Obama 'Saddened' by Shooting, Press Secretary Says

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said President Obama was "concerned" and "saddened by what -- what has happened" at the Holocaust Memorial Museum today, where an 88-year-old man described by police as a white supremacist opened fire, injuring a security guard before being shot by other guards.

Obama "asked about the condition of the security guard," Gibbs said during the White House's daily briefing.

"I walked in and told him there had been a shooting at the museum," he said, describing the president's first reaction. "Obviously concerned, and concern for the security guard that appears to have been hurt. I gave him mostly a factual briefing of the facts as we knew it, or knew them at that point, and that's about it. Obviously, saddened by what -- what has happened."

The White House is continuing to monitor the situation through the Situation Room updates from the Homeland Security Council, Federal Bureau of Investigation and other agencies, he said.

Asked by a reporter if today's shooting, combined with "the shooting of Dr. Tiller, as well as the shooting of the military recruiter" left the White House "at all concerned that there is some sort of trend of political violence or domestic terrorism going on," Gibbs demurred.

"I don't think it would be wise for me to surmise something like that," he replied. "I think, as the president said in his statement after the shooting of Dr. Tiller, that regardless of disagreeing or disparate viewpoints, that, obviously, in our society, this is not in any way the type of action that anybody wants to see in settling even the most vehement disputes.

"But I -- it's hard for me to surmise without having a more in-depth conversation with law enforcement."

June 10, 2009; 3:57 PM ET  | Category:  metro
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Let's hope the guard recovers soon.

Let's hope the assailant lives to face justice, too.

Posted by: markjonathanfenn | June 10, 2009 4:14 PM

The Republican Party and White Supremacy fit together like hand and glove.

Posted by: republican_disaster | June 10, 2009 4:59 PM

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