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."
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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.