Choked-Up Obama: 'Our Hearts Are Broken'

He says nation needs to take 'meaningful action'

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 14, 2012 2:36 PM CST

(Newser) – President Obama today spoke about the Connecticut school shooting, and he nearly broke down at the podium while doing so. "Our hearts are broken today," said Obama, who had to take a moment to compose himself while referring to the "beautiful little kids" who were killed, notes Talking Points Memo. "I know there's not a parent in America who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that I do." He also made an apparent reference to gun control: "We're going to have to come together to take meaningful action regardless of the politics." (Full transcript here.)

President Obama wipes his eye as he speaks about the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
President Obama wipes his eye as he speaks about the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
People embrace at a firehouse staging area for family.
People embrace at a firehouse staging area for family.   (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Ambulances leave an area near the scene of a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Ambulances leave an area near the scene of a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.   (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
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