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First lady meets with victims, families of Sikh temple shooting
Michelle Obama greets Sikh community representative Dr. Kulwant Singh Dhaliwal on Thursday in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
August 24th, 2012
11:00 AM ET

First lady meets with victims, families of Sikh temple shooting

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - Michelle Obama met privately Thursday with victims and surviving family members of the mass shooting at a Wisconsin Sikh temple earlier this month.

The shooting - which left six people dead and four others wounded - occurred August 5 at a gurdwara, or Sikh house of worship, in Oak Creek. The gunman, identified by police as 40-year-old Army veteran Wade Michael Page, later killed himself.

On Thursday, the first lady first met with the gurdwara secretary, Kulwant Singh Dhaliwal, and Mayor Stephen Scaffidi in the hallway of Oak Creek High School.

"It's my honor to be here with you," Obama told them, according to a pool report. "I'm sorry it's under these circumstances, but I am anxious to meet with the families and lend whatever support I can."

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  1. tuvia

    B"H

    -
    LET MY PEOPLE GO SENETOR HILLIARY CLINTON AND hussein OBAMA. LET JONATHAN POLLARD GO NOW
    LET MY PEOLE GO

    WORLD VS ISRAEL. HILLARY CLINTON-THIS IS A MESSAGE FOR YOU – LET MY PEOPLE GO. FREE JONATHAN POLLARD NOW. LET MY PEOPLE GO BARRAK HUSSEIN OBAMA – NOW!
    The Land of Israel is the Promised Land given to our forefathers Abraham Isaac and Jacob and is given to us, their seed, as an everlasting Inheritance.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=947by3X6_RU

    September 5, 2012 at 11:36 pm |
  2. Jack

    Everyone is cordially invited to visit... thestarofkaduri.com

    August 26, 2012 at 11:23 am |
  3. HeavenSent

    Islam Busted.
    Muhammed Busted.

    August 25, 2012 at 11:31 pm |
  4. james ainoris

    Its so weird that people cant just say that America is so sorry for having a few maniacs.... they have to add jeezuz and all that to the conversation because deep inside they are insecure... there is only one true G-d! and he is not a man a cow or a tree... G-d does not make mistakes and change his mind...he loves all the people he has created. Sadly these Sikh s r targeted by whacky angry white men who have issues about any one different (read on wikepedia history of american eugenics you will be shocked) that is not a WASP and march in their parades... they have been sold out by their own people (jobs sent offshore etc) and feel that spainish black jews and moslems are taking over "their" country....lol. How much of this country was built by black and spanish labor? jewish scientists and doctors? look what they did to the poor Indians that were here...America is great because we welcome everyone...even angry white men...

    August 25, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
  5. Jack

    Hello folks. Everyone is cordially invited to visit – thestarofkaduri.com

    August 25, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  6. Request to real HS

    Ever since my old ma died I have felt like a motherless fvcker. Will you be my new mom? I will even overlook that you are an old carnal sl*ut for jjeessuuss, if you just say yes. I'll even pray although it will not change nothing. I won't try and sc*rew you or anything, but a BJ like you give to JC would be nice.

    August 25, 2012 at 11:53 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Tommie Tom, cough Scotty. Get a life. Why am I being punished because your Christian wife dumped you?

      August 25, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
  7. Atheism is Healthy for Kids and Grown-Ups Too!

    Prayer has been shown to have no effect on what was prayed for. Critical examination of statements before they are accepted is essential to a healthy mind.

    August 25, 2012 at 8:32 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Stay the spiritual dead head, walking, talking robot. You don't know the difference. Only when you decide to come over to Jesus' side, will you become spiritually alive.

      August 25, 2012 at 10:41 am |
    • save the world and slap some sense into a christard today!

      HeavenSent blabbed: "Stay the spiritual dead head, walking, talking robot. You don't know the difference. Only when you decide to come over to Jesus' side, will you become spiritually alive."

      lol. look who's calling someone a talking robot. lmao! Some of us are perfectly happy and content not becoming spiritually crazy. We can be alive in any way possible without any religion – you're the one trapped in circular delusion. Sad thing is that your mind has the capability for you to break out of that prison. But you are not alone. Many people have difficulty fully utilizing their minds, especially when they let other people and religion assume guardianship.

      August 25, 2012 at 11:32 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Tommie Tom is spiritual dead and has no clue that he's dead.

      August 25, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Tommie, Tom, take the violence of slap out of your dummy handle. Actually, you could change your handle to follower of Jerry Springer who wants America to go belly up due to his phony show.

      August 25, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • Simran

      HS,
      How many times do you need to be requested to support your claim with proof? U act just like ur god who keeps evading the true question every time?

      August 25, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
    • save the world and slap some sense into a christard today!

      Who the heck is Tommie Tom? Is this someone posting on here or is this another one of those enti'ties in HS's mind? What a nutcase.

      August 25, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  8. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things*

    August 24, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
    • save the world and slap some sense into a christard today!

      * except Sunday through Saturday

      August 25, 2012 at 11:34 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Notice the "slap" in Tommie Tom's dummy handle. Turn off Jerry Springer Tommy.

      August 25, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
    • save the world and slap some sense into a christard today!

      (Oh, I guess HS thinks I am this Tom, Tom ... person.)

      @HeavenSent: Solly, hun, don't know what gave you that idea. (But then again, I am not surprised – I think I've seen this delusional paranoia from your posts before.)

      August 25, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs! ~

      August 27, 2012 at 10:57 am |
    • danielwalldammit

      Well pig a duck if I cat; that horse will bird!

      August 28, 2012 at 2:45 am |
  9. Keith

    Maybe Mrs. Obama can drive over to the Pakistani Embassy and persuade them to STOP MURDERING Christian kids and putting them in prison.

    Human rights campaigners condemned the killing of Samuel Yaqoob whose burned and tortured body body was discovered on Eid, the celebration which marks the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan.

    His lips and nose had been sliced off, his stomach removed and there was evidence that his legs had been mutilated too.
    That is right after she tidies up the White House after their Ramadan festivities. This administration is a joke.

    August 24, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @Keith,

      what's that got to do with Sikh's? You already posted this on the Pakistan thread – OK, I get that but the multi-posts are tantamount to trolling.

      August 24, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
    • Keith

      Gee, I wonder who could've murdered this 11-year-old boy? And to think Obama placed the Muslim Brotherhood-who is now crucifying Christian Copts to trees in front of Morsi's presidential palace, in power.

      August 24, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Keith's nuts.

      August 24, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Certifiable. Should have been involuntarily committed for psychiatric treatment long ago.

      August 24, 2012 at 9:23 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Why are you trying to tie this atrocity to the current administration? Jingoists like you and Romney/Ryan should be put in the front lines in the next war, be it Iran or Pakistan.

      August 24, 2012 at 9:24 pm |
    • Keith

      I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV
      If standing up for an 11-year-old boy who has been murdered and an 11-year-old Down's Syndrome affected girl bothers you-tough. You're worried about someone "trolling"? Get real. Get a life.

      August 24, 2012 at 9:25 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @TTTPS,

      no thank you, I'd rather not have any of Keith's nuts.

      I noticed the greengrocer's apostrophe in my post above. "Sikhs". Ooops.

      August 24, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @Keith,

      I don't object to you jumping up and down about it in the Pakistan thread. It's not necessary to spam it everywhere.

      August 24, 2012 at 9:28 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Yeah, I don't think many people are interested in KEEF!'s nuts or any other part of his anatomy. Well, researchers might want to look at his brain posthumously to figure out whether his problems are organic in nature and could possibly be prevented from occurring in others.

      August 24, 2012 at 9:29 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Keith, you're not standing up for anyone shithead. You're here to try in your own pathetic way to foment fear and hatred of Muslims and get in a little jab at Obama.

      August 24, 2012 at 9:29 pm |
    • Keith

      Here's the link:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9495451/Christian-boy-tortured-and-killed-in-Pakistan.html
      As far as "committing" me, that does appear to be the most recent tactic of this regime-just like Stalin did to his opponents-lock em up in a mental inst.itution. Ask that Marine- Raub. Oh, that's right, a judge ordered him to be released. I hope he sues the crap out of the gov't for violating his civil rights.

      August 24, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Great post Keith. Don't worry about the names the liars call you. They learned to do this spin when they went after Martha Mitchell for blowing the lid off of watergate.

      August 25, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
  10. Romney/Ryan

    All religion owes all to Allah, all praise be unto him, by whose will his Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, brought the double penetration dildo into the world. Romney/Ryan, Mormon and Catholic but joined by a dildo, will climb to the heights of world power and show all that all praise should be unto Allah.

    August 24, 2012 at 9:16 pm |
  11. hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

    Muhammad, peace be upon him, brought the double penetration dild0 into the world. People who used or thought of using mechanical dild0 must give credit where it is due.

    August 24, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
  12. Ronald Regonzo

    !st lady gets less than a page response while Romney/Ryan get volumes ? Can you spell landslide. Romney / Ryan 2012.

    August 24, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      1. You're wrong. CNN covers both candidates quite a bit.
      2. This isn't coverage on Obama, it's the first lady. How many half-page articles are there about Mrs. Romney and Mrs. Ryan?
      3. The word "landslide" in your comment should have quotation marks around it to make your sentence grammatically correct.
      4. What kind of stupid moron bases his prediction of who will win a political race on the length of article they read about one of the candidates wives?!?
      5. Do you always make it this obvious–everywhere you go–that you have zero ability to think critically?

      August 24, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
    • Ronald Regonzo

      Not the coverage you bozo the response. Romney/ Ryan 2012

      August 24, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      LOL, there's an article about Mrs. Romney that got more responses? Where is it? And what about the sort of responses? Isn't an ounce of gold worth more than a truckload of sh!t?

      August 24, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
  13. Atheism is Healthy for Kids and Grown-Ups Too!

    It's really best for all people including children to have an agnostic approach to god, and an atheistic approach to all religion. Teaching kids to be agnostic helps reinforce their understanding of the new real things they can see and learn about in life. It helps them properly separate the known from the unknown without confusing them. They just need to be taught things that are unknown, like god, and things that are made up, like all religion.

    Atheists have strong minds, and don't run and hide their misdeeds within their religion (and by doing so, disserving society).

    We have only begun to scratch the surface in using the mind to its maximum. Damaging it with made-up junk that politicians and salesmen dreamed up long ago is senseless, and limits the mind's potential. These politicians and charlatans didn't even do a good job of organizing and being consistent with the stuff they dreamt up to try to control people. Daddy used to say they were caught with their pants down when the bible was first translated so that common folk could read it. Very true.

    old mama kindless

    August 24, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Scotty, cough, tommie tom, you can use your fake handles all day to bash Jesus' truth. I use dead rat bones for toothpics. It won't won't save you from having your own personal worm to feed on your fat drippings for all eternity.

      Amen.

      August 24, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Fake heavensent is a moron.

      August 25, 2012 at 10:43 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Atheists are simpletons that the puppeteers play because they stroked your ego. You are spiritually dead and haven't a clue to what life is until you come over to Jesus' truth that will set you free. So, continue being the puppets for the evil ones that say they are not evil, that they are the victims through life. LOL.

      August 25, 2012 at 10:45 am |
    • HeavenSent an interesting man

      If you use dead rat bones for toothpics what do you use to wipe bung hole? Just curious.

      August 25, 2012 at 11:40 pm |
  14. iluvusa4266

    Message to Sikh Leadership: I am a US-based Sikh. Our Sikh leadership has failed us at all levels. It is a matter of utmost shame that it has been 100 years since we first came to the US & still we have not been able to get the most basic FACT across the Americans that – We are NOT Muslims. We were born out of Hinduism as a part of anti-fanatic-Muslim movement in India 5 centuries ago. This is a FACT & by revealing a FACT you are NOT giving a message that it is OK to kill Muslims. Killing any human is wrong – whether Muslim or Sikh or any other.

    Sikh leadership should have propagated the message that Sikhs & Muslims are poles apart. Our Sikh Gurus as well as the Sikh masses have suffered tremendously at the hands of fanatic Muslims. The underlying reason of the formation of Sikhs was to oppose the fanatic Muslims & to Stop the Conversion of Hindus into Muslims. Sikh leadership should have divulged by now (100 years for God sake) that if there were no Sikhs, Rajputs or Marathas in India, then the entire sub-continent of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri-Lanka and Nepal – these nearly 1.6 BILLION people would have been Muslims today. It is sad that our Sikh leadership believes in cementing gold to Sikh temples & has never risen to the occasion.

    August 24, 2012 at 11:47 am |
  15. iluvusa4266

    Message to Sikhs. USA is a great country & we Sikhs love this country. Sikhs need to play their role in removing Ignorance prevailing amongst racist or militant groups by reaching out to militant groups, connecting with them & informing them – that i) We are NOT Muslims. We were born out of Hinduism as a part of anti-fanatic-Muslim movement in India 5 centuries ago. This is a FACT & by revealing a FACT you are NOT giving a message that it is OK to kill Muslims ii) Killing any human is wrong – whether Muslim or Sikh or any other.

    Daily prayer of Sikhs calls for “good, well-being, benefit, welfare, benevolence for EVERYONE i.e. all humans, animals, birds, nature etc. We believe in community service. Many Sikhs wear turban & have beard. Sikh turban is NOT Taliban or Muslim turban. Sikhs served in World Wars I & II. Just like American people, Sikhs have suffered at the hands of fanatic Muslims; from 15th century till now. Hindus suffered at the hands of fanatic Muslims since the last 11 centuries. It is real tragic that we Sikhs are misunderstood & mistaken as Muslims. Sikhs have no enmity with mainstream peaceful Muslims or any other religion.

    August 24, 2012 at 11:45 am |
  16. Shiblee

    Those western people have enormous problem . They do not like Black people , Muslim , Immigrant , Catholic , Hispanic , theist, minority groups . Abortion, Gay are additional . High murder rate and Divorce rate , family destruction . They tell minority group to keep their birth rate low . Western culture is in nature .

    August 24, 2012 at 11:42 am |
  17. HeavenSent

    You sikh's and athiests believe in the lies of the Talmud. The crumbs inbetween my couch cushions make an excellent salad topping. Satan is the great liar who hates Jesus's truth. Walk with him and soon you will be on the other side of the tracks.

    Amen.

    August 24, 2012 at 11:38 am |
    • Simran

      Heavensent,
      People presume u r a female. Sorry, I take it as an insult to womanhood dear.
      Now, again my question: Do u think God put man at the top of his creation?

      August 24, 2012 at 11:52 am |
    • Simran

      "Satan is the great liar who hates Jesus's truth. Walk with him and soon you will be on the other side of the tracks"
      Didn't u in another post just a few minutes ago state that u don't preach to others what and what not to do??? Got a short memory span??? Well, it could be a sign of Alzheimer's dear – go see a neurologist!

      August 24, 2012 at 11:54 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Simran,

      You have snakes in your belly. Jesus said he would give you athiests reprobate minds. My camel-toe swallowed three of my cats. Start your walk with Jesus and learn Jesus' truth, which he delivered in his letter to us, the Holy Bible.

      Amen.

      August 24, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
    • Huebert

      @Simran

      This the fake HS, read the comments more carefully. But I have to admit that whoever it is, is pretty good. They have tripped me up more than once.

      August 24, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
    • Simran

      Heavensent Replica'
      Hahahaha... U are an original!

      August 24, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
    • Simran

      Huebert,
      The above comment wasn't for u, but the FAKE HS

      August 24, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      That is not my post but the fake heavensent post, that goes by the name Tom, Tom the Piper's son, murosal, truth prevails, reality and a host of other phony handles. This atheist joker constantly hijacks my handle to write nonsense because he knows Christians know the truth and atheists believe lies.

      August 24, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  18. Ronald Regonzo

    The "ra g head" vote should put Obama in the winners column in the deep south. Romney/ Ryan 2012

    August 24, 2012 at 11:27 am |
  19. TROLL ALERT

    Don't feed it.

    August 24, 2012 at 11:23 am |
    • truth be told

      @trollalert : in other words :gven the opportunity deny free speech to all peoples !

      August 24, 2012 at 11:49 am |
    • TROLL ALERT

      Glad to know I'm getting to you.

      August 24, 2012 at 11:51 am |
    • truth be told

      Not at all just exposing you as the commie fraud YOU are.

      August 24, 2012 at 11:54 am |
    • Roger

      It's actually pretty funny because it shows desperation and more proof their prayers aren't working.

      August 24, 2012 at 11:55 am |
  20. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    August 24, 2012 at 11:10 am |
    • Roger

      You've been posting this over and over again so obviously your prayers don't work.

      August 24, 2012 at 11:51 am |
    • just sayin

      It is for those who don't know that atheism is useless and God is available. When God spoke to Jesus and the crowd heard it, Jesus said it was not for him that the voice was heard, it was for everyone else. God bless

      August 24, 2012 at 11:53 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      August 24, 2012 at 11:54 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Atheists follow the lies of satan due to having the same sin of pride blinding them like it blinded satan.

      August 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
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