Somber trip to Fort Hood for president

Copyright 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009; 10:41 AM

By Philip Rucker and Michael D. Shear FORT HOOD, Tex.--President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will make a somber trip here Tuesday to attend a memorial service for those killed in last week's rampage at this Army post, the largest military installation in the nation. The visit comes as Obama's administration -- including the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the military -- is struggling to understand the motives of Army Major Nidal M. Hasan, accused of fatally shooting 13 people and wounding dozens of others. The president will speak at the memorial service, giving him another opportunity to express outrage over the deaths and to tell the nation that the government is taking steps to prevent similar tragedies in the future. Before the service, which is scheduled for 1 p.m. Central time, the Obamas will meet privately with the families of those who were killed. They will

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