President Obama is briefed on the shooting in Arizona
January 8th, 2011
06:01 PM ET

President Obama is briefed on the shooting in Arizona

This is a picture of President Obama in the Situation Room as he takes part in a conference call with his aides regarding the shooting today in Tucson, Arizona.

A Senior White House official tells CNN the president was notified of the shooting at 1:20pm eastern by his Homeland Security advisor John Brennan, and his Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina. The same official tells CNN the president called Rep. Gifford's husband, and left a message. He also made calls to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, Speaker Boehner, Representaive Eric Cantor, Representative Nancy Pelosi, Represenative Steny Hoyer, Representative James Clyburn, and Representative Ed Pastor to express his deep concern and to update all of them on the latest information.

The president asked FBI Director Robert Mueller to travel to Arizona to oversee the coordination of the investigation.

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  1. Jay in NC

    There is just too much hate coming from this President. He said in an interview with Univision radio, 'we're going to punish our enemies and we're going to reward our friends..' Punish your enemies, what force do you purpose Barry? I can not find any other reference in American history where a president threatened or incited violence against the citizens. Is this the change you promised Barry?

    January 9, 2011 at 2:51 am |
  2. Jay in NC

    CNN Headline - Kathy Griffin's Next Target: Willow Palin. Griffin said "I think it's Willow's year to go down.". This is the same commentator they hired to host year end show with Anderson Cooper. Hate speech is hate speech, you can not hide behind it calling your self a comedian. Words like 'target' and 'to go down' are just to violent and have no place on CNN. Take responsibly Anders Cooper.

    January 9, 2011 at 1:57 pm |