Obama on Plane Crash: ‘It Looks Like It May Be a Terrible Tragedy’

President Obama, fresh off a photo op at a Delaware burger restaurant, said the crash of a Malaysian airliner carrying 295 people Thursday "looks like it may be a terrible tragedy" before beginning a speech about infrastructure.

"It is wonderful to be back in Delaware," Obama said. "Before I begin, obviously the world is watching reports of a downed passenger jet near the Russia-Ukraine border. It looks like it may be a terrible tragedy. Right now we're working to determine whether there were American citizens on board. That is our first priority."

Obama, after offering the nation's thoughts and prayers, went back to his prepared remarks, thanking "Jeremy for that introduction" and asking the crowd to give him a round of applause.