Obama promises answers on 'this horrible incident'

By Michael D. Shear
President Obama called the incident at Fort Hood a "tragic shooting" and promised to share more details about what happened, and why, "as we get them."

"These are men and women who have made the selfless and courageous decision to risk and at times give their lives on behalf of us on a daily basis," he said.

Speaking before scheduled remarks, Obama said he had been in touch with Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chief's Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen.

"We will make sure that we get answers to every single question about this horrible incident," Obama promised. "As commander in chief, there's no greater honor, but also no greater responsibility for me, than to make sure the extraordinary men and women in uniform are properly cared for."

Obama declined to provide any detail about the investigation, but said government officials at the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and the Pentagon are working to get answers.

November 5, 2009; 5:24 PM ET  | Category:  nation
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Obama could care less since he despises the military. Obama's anti military stance has created low self-esteem within the core and probably was a factor in this tragic event.

Posted by: vangup | November 5, 2009 5:38 PM

Obama is the Commander in Chief. We the people of America have lost confidence in his ability to lead the shooting is his fault and Obama should be removed from Command!!

Posted by: springco1 | November 5, 2009 5:38 PM

This article informs us authorities are searching for a motive... hum let me think... ahh ahh ..

Hasan's parents were Jordanian.

He is described as a devout Muslim...

He clashed with his fellow soldiers and officiers over American involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan..

Nope ... I'm stymied.. I just can't think what would cause this nice young high-educated Psychiatrist to snap and kill 12 American "crusader infidels".

What a terrible tragedy...

Posted by: pvilso24 | November 5, 2009 10:25 PM

2-Horrible Incidents:- Hello Washington Post! - We regularing Read, and comment to WAPO major news/political subjects and editorials. But, why, to the life of us all, did WAPO shut Our Important Comments out of the Articles on this Fort Hood Shooting?! Early this morning, only hours after the Shootings, we raed and tried to Comment on the 4 related articles. - And, all were Closed-to-Comments!!?? What in the world happenned WAPO?! We know that You value and support us readers Opinions & Comments. So why the shut-down immediately right after the event?! We want to know why and how this came about. This is SO serious, and questions Our, and WAPO's Rights to FREE SPEECH! - Did CONGRESS or the OBAMA Administration force this unusual and questionable actions against us?!! - Was this another "Horrible Incident" which will go Un-Explained??!! - 241 - p.s.- WAPO, keep up the good work, - Your Faithful Readers

Posted by: jward52 | November 6, 2009 8:49 AM

jward, pvilso, springco & vangup - y'all are pathetic. President Obama was left with 2 wars, a crumbling economy and a world that hated us and you have the gall to blame this on him? You pathetic dittohead lemmings. This is yet another result of HalliBush, Inc. "Oil Wars" and greed.

Posted by: 4Jaxon | November 6, 2009 9:12 AM

jward, pvilso, springco & vangup - y'all are pathetic. President Obama was left with 2 wars, a crumbling economy and a world that hated us and you have the gall to blame this on him? You pathetic dittohead lemmings. This is yet another result of HalliBush, Inc. "Oil Wars" and greed.

Posted by: 4Jaxon | November 6, 2009
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DITTO!

Posted by: sjcsando | November 6, 2009 11:19 AM

Thanks for a thorough article WaPo - particularly given the paucity of info at this poinT Seems like the Comments are steeped in the weak tea of prejudice though!

Posted by: June1st | November 6, 2009 1:32 PM

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