President Obama arrived in Chicago Wednesday afternoon for a series of events, including fundraisers, but the shooting in at the Fort Hood military base in Texas soon overshadowed his plans..
The President began the evening at Chicago Cut, one of the city’s premiere steakhouses. 25 business leaders had the president’s ear, even though he may have been a bit preoccupied.
About 45 minutes after arriving at his first fundraiser of the evening, President Obama was handed a note about the shootings in Fort Hood.
Soon, dishes were taken away and tables were moved to the side so Obama could address the press. The President said he was heartbroken.
“My national security team is in close contact with not just the Defense Department but the FBI. They are working with folks on the ground to determine exactly what happened to make sure that everybody is secure,” Obama told the press. “We’re heartbroken that something like this might have happened again. And I don’t want to comment on the facts until I know exactly what has happened, but for now, I would just hope that everybody across the country is keeping the families and the community at Fort Hood in our thoughts and in our prayers. The folks there have sacrificed so much on behalf of our freedom. “
The situation in Texas put the President about an hour behind his already tight schedule. His purpose for coming to Chicago was to raise money for the Democratic National Committee.