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  • The President: This afternoon, I spoke with Governor Malloy and

  • FBI Director Mueller.

  • I offered Governor Malloy my condolences on behalf of the

  • nation, and made it clear he will have every single resource

  • that he needs to investigate this heinous crime,

  • care for the victims, counsel their families.

  • We've endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years.

  • And each time I learn the news I react not as a President,

  • but as anybody else would -- as a parent.

  • And that was especially true today.

  • I know there's not a parent in America who doesn't feel

  • the same overwhelming grief that I do.

  • The majority of those who died today were children -- beautiful

  • little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old.

  • They had their entire lives ahead of them -- birthdays,

  • graduations, weddings, kids of their own.

  • Among the fallen were also teachers -- men and women

  • who devoted their lives to helping our children

  • fulfill their dreams.

  • So our hearts are broken today -- for the parents

  • and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little

  • children, and for the families of the adults who were lost.

  • Our hearts are broken for the parents of the survivors as

  • well, for as blessed as they are to have their children home

  • tonight, they know that their children's innocence has been

  • torn away from them too early, and there are no words that will

  • ease their pain.

  • As a country, we have been through this too many times.

  • Whether it's an elementary school in Newtown, or a shopping

  • mall in Oregon, or a temple in Wisconsin, or a movie theater in

  • Aurora, or a street corner in Chicago -- these neighborhoods

  • are our neighborhoods, and these children are our children.

  • And we're going to have to come together and take meaningful

  • action to prevent more tragedies like this,

  • regardless of the politics.

  • This evening, Michelle and I will do what I know every parent

  • in America will do, which is hug our children a little tighter

  • and we'll tell them that we love them, and we'll remind each

  • other how deeply we love one another.

  • But there are families in Connecticut who cannot

  • do that tonight.

  • And they need all of us right now.

  • In the hard days to come, that community needs us to be at our

  • best as Americans.

  • And I will do everything in my power as President to help.

  • Because while nothing can fill the space of a lost child or

  • loved one, all of us can extend a hand to those in need -- to

  • remind them that we are there for them, that we are praying

  • for them, that the love they felt for those they lost endures

  • not just in their memories but also in ours.

  • May God bless the memory of the victims and, in the words

  • of Scripture, heal the brokenhearted and bind

  • up their wounds.

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President Obama Makes a Statement on the Shooting in Newtown, Connecticut

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