The White House announced the news of Obama’s canceled stop Tuesday afternoon. The president also ordered U.S. flags lowered to half-staff until Sunday in honor of the marathon bombings’ victims.
The university released a statement following the cancelation announcement.
“Our hearts and prayers are with the victims of this horrible tragedy. While we are disappointed that President Obama will not be on campus, a catastrophe of this type clearly takes precedence,” Bernadette Gray-Little, KU chancellor, said Tuesday. “It was an honor to have been chosen to host the president, and we hope to do so another time.”