but sometimes as the human been you are surposed to look first the condition of your family first rather tha n uot siders

    November 6, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. Daniel


    Low brows and inbreds? Glad to see where you fall on the decency totum pole. This soldier betrayed his soldiers in the name of Islam. As most people of this country see it, this is another radical using the Islam faith to justify their actions. The only difference between this and 9/11 is the scale. It is another muslim hijacking a religion to slaughter innocent people.

    Dominican, please refer to the Harvard Professor story when you read this. It is a shame our president didn't use this logic when discussing this.

    November 6, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  8. Mike Syracuse, NY

    Come on Dominican Mama, there have been plenyty of public statements attributed to Maj. "Smith' that show he encouraged the idea of American Muslims taking up arms against other Americans. So tell me, what is more probable, a US Army officer who never saw combat just 'snapped' or a Muslim with a record of anti-war and pro-terrorist statements decided to do his part for the cause? This MSM PC in the face of evidence is sickening. We are at war with terrorism even if Obozo refuses to call it that.

    November 6, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. Gerry

    What I think is bizarre this morning is that CNN will allow us to comment on President Obama’s decision to fly the Flags at the White House at half mast in honor of those killed in the Fort Hood attack, but won’t allow to comment on Sarah Palin’s decision to bar the press from covering her appearance at a political event. What’s up with that, CNN? Are you too afraid that if you allow us to comment on Palin’s disregard for press coverage you are going to be attacked by FOX news for being the Communist News Network? Take a deep breath, CNN and realize that Palin is supported by at best a tiny fraction of the American public while President Obama still enjoys majority approval ratings (51.5 % RPC average today).

    November 6, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. Matthew Powers

    can you believe i was in that building this exact month last year??? thats where i got my anthrax and small pox shots. i stood in that room, all of my friends stood in that room. thats so messed up, all those soldiers in that building were there because they are deploying overseas this that isnt hard enough. and then some dirty muslim shoots them up... thats terriblethat major wanted to get out because he didnt want to deploy, and he couldnt get out even tho he hired an attorney. i fail a lousy drug test for pot nad i get booted right out. i didnt even have to hire an attorney. i tried my hardest to stay in after i failed the test,went as far as pleading with my battalion commander and by writing letters to tri corps commander and post commander begging them to keep me in. you dont understand how badly i wanted to be sent over. Thats wild, too bad i couldnt have traded places with him and maybe save life. WAY TO GO GOV, way to keep and get rid of the wrong people. IDIOTS

    November 6, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. Brenda

    Obama says........"don't jump to conclusions, until we have all of the details"

    Yet, he had no problem jumping to conclusions regarding the white police officer and the black college professor in the Boston situation.

    Also, for those of you claiming the guy snapped--this man NEVER went to the Middle East--he was NEVER in combat.

    And, based on reports from other media sources--there are blogs, statements that he said, etc.--which signals that he had a problem with the US and our military-–and supported the Muslims in the Middle East.

    November 6, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  12. Providence, RI

    While we're waiting for the facts to come in, maybe President Obama would like to give some more "shout outs" to his friends?

    November 6, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  13. Steve

    We reap what we sow.

    All these shooting and senseless violence lately in America fuel by hate and a society love and lust for guns...I hope it rains till it finally hit close to home of those who are blind to what mans inhumanity and insensitivity to his fellow man is costing all of us.

    God knows this has to STOP soon. I hope the President address the nation about our need to care about each other and STOP the VIOLENCE cause none of those tea baggers protesting yesterday care about nothing about their fellow man if he was bleeding to death and dying in the streets from multiple gunshot wounds if it means they would get free medical care and attention.

    November 6, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  14. Kevin in Ohio

    Yes, this HAS fanned anti-Muslim sentiments..... and why shouldn't it? The man was heard invoking Allah as he went on his killing spree. It is time to put Political Correctness aside and see Islam for what it really is..... and it is NOT a religion.

    November 6, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  15. no to obama

    Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is a terrorist kills who 12 americans while in uniform while he served our country while the muslims in american never condemn him for the killings

    November 6, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. J.W.

    I didn't know she was the Presidential nominee...

    November 6, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  17. no to obama

    a muslim terrorist

    November 6, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  18. BL

    What about Obama's frightening insensitivity following the shooting yesterday?
    This was his first chance to address the nation about the shooting with all the news cameras there while he was at the Tribal Nations Conference hosted by the Department of Interior's Bureau of Indian affairs. The president started the event and thanked various staffers and offered a "shout-out" to "Dr. Joe Medicine Crow - that Congressional Medal of Honor winner." (The Medal of Honor is for military not civilians like Dr Crow – he probably got the Medal of Freedom). Three minutes in, the president spoke about the shooting, in measured/appropriate terms
    Obama needed to give a freaking shout-out BEFORE acknowledging what happened. The man is an out of touch, unprofessional and disrespectful of the military.
    Obama's teleprompter was already set up for the speech he gave...there was no time to correct it.....the show just went on......sad, so sad for the United States to have this kind of leader........

    November 6, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  19. G

    Muslims do not have the luxury of "snapping."

    November 6, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  20. Have mercy

    Have mercy, on all , here, there, overseas

    Have mercy on this ill begotten adventure has wrought, that ends like this, right back in our front yards.

    Have mercy, and let this end.

    the culprits, we know where they are, we know who they are, we are ashamed to call them out and bring them to trial.

    Have mercy on us Dear Father, we have succumb to ignorance and hubris.

    You are showing us the results, we have proven undeserved.

    November 6, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  21. Idiot_Pelosi

    OMG, these muslim defending morons.

    Enough. Enough. I'm tired of this country and our dopey president pandering to the muslims. Don't allow them to move here anymore, and the ones who are here can assimilate into American Culture or don't let the door hit them in the behind.

    Fight fire with Fire. We are NOT a muslim country and if you don't like it, leave it.

    November 6, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  22. Devin

    Don't want to jump to conclusions? Seriously? This is what is being reported by the AP:

    Soldiers reported that the gunman shouted "Allahu Akbar!" — an Arabic phrase for "God is great!" — before opening fire, said Lt. Gen. Robert Cone, the base commander.

    How can we not draw conclusions from that?

    November 6, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  23. maurice nickless

    you are right, mr. president. no one should jump to conclusions. Sort of like jumping to the conclusion that you were qualified to be president? Those sort of assumptions are bad for the U.S., after all.

    November 6, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  24. Mookie4295

    I just want to say thanks to Kimberly Munley, the officer who brought down the gunman. It took alot of bravery to do that, I'm so proud of you Kim, you saved so many other people from being in harms way. Kim your my HERO, of the year. YOU'RE THE BESt! Also, thank President Obama, for what your doing to help our country. Normally you would be my first hero, but Kim has taken your place for now, thanks all.

    November 6, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  25. Former Army

    Yes let’s not act stupidly and make it another Beer-Summit.

    November 6, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
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