President Obama Statement on the Shooting in Newtown, Connecticut,
0:01The President: This afternoon, I spoke with Governor Malloy and
0:04FBI Director Mueller.
0:06I offered Governor Malloy my condolences on behalf of the
0:11nation, and made it clear he will have every single resource
0:14that he needs to investigate this heinous crime,
0:18care for the victims, counsel their families.
0:24We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years.
0:28And each time I learn the news I react not as a President,
0:34but as anybody else would — as a parent.
0:39And that was especially true today.
0:43I know there’s not a parent in America who doesn’t feel
0:47the same overwhelming grief that I do.
0:51The majority of those who died today were children — beautiful
0:57little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old.
1:12They had their entire lives ahead of them — birthdays,
1:16graduations, weddings, kids of their own.
1:27Among the fallen were also teachers — men and women
1:30who devoted their lives to helping our children
1:33fulfill their dreams.
1:35So our hearts are broken today — for the parents
1:40and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little
1:44children, and for the families of the adults who were lost.
1:50Our hearts are broken for the parents of the survivors as
1:52well, for as blessed as they are to have their children home
1:56tonight, they know that their children’s innocence has been
2:01torn away from them too early, and there are no words that will
2:04ease their pain.
2:08As a country, we have been through this too many times.
2:12Whether it’s an elementary school in Newtown, or a shopping
2:16mall in Oregon, or a temple in Wisconsin, or a movie theater in
2:21Aurora, or a street corner in Chicago — these neighborhoods
2:25are our neighborhoods, and these children are our children.
2:28And we’re going to have to come together and take meaningful
2:33action to prevent more tragedies like this,
2:36regardless of the politics.
2:41This evening, Michelle and I will do what I know every parent
2:43in America will do, which is hug our children a little tighter
2:48and we’ll tell them that we love them, and we’ll remind each
2:52other how deeply we love one another.
2:55But there are families in Connecticut who cannot
2:57do that tonight.
2:59And they need all of us right now.
3:02In the hard days to come, that community needs us to be at our
3:05best as Americans.
3:07And I will do everything in my power as President to help.
3:11Because while nothing can fill the space of a lost child or
3:15loved one, all of us can extend a hand to those in need — to
3:22remind them that we are there for them, that we are praying
3:26for them, that the love they felt for those they lost endures
3:32not just in their memories but also in ours.
3:38May God bless the memory of the victims and, in the words
3:41of Scripture, heal the brokenhearted and bind
3:47up their wounds.
Published on Dec 14, 2012