Obama Phones Sheriff Dupnik, Families of the Victims, The Heroes, and Giffords’ Rabbi

Jan 10, 2011 6:40pm

From Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller

President Obama spoke today with Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, families of some of the victims, Rep. Giffords’ Rabbi and two of the heroes that helped in the Arizona tragedy on Saturday.

In a phone call this afternoon with Sheriff Dupnik, according to White House spokesman Nicholas Shapiro, the President “thanked him for his department’s efforts to respond to this incident and coordinate with the FBI and Director Mueller on the investigation.” 

Additionally the president also spoke with Patricia Maisch and Roger Salzgeber, two of the heroes from the shooting.

The President, per Shapiro, “thanked them for their heroic actions and told them that their quick thinking and bravery represented the best of America.”

Maisch prevented the shooter from loading more ammunition while Sazgeber helped tackle him.

In addition, the President also spoke with:

The family of Dorwan and “Mavy” Stoddard – Dorwan was killed, Mavy was wounded;

The family of Judge John Roll, killed in the attack;

The family of Phyllis Schneck, killed in the attack; and

Representative Giffords’ Rabbi, Stephanie Aaron

In the Oval Office today President Obama said that, “As president of the United States — but also as a father — I’m spending a lot of time just thinking about the families and reaching out to them.”

The president’s calls this afternoon follow calls this weekend to victims of the shootings.

“The President is assuring them that all is being done to try and get to the bottom of this,” a White House official said in a statement. “He is offering his full support and thoughts and prayers on behalf of himself, Michelle and the entire nation.”

Earlier this morning, the President was twice updated on the investigation by White House counter-terrorism and homeland security adviser John Brennan.

-Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller

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