America

Obama Orders U.S. Flags Lowered, Moment Of Silence For Tucson

The American flag flies at half-mast on the U.S. Capitol in Washington Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011.

The American flag flies at half-mast on the U.S. Capitol in Washington Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011. Manuel Balce Ceneta/ASSOCIATED PRESS hide caption

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President Obama ordered all U.S. flags on government buildings and properties lowered to half mast out of respect for the victims of Saturday's shootings in Tucson.

The White House also called for the observance of a moment of silence at 11 am EST Monday, "to honor the innocent victims of the senseless tragedy in Tucson, Arizona, including those still fighting for their lives."

The White House also postponed a planned trip to Schenectady, NY Tuesday in which the president was to highlight his administration's efforts to create the enhance the climate for job creation. White House officials hoped to reschedule the trip.

The move by Obama and his aides to place on hold some of their plans for the week followed the announcement by the House leadership that they were postponing a vote to repeal the health care law and other business in response to the shootings.

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