The President, wife Michelle Obama, and Vice President Joe Biden all cancelled July 20th pre-planned events in light of ‘The Dark Knight’ shooting at an Aurora, Colorado theater.
President Barack Obama cancelled a pre-planned campaign event in order to speak during a press conference in Fort Myers, Florida on July 20 regarding the tragic Dark Knight Rises shooting in Aurora, Colorado.
The president started by saying, “I was looking forward to having a fun conversation with you about some really important matters that we face as a country and the difference between myself and my opponent in this election, but this morning we woke up to news of a tragedy that reminds us of all the ways we are united as one American family. By now, many of you know, many of you have heard that a few miles outside of Denver, in a town called Aurora, at least 12 people were killed when a gunman opened fire in a movie theater and dozens more are being treated for injuries at a local hospital. Some of the victims are being treated at a children’s hospital.
“We are still gathering all the facts about what happened in Aurora and we what do know is we have on suspect in custody and the Federal Government is doing everything they can to bring whoever is responsible of this tragedy to justice.
“We are going to stand by our neighbors in Colorado during this extraordinary difficult time.
“I’d to express on the behalf of myself and Michelle, the entire America family, how heartbroken we are even as we learn how this happened and whose responsible. We may never understand what leads anybody to terrorize human beings like this. Such violence, such evil is senseless.
“These victims were loved, they were mothers, they were sons and daughters.
“Something to take away from this tragedy is that life is really fragile. What matters at the end of the day is not the small things, it’s not the trivial things that so often consume us in our daily lives. Ultimately, it’s how we choose to treat each other and how we love one another.
“It’s what we do on a daily basis to give our lives meaning and to give our lives purpose. That’s what matters.
“At the end of the day, what we’ll remember is those we loved and what we did for others. I’m sure many of you who are parents here have the same reactions I did. My daughters go to the movies. If Malia or Sasha had been at the theater, as so many of our kids do every day, Michelle and I will be fortunate enough to hug our girls tonight. For those parents who may not be so lucky, we have to embrace them and let them know we will be there for them as a nation.
“There are going to be other days for politics. This day is for prayer and reflection. I’d like to pause in a moment of silence.
“I hope all of you will keep the people in Aurora in your hearts and minds today.”
In an original statement earlier this morning, President Obama said, “Michelle and I are shocked and saddened by the horrific and tragic shooting in Colorado. Federal and local law enforcement are still responding, and my administration will do everything that we can to support the people of Aurora in this extraordinarily difficult time. We are committed to bringing whoever was responsible to justice, ensuring the safety of our people, and caring for those who have been wounded.”
— Christopher Rogers
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