Obama was to have given a speech today about health care and Native Americans. *Before* he got on the rostrum, he was given the information about the murders at Fort Hood. Instead of going into that directly, he talks for three minutes to the Native Americans/First Americans in the audience, and then goes on to talk about Fort Hood.
Seems to me he should have talked about Fort Hood first.
On the other hand, I've read posts at various Replican websites that say that Obama was cheerful and smiling and upbeat, and then in a blink of an eye goes somber (just as Clinton did at somebody's funeral a while back... my mind's blanking on that person's name.) Anyway, to me, it doesn't look like he's cheerful at all, he speaks in his normal laid back manner. As for the "shout out" to a Medal of Honor winner... I dislike the term "shout out" for anyone except an athlete. "Let's give a little respect to..." something like that. Neverthless, it does seem odd that he would talk about the Health care stuff first, and then Fort Hood, when on a day like today, Fort Hood - and the fact that the shooter was a converted Muslim - is bound to raise some concerns, considering that other Muslim-American soldiers have also killed American soldiers recently.
(Having said that , the practice of a subordinate killing an officer has apparently a long tradition in the US military, but that's one guy killing an officer because he disliked that officer's treatment of him, not a guy killing others based on their religion because he's of a different religion. And let's not forget Timothy McVeigh killed a helluva lot of people too...)
As I've said over and over again, the only way to get peace on earth is to get everone converted to atheism and humanism. Then we might have a chance, because 20009 years of Christiantity/Muslims/Jews just ain't working.