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Somber President Obama’s: “We Have Wept With You, We Have Pulled our Children Tight”

President Obama turned to scripture and  emotional pleas in an effort to comfort the families of the victims of the Sandy  Hook Elementary School shooting.

‘You are not alone in your grief. Our world  too has been torn apart,’ President Obama said.

‘All across this land our world too has  been  torn apart. All across this land we wept with you and pulled our  children  tight. Newtown, you are not alone.’

In one of the most religious speeches of his  presidency, Mr Obama talked about how the  ultimate goal for a society is to protect their children.

‘If we don’t get that right, we don’t get  anything right. By that measure, can we truly say as a nation that we are doing  our obligations?’ he said.

‘We gather here in memory of 20 beautiful  children and six remarkable adults. They lost their lives in a school that could  have been any school in a quiet town full of good and decent people that could  have been any town in America.

‘All across this land of ours, we have wept  with you. We’ve pulled our children tight, and you must know whatever measure of  comfort we can provide, we will provide it.’

As expected, he made several references to  the prospective- and likely- legal battles that will come as politicians fight  for tougher restrictions on guns in the wake of the shooting. That said, he was  clear to avoid specific plans, but took aim at the arguments made by activists  who point to the Second Amendment’s right to bare arms as a reason to keep guns  accessible.

‘Are we prepared to say that such violence  visited upon our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our  freedom?’ he said.

A particularly poignant moment came in the  speech when Mr Obama read the first names of all 20 children who died in the  shooting.

‘We can’t accept events like this as routine.  Are we really prepared to say that we’re powerless in the face of such carnage?’  he said, referring to the four other mass shootings that have taken place since  Mr Obama was elected.

In his introduction, Connecticut governor  Dannel Malloy said that Mr Obama told him privately that Friday was the most  difficult day of his term in office.

The service started nearly an hour late  because the President was delayed by spending more time than expected meeting  with the families of the victims from Friday’s shooting.

One of those visits was with Cristina  Hassinger, the grown daughter of school principal Dawn Hochsprung who died  trying to prevent the shooter from entering the building.

Ms Hassinger tweeted a picture of the  President holding her own young daughter with the poignant caption: ‘My mom  would be SO proud to see President Obama holding her granddaughter. But not as  proud as I am of her’.

Once the family visits were finished, the  President entered into the packed auditorium where decorations were kept very  sparse. Along with the American and Connecticut flags on stage, a table in front  of the podium was filled with candles to memorialize the victims, and a pianist  played solemn songs on a grand piano.

Several families whose children were at Sandy  Hook Elementary school during the shooting were denied access to the auditorium  where President Barack Obama spoke tonight because organizers allowed hundreds  of people from outside the community in first.

‘We’re very disappointed,’ said one mother  who was forced to watch the president on a video screen in the gym.

Hans Barth, who had two children at the  school on the day of the horrific  shooting, said he brought his son and  daughter to the memorial service  with the president hoping that it would help  them confront the horror  they experienced on the day of the shooting.

‘They’re in shock right now,’ he  said.

A Newtown High School teacher who was helping  seat people inside the gym  said the organizers were aware that several of the  Sandy Hook families  had been left out, but, she said organizers had already  managed to find  seats in the auditorium for 40 additional families from the  elementary  school.

Source: Daily Mail

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