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26
Jun
16

The Intimacy Of A Hug

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Julie Hirschfeld Davis: Long And Genuine’ Hugs: Shooting Victims’ Relatives Recall Obama’s Empathy

The wrenching ritual has become all too familiar to President Obama. His armored limousine deposits him at a nondescript building big enough to hold a large number of families whose loved ones have died in a mass shooting somewhere in America. Away from the news cameras that normally track his every interaction, he enters rooms thick with grief and the hushed voices of people in shock. He grasps for words of sympathy, comfort and condolence and offers long, tight embraces that the mourners will remember far more vividly than his words. Mr. Obama will travel to Orlando, Fla., on Thursday for the latest round of mass consoling, four days after a gunman killed 49 people and wounded 53 at a gay nightclub in the deadliest mass shooting in American history. “He hugged each one of us individually — and I mean hug, so that I was able to smell his cologne,” said Sharon Risher, 57, who lost her mother,

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Ethel Lance, and two cousins in the shooting in Charleston, S.C., last year, and met privately with Mr. Obama the next week. “It was not a little pat on the back. The intimacy of that hug is what I’ll always remember.”  Roxanna Green — whose 9-year-old daughter, Christina-Taylor Green, was one of six people killed in a 2011 shooting in a supermarket parking lot in Tuscon, Ariz., where Representative Gabrielle Giffords was holding an event — said she had campaigned for Mr. Obama with her daughter and mother and had often dreamed of meeting him. “But you never want to receive a visit like that from anybody,” Ms. Green, 50, said in an interview. “Their hugs were just long and genuine, like something you receive from a family member,” she said of Mr. and Mrs. Obama. “He said she was a beautiful girl, and he’s so sorry, and it was just a horrible loss and his girls are about the same age,” she recalled. “They were both very, very emotional. It was like it happened to someone in their family.”

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U.S. President Barack Obama sheds a tear while delivering a statement on steps the administration is taking to reduce gun violence in the East Room of the White House in Washington January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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21
Jun
16

Early Bird Chat: Standing With Orlando

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10:00AM: President Obama receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

1:00PM: Press Secretary Josh Earnest holds the White House Daily Briefing

3:15PM: President Obama visits with wounded warriors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland

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16
Jun
16

The President And Vice President’s Day In Orlando

US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden place flowers for the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub Sunday at a memorial at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden place flowers for the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub Sunday at a memorial at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida

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US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden pause after laying flowers for the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub Sunday at a memorial at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden lay flowers for the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub Sunday at a memorial at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden pause after laying flowers for the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub Sunday at a memorial at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks alongside Vice President Joe Biden after placing flowers for the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub Sunday at a memorial at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama hugs Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer (C) alongside Florida Senator Bill Nelson (R) after Obama arrived on Air Force One at Orlando International Airport in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016. Obama arrived Thursday in Orlando where he will console loved ones devastated by a shooting rampage that has fueled America's culture wars and a fresh push for gun controls. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer (2nd L) holds up a "Orlando United" t-shirt while greeting US President Barack Obama, alongside Florida Senators Bill Nelson (2nd R) and Marco Rubio (R), after Obama arrived at Orlando International Airport in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016. Obama arrived Thursday in Orlando where he will console loved ones devastated by a shooting rampage that has fueled America's culture wars and a fresh push for gun controls. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer holds up a “Orlando United” t-shirt while greeting President Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden walk to speak to the media after placing flowers for the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub Sunday at a memorial at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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US President Barack Obama speaks alongside Vice President Joe Biden after placing flowers for the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub Sunday at a memorial at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks alongside Vice President Joe Biden after placing flowers for the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub Sunday at a memorial at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden walk to speak to the media after placing flowers for the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub Sunday at a memorial at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks after placing flowers for the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub Sunday at a memorial at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden leave after placing flowers for the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub Sunday at a memorial at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama boards Air Force One prior to departure from Orlando International Airport in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016, after traveling to meet with the families of victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub Sunday. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 16: U.S. President Barack Obama steps off of Marine 1 on his way back to the residence of the White House June 16, 2016 in Washington, DC. The president traveled to Orlando, Florida to pay respects to the victims of Sunday's nightclub mass shooting and to stand in solidarity with the community. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 16: U.S. President Barack Obama walks back to the residence of the White House June 16, 2016 in Washington, DC. The president traveled to Orlando, Florida to pay respects to the victims of Sunday's nightclub mass shooting and to stand in solidarity with the community. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

16
Jun
16

‘Make It Stop’

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16
Jun
16

Early Bird Chat

CHIANG MAI, THAILAND - JUNE 14: A man wearing an Obama shirt takes part in a candlelight vigil outside the United States Consulate on June 14, 2016 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. 49 people were killed after a gunman opened fire on people in a gay nightclub in Orlando. It was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. (Photo by Taylor Weidman/Getty Images)

A man wearing an Obama shirt takes part in a candlelight vigil outside the United States Consulate in Chiang Mai, Thailand. 49 people were killed after a gunman opened fire on people in a gay nightclub in Orlando

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All Times Eastern

10:30AM: President Obama departs the White House

12:30PM: He arrives in Orlando, Florida

1:20PM: President Obama and Vice President Biden meet with families of the victims and also first responders

4:35PM: President Obama departs Orlando

6:40PM: President Obama arrives at the White House

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15
Jun
16

Hate Will Not Win

15
Jun
16

Early Bird Chat

US President Barack Obama holds a baby as he greets guests during a picnic for members of Congress on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, June 14, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 14: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the annual picnic for Members of Congress at the White House June 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. Earlier in the day, Obama talked about the investigation into the mass shooting in Orlando and spoke at the first White House United State of Women Summit. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 14: U.S. President Barack Obama arrives at the annual picnic for Members of Congress at the White House June 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. Earlier in the day, Obama talked about the investigation into the mass shooting in Orlando and spoke at the first White House United State of Women Summit. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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All Times Eastern

10:15AM: President Obama meets with the Dalai Lama

12:30PM: Daily Briefing with Press Secretary Josh Earnest

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US President Barack Obama waves to guests from the Rose Garden during a picnic for members of Congress on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, June 14, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 14: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (L) and Oprah Winfrey (R) participate in a conversation on "Trailblazing the Path for the Next Generation of Women" during the White House Summit on the United State Of Women June 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. The White House hosts the first ever summit to push for gender equality. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey speak at the White House Summit on the United State of Women

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US First lady Michelle Obama (L) gestures next to Oprah Winfrey on a stage at the White House Summit on the United State of Women in Washington, DC on June 14, 2016. / AFP / YURI GRIPAS (Photo credit should read YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)

US First lady Michelle Obama (L) and Oprah Winfrey speak at the White House Summit on the United State of Women in Washington, DC on June 14, 2016. / AFP / YURI GRIPAS (Photo credit should read YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 14: (AFP-OUT) US President Barack Obama speaks on the Orlando shooting at the Treasury Department after convening with his National Security Council on June 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama directly attacked Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 14: (AFP-OUT)US President Barack Obama (C) speaks on the Orlando shooting at the Treasury Department while Attorney General Loretta Lynch (L), Treasury Secretary Jack Lew (C-L), Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford (C-R) and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper (R) look on, on June 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama directly attacked Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama speaks on the Orlando shooting at the Treasury Department while Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford, and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper look on. President Obama rebuked Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 14: (AFP-OUT) President Barack Obama, along with Vice President Joe Biden, meets with his National Security Council, including FBI Director James Comey, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and National Counterterrorism Center Director Nick Rasmussen, at the Treasury Department June 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. President Obama received a briefing on the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The White House announced that Obama will visit Orlando on June 16. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 14: (AFP-OUT)US President Barack Obama (L) speaks on the Orlando shooting at the Treasury Department while Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford (R) look on, on June 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama directly attacked Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 14: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the White House Summit on the United State Of Women June 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. The White House hosts the first ever summit to push for gender equality. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama speaks during the White House Summit on the United State Of Women

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 14: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the White House Summit on the United State Of Women June 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. The White House is hosting the first ever summit to push for gender equality. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

US President bBarack Obama speaks at the White House Summit on the "United State of Women" in Washington on June 14, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 14: U.S. President Barack Obama waves after he spoke during the White House Summit on the United State Of Women June 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. The White House hosts the first ever summit to push for gender equality. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

13
Jun
16

The President’s Day

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U.S. President Barack Obama, center right, speaks to members of the media as U.S. Vice President Joseph "Joe" Biden, center left, James Comey, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), middle right, and Jeh Johnson, U.S. secretary of Homeland Security (DHS), listen after receiving an update on the investigation into the attack in Orlando, Florida, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, June 13, 2016. Obama said the gunman who killed 49 people in an Orlando nightclub was inspired by extremist propaganda but there's no evidence so far that he was directed by anyone overseas or was part of any larger group. Photographer: Ron Sachs/Pool via Bloomberg

President Barack Obama gives an update on the investigation into the attack in Orlando during a meeting with Vice President Joe Biden, FBI Director James Comey, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) Nicholas Rasmussen, and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to members of the media after receiving an update on the investigation into the attack in Orlando, Florida, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, June 13, 2016. Obama said the gunman who killed 49 people in an Orlando nightclub was inspired by extremist propaganda but there's no evidence so far that he was directed by anyone overseas or was part of any larger group. Photographer: Ron Sachs/Pool via Bloomberg

US Vice President Joe Biden attends a meeting with US President Barack Obama and top National Security officials about the investigation into the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, June 13, 2016. President Barack Obama said Monday there was no evidence that the massacre of 49 people in a Florida nightclub was directed from abroad or was part of a larger plot. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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12
Jun
16

#LoveWins

12
Jun
16

‘An Attack On All Of Us’




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