Obama, Boehner, Palin and others react to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ shooting

President Barack Obama: (Written statement, see here for statement to press) “This morning, in an unspeakable tragedy, a number of Americans were shot in Tucson, Arizona, at a constituent meeting with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. And while we are continuing to receive information, we know that some have passed away, and that Representative Giffords is gravely wounded. We do not yet have all the answers. What we do know is that such a senseless and terrible act of violence has no place in a free society. I ask all Americans to join me and Michelle in keeping Representative Giffords, the victims of this tragedy, and their families in our prayers.”

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH): “I am horrified by the senseless attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and members of her staff. An attack on one who serves is an attack on all who serve. Acts and threats of violence against public officials have no place in our society. Our prayers are with Congresswoman Giffords, her staff, all who were injured, and their families. This is a sad day for our country.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA): “It is with the deepest sadness that we have received word of the attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, members of her staff, and her constituents. This terrible act of violence is a national tragedy, and today is a very sad day for our country. My prayers, and the prayers of all Members of Congress, go out to her husband, Captain Mark Kelly, their family, and to all of the staff and others who were victims of this horrible attack. Congresswoman Giffords is a brilliant and courageous Member of Congress, bringing to Washington the views of a new generation of national leaders. It is especially tragic that she was attacked as she was meeting with her constituents whom she serves with such dedication and distinction.”

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA): “I was deeply horrified to learn today of the shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords and others in Tucson.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Congresswoman Giffords and her family, her staff, and the residents of Tucson on this sad day.   As this serious situation continues to develop, I remain in close communication with leaders of both parties, the Speaker’s office and the Sergeant at Arms.  We will remain in constant communication regarding any schedule changes.”

Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn (D-SC): “My prayers are with Congresswoman Giffords, her staff and the other victims of the shooting this morning, as well as their families and friends. This act of violence weighs heavily on my heart and my mind as information continues to unfold about this mindless attack. Whether through words or weapons, violence has no place in our democracy and all of us have a responsibility to foster a climate in which we can exchange ideas and views passionately but peacefully.”

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD): “My prayers are with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, her family, her staff, and all the victims of today’s shooting in Tucson, Arizona. Congresswoman Giffords is a devoted and insightful public servant, and a passionate advocate for her constituents—but more than that, she is my dear friend. To all those who are privileged to know Gabby Giffords, who know her spirit and graciousness in public life, today’s cowardly attack is devastating. But it is equally devastating to every American—to everyone who cares about our democracy. Our form of government, like all human things, is imperfect and flawed; but one of its greatest virtues is its power to resolve questions of the greatest import without violence. An attack on a member of that government—of whatever party or whatever views—is an attack on that principle, in which every American has a stake.”

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano: “I am deeply saddened by reports that Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Chief Judge John Roll and others were attacked this afternoon in Tucson, Arizona. There is no place in our society or discourse for such senseless and unconscionable acts of violence. Gabby is a steadfast representative for southern Arizona and both she and John are dedicated public servants.”

Attorney General Eric Holder: “Today’s tragedy in Arizona was a senseless act of violence that has already resulted in devastating loss, including the death of Chief United States District Court Judge John Roll and four other individuals and the wounding of Representative Gabrielle Giffords and a number of others. All of those who were killed or injured and their families are in our thoughts and prayers. As the President said, FBI Director Mueller is traveling to Arizona to help coordinate the investigation. The FBI is working jointly with local law enforcement to investigate today’s events, and I have directed Department prosecutors and law enforcement officials to use every resource necessary to investigate this tragedy. I want to assure the people of Arizona and every American that we will hold accountable anyone responsible for these heinous acts.”

Gov. Sarah Palin (AK): “My sincere condolences are offered to the family of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the other victims of today’s tragic shooting in Arizona. On behalf of Todd and my family, we all pray for the victims and their families, and for peace and justice.”

Gov. Jan Brewer (AZ): Please join me in prayer for the health of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and several other individuals who were shot this morning in Tucson.

Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ): “I have nothing but wonderful things to say about her.”

Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO): “I saw her yesterday, never even suspected it would be the last time.”

Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL): “Words cannot express the pain and sorrow I feel…”

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN): “My tears are flowing, and I am stunned and angered that Gabby Giffords was savagely gunned down.”

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO): “Our thoughts and prayers are with Gabrielle Giffords, her family, and her staff”

Rep. Jo Bonner (R-AL): “This is an absolute tragedy.  Gabby and I briefly served together on the House Science Committee where she was always approachable about working on matters of national interest.  The wife of an astronaut and a devoted public servant, Gabby has been a tireless advocate for her district and state.  All our hearts are heavy today for her, her family, staff and constituents.  They are all in our prayers.”

Rahm Emanuel (Chicago mayoral candidate): Gabby is a friend, a former colleague, and a respected public servant who was doing what she loved most: meeting her constituents.

Spencer Giffords (father): Her father Spencer Giffords, 75, wept when asked if his 40-year-old daughter had any enemies. “Yeah,” he told The Post. “The whole tea party.”

Jesse Kelly (her Congressional opponent): “We are all deeply saddened by this morning’s shooting. Gabrielle Giffords, the other victims, and their families are in our prayers.”

Randy Pullen (AZ GOP Chairman): “Senseless acts of violence like these are shocking, disturbing and have no place in our country.”

E-mail from Capitol Police: “Federal, state and local law enforcement authorities in Arizona are investigating a shooting in Tucson, Arizona in which Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot. Multiple others were shot as well. Congresswoman Giffords has been transported to a local medical facility with serious injuries. The suspect is in custody. No further details on the motive or other victims are available at this time. The U.S. Capitol Police are directly involved in this investigation. As more information is developed, it will be provided. In the interim, all Members and staff are advised to take reasonable and prudent precautions regarding their personal security.”

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI): “I am deeply saddened by today’s tragic shooting of my colleague Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, members of her staff and residents in Tucson, Arizona. My thoughts and prayers are with Congresswoman Giffords and her family, along with those impacted by this senseless act of violence.”

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ): “I am horrified by the violent attack on Representative Gabrielle Giffords and many other innocent people by a wicked person who has no sense of justice or compassion.  I pray for Gabby and the other victims, and for the repose of the souls of the dead and comfort for their families.  I beg our loving Creator to spare the lives of those who are still alive, heal them in body and spirit, and return them to their loved ones. Whoever did this; whatever their reason, they are a disgrace to Arizona, this country and the human race, and they deserve and will receive the contempt of all decent people and the strongest punishment of the law.”

Herman Cain (Radio host, possible 2012 presidential candidate): I would like to extend my prayers and condolences to those hurt by today’s senseless shooting in Arizona. Please keep Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the countless other victims in your thoughts and prayers.

GOP Chairman Michael Steele: “I am deeply shocked and horrified by the attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, her staff, and her constituents. Today’s senseless act of violence is an attack on the American ideal and goes against our country’s deeply held democratic values. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Representative Giffords and the families of all of those who were victims of this national tragedy.”

DNC Chairman Tim Kaine: “The terrible act of violence in Arizona has left us all aghast.  It is a sad day for America and our thoughts and prayers are with Rep. Giffords and all the victims of this tragedy. The facts of this criminal act are still to be determined, but we thoroughly condemn what happened in Arizona today. We must all reaffirm that there is no place in our country for violent attacks of this kind on public servants or any citizen for any reason. I know that I speak for our entire Democratic family in saying that my heart goes out to the victims of today’s shooting and to the families of those who have perished as a result of this act of violence. My prayers continue to be with those who have suffered from and are responding to today’s tragic event in Arizona.”

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden: “We at NASA are deeply shocked and saddened by the senseless shooting of Representative Giffords and others at Saturday’s public event in Tucson. As a long-time supporter of NASA, Representative Giffords not only has made lasting contributions to our country, but is a strong advocate for the nation’s space program and a member of the NASA family. She also is a personal friend with whom I have had the great honor of working. We at NASA mourn this tragedy and our thoughts and prayers go out to Congresswoman Giffords, her husband Mark Kelly, their family, and the families and friends of all who perished or were injured in this terrible tragedy.”

Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn

Statement from SEIU President Mary Kay Henry: “Today is a sad day for all Americans. As a country, we know there is no place for the sort of terror and hate reported in Tucson, Arizona. On behalf of the 2.2 million nurses, janitors, homecare aides, bus drivers and other members of the Service Employees International Union, I would like to express our deepest condolences to all those touched by this tragedy. From Representative Gabrielle Giffords who is battling for her life to those who were injured and killed, you will be in our prayers now and in the coming days and weeks.”

Statement from House Sergeant at Arms: “As local and national law enforcement authorities continue to investigate the tragic incident which took place in Arizona today, I would like to make you aware of the following measures which are being taken in conjunction with the U.S. Capitol Police… If you are scheduled to be in a public forum (town hall meetings, rallies, etc.), and feel uncertain about your safety, immediately contact the U.S. Capitol Police Threat Assessment Section or the Sergeant at Arms.”

Statement from House Democratic Whip Stenny Hoyer: “The Republican leadership has announced, in consultation with Democratic leadership, that there will be no legislative action in the House next week that does not relate to today’s tragic event in Arizona. Consideration of Health Care Repeal legislation has been postponed to a later time. We are all keeping the victims and their families in our prayers.”

  • I_Walk_Alone

    So Obama was in front of the ‘media’, READING (cant Obama speak by himself) a maudlin speech about how great he thinks Rep. Giffords is just an hour or two after the incident…
    BUT it took Obama, what?, 3 day to make a peep about the “underwear bomber” (re: National Security incident) last x-mas in Detroit…?

    Just curious.

    • ladylove

      lets not forget his slow response to the Fort Hood killings as well,

      and then he treated the press conference more like a happy get together, giving shout outs, and smiling and laughing, and only addressing Fort Hood, once he got all his pleasantry’s out of the way, and he had no other choice.

    • ladylove

      remember if Obama speaks for himself, we all see him as he really is, he needs someone else to write it all down for him, word for word, otherwise all he does is stammer, with his ahhs, ess, umms, ers, and such.

  • section9

    Tragedies like this reveal the inner swine in a lot of people. To use the death of a five year old girl and the death of a Federal judge to advance one’s own political agenda is truly sick and swinish. It is truly shocking and swinish.

    • I_Walk_Alone

      …thats the liberal, left biased “Main-Stream Media” for you

    • ladylove

      first it was a 9 year old, not a five year old.

      and somehow that death seems the most trqagic here, and the one that is least talked about.

      and you are right,

  • notalone

    this is truly a tragedy and we wish palin would just maybe shut up for just a little while. Her analogies do end up having consequences. When stuff like this starts it only gets worse and we are certainly seeing that happen.

    • theprofessor

      And your proof that this has anything to do with Palin’s analogies is where?

    • section9

      Actually, we wish you would go away and quite using the death of a Federal judge, a five year old girl, and several others to score political points. You sir, are a swine.

    • ladylove

      another member of the PAT Smears conspiracy.

      what about Obama, he too has a hand in this

      remember after Hillary beat Obama, and beat him big time in the PA debate,

      and then Obama slunk away as fast as he could, under the cover of night,

      the next day he attended an outdoor rally, where he

      pretended to take a knife and stab Hillary with it, then he pretended to twist that knife, to insure she was dead.

      and all the while he was laughing sadistically.

      he did not even care he as being filmed while doing it.

      the way he held that pretend knife, the way he so forcable thrusted it into his pretend victim,

      yep now there is a great leader, and a role model for our children,

      and this young man who murdered a nine year old, and five others, and wounded so many, both physically and mentally, would have been what 18 or 19 at that time,

      so before you go blaming Sarah, or anyone, remember no one knows what drove this young man, we may never know.

      you just want to blame Sarah, you don’t care the reason, your hatred for her consumes you, as whatever consumed this young man to do wnat he did.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Carney/600744266 Mark Carney

    We may never know the truth as to the motive but I do know that somebody said something that triggered his process to act. Words have power even the power to kill as you can see. We should all be mindful of that fact. The bible speaks of that power and it can be more powerful than an Atomic Bomb.

    And now the political spin machines on both sides will activate to use this event as a rallying cry for some future action… Let us beware of these machines and not get caught into their arms…

  • QED

    Regardless of the veracity of these accusations, simpleton analogies by the likes of the Palin Camp, inevitably come back to haunt the conservative cause.

    “She also specifically called out a “targets” website created by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for the 2010 midterm elections that featured a crosshair over hers and other districts. Republicans campaigned heavily against Ms. Giffords, a moderate Democrat in a Republican-leaning district, last year.

    “We can’t’ stand for this, we do really need to realize that the rhetoric and firing people up, and you know things for example we’re on Sarah Palin’s targeted list, the thing is the way she has it depicted has the crosshairs of a gunsight over our district,” she told MSNBC.

    • QED

      The Federal Judge who was murdered by this nutcase was Bush appointed so the notion that this guy was carrying out the agenda of the Far Right defies the facts.

      This is just a tragedy and awful for our country.

      • theprofessor

        It’s “just a tragedy”, but you felt the need to slide in a back-handed slam at the “Palin camp” anyway.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Carney/600744266 Mark Carney

      How does blaming Palin for a Campaign flyer saying that they will work hard in these districts to get the vote out. She used what she thought would catch some ones attention to get them motivated to get out the vote.


      • ladylove

        wow Sarah posted a list of democrats that needed to be voted out.

        while Obama actually played out an act of violance pretending to kill Hillary.


        now which do you think would provoke someone to violance.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Todd-Michael-Greene/596897018 Todd Michael Greene

    This shows a fundamental misunderstand about the Tea Party. One that I think needs to be addressed by all active members of this grassroots movement. I know of no one in the Tea Party who hates any individual in government. We don’t agree with many of the policies and the direction our country has taken over the last several decades in particular. There is a difference between policies and people. Ideas and people. In our society the two have become enmeshed to the point that most can’t seem to discern a difference. I have a friend who sometimes passes along and in many cases believes some controversial things. He gets upset and takes it personal when anyone questions these things he presents. He seems to think that folks are judging him as a person when the questions something. They aren’t. They’re expressing a different view. That’s all. Same with the Tea Party. Tea Party members have certain ideas how the country should be run. Others have other ideas. That’s okay. When did it not become okay?

    • ladylove

      when did it not become okqay,

      when Obama discovered that WE THE PEOPLE, would not lie down and take his agenda as the rule of the land, thats when.