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.