Grinning Obama JOKES during statement on Munich carnage as he shifts gears to say he’ll miss daughter Malia when she leaves the nest for college
- President Obama briefed law enforcement Friday afternoon on the unfolding mass-murder in Munich, Germany
- He noted how terrorism undermines people’s freedoms and lifestyles in the absence of good law enforcement
- Then Obama wisecracked about daughter Malia leaving the nest for college, drawing laughter from the entire room
- Unfazed, he shifted gears back to the somber subject matter
- Obama had held a joint press conference with Mexico’s president, one hour before the Munich carnage began, criticizing Donald Trump for exaggerating terrorism threats
As news reports of a gun massacre in Munich crossed the Atlantic Ocean on Friday, the President of the United States was cracking jokes.
Barack Obama delivered a brief update to reporters at the White House about the still-unfolding shooting rampage that left the German city on lockdown.
Eight are confirmed dead, and 10 injured.
The president was speaking to law enforcement agents at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, adjacent to the White House.
But as cameras rolled on the somber moment, Obama grinned and chuckled – and drew laughs from his audience – about his elder daughter Malia leaving the nest and heading for college.
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YUKKING IT UP: President Barack Obama took a joking and tone-deaf detour from his Friday remarks about a gun mass murder that may be terror-related, chuckling about how he would miss his daughter Malia when she goes to college
WHY HE WAS THERE: Obama told law enforcement agents next door to the White House that ‘Germany’s one of our closest allies, so we are going to pledge all the support they may need in dealing with these circumstances’
‘Some of you are aware there were shootings in Germany. And we don’t yet know exactly what’s happening there, but obviously our hearts go out to those who may have been injured,’ the president said.
‘It’s still an active situation and Germany’s one of our closest allies. So we are going to pledge all the support they may need in dealing with these circumstances.’
After a pause, he reflected on the impact of the potentially terror-related attacks, and others like it, on Americans.
‘It’s a good reminder of something that I’ve said over the last couple of weeks,’ Obama said, launching into a list of ordinary daily-life activities that are threatened in the absence of good police and intelligence work.
‘Our way of life, our freedoms,’ he said, ‘our ability to go about our business every day, raising our kids’ – and suddenly the president’s mood shifted.
‘And seeing them grow up and graduate from high school, and now about to leave their dad,’ he continued, waving his hand and breaking the tension as the room erupted in laughter.
‘I’m sorry. I’m getting a little too personal. Getting a little too personal there,’ he said.
Obama then returned to the gravity he had discarded just moments before.
‘That depends on law enforcement,’ he said. ‘It depends on the men and woman in uniform every single day, who are under some of the most adverse circumstances imaginable at times, making sure to keep us safe.’
Friday morning, about one hour before the Munich gunman opened fire on a street outside a McDonald’s restaurant, Obama said in a joint press conference with Mexico’s president that Republican nominee Donald Trump has overreacted by drawing attention to crime and terrorism in his campaign rhetoric.
This idea that America is somehow on the verge of collapse, this vision of violence and chaos everywhere, doesn’t really jibe with the experience of most people,’ Obama said alongside President Enrique Pena Nieto.
‘I think it is important to be absolutely clear here,’ he added, unaware of the bloodshed about to begin an ocean away.
‘Some of the fears that were expressed throughout the week just don’t jibe with the facts.’
The area around the Munich Olympia Shopping Centre has been sealed off. An electrical shop nearby is being used as a makeshift hospital to treat the casualties.
It was reported that at least one gunman fled into the city’s underground mass transport system, which has now been shut down.
Germany’s passenger rail authority also confirmed that Munich’s main train station has been evacuated.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said Friday in a statement that ‘our prayers are with all those affected by the horrible attacks in Munich. This cannot continue.’
‘The rise of terrorism threatens the way of life for all civilized people, and we must do everything in our power to keep it from our shores.’
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