May 3rd, 2010
02:49 PM ET
12 years ago

White House calls Times Square incident an act of terror

Washington (CNN) - Leaving a vehicle full of explosive material in New York City's Times Square is a terrorist act, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday.

Asked if the Saturday incident was a terrorist incident, Gibbs said the act of putting a vehicle with such dangerous materials in Times Square "was intended to terrorize."

"Whoever did that would be categorized as a terrorist, yes," Gibbs said.

Gibbs added that the identity of the person or people responsible remained unknown.

soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. If We Can Defeat Him On Health Care It Will Be His Waterloo

    Was it a Ditto Head?, a Beckmeister, a Palinista?

    May 3, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. D.

    Like we care, their political correctness disqualifies the WH from classification of events as terror or not terror. We can think for ourselves and the thought police that took over this country is of no interest for the people!

    May 3, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  3. ac

    Finally, they got tired of looking stupid and out of touch with reality. It is very dumb to keep calling these acts – man made disasters.

    May 3, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  4. JP

    Aren’t they supposed to be called Man – Made – Disasters. I thought usage of terrorism was politically incorrect.

    May 3, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. Jim Brodie

    Why do we need a news story to tell us what we already knew! Act of terror? What else COULD it be? The question is which terrorists are behind it.

    May 3, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    Duh!!!! This corrupt, slimy gang that runs the White House are sheer geniuses aren't they.

    May 3, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  7. Duck Fallas

    Clearly Obama's fault. He was at some stupid correspondent's dinner, while he should have been in Times Square looking for smokey cars.

    May 3, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. Enough

    Another terrorist attempt on American soil........on Obamas watch. Why not? They know Obama is a kinder, gentler type of president who will only treat the terrorists with kindness and respect.

    May 3, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  9. Joe

    While that was going on, and obviously President Obama was aware of it during Washington comedy central night, no effort was made to either interrupted the show, or make some kind of an anouncement that Times Square was on a lock-down due to a terrorist act. As far the White House was concerned if that SUV didn't blow up in the middle of Times Square it wasn't neccessary to bother the festivity. I wonder if they would have really stop the show if the SUV did really blow up. I doubt it.

    May 3, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. MJ

    Finally, the White House has declared an Act of Terrorism! What it is going to take to make the Administration understand that we are at war? No more sweetening what is actually happening in America and abroad. Iran is making nuclear energy for power!!?? How stupid can we be. Where are the sanctions against Iran?

    May 3, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. Angus McDugan

    Three terror attacks on U.S. soil since Obama took office!!!!!

    The world respects us now?

    May 3, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  12. Val in MA

    Duh????? Why did it take the administration so long to admit what the rest of us already knew? Obama needs to get real serious about these Islamic terrorists. Enough is enough already for the president to be making his dances!

    May 3, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  13. Robert Warner

    Ten to one it's Tea Party.

    May 3, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. seebofubar

    How can that be? I thought the Muslims love us now that Obama is in office. Let's see, 15 months and already 3 terrorist attacks on our soil. Good job Obama, you fool!

    May 3, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. phoenix86

    I thought the Obama administration said there were no terrorists. Isn't this a potential Man-Caused Disaster or something PC to that event?

    May 3, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  16. Obama the liar

    it took the white hose ane and a half years to finallu utter the dreaded word "terror"? Napolitano will be sleepness tonight!!!!

    May 3, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  17. Gerald

    It is very clear that the Obama administration considers all white males in their forties to be terrorist.

    May 3, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  18. SocialismBad

    It is scary that these conversations are even being had by somebody in the Whitehouse. Are they REALLY, REALLY, REALLY sure it wasn't a potential man-made disaster?

    May 3, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  19. Wisconsinite - Vote NO for the Party of NO

    Of course it was an act of terrorism . . . that's kind of a no brainer. What we DON'T know yet if whether the terrorist (s) were from another country or this country.

    May 3, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  20. NAM VET ,NH

    OF cource it was and so was the biggest oil producing rig in the gulf.
    The rig in the gulf was the first i recall ever. The fact that there is
    nothing left as evidence is suspect of being and accident.

    May 3, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |