Today (all times ET):
8:20 AM: President Obama and Michelle Obama depart the White House
9:55: Arrive in Boston
11:0: President Obama delivers remarks at Healing Our City: An Interfaith Service dedicated to those who were wounded or killed in Monday’s bombing. Michelle Obama also attends
2:55: Depart Boston
4:30: Arrive at the White House
5:30: President Obama hosts a reception for Greek Independence Day; VP Biden also attends
“This was a pretty shameful day for Washington. But this effort isn’t over… I see this as just round one.” —President Obama
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 17, 2013
Gabrielle Giffords: Senators say they fear the N.R.A. and the gun lobby. But I think that fear must be nothing compared to the fear the first graders in Sandy Hook Elementary School felt as their lives ended in a hail of bullets. The fear that those children who survived the massacre must feel every time they remember their teachers stacking them into closets and bathrooms, whispering that they loved them, so that love would be the last thing the students heard if the gunman found them.
On Wednesday, a minority of senators gave into fear and blocked common-sense legislation that would have made it harder for criminals and people with dangerous mental illnesses to get hold of deadly firearms — a bill that could prevent future tragedies like those in Newtown, Conn., Aurora, Colo., Blacksburg, Va., and too many communities to count.