Thursday, January 13, 2011

Air Force One lands in Tucson

Air Force One, with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama aboard, landed at Davis Monthan AFB at approximately 3:30 p.m. Tucson local time.

The First Family was accompanied by Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. Once on the ground, they greeted Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup, Davis Monthan personnel, and many others.

The Obamas are in Tucson to attend a public memorial at the University of Arizona for the victims of Saturday's mass shooting. Six people were killed and 14 were wounded when a gunman opened fire at a meet and greet event hosted by U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The Congresswoman was shot in the head and remains in critical condition at University Medical Center.

According to the White House, the President plans to meet privately with the victims' families before the service. Authorities conducted a security sweep at University Medical Center on Tuesday, to prepare for the possibility of a Presidential visit. Despite the security sweep, President Obama's schedulers have not confirmed that he will visit the hospital.

After leaving Davis-Monthan, the First Family headed to University Medical Center, where Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is recovering from a gunshot wound to the head. The visit was not previously publicly announced.

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