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President Obama in Newtown

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7:0 ET: President Obama speaks at Newtown High School

White House live * CBS * CNN * C-Span

 


325 Responses to “President Obama in Newtown”


  1. December 16, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    I’m ready, as ready as I’ll ever be to remember these innocents!

  2. 3 desertflower
    December 16, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    I don’t want to have to see him do this again.

    • 4 Rain
      December 16, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      I was thinking that too, I can’t imagine how hard it will be for him, having just met with the families, to then go out and speak publicly. I admire his strength a great deal. Let’s all say a prayer for him right now, and perhaps lend him a little bit of ours.

    • 5 vcprezofan2
      December 16, 2012 at 6:40 pm

      This one is going to be hard, I know Df. Yet given the way things happen slowly with this Congress and given their allegiances, I’m not too hopeful they’ll move to put a lid on this type of violence right away.

    • 10 utaustinliberal
      December 16, 2012 at 7:01 pm

      It’s so brutally emotional and unbearably sad every time.

    • 11 nathkatun7
      December 16, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      Me too, DF. There is so much grief one human being can endure. That’s why I am so angry at the people who are yelling at him at the time when he has all the weight of this horrific event on his shoulders.

  3. December 16, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    I send my love and admiration to our dearest President Obama in this hour of grief.

    • 13 betseyc
      December 16, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      Meta, I just wrote this in response to your tweet about arming teachers as the proposed “solution”, then saw the new post, so bringing it over.

      This is what one of my nephews said in response to a post of mine on FB. I’m not sure whether to bother trying to have a conversation or not. How do they picture this? Does the principal walk around with an automatic weapon slung on her shoulder? If not, she’s not going to be able to run and get it without getting killed. And where does she get it from? Her desk, the shelf, the closet? Is it just lying around handy in case someone suffering from mental illness and able to buy any gun he wants shows up? Most people, if suddenly confronted with a mad man with a semi-automatic weapon, would never be able to get a gun, aim right at the guy, and shoot it to subdue. What strange, macho dream world are they living in? Do we include combat training in the curriculum of teachers colleges? Make sure we have kindergarten teachers prepared to shoot to kill? Does she keep the gun in a handy cubby? Do these people really want to live in a world where everyone is armed? My nephew is in Afghanistan, God love him — does he want every Afghani he meets to have a concealed way to kill him? I bet not.

      • 14 GGail
        December 16, 2012 at 6:56 pm

        betseyc – the logistics of everyone being armed is puzzleing to me too. In a school setting, how does one keep it “handy”, yet out of harms way?

      • December 16, 2012 at 7:29 pm

        Thanks, betseyc. I don’t want to live in a world where everyone carries guns. That doesn’t feel like democracy in pursuit of happiness.

  4. 17 a4alice
    December 16, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    even thinking about watching this fills me with grief as though this is somehow happening to people that I know.

  5. December 16, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    • 19 anniebella
      December 16, 2012 at 8:13 pm

      But yet Bloomberg is going to get on tv and attack the President. I don’t like that one bit. There is a way of saying what you want to say without having to try to act like President Obama doesn’t care about gun control, without trying to blame him.

    • 20 nathkatun7
      December 16, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      Bloomberg is a typical hypocrite!

  6. 21 GGail
    December 16, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Thank you Chipsticks

  7. 22 LunarSea
    December 16, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    If I see any of these feckless pols who are in the pocket of nra in attendance, they will hear from me!

    Aw hell, even if I don’t see them in attendance they’ll hear from me.

  8. 23 dotster3
    December 16, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    CNN promises to show it all uninterrupted by inane anchor talking.

  9. December 16, 2012 at 6:48 pm

  10. December 16, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Tribute to the people in Conneticut and every one in America who has lost someone due to gun.

  11. 27 vcprezofan2
    December 16, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Hi Chips Chica! Is your working Sunday over yet? I mean the work away from here. ;) ;)

    • December 16, 2012 at 6:53 pm

      All done VC, I was marginally less slow today than usual. :???: Hope all’s good with you.

      • 29 vcprezofan2
        December 16, 2012 at 6:55 pm

        Yes! Yes! Yes! Still have to be sharing my bathroom because the contractor/plumber ran into ‘difficulties’, but that’s no – thing in the grand scheme of things.

      • 30 vcprezofan2
        December 16, 2012 at 6:59 pm

        I was marginally less slow today

        Congrats! Of course you had great incentive, Ms Chips – Pres O was going to speak in Connecticut and you had to be here for him to give emotional support. That kind of incentive was guaranteed to pull you through your ‘chores’ faster than normal.

  12. 31 vcprezofan2
    December 16, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Dear CT, I figure you won’t be in the village, but just wanted to let you know we are thinking of you too. {{{{CTGirl}}}}

  13. December 16, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Hi Everyone, there is a great movie called “Amazing Grace” tells of the legislative achievement by William Wilberforce’s campaign against slave trade in the British Empire, I believe something similar could be used to bring great changes to the abuse of the 2nd amendment and gun mentality insanity enforced by the NRA.

    If its not possible to go after actual guns, or bullets, some other component of the gun manufacturing process could be legislated that would make the actual weaponry or availability difficult so you see in a short space of time, the gun trade is impacted by economics and declines to the point that it is no longer a threat to a person’s life.

  14. December 16, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    My prayers are with this community and the families.

  15. 39 vcprezofan2
    December 16, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    I’m on CBS which normally works best for me. Has any other station started formally yet?

  16. 45 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    December 16, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    I’VE GOT IT ON CNN ON TV…THEY SAID IT WOULD BE UNINTERRUPTED! NO TALK-OVERS!

  17. December 16, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    • 47 HZ
      December 16, 2012 at 7:24 pm

      I wrote to both Senators from my state and I shared this as well:

      ” One Hundred Years From Now”

      “One hundred years from now,
      It won’t matter what car I drove,
      What kind of house I lived in,
      How much I had in my bank account,
      Nor what my clothes looked like;
      But, the world may be a little better
      Because I was important in the life
      of
      a
      Child.”

      Author: Unknown

      I had this on my desk facing me each day during my teaching career. Now it is in my home next to my official photo in my last classroom where I taught.

      Remember the children, the parents, and the teachers this day and each day going forward. Prayers for our beloved President as he speaks.HZ

    • December 16, 2012 at 7:26 pm

  18. 52 Ceb
    December 16, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Hi everyone. Waiting for the president’s address via White House site.

  19. 53 LunarSea
    December 16, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Someone posted this on a previous thread. I found it very powerful. I repost for those who may not have seen it. This slaughter has touched hearts around the world. “20 Moving Pictures of the World Grieving for Sandy Hook”

    http://bit.ly/VIh1JO

  20. 54 Bill
    December 16, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    C-SPAN is live now.

  21. 55 Eveingeorgia
    December 16, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    This Bible Church minister on MSNBC is really odd. He strikes me as cold, clinical and anything but compassionate. Anybody else notice these things?

    • 56 daiseymay1
      December 16, 2012 at 7:43 pm

      Funny you say that. I thought him a bit odd. When asked if PBO coming would help he murmured that help was in God or some strange thing. Thjey even had him on twice. Cold persona.

      • 57 Eveingeorgia
        December 16, 2012 at 7:46 pm

        Just saw a tweet about this on twitter. We’re not the only ones. Left MSNBC because of him. Just because someone wears the title minister does not mean he or she knows the first thing about Christ.

    • 58 Cheryllou
      December 16, 2012 at 7:43 pm

      I thought so too. It was really weird when he told the reporter that, “it’s not quite as surprising that such acts happen, because that is the sinfulness of a man’s heart, it is not a inherent goodness but inherent wickedness, and that is why people like this would do such a tragic act.” Hmm…what is he talking about?

    • 60 Lorraine.
      December 16, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      I listened to him on the radio, I guess I wasn’t the only one.

  22. December 16, 2012 at 7:23 pm

  23. December 16, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    For the chldren….

  24. 68 dotster3
    December 16, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Very sad that many could not get into the vigil tonight, are being turned away, families sadly walking away.

  25. 70 sherijr
    December 16, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    watching these folks hugging & holding each other and frankly my stance is- get rid of all the guns. Start now. Having the right to own a gun cannot supercede the life of one person, let alone one child. I said the other day when this first happened- no one can be trusted with a gun. No one.

  26. 81 GGail
    December 16, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    The applause appears to be for the police officers who just walked in

  27. 82 desertflower
    December 16, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    My guess they started late because PBO spent more time with the families….as he should

  28. 84 globalcitizenlinda
    December 16, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    I knew this was going to be hard but God, what an understatement

  29. 87 dotster3
    December 16, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    I wish the First Lady was here too with President Obama, providing her great hugging arms. In light of what has happened she likely decided to stay home and hug her girls instead.

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  32. 95 jacquelineoboomer
    December 16, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    As I’m waiting to hear the President, I was thinking of this old prayer. Many of us remember reciting it as little children. Some parents began to think years and years ago that it was too frightening. If we don’t do something about gun violence, we might as well bring it up to date … sadly, I added a couple of lines:

    Now I lay me down to sleep
    I pray the Lord my soul to keep
    If I should die before I wake
    I pray the Lord my soul to take
    If I go to school and am shot tomorrow
    I hope you’ll remember me in your sorrow.

    • 96 GGail
      December 16, 2012 at 7:46 pm

      Oh jacqueline – I remember this prayer – it was the first one my father taught us and your added lines are touching

      • 97 dotster3
        December 16, 2012 at 7:49 pm

        I was taught that prayer too, but when I got older and looked back on it, it seemed like a cruel prayer to teach a child— “if I should die before I wake”

      • 98 Bill
        December 16, 2012 at 7:50 pm

        That was my first prayer also. I have not thought about it for decades. Thank you both.

    • 100 Rain
      December 16, 2012 at 7:47 pm

      Heartbreaking, but sadly appropriate.

    • December 16, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      I learned it as:

      Now I lay me down to sleep
      I pray thee, Lord, my soul to keep.
      Thy love guard me through the night,
      And wake me with the morning light.

      Leading straight into the Lord’s prayer, so that I always used to start the Lord’s prayer with this one.

  33. December 16, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Something that just came to me.

    A couple of years ago, our home was broken into and we were burglarized.

    One of the things stolen was my laptop. Now, my laptop had LoJack on it, so in about six months after it had been sold to someone, the LoJack clicked on and we were able to recover it.

    I went to the police station to retrieve it. And what the detective said shocked me.

    She said that what she would recommend—as long as I knew I was capable of using it—was to buy a gun.

    I just laughed it off at the time, since I would never consider buying a gun. But now, after Friday, it sickens me. That’s Wayne LaPierre’s position. It shouldn’t be the position of a police detective. More guns is not the answer.

  34. December 16, 2012 at 7:48 pm

  35. 109 susanne
    December 16, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    aretha franklin and rev james cleveland sing ‘precious memories’.

  36. December 16, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    It is so good that they are not rushing this and the whole world gets a view of just how horrible and TOTALLY avoidable this societal catastrophe is.

  37. 111 a4alice
    December 16, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    he’s here.

  38. 112 GGail
    December 16, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    There he is

  39. 113 globalcitizenlinda
    December 16, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    hearing on local TV that there has been a way to accomodate overflow ppl so they could listen to the live feed.

  40. 115 dotster3
    December 16, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Moving words from the Congregational minister—–and a familiar message —-“we are all in this together”.

  41. 116 jacquelineoboomer
    December 16, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Please, God, give President Obama the strength to walk tall up to that stage.

    Does anyone have the image of Jesus walking behind President Obama? I know it was tweeted at various points. (Thanks, if you can re-post it.)

  42. 117 sherijr
    December 16, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    this is too too sad.

  43. December 16, 2012 at 8:01 pm

  44. 119 Ceb
    December 16, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Watching on White house site; the Jewish rabbi is praying.

  45. 121 marachne
    December 16, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    The ancient words and melodies are such a cry. As a Jew, it both comforts and pierces my heart.

  46. December 16, 2012 at 8:03 pm

  47. 128 marachne
    December 16, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    There is also something so powerful about seeing these people of faith holding up and supporting each other as they do their work to support thier community.

  48. December 16, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    • 131 jacquelineoboomer
      December 16, 2012 at 8:14 pm

      Bob – Thank you. Might be time, if you’d like, to add “members” to the NRA part. It’s not just LaPierre, who holds up that organization. I understand you may not want to put down all members, because some are just normal hunters, I guess, and want better regulations, too. So maybe I’ll just leave it there.

      • December 16, 2012 at 8:16 pm

        Jacqueline, many current members of the NRA are horrified and I’ve communicated with several over the past few days who are as eager for major changes in our gun culture as we are, so adding ‘members’ would be potentially counter-productive at this time. Thank you very much.

        • 133 jacquelineoboomer
          December 16, 2012 at 8:39 pm

          I kind of reached that conclusion, in the middle of writing my comment, but it made me feel better to at least express it. Thank you, Bob.

  49. 135 jacquelineoboomer
    December 16, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    I don’t know why this popped into my head, because I haven’t heard it for decades. But I remember words from an old soulful Hank Williams, Sr. (not Jr.), country song,

    “God didn’t give you this child for no hundred thousand miles … He just think you need some sunshine and He lent it, for a while.”

  50. December 16, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    tears flowing…the voice of a child in prayer

  51. December 16, 2012 at 8:14 pm

  52. 141 dotster3
    December 16, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Are there any non-religious speakers, I ask hopefully?

  53. 143 idon
    December 16, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    The baby is singing his prayer and I’m crying because he reminds me off the beautiful voices of the children who with us no longer.

  54. 144 sherijr
    December 16, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    I’m not religious, but this all very touching- to have all the religions for this.. for the families, for the community.

  55. December 16, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    This service is breathtakingly beautiful and inconsolably sad.

  56. 149 mtmarilyn
    December 16, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    These 2 muslim men are so moving.

  57. 150 globalcitizenlinda
    December 16, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    young man’s Islamic prayer is so hauntingly beautiful! Tears right through you knowing that some of the deceased could have been his age

  58. 155 Betsy
    December 16, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    I am from Canada where we’re just not that into guns and where there is not the culture of fear that there is here. After PBO was re-elected, I felt so relieved, so safe. I hate guns with a passion and I hope that Congress can at least re-instate the ban on assault weapons to begin with and go from there.

    • 156 pkayden
      December 16, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      I’m from Canada also, although now a U.S. citizen. I don’t get the pro-gun activism among many citizens here either. Hopefully, President Obama and the Democrats will at least try to legislate some sensible gun control. Our children deserve better.

  59. 157 Rain
    December 16, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    As a former paramedic, the prayer for the First Responders really, really hit home for me. God be with those people, who saw such horrific things. =(

    • 158 Ceb
      December 16, 2012 at 8:27 pm

      Amen. They need to be cared for as well. They have to find a way to live with the unadorned horror that they experienced with all of their senses.

  60. December 16, 2012 at 8:28 pm

  61. 161 hopefruit2
    December 16, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Gov Malloy is speaking now. PBO is next.

  62. 162 Pamela
    December 16, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    I’m here with you, am just very much at a loss for words. Grateful I do not need any. {{{{PBO}}}}

  63. December 16, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    As usuals the cowards did not show up today maybe NRA has not given them teir matching orders to spin McCain I am talking to you Scott your love for NRA would not go un-noticed. Fox network are you going to call upon your brood the Republican party they love to be on your network to spew ignorance why are they now shy of fox news. We are not going to take this nonsense anymore

  64. December 16, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    I am hear with you all

  65. 170 dotster3
    December 16, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Long loving applause for our president

  66. 172 hopefruit2
    December 16, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    PBO is speaking now.

  67. 173 mtmarilyn
    December 16, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    His words are so healing. They are spoken with great love and strength.

  68. 174 hopefruit2
    December 16, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    • 175 LDS
      December 16, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      So true. So true……Anytime you can get a mere chuckle, let alone smile in the midst of all that grief and pain, you know that is a special gift that God has blessed you with so that others can be encouraged and feel the love. We are blessed.

      • 176 HZ
        December 16, 2012 at 9:50 pm

        Amen, Amen, and Amen, LDS. We are so blessed. POB has been given a most special gift from God. What I love about him is that he does not waste it. He uses it to help and comfort others. I know to some degree why First Lady , Michelle Obama fell so in love with him.

        I have lived through many presidents, but President Barack Obama has been the greatest in my lifetime.HZ

        • 177 nathkatun7
          December 16, 2012 at 10:51 pm

          Well said HZ! I’ve also lived under many presidents, 12 to be exact, but 10 as far as my conscious memory of them goes. President Barack Obama is by far the greatest in my conscious lifetime.

  69. 178 Ceb
    December 16, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Challenging the nation: are we doing our job in taking care of all of our country.

    PBO says the answer is no and we will have to change.

  70. 179 jacquelineoboomer
    December 16, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    President Obama is “going there” …

  71. December 16, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    This is my President. This is my President. This is my President.

  72. 184 sherijr
    December 16, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    POTUS once again putting it all out on the table. NO we are not keeping our children safe.

  73. 185 Ceb
    December 16, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    “we can’t tolerate this any more.”

  74. 186 a4alice
    December 16, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    amen mr president! we must change

  75. December 16, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    President Obama makes me SO PROUD. He speaks to our common decency.

  76. 189 squarepeg
    December 16, 2012 at 8:49 pm

  77. 195 Ceb
    December 16, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    PBO is taking his stand. He is going there.

  78. 196 daiseymay1
    December 16, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    PBO is going there. He will lead change, we will need to be at his side.

  79. December 16, 2012 at 8:50 pm

  80. 204 idon
    December 16, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Ohhh PBO is going deep now – he just peeped the NRA. And I have got PBO’s back.

    • 205 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      December 16, 2012 at 9:06 pm

      I’VE ALREADY GOTTEN INTO AN ARGUMENT TONITE ON FACEBACK OVER THE NRA TRASH! TO HELL WITH THOSE PEOPLE…WE NEED TO STOP THE FLOW OF ASSAULT WEAPONS OVER THE FOR SALE COUNTERS IN THIS COUNTRY WHETHER THEY LIKE IT OR NOT…20 DEAD CHILDREN SHOULD BE ENOUGH FOR ANYONE!

  81. 206 mtmarilyn
    December 16, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    This is OUR President!!!!!

  82. 207 marachne
    December 16, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Yes! Our amazing president – you know he is going to get all kinds of grief from some for “going there.” Another act of integrity and courage – once again leading the way. Thank you, and protect him for all our sakes.

  83. 208 LDS
    December 16, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    “Where is the love, Republicans, Congress, Michael Bloomberg?” You have the money, power….think you are entitled, but WHERE IS THE LOVE?

  84. 209 donna dem 4 obama
    December 16, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    My entire room of family is in tears!!!

    This is such an inspriational man. We are Blessed to have him!!!

  85. 210 mtmarilyn
    December 16, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    OMG he is reading their names! My tears are flowing

  86. 211 Ceb
    December 16, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    O, God, Henis calling out the children’s names. So sad.

  87. 212 squarepeg
    December 16, 2012 at 8:55 pm

  88. 213 hopefruit2
    December 16, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Oh My goodness. Thank you Mr. President. This country needs you.

  89. 214 squarepeg
    December 16, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    • 215 HZ
      December 16, 2012 at 9:40 pm

      This is my president, and I am so grateful that by God’s grace I was able to see and hear him speak to the inner core of a heart who cares about its children. Beautiful, . Mr. President.

      I have been praying all day for our president and asking God to give him wisdom with each word that he will speak. I knew he had already written the speech. I said last evening, “President Obama is going to write all or 99 percent of this speech, and it will move us who have the same heart and mind to move with him and do the ‘right thing’ for our children.

      This morning, pastor preached about taking care of our children. There is no way that pastor knew what POB was writing. People, this is our time to get beside , behind, and work with POB to get this done. This was our call tonight. Let us Take Care of Our Children.

      Are we going to continue to be the country to just close caskets, small and large ones, or Move Through the Halls of Congress and say, ” We want laws on gun control so we will be able to Stop the Purchasing of all of these caskets for all of these “early services of our precious young children!!!!!” No more of this painful and unnecessary services of just ‘closing caskets and moving on’…, or are we going to be a nation who takes care of our children and build longer graduating lines where our young people are receiving degrees rather than parents receiving “death certificates. I want degrees and beautiful promising and awesome young people working,living, and working with hope in our society. Good night everyone.HZ

      • 216 nathkatun7
        December 16, 2012 at 11:00 pm

        HZ! You are a precious soul! Thanks for sharing this. I came here late but I hope you had a very goodnight and restful sleep.

  90. 217 amk for obama
    December 16, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Thank you dotster & hf.

  91. December 16, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    • 219 jacquelineoboomer
      December 16, 2012 at 8:59 pm

      The first RWNJ who speaks against this should be the most shamed man or woman on Earth.

      • 220 yardarm756
        December 16, 2012 at 9:04 pm

        I guess we now know where PBO stands on the gun issue. #no way NRA!

        • 221 jacquelineoboomer
          December 16, 2012 at 9:06 pm

          That poured out of him from the depths of his heart, soul, and mind, didn’t it? There’s no stopping him, now! Chris Jansing on MSNBC just called it “an unexpected and forceful call to action.” Yep.

          • 222 yardarm756
            December 16, 2012 at 9:11 pm

            I CAN’T WAIT to see what the mealy mouthed pundits/talking heads spin is gonna be on this. I’ll bet some butt-hole is gonna say he shouldn’t have said it at this time…..Well when? After we kill some more children?

            • 223 jacquelineoboomer
              December 16, 2012 at 9:26 pm

              He knocked all of them off their feet with this one. They didn’t see it coming. Any of them who criticize the speech will know they are lying to themselves and the nation. Maybe now those butt-holes will also stop referring to him as the Comforter-in-Chief … we may mean that in a respectful way, but they don’t … they need to call him: Sir! (We’ve all “lived history” one more day, yes?)

    • 228 99ts
      December 16, 2012 at 9:01 pm

      Within all these prayers – I truly pray that President Obama remains safe – and I don’t think prayers are the answer to remove this love of guns – false idols indeed.

      How does one keep believing in the midst of such absolute and complete horror.

  92. 231 squarepeg
    December 16, 2012 at 8:59 pm

  93. 232 daiseymay1
    December 16, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    I am I awe that I am alive in this time of such a great person, PBO

  94. 234 daisydem
    December 16, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    I cannot listen .. I am reading here and crying with your comments. Thank you so much for those of us who are too emotional to listen. Thank you TOD, thank you to the most wonderful President ever.

  95. December 16, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    I am remembering what the B’hai person said . . . . . . . do not worry the spirits that are now free to move on . . . .
    do not distract them with wailing and crying out . . . . . . they are on their way . . . . . on a new journey . . . .
    It is our job, the purpose of our lives, to keep working on what we have right.here.
    And we have the leader in President Obama. We have what we need.
    Let us change.

  96. 250 Vicki Green
    December 16, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Our President will lead us out of the darkness of the gun madness. He will lead and we will follow. No one will stop us now.

  97. 251 hopefruit2
    December 16, 2012 at 9:01 pm

  98. 255 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    December 16, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    THE PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS WAS SO HEARTWRENCHING AND HE HAD TAKEN WORDS FROM THE VERY DEPTHS OF HIS HEARTBROKEN SOUL…BEAUTIFUL…AND YES INDEED…HE WENT WHERE HE NEEDED TO GO! GOD BLESS HIM!

  99. December 16, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    I love my President Obama. He is an honest man, a man of true compassion and integrity, who is trying with all his might to fix decades of dysfunction.

  100. December 16, 2012 at 9:04 pm

  101. 261 99ts
    December 16, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Such a gun culture – that the President has to be safe before anyone can move – this is what guns do to a country – even in a time of mourning

  102. 262 Eveingeorgia
    December 16, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Some things we require silence and Thanksgiving. President OBAMA’S speech is one of those things.

  103. 263 squarepeg
    December 16, 2012 at 9:05 pm

  104. December 16, 2012 at 9:07 pm

  105. 270 amk for obama
    December 16, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    BBC reporter & anchor are full of praise for PBO’s speech.

  106. 281 squarepeg
    December 16, 2012 at 9:07 pm

  107. 283 Bill R.
    December 16, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    This speech spoke truth. The truth of our failure as a nation to protect our children and the truth of what gives us true purpose and worth in life, the power to love and to nurture, and to protect those who need us, our children. They are all our children.

  108. December 16, 2012 at 9:09 pm

  109. 285 hopefruit2
    December 16, 2012 at 9:09 pm

  110. December 16, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Here is a list of all recipients both Dem and Republican who have received contributions from the NRA. Let’s put real pressure on all of them. We must support the President and our Nation in this fight for our children, and for us. http://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/recips.php?cycle=2012&id=D000000082

    • 288 sabreen60
      December 16, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      The first lines of this song are beautiful.

      • 289 HZ
        December 16, 2012 at 9:57 pm

        Sabreen60, so appropriate for tonight and always. I asked Dudette9t9 to post it for us yesterday, and Dudette did so, and it set the tone as well last night. Thank you also. The song has been ringing in my ear all day. ((((((((((((((((((((((( Let us Take Care of Our Children.)))))))))))))))))))))))))))

  111. 290 Beverly
    December 16, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    You guys, your President is…amazing!

  112. 292 dotster3
    December 16, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Such a meaningful speech—-making clear what is important—-what is really important—–and signalling change——that we can no longer tolerate the status quo. Our first job, our most important role, is to do our best for our children, all of our children. Big changes are needed—–and President Obama sounded determined to do everything in his power to make that happen. A huge joint effort will be required of all of us—-that same fierce determination.

  113. December 16, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    What a beautiful speech! It was full of memory for those lost as well as a measure of hope for the future. I have never seen any public figure with the stature of the president, demonstrate the ability to ask ourselves in public, why have we failed our children and how can we do better?

  114. 294 LDS
    December 16, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    We have just experienced a divine order by an anointed man of God. Truly hopeful, faithful and has a personal relationship with Jehovah-Rapha,
    “The Lord our healer”‘ Exodus 15:26
    Thank you, God for hearing our prayers.

  115. 297 mtmarilyn
    December 16, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    We are living and the best and worst of times. We are blessed to have this man to lead us thru.

  116. 298 squarepeg
    December 16, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    MOTHERFUCKER.

  117. 302 Ceb
    December 16, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    PBO always puts feet to his faith as the old folks used to say. Furthermore, he always show us the way. For those who have felt helpless and powerless in the past few days, take heart and join in the coming fight for our very lives and for the life of this nation. Our Community Organizer in Chief has sent out the call.

  118. 303 jacquelineoboomer
    December 16, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Historian Michael Beschloss just said (more or less) on MSNBC that in our history, the only two other speeches that neared this in importance were President Lyndon Johnson’s when he spoke to Congress about the violence against African-American protesters during the Civil Rights era, and Johnson, again, after Dr. King and Robert Kennedy were killed in ’68.

    I truthfully have never heard historians of any persuasion make such a definitive statement within minutes of a speech. That’s why it’s called history, so they can put it in context. I’m thinking – although the issues were totally different in scale and scope – that this is a small measure of how the onlookers felt after they heard President Lincoln give his Gettysburg Address.

    • 304 jacquelineoboomer
      December 16, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      Of course, I think Michael meant recent history and speeches about violence, but otherwise he was raving about it.

  119. 305 dotster3
    December 16, 2012 at 9:17 pm

  120. December 16, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    The President’s speech left me speechless. Wow!

  121. 308 susanne
    December 16, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    new yougov poll finds increased support for gun control:

    ‘ 50 percent of Americans say gun laws should be made more strict than they are now, compared to 43 percent who said that they should remain the same (29 percent) or be made less strict (14 percent). The poll also found support for banning semi-automatic weapons (51 percent to 33 percent) as well as magazine clips holding more than 10 rounds (54 percent to 32 percent). ‘

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/16/gun-control-laws-sandy-hook-poll_n_2309324.html

    • 309 carolyn
      December 16, 2012 at 10:31 pm

      I was one of the people answering in that poll that said gun laws should be stricter. Hopefully this number will grow.

      The president’s speech was a masterpiece…..and he gave us all our marching orders, and told us where he plans to go, and he did it gracefully and beautifully. I am so glad I lived long enough to be part of this time!

  122. 310 hopefruit2
    December 16, 2012 at 9:18 pm

  123. 311 Bill R.
    December 16, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    I am a student of theology and spirituality. Our President just boiled down powerfully, with simplicity and beauty the purpose of life, and our calling to live it fully as individuals and as a national community beginning with our responsibilities to our nation’s children.

    • 312 HZ
      December 16, 2012 at 10:17 pm

      Bill R. I felt complete peace when he finished his speech. I know why. I hope the parents and families there in Newtown feels that same peace. As a nation, we heard the depth of a spiritual call from a leader who talks and walks his spirituality. HZ

  124. 313 squarepeg
    December 16, 2012 at 9:19 pm

  125. 315 vcprezofan2
    December 16, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Oh! I”ve come to the end and just realized Utal wasn’t here – probably preparing for a ‘final’ paper or exam. There’s no way she would have missed this unless it was for something important like that.

  126. December 16, 2012 at 9:24 pm

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

    • 317 Lovepolitics2008
      December 16, 2012 at 10:10 pm

      What an accurate description, magapie.

      He’s amazing indeed. In speeches like these, we see that this man has a big heart and a beautiful soul.

  127. 318 susanne
    December 16, 2012 at 9:26 pm

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

    ‘ 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

  128. 319 Carol in KY
    December 16, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    I didn’t have the strength to watch the speech, but did record it to watch later tonight when I can.
    I thank all of you for your messages. I’ve followed it with you and felt your tears through your words.
    The love our president has for children is apparent to all of us, and we know his pain is unbearable.
    Please stay safe Mr. President. This country needs you.

  129. 320 hopefruit2
    December 16, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Someone on 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. //

  130. 321 squarepeg
    December 16, 2012 at 9:33 pm

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  132. 324 Jewelz
    December 16, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    I am in tears of agony. Rest in peace to all the lost souls. I urge everyone to please keep our President in their prayers. He will need us when he takes on the issue of gun control. The NRA is a powerful organization, and they will not concede without a fight,

  133. 325 Mae who love our CIC
    December 17, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    A classroom size of 20 students are silenced. The six teachers who are fallen soldiers as well, who dedicated themselves to expanding minds and nurturing their students to do their best and be the best. Their deaths are not in vain. This cowardice act thrust upon us has started a chain reaction to make drastic changes immediately. Gun laws are necessary but we have to learn that a peaceful solution is always the best method in order to promote a civilized society.


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