Obama Newtown Speech: President Grieves, Asks "Hard Questions" at Vigil

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President Barack Obama spoke at a prayer vigil in Newton, Connecticut, Sunday night in honor of the victims of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Quoting from scripture more than once and clearly stung by Friday's events on a personal level, Obama lent a father's sympathy to this town's (and nation's) grief.

When he read the list of victims' names, there wasn't a dry eye in the house - including his.

Obama also sounded a call to action - though he didn't lay out any specifics - saying the tragedy poses "hard questions" to America as a whole.

"This is our first task, caring for our children. Our first job. If we don't get that right, we don't get anything right. That's how, as a society, we will be judged," he said.

"Can we honestly say that we're doing enough to keep our children, all of them, safe from harm? ... I've been reflecting on this the last few days."

"If we're honest with ourselves, the answer's no. We're not doing enough. And we will have to change."

The President, in remarks written largely by himself this weekend, also vowed to use the power of his office to prevent such heinous acts in the future.

"In the coming weeks, I'll use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens, from law enforcement, to mental health professionals, to parents and educators, in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this, because what choice do we have?"

"We can't accept events like this as routine," Obama said.

He sounded a similar note in remarks in the hours after the shooting, while crying at a press conference, although he did not indicate what that action might be.

The Connecticut shooting has moved Obama to an unusual degree, perhaps displaying more raw emotion in his remarks than in any public event he took the oath of office.

A leader who has often struggled to convey warmth in office instead struggled to retain his composure while addressing the nation's grief over the shooting.

The president's Newtown speech marked the fourth time - something not lost on him - he's consoled the nation from a grieving community in such fashion.

Will it be the last? Probably not. But it looks like this marked a turning point of sorts for his administrations and its efforts to proactively try to stop these events.

Expect the gun control debate - and hopefully a similar debate over the availability of mental health services - to be stronger and more heated than ever.

Time for major reform?

 

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It astounds me that people honestly think gun control laws will stop things like this from happening. I grew up in Chicago and just moved to TN this summer so I've seen firsthand that gun control laws are useless. Illinois has the most strict laws and also one of the highest rates of gun-related crimes. With stats to prove gun control laws don't work, I don't understand how people continue to defend them.

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If you notice all of the detractors below were CERTAIN that Pres Obama would NOT be rewarded with a 2nd term. As usual they were wrong! These LLLosers will never give any credit to our Pres no matter what he does. Fortunately we don't need them to. This country is better off based on Mr. Obama's policies and the upward trend will continue, including higher income earners paying a more fair tax rate. I for one don't mind paying a little more. Meanwhile enjoy your additional four years of anger, depression, resentment, bitterness, disillusionment and the realization that you LOST!!

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Its become painfully apparent that the majority of YOU Obama haters are nothing but a bunch of racists tea bagging sons of bitches who has missed the point completely about what president Obama was trying to convey, which was empathy, compassion and a resolution to all of this senseless violence that's going on in the world today. ALL OF YOU RETARDED ASSHOLES MISSED THE POINT COMPLETELY. instead of bickering about what you lost on election night, why not find a solution to All of this needless gun violence ...Shall We?

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@ My Two Cents..

Thank you. You are on point. You notice they don't even mention the slaughter or even the human beings killed. All they can do is attack our Pres no matter what he says or does. Actually its therapeutic for them. They have so much rage it good for them to get it out on this station. No one pays very much attention to them anyway, as the election results prove. Like a bunch of pit bulls whose teeth have been removed they are of no real consequence. Hey I thought they were all seceding anyway. Yeah right and forfeit all those entitlements? Not a chance. Hahaha!!

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@ My Two Cents..

I've got a better idea- why don't we find a way to stop abortion and put a stop to murder ever day? Of course you liberal gay loving irresponsible, race card playing 2 faced communist anti American Scum see nothing wrong with abortion do you! Ohhhh no... That's the liberals cleanup option when they can't keep their legs closed and after all.... You really don't know who the daddy is- DO YOU! Obama talks- he doesn't say anything! He always wants some else to have the ball! GTF out of here!!!! You voted for this moron and he will tear this country down! You are an idiot who helped send to country over the ENTIRE CLIFF!

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Mawkish, meandering, maudlin, mealy-mouthed mush from the Moocher-in-Chief, who is all about con jobs & camera angles.

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Shut your face up dam you part of the hatred bitch

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@ twilla

Obama has no answers. He has yet to find a solution on any subject but he can always find someone to blame. People should be ashamed for voting for him.

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@ twilla

From your spelling and grammar Twilla, it's pretty obvious you are one of the morons that voted for that piece of shit. Let me guess, you and most of your family live off of some kind of government assistance. That is the typical Obama voter. Losers on welfare.

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Obama couldn't care less about those poor, innocent, people. He just wants to jump on the bandwagon about gun control. He knows that that the more guns out there, the better chance of someone getting rid of him. He is the worst President, and the most hated, in Amercan history.

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@ allsaints45

Agreed, my friend. The sheeple that voted him in for four more years are in for a big surprise. Obama is a traitor, a liar, a dictator/socialist that has no respect for our constitution or the freedoms that our forefathers fought for us to have. He should be treated the same way all traitors are treated in this country. The fact that so many people are blind to this frightens me to my core.