Obamas lead nation in moment of silence
January 10th, 2011
02:43 PM ET

Obamas lead nation in moment of silence

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama stepped on to the White House South Lawn at 11:00am Monday, and led the nation in a moment silence to honor the victims of the shootings in Tucson, Arizona on Saturday.

On the opposite end of Pennsylvania Avenue, members of Congress and their staff stood on the steps of the U.S. Capitol at that hour to observe the moment. The U.S. Supreme Court began hearing the arguments scheduled for Monday ten minutes ahead of schedule so that the moment could be observed there as well.

The White House released the following readout on Monday of the briefings the President has received and the calls he has made concerning the shootings in Arizona on Saturday -

Last night the President continued to call the families of the victims from the terrible tragedy in Arizona and will continue to do so throughout the week. The President is assuring them that all is being done to try and get to the bottom of this. He is offering his full support and thoughts and prayers on behalf of himself, Michelle and the entire nation.

Earlier this morning, the President was twice updated on the investigation by John Brennan. Yesterday, the President received three briefings from John Brennan, and last night the President also spoke to FBI Director Mueller to pass along his appreciation for all the hard work being done by federal, state and local law enforcement and investigators in Tucson, Arizona.

In addition to calls the President made on Saturday, January 8 to:

Representative Giffords’ husband, Mark Kelly

Governor Jan Brewer

Speaker John Boehner

Representative Eric Cantor, Majority Leader

Representative Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader

Representative Steny Hoyer, Democratic Whip

Representative James Clyburn, Assistant Democratic Leader

Representative Ed Pastor

On Sunday night, January 9, the President spoke to:

Family of Christina-Taylor Green

Family of Gabe Zimmerman

Senator Jon Kyl

Senator John McCain


soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Michael

    Thank you, Mr. President for your leadership!

    January 11, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  2. the1stamendmentRULES

    Is it jeut me or does he look like a confused chimpanzee?

    January 12, 2011 at 11:01 am |
  3. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @the 1stamendmentRULES; It's 'jeut' you! LOL!

    January 14, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  4. jerry

    that will be the day...obama keeps his big mouth shut

    January 15, 2011 at 7:16 pm |
  5. COMMANDER

    THE COMMANDER,viewpoints,Truth be damned, Obama and THE WEAK-KNEED REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRAT,Wake up america!!!! OBAMA goes about his business by speaking the lie.“If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed”Mmslim Barack Hussein Obama people have no idea of the extent to which they have to be gulled in order to be led." OBAMA will use every tool available: school teachers, politicians, news broadcasters, artists, musicians, scientists and doctors, lawyers and businessmen and men who claim to be preachers of the gospel of Jesus Christ. All will be pressed into the service of OBAMA to deceive men. "All propaganda must be so popular and on such an intellectual level, that even the most stupid of those towards whom it is directed will understand it. Therefore, the intellectual level of the propaganda must be lower the larger the number of people who are to be influenced by it." truth be damned. Obama It would be easier for the Devil to go to church and cross himself with holy water than for these people to comprehend the ideas which are accepted facts to us today.How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think. What good fortune for governments that the people do not think..Is Barack Obama pushing forward dangerous policies that are bringing the United States closer to a socialist dictatorship. Are you even aware?
    . The commander, The end of america , GOD HELP US ALL

    January 16, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
  6. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @COMMANDER, Hello Sir, I can appreciate the ultimate point you're trying to make; but I really don't see how you can surmize that this is something new. If what you claim is true; the US becoming a socialist nation, that may be what's happening. This just may be the time! I heard about the potential of a 'NEW WORLD ORDER' when I was a young girl. The BIBLE even gives us revelations of end time changes in the world! OBAMA and nobody else can change inevitability! He just happens to be the one there now!

    January 16, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
  7. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @COMMANDER, What I mean is, if what you said is TRUE, then, it is what it is! This administration happens to be THE one who's sitting on the 'hot seat' for the 'new' transition to complete it's cycle! So why all the tirade and bluster? I'm sure YOU ought to be aware of the fact that there are international organizations, BIGGER than OBAMA and most other heads of state. Had it not been OBAMA, the same things would be happening; the same decisions would be being made! The NEXT will be finishing it!

    January 16, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
  8. Liz Carter in Georgia

    'GOD HELP US'? GOD has given this nation ample time to call out to HIM and has promised that if we did HE would heal the land; but we are so busy throwing HIM out of everything and everywhere, that it's really almost shameful to keep calling on him! We have the nerve to keep requesting that HE BLESS AMERICA! But when are we going to bless GOD? Many AMERICANS don't even believe in GOD, but still reap the benefits of HIS blessings! SOON will come a time when the 'the GOVERNMENT shall be upon HIS shoulders'.

    January 16, 2011 at 8:46 pm |