Obama Calls for Day of Reflection
'What if Malia and Sasha had been at the theater,' he asks
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 20, 2012 10:37 AM CDT
Tom Sullivan, center, embraces family members outside Gateway High School. He is searching for his son, who went to the movie.   (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)

(Newser) – Politicking is mostly taking the day off in the wake of the Colorado shooting, notes Roll Call. President Obama stepped away from his stump speech in Florida to speak of the shooting, and Mitt Romney was expected to do the same later today. The Romney camp also pulled ads from Colorado. Some highlights from the president's speech, per the Wall Street Journal:

  • "This morning we woke up to a news of a tragedy that reminds us of all the ways we are united as one American family."
  • “My daughters go to the movies. What if Malia and Sasha had been at the theater? Michelle and I will be fortunate enough to hug our girls a little tighter tonight.”
  • "Such violence, such evil is senseless. It is beyond reason."
  • "There are going to be other days for politics. This is a day for prayer and reflection.”

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Jul 20, 2012 6:03 PM CDT
Obama calls for 4 more years of inaction. damage caused by gay marriage to the culture - zilch damage caused by angry young hetero head cases - incalcuable
Jul 20, 2012 4:54 PM CDT
horrible and tragic but not surprising at all...this sicko is yet another byproduct of violent aggressive US society
Jul 20, 2012 1:56 PM CDT
I listened to the opening 3 or so sentences. It sounded pretty political to me and I turned the television off.