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Fri Dec 14, 2012, 03:54 PM

Tearful Obama mourns 'beautiful kids'

Source: aap

US President Barack Obama wiped away tears and struggled to compose himself on Friday as he mourned the dead in the Connecticut school shooting, and promised "meaningful" action to stop gun tragedies.

"The majority of those who died today were children, beautiful little kids between the ages of five and ten years old," Obama said. "They had their entire lives ahead of them, birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own."

Obama paused for several seconds, and breathed heavily, several times wiping a tear from the corner of his eye, as he gave his first reaction to the killing of at least 27 people, including 18 children, in the White House briefing room.

"Among the fallen, were also teachers, men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams," Obama said.

"Our hearts are broken today, for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children and for the families of those who are lost.

"As a country we have been through this too many times," Obama said, mentioning earlier shooting massacres, in Colorado, Oregon and Wisconsin.

"These neighborhoods are our neighborhoods, these children are our children.

"We are going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this regardless of the politics.

Read more: http://news.msn.co.nz/worldnews/8580619/tearful-obama-mourns-beautiful-kids



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Reply Tearful Obama mourns 'beautiful kids' (Original post)
trailmonkee Dec 2012 OP
Fearless Dec 2012 #1
Tx4obama Dec 2012 #2
Liberalynn Dec 2012 #9
llmart Dec 2012 #11
EileenFB Dec 2012 #3
trailmonkee Dec 2012 #6
lbrtbell Dec 2012 #13
James48 Dec 2012 #4
Cha Dec 2012 #5
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patrice Dec 2012 #7
flamingdem Dec 2012 #8
Tarheel_Dem Dec 2012 #10
newspeak Dec 2012 #12
Tarheel_Dem Dec 2012 #18
Tx4obama Dec 2012 #14
Blandocyte Dec 2012 #15
Tarheel_Dem Dec 2012 #19
Cha Dec 2012 #21
Brigid Dec 2012 #16
mokawanis Dec 2012 #17
nomorenomore08 Dec 2012 #20

Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 03:56 PM

1. "We are going to have to come together and take meaningful action"

Let's start now.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 03:57 PM

2. Video below





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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 05:58 PM

9. Thank you for posting

I missed this on television

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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 07:08 PM

11. Thank you for posting that.

A truly heartbreaking thing to see our President crying. How horribly, horribly sad today is.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 04:01 PM

3. Thank you for posting this

A FB buddy said what I was thinking while watching this. "The President wiping away tears while trying to comfort the nation after such a terrible tragedy is an image I will not soon forget."

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Response to EileenFB (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 04:17 PM

6. thank you for the note...

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Response to EileenFB (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 09:38 PM

13. It shows what a truly caring person he is - n/t

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 04:07 PM

4. Flags ordered to Half-Staff until Tuesday, Dec 18th.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/12/14/presidential-proclamation-honoring-victims-shooting-newtown-connecticut

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
December 14, 2012
Presidential Proclamation -- Honoring the Victims of the Shooting in Newtown, Connecticut


HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE TRAGEDY IN NEWTOWN, CONNECTICUT

- - - - - - -

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, December 18, 2012. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourteenth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

BARACK OBAMA

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 04:14 PM

5. Bless all their little hearts..



Thanks for this, trailmonkee

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 04:51 PM

7. .

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 05:25 PM

8. ..

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 07:06 PM

10. My heart breaks. Enough already. nt

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Response to Tarheel_Dem (Reply #10)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 08:36 PM

12. and unfortunately my MIL

told me her friend was at the beauty parlor and the teabagging women in the shop were expressing ignorant outrage like "oh, look at those fake tears" and other vicious comments. instead of focusing their sympathy about those precious babies lost, it was a vicious circle jerk.

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Response to newspeak (Reply #12)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 11:15 PM

18. These people wallow in hatred, and are so divorced from reality that I don't think.....

we should pay them the kind of attention they seek. I wish the media, and all responsible people would just ignore their stupid asses, and stop feeding that particular beast. Honestly, I could throw up.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 09:55 PM

14. Kick! n/t

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 10:04 PM

15. Please follow it up with introduction of a handgun ban. n/t

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Response to Blandocyte (Reply #15)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 11:17 PM

19. You mean "RE"-introduce, right? Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney says there are....

any number of gun control bills in the House that have either died on the vine, or weren't even allowed to come to the floor.

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Response to Tarheel_Dem (Reply #19)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 05:31 AM

21. Yes, that's how Legislation Works.. or doesn't. In the

case of the NRA owned gop Majority in the House.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 10:15 PM

16. Incredible. Unforgettable.

Thank you for posting.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 10:18 PM

17. Our hearts are broken today

For now, for today, that simple expression says it all.

"Our hearts are broken today."

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 04:09 AM

20. No matter how one feels about the man policy-wise - and I've certainly had plenty of disagreements

- I don't think anyone can deny that Obama is a basically decent human being. Very much so.

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