November 26th, 2008
08:50 PM ET

Obama coordinating with State Dept. on India attacks

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/11/25/transition.wrap/art.obama.gi.jpg]Ed Henry
CNN White House Correspondent

The Obama transition team has just set up a special team to interact with the State Department’s Operations Center as well as the office of the Director of National Intelligence, according to an Obama aide. That information is then being filtered to President-elect Obama, who is getting regular updates at his residence here in Chicago. He is scheduled to be home all day Thursday celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends.

More: Obama aide confirms President-elect spoke by phone with Rice, and says transition team spoke to State Dept earlier.

One other note – Obama aide says the President-elect called India’s ambassador to the U.S. tonight and “conveyed that his thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this tragic situation. He said that there is just one President at a time. He also told him that he is monitoring the situation and has been in communication with Secretary Rice."

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  1. sandra shuck

    What concerns me is that tonight I watched Cnn and this man came on and said that now that there will be a new approach to foreing policiy that Obama will be looking into the root of why young people join terriosts groups.
    I was wonderin, as Obama has been in politics for years, how come there is so much crime by youth for years in Chicago. Many gangs, many murders commitied by young people and mass poverty. I would feel better, as I want Obama to do good, if he would have taken care of his own state instead of promising to take care of the world. I am just not sure he gets it.
    Thank God he is surrrounded by the Clinton Team.

    November 27, 2008 at 12:14 am |
  2. Prakash Kolluri

    Test of patience
    India has become a haven for terrorist attacks of late. India is a secular democracy. What comes up as a question for the entire world today is how should the Government respond ? Immediate reaction would suggest that a counter attack against the groups would be an appropriate reaction. However, one must bear in mind that in a secular democracy this can be a real problem as there a large number of minorities that may get impacted. Above all , there is politics mixed with religious extremism. If India has to effectively respond, it may mean an attack on the Kashmiri groups as well as the tribal groups in Pakistan. In order to organize this kind of an attack, India would require the support of USA and Russia. Bottom line, this has to be conducted as a world response and not just an Indian response.
    In conclusion, the time has come for the world to unite and offer an appropriate response to the terrorist groups

    November 26, 2008 at 11:50 pm |
  3. Michael Rock

    My cousin landed in Mumbai at 8:30 PM, just a short time before these attacks started. She was with her new husband, starting their honeymoon.

    While en route to their hotel (one of the two attacked), the cab driver heard the attacks had begun on the radio.

    They we diverted to another hotel which we do not know at this time. They are safe, and I have registered them with the State Department.

    Had they not been slower in getting through customs, it is very likely they would have arrived at the hotel when the attackes commenced, due to their plane arriving earlier than expected in Mumbai.

    They are trying to leave for New Delhi, but are awaiting indications that it is safe to do so.

    November 26, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  4. Brian

    Maybe Obama should think twice about the terrorist prison in Cuba that he can't wait to close. Maybe India will want to rent it.

    November 26, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  5. NY Sharma

    Thank you President elect Obama for showing solidarity with a nation of a billion people that has also been suffering under the scourge of terrorism.

    We pray and hope that under your leadership there will be a sincere change in how misguided elements change their ways or be brought to justice.

    Thanks for your thoughts,
    A concerned Indian living in the US

    November 26, 2008 at 9:02 pm |

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