Dear White House, today isn't the best day for your burger photo op. In case you haven't seen the news, Americans are dead in Ukraine.—
Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) July 17, 2014
A Malaysian Airlines 777 carrying 295 passengers and crew crashed in Ukraine, killing everyone on board. There are reports that the plane was shot down and that many U.S. citizens could be among the victims.
President Obama was on the phone with Vladimir Putin at the time:
How did the news of this horrible event affect Obama’s schedule for the rest of the day? It didn’t:
Is this real life?
No, seriously, is this real life?
A little advice:
At this time Obama also still plans to attend fundraisers in New York City this evening.
Not unprecedented, by the way: