Obama: Shooting a reminder to fight anti-Semitism, all prejudice

The president says he's "shocked and saddened" by the incident at the Holocaust Museum

By Alex Koppelman

Published June 10, 2009 10:45PM (EDT)

The White House has released a statement from President Barack Obama on the shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Museum, which claimed the life of a security guard who was working there:

I am shocked and saddened by today’s shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. This outrageous act reminds us that we must remain vigilant against anti-Semitism and prejudice in all its forms. No American institution is more important to this effort than the Holocaust Museum, and no act of violence will diminish our determination to honor those who were lost by building a more peaceful and tolerant world.

Today, we have lost a courageous security guard who stood watch at this place of solemn remembrance. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in this painful time.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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