While the address was timed to the fifth anniversary of the financial crisis, its intention was to set up the fight this fall with congressional Republicans over keeping the government funded and raising the debt ceiling.

“We were pretty close to that area, and the kids were locked in the schools and it was a sort of bizarre response [from the president],” Priebus said in a radio interview with Dom Giordano. “I am not on the show to get into that, but I would just echo your comments that it was a very strange afternoon to say the least.”

Obama prefaced his remarks Monday by calling the victims of the shooting at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters “patriots.” He said he would do everything in his power to bring those responsible to justice. 

Thirteen people, including the shooter, died in the mass shooting Monday morning. 

“They know the dangers of serving abroad, but today, they faced the unimaginable violence they wouldn't have expected at home,” Obama said.

White House press secretary Jay Carney defended Obama’s decision to go ahead with the speech, saying it was important to mark the day in order to make sure Washington doesn’t reverse “the progress that we’ve achieved.”

Obama canceled a Latin music festival scheduled Monday night after the shooting.