Justin Bieber and more are Praying for Paris #prayforparis. He posted “My love prayers and thoughts are with the families of this horrible tragedy. #prayforparis.
That was the simple but heartrending message posted on Facebook by Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, as bloody jihadist attacks in at least six locations were still underway in the capital of France on Friday evening, with more than 150 people reported dead and scores more seriously injured.
Calls for prayer were echoed by every major U.S. politician.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, posted, “Horrific reports coming out of Paris. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the people of France — our oldest ally.”
Donald Trump tweeted, “My prayers are with the victims and hostages in the horrible Paris attacks. May God be with you all.”
“My thoughts and prayers are with the people in Paris tonight,” tweeted Dr. Ben Carson.
“This is an attack not just on Paris, it’s an attack not just on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share,” said President Obama, who also offered his prayers.
The president called it “a “heartbreaking situation,” and “an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians.”
Speaking briefly to reporters in the White House just before 6 p.m. EST, Obama stated, “We stand prepared and ready to provide whatever assistance that the government and people of France need to respond.”
Obama stated he would not speculate about the rapidly developing situation and did not take questions.
The president said the administration has been in touch with French officials but he had not yet called President Francois Hollande, “because my expectation is that he’s very busy at the moment.”
“At this moment, unprecedented terrorist attacks are underway across the city of Paris,” said Hollande.
He declared a state of emergency, closed the nation’s borders and dispatched the military to Paris.
Hollande also imposed the first curfew in the French capital since 1944, during World War II.
Prominent American politicians weighing in on Twitter all mentioned prayers.
“The horrifying reports coming out of #Paris are a reminder of why we must remain vigilant. The U.S. stands by our allies in France. Prayers,” tweeted Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee: “My prayers are with the people of Paris, France. America will always have your back in the war against terrorism. Always.”
Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J.: “The terrorist attacks in France tonight are alarming and heartbreaking. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families.”
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.: “Praying for victims of attacks in Paris and for those reportedly held hostage.”
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: “The reports from Paris are harrowing. Praying for the city and families of the victims.”
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush: “Praying for Paris tonight. America will stand with you against terror.”
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum: “Tonight we pray for and mourn with our French brothers and sisters. Today’s horror is another reminder that we must be vigilant against evil.”
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.: “My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Paris tonight. This is truly horrific.”
Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.: “The American people stand with the people of France, our strong ally and partner, as they face these horrific attacks. #Paris #PrayForParis”
House Speaker Leader Paul Ryan, R-Wisc.: “All of Paris needs our prayers tonight.”
Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La.: “Our thoughts are with the people of France. Please say a prayer for Paris as they deal with this horrible attack.”
Rep, Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.: “My prayers are with the city of Paris and the French people for safety and healing.”
Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash.: “Praying for the victims and their families in Paris.”
Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C.: “Prayers with Paris, those being held hostage and the families of those killed. Heartbreaking.”
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley: “Heartbreaking news from Paris. Praying for the country and its people.”
Ohio Gov. John Kasich: “Our prayers go out for the people of Paris tonight.”
Republican presidential candidates in Orlando, Fla., paused for a moment of silence and prayer after learning of the attack.