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Let’s keep them safe from harm

“My mom would be SO proud to see President Obama holding her granddaughter” (@Chass63)

President Obama with Newtown children (@krupali)

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President Obama with Robbie Parker, Emilie’s father (@KayDubzHU)

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People hold hands in a bar near Sandy Hook Elementary School as Pres Obama speaks in Newtown


330 Responses to “Let’s keep them safe from harm”


  1. 3 Martha
    December 16, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    What a beautiful soul our President has. I never love him more
    . May he walk in the grace of God always

  2. 15 Kat 4 Obama
    December 16, 2012 at 9:21 pm

  3. 22 anniebella
    December 16, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Anyone wants to know why I voted for President Barack Obama, you witness one of the reasons tonight as he spoke from his heart to Newtown and America..

  4. 31 Pamela
    December 16, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    {{{{PBO}}}} {{{{Chipsticks}}}} {{{{TOD}}}}

  5. 33 magapie
    December 16, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    [I'm shamelessly re-posting from the very end of the last post.]

    When he read all the names…………………… I can’t…………….. It was pure, calming, gentle, loving and yet intense and absolutely unforgettable. He’s amazing.

    • 34 Pamela
      December 16, 2012 at 9:30 pm

      I know, Dave, I felt my heart miss a beat with that of every parent whose child’s name was being spoken, very powerful, very inclusive, so painful, but so much a necessary release.

      • 35 Rain
        December 16, 2012 at 9:34 pm

        I felt the same way, I was holding my breath all through the last part of his speech…he is an incredible leader, and a good man, and we are blessed to call him President.

  6. 36 LDS
    December 16, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Anniebella, I agree. He spoke from his mind, heart and soul.
    We are forever grateful to our God for this wonderful man.
    Keep him in your prayers while we have his back going against this evil force trying to separate and divide us as humans beings from the love of God. We are better than that. Our children are our future.

  7. December 16, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Miles away from all of the horror, we are all lined up, in another country, watching a moment in history.

    • 38 vcprezofan2
      December 16, 2012 at 9:32 pm

      You too, eh Almab?

      • December 16, 2012 at 9:39 pm

        Yes, I would not miss watching it for anything and I drag everyone along with me. Inspirational figures have no boundaries. Like many of you here on this site, I am eternally grateful for the opportunity to live in this time and to be inspired by PBO. I am thankful not to be so jaded and cynical that his loving energy passes over me, but fills me with the belief that we can still rise higher.

        • 40 theo67
          December 16, 2012 at 9:46 pm

          Beuatifully stated, Alma. People around the world feel the same way as you do.

        • 41 vcprezofan2
          December 16, 2012 at 9:56 pm

          Love the way you said it AB. Living in PBO’s era is the first time I’ve been so clearly, eye-openly aware that I’m LIVING history, and it’s ‘good’ history! How terrific is that? I confess tho that other than at TODville, I’m selfish with it. The people around me are not as interested, so rather than dilute my pleasure trying to explain to them, I just tune them out. Me bad.

    • 44 Pamela
      December 16, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      I certain you can all feel the reverberation, the energy is magnificent!

  8. 45 yardarm756
    December 16, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    The President has delivered what I call a “Battle ship broad-side salvo!” All nine barrels at once. Wow!

  9. December 16, 2012 at 9:31 pm

  10. 54 hopefruit2
    December 16, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Someone from Old Orange posted this comment:

    // My husband just texted from the bar (18+ / 0-)
    where he’s watching football with buddies. He said the entire place fell silent with people hanging on the President’s every word. Afterwards, everyone in the place started talking about needing to do gun control–even the Republicans. Note that I live in Virginia. Wow. //

  11. 60 amk for obama
    December 16, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Love that second photo. Had to tweet it.

    Chips, Looking forward to seeing his today’s speech here.

    • December 16, 2012 at 9:43 pm

      ‘Suffer the little children to come unto me’ He is a shining example of that universal love which draws the innocent to his side, not because he is president but because he is a kind and loving man.

      • 62 amk for obama
        December 16, 2012 at 10:03 pm

        Yes, the children are the best judge of character.

        • 63 HZ
          December 16, 2012 at 10:29 pm

          Yes, they certainly are, amk. Just look at those faces and that precious one in the white dress looks like she just flew in from the most beautiful and peaceful place and landed on her solid rock, her president, father, man of honor, leader, and compassionate human being. That photo speaks volumes to my heart.HZ

        • 64 nathkatun7
          December 17, 2012 at 12:01 am

          Absolutely, AMK! Children are very honest that way.

      • 65 idon
        December 16, 2012 at 10:50 pm

        Yes. The children trust him. I love the little precious in front is resting her chin on PBO’s leg. They love and trust him and in his speech he honored that trust by telling all of us we need to change for our babies. I love my President. I love him so much.

    • 66 Ladyhawke
      December 16, 2012 at 10:36 pm

      This photo just makes me melt. The little rosebud leaning on PBO’s knee looks awfully comfortable. Kids just love him.

      • 67 anniebella
        December 16, 2012 at 11:08 pm

        I’m looking at that picture of POTUS with the kids, and what came to my mind to say is Malia and Sasha I hope you know, I hope you let them know how bless you are to have POTUS and FLOTUS as your parents. And I’m sure POTUS and FLOTUS let’s them know how bless they are to have them too. Of course that can speak for all parents and children. It never hurt to tell your loved one that you love them.

  12. December 16, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    So many tears right now.

    • 69 theo67
      December 17, 2012 at 2:00 am

      Poignant.

    • 70 utaustinliberal
      December 17, 2012 at 6:39 am

      When he began reading the names of the children, my heart wept for the families all over again. This was one of the greatest moments so far in his presidency. No politician has ever given a speech like this. It wasn’t divisive but it was powerful. It made everyone realize that enough is enough. Something has got to be done. On days like this and on ordinary days, I am proud to call Barack Obama, president.

  13. December 16, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Daily Kos comment:

    * [new] My husband just texted from the bar (24+ / 0-)
    where he’s watching football with buddies. He said the entire place fell silent with people hanging on the President’s every word. Afterwards, everyone in the place started talking about needing to do gun control–even the Republicans.

    Note that I live in Virginia. Wow.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/12/16/1170881/-LIVE-President-Obama-to-Speak-at-Sandy-Hook-Memorial

  14. 72 Ladyhawke
    December 16, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    President Obama Speaks Interfaith Vigil for Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

  15. 81 GGail
    December 16, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    That man who is my President has made me so proud of him over and over and over and tonight was no exception. He was able to weave love, strength, truth, compassion….did I mention truth? into a tribute that was to only be 12 minutes long….but hey….he HIS the President of the United States. When he began to read the names, I was unprepared and the tears just burst through my eyes.

    What ever he asks of the American people regarding Guns – I will have HIS BACK!

    Thank you Chipsticks for allowing us to gather together.

    I must leave now so I can get my puffy face ready for tomorrow.

    Good night Chipsticks and TOD family.

    Be good to one another…

  16. 83 collegekay
    December 16, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    As someone who spent most her formative years under G.W Bush, I am grateful to be here for this magnificent man. Words cannot express my love and admiration for him. He carries the weight of the world on his shoulders.

    • December 16, 2012 at 9:45 pm

      I’m sorry that so many presidents before him have failed to inspire, to lead, to change. I’m telling you as someone who has lived through a few of them, PBO is a ONCE in a lifetime president. So CK, soak this up with pure joy. There will never be another like him.

      • 85 collegekay
        December 16, 2012 at 9:52 pm

        Exactly why I follow him so closely. I’m obsessed.

      • 88 jackiegrumbacher
        December 16, 2012 at 10:41 pm

        So true, meta. We’ve both seen presidents come and go over the years, some I’ve supported and some I’ve found intolerable. But PBO is a once in a century president. Probably only FDR comes close to him and I would put President Obama first. I think with him we will have broken the mold and no one will ever equal him again. Many will try, but they won’t be good enough to fill his shoes. May God always bless him and keep him safe.

    • 89 vcprezofan2
      December 16, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      Nice to see you CK. You ran through my mind earlier when I was thinking of exams. ;)

  17. 90 squarepeg
    December 16, 2012 at 9:35 pm

  18. December 16, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Lost my computer today. I am borrowing my husbands. I missed all of you today. I got home from work just to hear him speak. Crying now, crying yesterday…hope to gain the strength of all you and our President later

  19. December 16, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    • December 16, 2012 at 9:48 pm

      I love this photo. He is in a crowd yet alone with his thoughts, deeply engaged with the gravity of it all. A man who has so much to say and so much to give all of us if only we will listen.

      • 95 theo67
        December 17, 2012 at 2:08 am

        Well said, Meta. I’ve been wondering why this picture keeps making me pause, and you hit the nail on the head – he’s in a room full of people, and yet he’s alone with his thoughts and the heavy responsibility of leadership. Thank heavens he’s up for the task, but this is just too much for anyone. I hope he’ll be able to take a break soon and replenish his reserves with his family and friends.

    • 96 nathkatun7
      December 17, 2012 at 12:28 am

      Thanks Chips for this powerful tweet! That pic of the President says it all about the depth of his caring.

  20. December 16, 2012 at 9:40 pm

  21. 100 LDS
    December 16, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Chips, thank you for the pictures. I know has not been easy for you. I notice how the kids are drawn to the light from this hopeful, caring man.
    It truly made me smile to see them smile. They are comfortably shy and this is not a photo op. He has had this effect on our kids and his from the start. What a great example of a fahter’s love and the father of our nation.

    I pray that the town of New Town can close their eyes tonight in peace knowing that we have a President who cares and a God who hears.
    Sweet sleep everyone here.

    • 101 Rain
      December 16, 2012 at 9:45 pm

      LDS, I so agree, it is so touching how the little ones seem to recognize the light in his soul. As so many have said over the course of his Presidency, the babies know.

  22. 102 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    December 16, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    I PRAY THEY PLAY HIS SPEECH ALL OVER THE NETWORKS TOMORROW…WE HAVE TO GET THINGS DONE FOR OUR CHILDREN!

  23. December 16, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    We as a nation are truly blessed to have a leader like President Obama to navigate us through some of the most troubling waters of time (e.g. financial crisis, out break of Chinese virus, US auto manufacture collapse, BP major oil spill, middle east fight for democracy, mass murder of innocent US Citizens by US Citizens, etc.) Through it all, he has not faultier nor wave his character or integrity.

  24. 104 Judith Fardig
    December 16, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    We are, once again, moved to tears and called to action by President Obama. We simply must have his back on this and so many other issues that seem like common sense to us. We beat the big money in the last election, so we know we can do it – for President Obama, for all our children, for our relationships around the world…

  25. December 16, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    I am crying as i type. We need to push congress like never before. We need to educate neighbors and friends that law is enacted in congress. congress must deliver legislation to outlaw these type of guns by next year. Screaming at PBO is not get gonna get it done. He gave us power to change our country. What about when PBO’s stint is done?
    He is heartbroken and we must tweet/email/postcards to show that our hearts are broken as well but we are together in this and we have his back.
    Most democratic congress critters except for few rare have his back. I bet you the checks are being cut by the NRA to support upcoming congress critter’s run in 2014.
    Thanks Chips for allowing me to vent.

  26. 106 PrayerWarriorforObama
    December 16, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    The welfare of our children should always be top priority for us. Yes, President Obama has challenged not only the USA but also the entire world tonight to reflect on how much more we can do to protect and provide for these precious jewels.

    We love him too America.

  27. 107 donna dem 4 obama
    December 16, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Our President ALWAYS rises to the occassion. I had several family members over for Sunday dinner and they stayed to watch the President. You could hear a pin drop and there was not a dry eye in this house. Male or Female. He touched us beyond words.

  28. December 16, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    How many more broken bodies must PBO embrace before we fix what is so obviously wrong?

  29. 109 Ladyhawke
    December 16, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    President Obama Addresses Connecticut Shooting Vigil (FULL PROGRAM – 2 hours)

    http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Obama-Addresses-Connecticut-Shooting-Vigil/10737436644/

  30. December 16, 2012 at 9:54 pm

  31. 118 a4alice
    December 16, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    interesting factoid

  32. 119 amk for obama
    December 16, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Just finished watching the speech. Thanks LH. Easily his best

    • 120 Ladyhawke
      December 16, 2012 at 10:20 pm

      Totally agree amk. I am watching the speech for the third time. President Obama is a remarkable human being. He is just good inside. His words were powerful, passionate and comforting. It’s just what we all needed.

      • 121 theo67
        December 17, 2012 at 2:14 am

        Lady – I’ve watched and re-watched (and re-watched) the speech. It’s very clear how difficult this speech was for him to deliver – especially at moments when the family members were sobbing. He is so indignant that this keeps happening, and the victims are innocents. Amazing and touching speech. Simply incredible.

  33. 122 susanne
    December 16, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    the economist article, titled ‘the gun control that works: no guns’

    (repeat from the end of the last thread)

    ‘ After a couple of horrible mass shootings in Britain, handguns and automatic weapons have been effectively banned. It is possible to own shotguns, and rifles if you can demonstrate to the police that you have a good reason to own one, such as target shooting at a gun club, or deer stalking, say. The firearms-ownership rules are onerous, involving hours of paperwork. You must provide a referee who has to answer nosy questions about the applicant’s mental state, home life (including family or domestic tensions) and their attitude towards guns. In addition to criminal-record checks, the police talk to applicants’ family doctors and ask about any histories of alcohol or drug abuse or personality disorders.

    Vitally, it is also very hard to get hold of ammunition. Just before leaving Britain in the summer, I had lunch with a member of parliament whose constituency is plagued with gang violence and drug gangs. She told me of a shooting, and how it had not led to a death, because the gang had had to make its own bullets, which did not work well, and how this was very common, according to her local police commander. Even hardened criminals willing to pay for a handgun in Britain are often getting only an illegally modified starter’s pistol turned into a single-shot weapon. ‘

    http://www.economist.com/blogs/lexington/2012/12/gun-control

  34. 126 amk for obama
    December 16, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    http://chirpstory.com/li/39981 (read it)

  35. 127 a4alice
    December 16, 2012 at 10:05 pm

  36. December 16, 2012 at 10:07 pm

  37. 129 squarepeg
    December 16, 2012 at 10:08 pm

  38. 133 CEB
    December 16, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    I know that many here lift up PBO, his lovely family and his administration in their prayers continually as I do. While I am so proud of everything that he has said tonight and determined to help him in the coming fight, I feel a little fear for his safety. We beat back the powers of darkness a little bit with the last election, but they have not given up. The stand that he has taken tonight will bring out even more of the crazies. Let us all call on the powers of light and love (in whatever form you perceive these to be) to surround and cover him to keep him safe from hurt, harm or danger and to guard his big heart, his spirit, and his peace of mind.

    • 134 CEB
      December 16, 2012 at 10:17 pm

      I am sorry to bring this fear here, but I lived through all of the assassinations from JFK to MLK to RFK to Anwar Sadat during the most impressionable years of life and they have left scars. PBO is a miracle; there has been no leader like him in our country.

      • 135 mtmarilyn
        December 16, 2012 at 10:27 pm

        CEB, you do voice all of our fears. There are so many who are so evil and hate this man. They will do all in their power to bring him down. But I do believe we cover him with our love and prayers. There are angels surrounding in. We must continue in our constant prayers for him, VP Biden and their families.

      • December 16, 2012 at 10:47 pm

        Me too, CEB. The threats against this president have 400% over the past four years. I can only imagine what they will be now. Before they only had their own crazy ideas to motivate them. This will validate all their deepest fears.

    • 137 Rain
      December 16, 2012 at 10:17 pm

      CEB, I think that is in the back of all of our minds and I could not agree more! Daily prayers for his safety have become a habit since his election, and his re-election.

    • 140 jackiegrumbacher
      December 16, 2012 at 10:32 pm

      Amen, CEB.

    • 141 theo67
      December 17, 2012 at 2:29 am

      Remember that Michelle Obama addressed fear during the first campaign. They know the danger they’re in, and the fact that their whole family faces this danger. But, I believe they really do believe that they are protected by God, and that they’re willing to let events occur as they will. They just live each day (and generally don’t take unnecessary risks) – which is all they can do. You’re right to call for prayers for them, but I don’t think we need to be afraid.

  39. 142 squarepeg
    December 16, 2012 at 10:13 pm

  40. 143 amk for obama
    December 16, 2012 at 10:20 pm

  41. 144 forus50
    December 16, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    So lucky to have this man as our President.

  42. December 16, 2012 at 10:21 pm

  43. December 16, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Some time last year (I think) there was a picture of PBO holding very, very small baby, practically a newborn. It was so tender, he was holding the baby upright, arms around it; I couldn’t stop looking at it. I think that about a year later he met the little boy and the family again and another picture was taken. I would love to have that first picture. I know it was posted on TOD somewhere but I can’t find it. If any one has it and can post, I would be eternally grateful. It’s what I’ve wanted to see ever since this happened.

    • 147 elo4obama/biden
      December 17, 2012 at 1:09 am

      I have those photos mary1. I think it’s what you want. Since I’m not on twitter and only chips can post pics I’ll have to email her. What’s her email again anybody? It’s so late right now. I’ll post again later. I knew I had the pictures you’ve asked about twice now. I just had to locate and now to get them posted. Take care everyone.

  44. December 16, 2012 at 10:23 pm

  45. 150 forus50
    December 16, 2012 at 10:23 pm

  46. 152 magapie
    December 16, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    I flit in and out so these ideas have probably already been mentioned.

    1) The President appoints Michael Bloomberg as CEO (czar) of a National Anti Gun Violence Initiative. The perpetual mayor of NYC resigns and takes on this critical mission. The guy IS very smart and capable. STOP CRITICIZING MIKE IT’S YOUR BABY. YOU WORK FOR A FULLY SUPPORTIVE BOSS. GET IT DONE!!

    2) A massive and sustained gun buy back program funded from every available source, INCLUDING private donations. If the BRAKES are put on the gun industry I would give and give to that!!!!! Especially since I don’t have to give $$$$$ to the only candidate I’ve ever been utterly devoted to before!!!

    • 153 jackiegrumbacher
      December 16, 2012 at 10:27 pm

      Great ideas, Magpie, although I would like to see someone with a more compassionate soul head an Anti-Gun Violence Initiative. I’ve never seen that in Bloomberg. And I would contribute tot he fund you named in a heartbeat.

    • 154 Rain
      December 16, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      Excellent ideas, both. I would trust PBO’s judgement on whomever he chose.

    • December 17, 2012 at 12:03 am

      No Mike. Ever. There are other qualified people to head up such a program. Heck, someone from the DOJ can do it. No Michael Bloomberg. I don’t trust him. He has obviously been trying to make himself the go to guy on gun control. Meanwhile in his own backyard, we have young Black and Latino men being subjected to his heinous Stop & Frisk policy. If Pres.Obama wants to work with him, that’s his choice. I won’t agree.

    • 156 nathkatun7
      December 17, 2012 at 12:52 am

      I am sorry, but I cannot trust Michael Bloomberg because if he were serious he would not have supported Sen. Brown over Elizabeth Warren. I also resent his public criticism of the President during tragedies. That’s just my visceral feelings about the billionaire Mayor of New York.

  47. 157 susanne
    December 16, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    ‘we didn’t know who you were’ mahalia jackson sings for the children, all god’s children.

  48. 161 forus50
    December 16, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Is that little granddaughter of the principal the cutest thing ever? Chubby little fingers. So glad that he went there tonight for these families.

    • 162 Ladyhawke
      December 16, 2012 at 10:30 pm

      She’s absolutely delicious. I could eat her up she is so sweet. If I was anywhere near that little rosebud I would have a hard time staying away from those cheeks. Too cute.

      • 163 forus50
        December 16, 2012 at 10:38 pm

        Right? oh my gosh, little rosebud she is. There’s going to be sooooo many adults 20 years from now who will have a framed picture of themselves being held in the arms a very very famous former President.

        • 164 HZ
          December 16, 2012 at 11:22 pm

          Ladyhawke and forus50, she is just so precious. She had such a beautiful and loving smile on her face that her spirit just touches the real goodness in your heart. She will carry her beautiful grandmother’s spirit for the world to see. HZ

      • 165 99ts
        December 16, 2012 at 10:55 pm

        She looks the age of my granddaughter who will be held ever so close when I see her tomorrow.

  49. December 16, 2012 at 10:28 pm

  50. 176 amk for obama
    December 16, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    • December 16, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    • 179 susanne
      December 16, 2012 at 10:43 pm

      here’s a bit from a current op-ed in bloomberg news/business week that gives an idea of how big mike sees things:

      ‘If I were running a school or a movie theater or a house of worship, I would hire the highest-quality licensed, armed security available. No Second Amendment issue there. If there had been an armed guard at the Newtown school, it’s at least possible he would have brought down the killer and saved a lot of lives. Security guards are not a panacea. Yet we have them at sports stadiums and airports. In Israel, a guy with a gun on his hip stands in front of every elementary school.
      ~
      In terms of more ordinary street crime, we ought to study the factors that have made cities like New York much safer over the past 20 years. Gun control laws did not accomplish that improvement. Gun control laws in New York have remained the same, while homicide rates have plummeted.’

      etc etc etc…….

      http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-12-14/after-connecticut-guns-gun-control-and-gun-culture#r=rss

      • 180 99ts
        December 16, 2012 at 10:58 pm

        An armed guard would have been dead before he reached for his gun. The only thing that would have saved the children was NO access to guns for the murderer. Bloomberg know that – or else he has lost his brain.

        • 181 Chi
          December 17, 2012 at 5:03 am

          From the snippet from Bloomberg above, it is clear that Michael Bloomberg really isn’t on the same side of this issue as most anti gun violence activists who ironically think they and he speak with one voice…

          It’s clear that Michael Bloomberg isn’t even concerned with the proliferation of guns…

          He just fears guns in the hands of a particular demographic…one he continues to myopically target even in his discriminatory policies as Mayor, which rely heavily on age old American racial stereotypes…and more guns, but just in the hands of others…

          Michael Bloomberg is no sage – or even a concerned, half way decent or well-intentioned citizen…

          Michael Bloomberg is indeed a huge part of the problem…

          And with all his public insistence on been seen and heard as this unquestionably bigger than life hugely successful and competent statesman, he is anything but…

          Michael Bloomberg is simply a small, petty, envious, greedy, narcissistic coward who just happens to have struck it rich…

          And for all his noise and posturing, Bloomberg’s most important policy accomplishment remains his purchasing of a 3rd term as Mayor for himself and the banning of large size soft drinks…

          Not surprising then that he rages on at the one man who’s proven capable of not only getting results without purchasing or bullying anyone, but accomplishing great and historic things while inspiring and winning hearts and minds of people the world over…

          Michael Bloomberg like so many who once thought so highly of themselves, is wilting away from envy and spite…

          An unprovoked hate and bitter envy of President Obama which consistently manifests itself in Michael Bloomberg’s never ending forced self-insertion into every topic du jour, nonstop self-promotion and bomb throwing from the side lines…

          • 182 LDS
            December 17, 2012 at 7:38 am

            Spot on, Chi. Despise that rich little man so much. He really thinks that he is relevant and is entitled to be president just like Myth.

      • December 17, 2012 at 12:19 am

        So basically nationwide Stop & Frisk and armed guards in our schools. No thank you.

      • December 17, 2012 at 12:23 am

        I love the comparison to Israel. They are in the middle of a war zone. The teacher who do carry guns (not all, only those in dangerous areas) receive two years of military training, renewed training every year after. They are carrying guns to protect themselves from outsiders.(Israel has strict gun control laws), Bloomberg’s talking about arming our teachers to protect our children from our OWN CITIZENS. Between the people blaming no-prayer-in-schools, and the people yelling for more guns, I sometimes think our society is beyond saving. I am already sick of the comments. I’ve just had a very dark moment imagining PBO battling for this, expending all his political capital and accomplishing nothing against the dense wall of ignorance and greed that surrounds us. So I’m not usually this down; I guess I’ve read too many comments. I just had one dear friend post more nonsense about no-prayer in schools. I really want to scream at her, “Nobody prevents children from praying in schools, I just can’t force them too”. I don’t know why they think God would honor forced prayers. Sorry, I think the rant is over now/

      • 186 theo67
        December 17, 2012 at 2:39 am

        How would a security guard fare against an automatic weapon? And what’s next? Send kids to school in bullet proof vests? The answer is to stop the proliferation of these guns, and get mental health care for these people who need help. It’s not ok to just make accommodations for the violence by hiring security guards or building more barriers. Bloomberg demonstrates his true agenda: keep the profits rolling to the manufacturers of these deadly weapons, and pretend you want to do something about guns as cover.

    • 187 sabreen60
      December 16, 2012 at 10:50 pm

      Bloomberg is a hypocrite. When is he going to denounce the Senators who take money from NRA? His stop and frisk policy will be his legacy. I saw one black interviewed who had been stopped 60 times and didn’t have anything illegal on him and had never been arrested for any crime. Where is Bloomberg’s concern for all the black and brown kids that get killed and wounded because of gun violence in his own city?

  51. 189 amk for obama
    December 16, 2012 at 10:31 pm

  52. 190 yardarm756
    December 16, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Can anyone tell me why we haven’t seen or heard from the rwnj’s for the pass three days? They weren’t even on the talk shows.

  53. 212 vitaminlover
    December 16, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Father, in the Name of Jesus, thank You for this most wonderful President Obama. Thank You for giving him the strength of courage, compassion and character that he has bestowed upon the grief-stricken community of Newtown, CT. Thank You that he is ALWAYS safe, guided, guarded and protected by You and your mighty angels. Thank You for continually keeping Your Hand on him and keeping him always in the right places at the right times. Lord, thank your for shedding Your Precious Love to the precious citizens in Newtown and that You send a strong spiritual healing to them. Bless them strongly and powerfully God. Thank You for giving this fantastic President Obama continual wisdom and insight. Thank You that America knows what a blessing that we have in him. As he prepares to take a well-deserved Christmas vacation with his lovely wife and daughters let it be light-hearted and fun and stress-relieving for him and them. Let him be rested restored and refreshed on this break. Seal him and them with Your powerful, holy protection from ANY hurt, or danger. Keep him always, Lord. Thank you that the Secret Service always continues to protect him and his family and that the gaps are filled in always by You and Your Secret Service. This prayer also goes our for Vice-President Biden and his precious family. Amen and Amen!

      • 216 HZ
        December 16, 2012 at 11:51 pm

        Amen Vitaminlover. There is power in our words of prayer and meditations. We must keep putting them forth for POTUS and family and VPOTUS and Family and their entire Cabinet.

        I also pray for individual members of the House and the Senate. The good and hateful ones as well. Scripture says to pray for your enemies and to love them. I think we all can watch and figure out POB’s enemies. Plus we are told to pray for our leaders. This is such an important part of my loving “Prayer Warriors Group.” We speak the words, and we do believe that words have power in them. And I must say, I have a notebook of many of the amazing answers. Many to add to it tonight.

        Keep our private and personal time consistent and regular. Do it according to your personal beliefs. A simple word of praise for his physical strength; his schedule; his dealing with wisdom with other world leader; his family life to be full of joy and commitment to each other; his interaction with his opposition; the alertness of his SS detail; time for his private prayer time and meditation; and wisdom
        to do his job well each day. These are just a few that we can take just one or two or all and speak forth
        a good word for him each day. It works and it is positive. Plus ask for brilliant minds to rise up within our family here and use their gifts of writing, researching, editing, and doing the wonderful and brilliant daily hard work that our beautiful Chips does daily. Say good thoughts for our Chips as well. I do. These are ways we stay in step with and for our POTUS.

        Thanks so much Chips for all that you do for us and for POB. I know that they so appreciate what we are here on this site. We channel our goodness of spirit to him daily as we speak and do all of the wonderful things here within our family. ((((((((((((((((((( Love you all (((((((((((((((((( Lovingly,HZ))))))))))))

  54. 220 forus50
    December 16, 2012 at 10:42 pm

  55. 221 LDS
    December 16, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    @ Magapie: No disrespect…..I live in NYC and we are want this” little man” to follow the yellow brick road. Get the hell out! He maybe ” very smart” and capable, but he BOUGHT/PAID for this term and do you think we trust this arrogant, Napolian complex fool to serve in any other office in any other position. He alread thinks he is entitled to do what he feels because of his money.Mike and Gulilani have so much blood on their hands in NY, we cannot stand to hear them nor see them.
    Let him pay for everything if he is so concerned. He thinks that we are impressed because he takes the train to work(so he says)…..I have never seen him. Talk is cheap.

  56. December 16, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    The look on PBO’s face as he embraces Emilie’s father is so searing and sad, it makes me know once again that our POTUS is doing what he can to share and perhaps lessen the pain.

  57. December 16, 2012 at 10:48 pm

  58. 225 a4alice
    December 16, 2012 at 10:53 pm

  59. 228 vcprezofan2
    December 16, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    My eyes are soooo tired I think I’d better take them to bed. G’Night TODville! Have a peaceful rest everyone, at whatever time you retire.

    • 229 HZ
      December 16, 2012 at 11:55 pm

      Goodnight Vc. Thank you for your brilliant mind and all of your sharing here. You make me think, and I love that at my age especially. Nite dear one.HZ

  60. 230 carolyn
    December 16, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    How does President Obama do it? He carries all the cares and concerns of the country and world, then digs deep and comforts US! He is, without a doubt, the greatest president of my 73 years. Tonight he articulated so beautifully and gracefully what needed to be said. He spoke for all of us, what we didn’t even know we wanted to say.
    I sense a real sea change today…..these are not the same reactions as after the previous massacres. We have all seen too much, he has had to do this too much, and too many people have suffered loss from these horrors. We cannot let this one go as we have had the others. He called us to action, and as he has said so many times, “We are the change we have been waiting for.” Maybe we are beginning to understand that.
    This has been a powerful weekend. First Friday itself, then all that followed, then today.

    This morning we heard the best sermon we’ve ever heard, from our OKC Congregational pastor, Robin Meyers. He said he totally changed the sermon he had planned, and rewrote it yesterday. It was about us and our culture, just as the President’s was. Then, tonight, this powerful speech, which was in many ways a sermon, from our president, in which the president answered some of the questions and concerns our pastor expressed. What a gift we have in our president.

    Someone mentioned her fear for him, especially now, with the gun lobby aroused. I too fear, but we must all surround him in prayer and buidt a wall of protection around him. I was happy to see my favorite SS agent, the “silver fox” immediately behind him tonight. For some reason, I relax when i see him by the president. I’ve watched him guard for over four years, and he is obviously truly devoted to POTUS.

    • 232 mtmarilyn
      December 16, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      Beautifully stated Carolyn!!! I too sense a sea of change. When the people come together we can do anything. I know that people are starting to wake up. We must keep our prayer shield around our President.

    • 233 PoliticalJunkessa
      December 16, 2012 at 11:57 pm

      +1000, carolyn.

    • 234 HZ
      December 17, 2012 at 12:03 am

      Most beautifully stated, Carolyn. I pray for and I am so grateful for each of our SS persons, but our “silver for” is my baby. I think he takes his responsibility straight to his heart. I appreciate his so much beside my crush on him. HZ

    • 235 nathkatun7
      December 17, 2012 at 1:17 am

      Beautiful words, Carolyn. I think you may be right that people are beginning to change. Only heartless people can remain unmoved after 20 innocent children and six of their teachers were brutally murdered.

    • 236 theo67
      December 17, 2012 at 2:48 am

      Yes, someone recently said that the Secret Service absolutely love the Obama family, and that has given me a lot of comfort over their safety. I find I don’t even have to wait up to see him arrive safely at home after a trip anymore after hearing that. I worried a lot before. He has good people around him, and good people praying for him.

  61. 237 CEB
    December 16, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Good night everyone. Thank you for the comfort of your presence and comments during this difficult time. We sleep and wake to continue the fight.

  62. December 16, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    I live in Connecticut and I couldnot have been more proud of Gov. Malloy when he gave his speech. Amen to what the President also said.

  63. December 16, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    • 240 Kat 4 Obama
      December 16, 2012 at 11:31 pm

      Bobfr, I think that’s exactly the right comparison.

      • December 17, 2012 at 12:17 am

        Thank you, Kat.

        As he spoke I realized the Lincoln of the 21st Century was addressing the core evil infecting our society – fear-fueled, weapons-enabled slaughter of innocents – the inevitable fate of decades of ever more powerful weapons being made readily available.

        America’s ‘Gun Culture’ is a malignancy that must be eradicated.

        President Obama, tonight, issued a proclamation of emancipation from the grip of profiteering weapons manufacturers and their servants – NRA, other lobbyists, & the GOP (primarily).

        Yes We Must Change

        #FORWARD

  64. December 16, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    This was one of our President’s finest hours. I truly love this man and reconize how blessed I am to
    have the opportunity to witness his presidency. May God continue to guide and shower you with blessings Sir.
    What a Speech!!

  65. 243 PoliticalJunkessa
    December 16, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    My whole family gathered tonight to watch the prayer service and PBO’s address — to hug each other and to pray for Newtown, our country, our world, and ourselves. I was so incredibly moved by the sobs I heard coming from the audience and the healing words provided by the clergy. The President’s words were deeply impactful and cut right to the core. Let those who have ears to hear, hear indeed. What more can be said? We are better than this.

    These pictures from Newtown are sadly beautiful and quite amazing. Suffer the little children. How they live in the moment, so beautifully and innocently. If we don’t protect the children, nothing else matters.

    Good night, all. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

  66. 244 capricornrising
    December 16, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    in the pic of president o. w/his back facing camera and hands clasped i see indescribable depth of feeling and spiritual processing. a real MAN if ever there was one.

  67. 245 PoliticalJunkessa
    December 16, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    One more thing, coming from someone who has left organized religion behind but recognized true spirituality and “godliness” when I see it: Barack Obama was more than a President tonight, he was truly a prophet. Again, let those who have ears hear.

    • 246 sabreen60
      December 16, 2012 at 11:25 pm

      I am with you PJ.

      • 247 carolyn
        December 16, 2012 at 11:32 pm

        PJ you found exactly the right word, “a prophet”…..he speaks with power, the power of truth.

      • 249 PoliticalJunkessa
        December 16, 2012 at 11:59 pm

        ((((sabreen))))

        • 250 HZ
          December 17, 2012 at 12:12 am

          PJ, you just made the tears starting to flow again. After POB finished his speech, I said the same thing. “Oh, a 21 century prophet of a Jeremiah, Amos, Ezra, Micah,and Hosea.” I really said that out loud as I was going downstairs.

          We are really a very special TOD family here. We respect each other, we accept each other, and we still have so much love, and compassion to do that daily while supporting one of the caring, brilliant, and loving president ever. Thank you for your comments.HZ

  68. 252 PoliticalJunkessa
    December 16, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    The two blond girls in the second pic look like they could be related to Emilie.

    • 253 hopefruit2
      December 16, 2012 at 11:55 pm

      Yes I believe they are both her little sisters. I saw a pic of the DAD holding the one in the red/black dress on CNN.

      • 254 PoliticalJunkessa
        December 17, 2012 at 12:01 am

        Thanks for the info. I saw a pic of Emilie yesterday and they look like her little carbon copies. Bless them.

  69. 255 desertflower
    December 16, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Night all. It’s been an emotionally exhausting day. Tomorrow, we fight on…and never give up until we make this right for all the lost souls that have been taken too soon. Hugs to all. Night, Mr. President. Once again, you make us proud.

  70. 256 SeptemberSandy
    December 16, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    “Safety and security don’t just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear.”
    ~Nelson Mandela

  71. 260 a4alice
    December 16, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    ok tired. nitey nite. thanks bob and DF and all

    zzzzzzzzzzzzz

  72. 262 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 16, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    • 263 isonprize
      December 17, 2012 at 12:07 am

      Dear Lord, that’s embarrassing! My senator. Pat Toomey. uuuuuugggggggghhhhhh, EVIL. just plain EVIL. This cretin also voted AGAINST the United Nations Disabilities Treaty How hateful can a person be?

      • 264 jackiegrumbacher
        December 17, 2012 at 8:04 am

        Isonprize, he has to go. He is a blot on the state of PA and I hope we can make sure that this prize tag gets associated with him. $88, 152, the price for a senator who will sell to the highest bidder. Maybe we can raise enough money in the state to offer to buy him to actually work for the people, not gun lobbyists. But mostly I want him gone, disgraced forever and never, ever be in a position of public office again.

  73. December 16, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Wasn’t there some Senator or Rep who said she was going to ‘embarrass’ the President the other day? How silly does she look now?

    • 266 hopefruit2
      December 17, 2012 at 12:03 am

      Rep McCarthy from NY. Somehow I don’t think we’ll be hearing too much from her going forward – she and her little friend Bloomberg.

    • December 17, 2012 at 12:25 am

      McCarthy. Tried calling and the voicemail was full. Guess she had a few complaints. Pres.Obama doesn’t need to be embarrassed into doing anything. Anyone watching him over the past few days should see that.

  74. 268 PoliticalJunkessa
    December 16, 2012 at 11:44 pm

  75. December 16, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    My daughter is a preschool teacher and we were talking today about how the most important feature in a classroom these days is a closet and cabinets with room to hide children. She lamented that sadly most classrooms have neither.

  76. 273 dotster3
    December 16, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Unbelievable—one 6 yr. old survived by playing dead—-the only survivor out of her class of 15

  77. December 16, 2012 at 11:54 pm

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  81. 287 hopefruit2
    December 17, 2012 at 12:00 am

    He’s home safe.

  82. 289 Rain
    December 17, 2012 at 12:07 am

    After midnight here, and I still have an hour of work to do. Goodnight, my friends.

  83. December 17, 2012 at 12:09 am

  84. 293 hopefruit2
    December 17, 2012 at 12:12 am

  85. 294 99ts
    December 17, 2012 at 12:22 am

    This is what the GOP is doing to Americans who believe in them – after all that has happens the woman’s sister, Marsha Lanza says – it’s not the gun – just pray for peace. How did prayer help the children?

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2012/12/wow_waiting_for_the_apocalypse.php?ref=fpblg

  86. December 17, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Hartford Coursnt front page

    “They are all our children.” President Barack Obama mourns with Newtown.

    pic.twitter.com/JetDX4yU

  87. 302 yardarm756
    December 17, 2012 at 12:47 am

    G’nite mates…..Taps, lights out. The smoking lamp is out in all berthing spaces. Taps.

  88. December 17, 2012 at 2:05 am

    Tears just flowed when he simply read their names out loud. Powerful. The end of his speech was beautiful. Thank you Mr. President for your strength and compassion.

  89. 307 globalcitizenlinda
    December 17, 2012 at 2:11 am

    If I were the vile NRA, I would be very very afraid because one can see that PBO is shaken to core of his very soul with this slaughter of so many who are so young.

    In fact his look and posture remind me of the photos taken during those final days when he ordered the Seal Team Six to get into action and take out OBL.

    I do not know how to do it but I am sure that someone here can come up with that poster. It would combine the photo of PBO focused on the final orders or OBL (where he is in just seated alone and looking up) with the 4 or 5th photo in the above post.

    Add the dates to each and you can then contrast the posture of one determined Leader of the Free World who is very clear on what must be done and the high stakes involved

  90. December 17, 2012 at 2:38 am

  91. 311 susanne
    December 17, 2012 at 2:51 am

    mark mardell at bbc, not one to fawn over pbo:

    ‘ President Obama has promised to use the power of his office to do all he can to prevent another massacre of the innocent.
    ~
    …it is the strongest pledge a president has ever made to wrestle with the powerful gun lobby. ‘

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20752342

  92. 313 Rita
    December 17, 2012 at 2:54 am

    There’s a facebook page for Emilie Parker. Not sure who started and is managing it; it may be her family or someone close to them because there are precious family pictures posted. It’s also where that adorable picture of President Obama with the children was first posted. If you’re on FB, you can like the page:

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/RIP-Emilie-Parker-Sandy-Hook-Massacre-Victim/495772320446303

    • 314 Rita
      December 17, 2012 at 2:59 am

      There’s also an Emilie Parker Fund Facebook page. Here’s what it says: “Native of Utah, Emilie Parker was killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elem. We are seeking to assist the Parkers by setting up the Emilie Parker Memorial Fund at America First Credit Union in Utah.”

      https://www.facebook.com/EmilieParkerFund

  93. 315 susanne
    December 17, 2012 at 4:35 am

    and in other news…..

    ‘ One of France’s most famous actors is giving up his citizenship and is moving to Belgium.

    Gerard Depardieu is handing back his passport because of tax increases on the wealthy imposed by the Socialist government of Francoise Hollande.

    Next year, the top rate of income tax in France is due to become 75 per cent on earnings above $1.31 million. It is currently 50 per cent in Belgium. ‘

    http://www.aljazeera.com/video/europe/2012/12/2012121754748930804.html

    (hmmm….maybe if we raise taxes on the rich in america, some famous millionaires like, oh, say, the donald, would leave this country! let’s do it!)

    • 316 99ts
      December 17, 2012 at 4:50 am

      He should read up on J K Rowling – who believes in her country

      http://www.contactmusic.com/news/j-k-rowling-is-happy-to-pay-tax-in-britain_3330075

      Rowling says, “I received a subsistence from the government for a relatively short period of my life and I pay a lot of tax and I feel one of the reasons I stay and pay (and) why I’m not based in Monaco is I feel I owe… I think my country helped me.
      “There are places in the world where I would have starved.”

      Love of guns and money make for sad times

    • 317 Lovepolitics2008
      December 17, 2012 at 8:25 am

      This doesn’t surprise me. As an actor, Depardieu is a genious. The best of his generation. But as a man, he’s a jerk. Very self-centered, unlikeable, with all sorts of creepy behaviour. He has a lot of problems.

    • 318 theo67
      December 17, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      That would be fantastic – there will always be someone to take the place of a greedy millionaire (wannabe) who doesn’t want to be a full citizen and participate in the community that supports them. The right wing (worldwide) has come to believe their own lies, that they actually are islands of genius who have built their wealth without consumers or customers or patrons or workers. They will eventually die off (economically) with that attitude, and the world will keep on turning.

  94. 319 susanne
    December 17, 2012 at 4:38 am

    good night chips and tods~

  95. 321 cathy2va
    December 17, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Yes our hearts are broken. Our wonderful President gave one of his best speeches last night. Yes we have to change with the help of our change President.

  96. December 17, 2012 at 7:44 am

    The president’s speech was moving and beautiful. Thanks to all on this blog. Your words have given me strength during this tragedy. You are a great and caring group of people.

  97. 323 proudmemberofglobalzero
    December 17, 2012 at 7:53 am

    One concern I have on our side, I have been listening to the sane side on the latest killings of the innocent…we cannot even agree on where to start. Brady campaign is on background checks first. To me it is the assault weapon ban. Everyone has an opinion and I fear that congress will get nothing done again. I have faith in PBO but not our congress.

  98. 324 1jam4pbo
    December 17, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Good Morning America. I share in your pain and sorrow and my heart bleeds for you.

    Newtown your little Innocents and your Brave Heroes will never be forgotten.

    God will take care of them, He will take care of you too.

  99. 325 99ts
    December 17, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Why does the media and the world think President Obama is the only person who can solve the problem of America killing its own. A percentage of the population attack every thing the president tries to do – yet the image that now comes from the media is that no-one else can resolve the gun issues. Did they demand such “greatness” of other Presidents – for the past 80 years no president has seriously addressed – let alone resolved the hold the NRA has on the congress and the country.

    America and the world puts a load on President Obama that no other mortal has had to bear for many many years. That he handles such demands on himself is the measure of the man.

    • 326 Chi
      December 17, 2012 at 9:41 am

      ‘… the past 80 years no president has seriously addressed – let alone resolved the hold the NRA has on the congress and the country…’

      Not even the infallible NRA-loving Reagan who was hit directly by a bullet in an assassination attempt…

    • 327 anniebella
      December 17, 2012 at 10:36 am

      President Obama has a good heart, but he can’t do this alone. This is what has really piss me off about Bloomberg and McCarthy, their attack on the President and wanting to blame.

    • December 17, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      “America and the world puts a load on President Obama that no other mortal has had to bear for many many years. That he handles such demands on himself is the measure of the man”.

      You stated this beautifully, 99ts!

  100. 329 LDS
    December 17, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Good morning, Chips and TOD ville,
    Sleep did not come easy for me. Glad to be up and about. Thank God for life.
    Continuous prayers and peace for the families in Ct. and our President who shared his heart of heart, soul to soul with us all.
    I want to hear nothing from Michael Bloomberg today. Is he the spokesperson for all the COWARDS of Repugs? They are so quiet. This is not going away. John McCain, say something now! You had so much to say about Susan Rice. How do these people sleep at night?

    Bless you all here.


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