President Obama addressed a nation uneasy from a long day (click here for updates) of viewing photos of bloody Americans and did not tell them much. "We still do not know who did this or why. And people shouldn't jump to conclusions before we have all the facts," he said on Monday evening. "But make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this, and we will find out who did this, we'll find out why they did this." Unlike CNN, which was defending their coverage moments before the President spoke, Obama did not use the word "terror" to describe the attacks.
Pundits, of all leanings, who used social media to inch out in front of the news, were quickly shouted down. The New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof initially said on Twitter that the event demonstrated why Senate Republicans ought not block the confirmation of a nominee for director of the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms bureau, but relented soon after in the face of criticism: "I take it back." The Wall Street Journal's James Taranto at first reacted to the announcement that Obama would make a statement by tweeting, "Obama is going to make a statement. Boehner is going to have a moment of silence. Advantage GOP." He deleted the tweet minutes later: "Critics of my last tweet have a point. Deleted."
"We've reaffirmed that on day like this there are no Republicans or Democrats," Obama said once he finally addressed the cameras. "There are only Americans." For an afternoon, that was true.