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

(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.”

Tom Sullivan, center, embraces family members outside Gateway High School. He is searching for his son, who went to the movie.
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)
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