Obama Promises Not to Use Dark Knight Shooter's Name
Let focus be on victims, not killer, families ask
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2012 10:10 AM CDT
President Barack Obama makes a statement from the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Colo., Sunday, July 22, 2012, after visiting with families of victims of the movie theater shooting.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – In an effort to keep the focus on the victims, President Obama has agreed not to mention the name of James Holmes, the killer in Friday's Dark Knight Rises massacre. "Sat down with President Obama. He has been incredible. He too has agreed not to mention the shooter's name," tweets Jordan Ghawi, brother of victim Jessica Ghawi. White House press secretary Jay Carney made the same promise, Politico notes. After meeting with victims and their families, Obama said he assured them that "although the perpetrator of this evil act has received a lot of attention over the last couple of days, that attention will fade way."

He also cheered up one of the victims, who needs to fly home but has no driver's license, noting, "I have a little pull with the TSA." The victims were also visited by six of the Denver Broncos yesterday, the AP reports. "What we were trying to do was go in there, show support and try to put a smile on these peoples' faces," linebacker Joe Mays said. Meanwhile, at a fundraiser in San Francisco yesterday, Mitt Romney said it was "the right thing for the president" to be visiting victims. He also pledged to tone down the partisan nature of his speech, and held a moment of silence for the victims, Politico reports.