In the Oval Office just now President Obama was briefed on the phone about the shooting at Fort Hood by the Army base’s commanding general, Lt. Gen. Robert Cone.
The president offered any assistance he could provide.
“We know this is a tremendous tragedy down there,” the president told Gen. Cone, according to a White House official. “Our thoughts are with you and all your soldiers.”
The president has been monitoring the situation in the Oval Office with John Brennan, the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and Denis McDonough, and White House press secretary Robert Gibbs.