As you grieve over the horrifying events in Tucson, in which Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was shot and six others, including a nine year old, were killed, the White House wants you to know one thing: Obama is all over this.
Stung by his slow response to previous crises, including the Gulf oil spill and last year’s Christmas Day airplane bombing attempt, the White House is making damn sure Obama gets the jump on this particular national trauma.
Obama made a statement Saturday, just hours after the shooting. Obama called everyone he could think of and dispatched FBI Director Robert Mueller to Tucson to PERSONALLY investigate the murders. The White House has already spit out two photos of the president dealing with the crisis.
The president will lead the nation this morning in a national moment of silence. He canceled a Tuesday trip to Schenectedy, NY. I would expect him to fly to Tucson sometime this week.
And Obama spent five hours Saturday, following his statement, partying and watching football at Valerie Jarrett’s home.
Sorry, please ignore that last one.
They just can’t get it completely right. But they’re closer this time.
The White House photos: