President Obama Speaks on Colorado Movie Theater Tragedy: "Life is Very Fragile"

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Such violence, such evil is senseless. It’s beyond reason. But while we will never know fully what causes somebody to take the life of another, we do know what makes life worth living.

The people we lost in Aurora loved and they were loved. They were mothers and fathers; they were husbands and wives; sisters and brothers; sons and daughters, friends and neighbors. They had hopes for the future and they had dreams that were not yet fulfilled.

So stated Barack Obama today in an address from Fort Myers, Florida, as he addressed the tragic Colorado shooting that took the lives of 12 people inside an Aurora movie theater.

“If there's anything to take away from this tragedy it's the reminder that life is very fragile," the President continued. "Our time here is limited and it is precious. What matters at the end of the day is not the small things, it's not the trivial things which so often consume us and our daily lives. Ultimately it's how we choose to treat one another and how we love one another."

A 24-year old former medical school student named James Holmes is in custody for the shooting.

Elsewhere, Warner Bros. has canceled a screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Paris scheduled for tonight and Mitt Romney is expected to touch on the incident later today.

Concluded Obama:

"I'm sure many of you who are parents here had the same reaction I did when I heard this news. My daughters go to the movies. What if Malia and Sasha had been in the theater, as so many of our kids do every day? Michelle and I will be fortunate enough to hug our girls a little tighter tonight, and I'm sure you will do the same with your children. For those parents who may not be so lucky, we have to embrace them and let them know we will be there for them as a nation."

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It's interesting how the POTUS comes out on cases like these and makes statements before the country. Not to say that's bad at all for it is HORRIBLE what happened in Aurora for sure! However, I see a pattern. When it's a white crime the Prez is out in the Rose Garden weighing in. Yet, in the news in the past 5 months I've read of horrific black on white crimes (some in retaliation of the Trayvon M. case) that have gained media attention and yet the President is silent. It's painfully obvious what's going on. We've got to see the racial bias end in this country and it must begin from the Oval Office, not to mention, Justice Dept. and work it's way down. Yes! It is time!

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It's interesting how the POTUS comes out on cases like these and makes statements before the country. Not to say that's bad at all for it is HORRIBLE what happened for sure! However, I see a pattern. When it's a white crime the Prez is out in the Rose Garden weighing in. Yet, in the news in the past 5 months I've read of horrific black on white crimes (some in retaliation of the Trayvon M. case) that have gained media attention and yet the President is silent. It's painfully obvious what's going on. We've got to see the racial bias end in this country and it must begin from the Oval Office, not to mention, Justice Dept. and work it's way down. Yes! It is time!

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Do not take life for granted.A real man cries.He teaches his kids love.The men on this site are far from that.

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If it was up to you white foos America would have a national holiday celebrating the murders of white craze killers.

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Very well said and comforting, I thought the same thing what if my son had been there. God Bless the famlies who lost someone in this horrible tragedy.

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okay- fine obama came out. he picks & chooses his time to come out.

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If the shooter were black Obozo would be calling on everyone not to make a rush to judgement....

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@Parenting 101, he had to personalize it because he has children and there were people and children hurt in the senseless act. Lets not attack the innocent. I.E the parents that decided to have a date night and probably didnt have babysitting. Don't question their parenting but instead blame the evil monster with nothing to live for that was just looking for attention.

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While I appreciate the sentiment, why did he personalize by bringing up his children? Technically his children are not the appropriate age for this dark movie. A 13 month old is deceased because her parents took her to a midnight showing. God bless all the families.

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