President Obama Addresses The Universal Parental Reaction To The Colorado Shootings

Prior to the Aurora, Colorado shooting, President Obama was scheduled to appear at a day two of a campaign event in Florida. But Barack put all that aside today during a morning address, bringing the national focus to the parents involved in the attacks. He also expressed his own personal reaction to the news as a father of two girls, a feeling familiar to probably every parent this morning.

The Obamas released a joint statement earlier this morning, describing themselves as “shocked” and “saddened.” Today from a podium in Fort Myers, Florida, the president posed what every parent surely thought when hearing that children as young as six years old had been shot in an utterly senseless attack:

…I’m sure that many of you who are parents here have the same reaction that I did when I heard this news. My daughters go to the movies. What if Malia and Sasha had been at 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. But for those parents who may not be so lucky, we have to embrace them and let them know that we will be there for them as a nation.”

The President will be heading straight back to the White House in an effort to make the day about “prayer and reflection,” making no recognition of the tasteless “four more years! Four more years!” chants by riled up audience members.


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