Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Obama Leads Nation in Moment of Silence

President Obama led the nation in a moment of silence on Monday for the victims in the Arizona shooting, standing somberly with his wife, Michelle, their heads bowed, overlooking the South Lawn of the White House.

Mr. and Mrs. Obama stepped outside the White House, and with the toll of a single bell by a Marine guard, silence fell in Washington and across the nation.

“I call on Americans to observe a moment of silence to honor the innocent victims of the senseless tragedy in Tucson, Arizona, including those still fighting for their lives,” the president said in a statement Sunday. “It will be a time for us to come together as a nation in prayer or reflection, keeping the victims and their families closely at heart.”

A gunman opened fire at a constituent event hosted by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson. Six people were killed, and Giffords and 13 others were wounded. The Congresswoman is in critical condition.

Obama also signed a proclamation calling for flags to be flown at half-staff.

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