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Obama calls Ft. Hood shootings "horrific outburst of violence" Transcript

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WASHINGTON--President Obama, reacting Thursday afternoon to the murders at Ft. Hood, said the shootings were "horrific."

"As some of you might have heard, there has been a tragic shooting at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas. We don't yet know all the details at this moment; we will share them as we get them. What we do know is that a number of American soldiers have been killed, and even more have been wounded in a horrific outburst of violence.

"My immediate thoughts and prayers are with the wounded and with the families of the fallen, and with those who live and serve at Fort Hood. These are men and women who have made the selfless and courageous decision to risk and at times give their lives to protect the rest of us on a daily basis. It's difficult enough when we lose these brave Americans in battles overseas. It is horrifying that they should come under fire at an Army base on American soil."

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
___________________________________________________________
For Immediate Release November 5, 2009

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
AT THE CLOSING OF THE TRIBAL NATIONS CONFERENCE

Department of Interior
Washington, D.C.

5:02 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT: Please, everybody have a seat. Let me first of all just thank Ken and the entire Department of the Interior staff for organizing just an extraordinary conference. I want to thank my Cabinet members and senior administration officials who participated today. I hear that Dr. Joe Medicine Crow was around, and so I want to give a shout-out to that Congressional Medal of Honor* winner. It's good to see you. (Applause.)

My understanding is, is that you had an extremely productive conference. I want to thank all of you for coming and for your efforts, and I want to give you my solemn guarantee that this is not the end of a process but a beginning of a process, and that we are going to follow up. (Applause.) We are going to follow up. Every single member of my team understands that this is a top priority for us. I want you to know that, as I said this morning, this is not something that we just give lip service to. And we are going to keep on working with you to make sure that the first Americans get the best possible chances in life in a way that's consistent with your extraordinary traditions and culture and values.

Now, I have to say, though, that beyond that, I plan to make some broader remarks about the challenges that lay ahead for Native Americans, as well as collaboration with our administration, but as some of you might have heard, there has been a tragic shooting at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas. We don't yet know all the details at this moment; we will share them as we get them. What we do know is that a number of American soldiers have been killed, and even more have been wounded in a horrific outburst of violence.

My immediate thoughts and prayers are with the wounded and with the families of the fallen, and with those who live and serve at Fort Hood. These are men and women who have made the selfless and courageous decision to risk and at times give their lives to protect the rest of us on a daily basis. It's difficult enough when we lose these brave Americans in battles overseas. It is horrifying that they should come under fire at an Army base on American soil.


I've spoken to Secretary Gates and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, and I will continue to receive a constant stream of updates as new information comes in. We are working with the Pentagon, the FBI, and the Department of Homeland Security, all to ensure that Fort Hood is secure, and we will continue to support the community with the full resources of the federal government.

In the meantime, I would ask all Americans to keep the men and women of Fort Hood in your thoughts and prayers. We will make sure that we get answers to every single question about this horrible incident. And I want all of you to know that as Commander-in-Chief, there's no greater honor but also no greater responsibility for me than to make sure that the extraordinary men and women in uniform are properly cared for and that their safety and security when they are at home is provided for.

So we are going to stay on this. But I hope in the meantime that all of you recognize the scope of this tragedy, and keep everybody in their thoughts and prayers.

Again, thank you for your participation here today. I am confident that this is going to be resulting in terrific work between this government and your governments in the weeks, the months, and years to come. God bless you, and God bless the United States of America. (Applause.)

END 5:08 P.M. EST

10 Comments

Someone may want to inform the clueless socialist that Fort Hood is NOT an Army "base". Fort Hood is an Army post, P-O-S-T.

Good statement from the President, and very timely. Does political correctness ensure that a Muslim with an avowed hatred for a war against another Muslim country dictate that he should NOT be discharged from the military. Let's start enlisting Al Qaeda and the Taliban just to show the world how enlightened we are. This Major had a history of dissent and a poor service record. He should have been drummed out long before this. I believe this is the third incident involving Muslim military members killing our loyal soldiers in the past year or two. When is the military going to adapt new policies?

"Yo, lemme give a shout-out to my bureaucratic homies in da house! This party is off da hook, dawg!

Oh, and before I forget, how's about a little prayer for that thingy that happened over at Ft. Hood.

Now, let's get this party started!"

First I'd like to give a shout out to my pals, say "Hi Mom and Dad" and tell my brother I hope to see him around the holidays.

We had a great weekend last week, right? All that drinking, it was righteous.

What? I can't start my comments about a horrific shooting with a "shout out" to my buds and other random topics? Do I have to wait until I'm the President before I can do something that tacky?

I'm just trying to figure out what the rules are for being this clueless. I figured since the President is talking about everything in a rambling mush like an ADD sufferer this was the new "appropriate serious" way of talking.

What is the asterisk after "Congressional Medal of Honor" for?

There is no such thing as a "Congressional Medal of Honor" it is simply the "Medal of Honor." Congress has absolutely nothing do do with the awarding of this honor. You would think the so called "Commander in Chief" would know this.

Amateur....

R.L. I have to completely disagree with you about the "Good Statement from the President".

A "shout out"? He opens up his remarks with a "Shout out" to a Congressional Medal "Winner". No, I am not making light of the difference between winner and recipient either.

If you ask any member of the military, they will tell you that they are not "winners", but recipients.

His entire speech "seemed" to be from reading notecards (Not a big deal) but it seemed like he was "reading" it, or going through the motions rather than a genuine sorrow.

HarryStar, when I said good speech, I was referring to the fact that he came out quickly with his comments. His track record on responding to crises in the past was not as timely.

The asterisk probably refers to the fact that Dr. Crow was presented the Medal of Freedom by Obama earlier this year. He is not apparently a Medal of Honor winner. The President should have known the difference. Iwould hope.

The astericks is because President Barack Hussein Obama awarded Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow the Congressional Medal of Freedom (the highest civilian honor) not the Congressional Medal of Honor (the highest military honor) just three short months ago and apparently doesn't even remember what the hell he did. I figured out why Jimmah Carter supported him so vigorously...he's no longer the worst contemporary president!

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