In a statement today, the President said:
“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.”
The President also postponed a trip to Schenectady on Tuesday, where a discussion of the economy was supposed to have taken place.
He is also ordering that flags at the White House and other public buildings be flown at half-staff for a week, in remembrance of the deceased;
As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on Saturday, January 8, 2011, in Tucson, Arizona, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, January 14, 2011.
I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.
- Moment Of Silence (talkingpointsmemo.com)
- Obama calls for moment of silence Monday morning (boston.com)
- Obama calls for moment of silence Monday morning (seattletimes.nwsource.com)