President Obama Heads To Arizona

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 11:44am

President Obama and other top officials head to Arizona for a memorial service.

Aides say President Obama's speech at the University of Arizona tonight will focus on the lives of those who were hurt.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer said, "A gunman stepped out of nowhere, in a minute he took away six loved ones and our sense of well being."

They are expecting a packed house. Security will be tight. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Attorney General Eric Holder will accompany the President.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said, "Threats against public officials, whatever form they take, continue to be cause for concern and vigilance."

In Washington this morning, members of Congress will get a briefing on their own safety.

U.S. Senate Sergeant of Arms Terrance Gainer said, "Last year, we had 49 threats just in the Senate. The year before that we had 29, so there was an increase."

Michigan Representative Mike Rogers said, "There are security protocols that members can do when they're back in their districts that will at least make it more difficult for something like this to happen."

At the Capitol today, one by one, members will offer their condolences before passing a resolution condemning the shootings and they will hold a prayer vigil for the victims.
 

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