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Obama Comforts Families of Shooting Victims, Survivors

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks about the Aurora, Colorado shooting at a campaign event in Ft. Myers, Florida, July 20, 2012.President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks about the Aurora, Colorado shooting at a campaign event in Ft. Myers, Florida, July 20, 2012.
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President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks about the Aurora, Colorado shooting at a campaign event in Ft. Myers, Florida, July 20, 2012.
President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks about the Aurora, Colorado shooting at a campaign event in Ft. Myers, Florida, July 20, 2012.

 

President Barack Obama on Sunday comforted the families of the 12 people killed and 58 wounded in Thursday's mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. 

In the city traumatized by a tragedy that has also shaken the nation, Obama visited the University of Colorado Hospital, where he met privately with families and some of the wounded still in intensive care. 

A little more than three hours after he arrived, the president said he told those he met that he came not so much as a president, but as a father and a husband.

"I confessed to them that words are always inadequate in these situations, but that my main task was to serve as a representative of the entire country and let them know that we are thinking about them at this moment and we will continue to think about them each and every day, and that the awareness that not only all of America, but much of the world is thinking about them might serve as some comfort," he said.

Obama said he tried to assure those he met that although the alleged gunmen has received a lot of attention, it will fade and what will be remembered will be "the good people impacted by this tragedy."

 

Colorado shooting suspect James HolmesColorado shooting suspect James Holmes
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Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes
Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes

The suspect, James Holmes, is in police custody as authorities continue their investigation.  He is due to make his first court appearance on Monday.

As people mourn the loss of loved ones, President Obama and likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney are keeping political ads off television in Colorado.

The tragedy was the second mass shooting in the state in 13 years.  A shooting spree in 1999 at Columbine High School in Littleton, only 27 kilometers away, left 12 students and one teacher dead.

Last week's shooting in Aurora has renewed the national debate over gun control, and could be a major focus of attention leading into the November presidential election.

Before flying to California for campaign events there and in other western states this week, Obama referred to a prayer vigil held Sunday night in Aurora.  He said he hopes that during the coming days and months, Americans can reflect not only on "how we can do something about some of the senseless violence that ends up marring this country," but also on its wonderful people. 


 

  • Marietta Perkins prays during a vigil for victims behind the theater where a gunman opened fire on moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado July 20, 2012.
  • A view of the memorial site for the victims is seen behind the theater where a gunman opened fire on moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado July 21, 2012.
  • Isaac Pacheco leaves a birthday card for his friend Alex Sullivan, who was killed Denver-area movie killings, at a memorial site for victims behind the theater where a gunman opened fire on moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado July 21, 2012.
  • Isaac Pacheco (C) is comforted after leaving a birthday card for his friend Alex Sullivan, who was killed in the Denver-area movie killings, at a memorial site for victims behind the theater where a gunman opened fire on moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado Jul
  • People grieve during a vigil for victims behind the theater where a gunman opened fire on moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado July 20, 2012.
  • People grieve during a vigil for victims behind the theater where a gunman opened fire on moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado July 20, 2012.
  • People embrace before a vigil for victims behind the theater where a gunman opened fire on moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado July 20, 2012.
  • A memorial of flowers is set up for victims on a hillside behind the theater where a gunman opened fire on moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado July 21, 2012.

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by: Winsor from: FL
July 23, 2012 6:19 PM
Don't worry about that KKK (Dude From NH). He's mad because his political party is not in office...! After all these people died, what did you want Obama to say he's reaching out to the victims and now you're talking about he wants some poll points....!


by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
July 23, 2012 6:54 AM
Why eiter Obama or Romney only express their mourn to victims and not express the polisy to forbid citizens holding guns? Japanese media says that if they bring ban on holding guns on presidential election campain, the one who claims more loudly will lose, as the result of former election showed. It's also reported that American association of guns has been donating huge money to pro-guns party and doing lobbyist actively in congress. Is it true?

In Japan, holding any kind of swards was banned by law and all swards were taken away from Samurai by the government in Meiji era about one hundred and twenty years ago. I wish there came the day guns are no more need to protect Americans themseves.


by: HarryOrielly from: USA
July 22, 2012 6:42 PM
Obama is a con-fidence man always seeking the spotlight to keep laying his CON on America- CON men are always well spoken and likable-but CORRUPT to the bone- Obama is the only president to hide his past history (at the cost of millions) he even surrendered his LAW license to avoid investigation-Obama is Charismatic & likable and always seeks the spotlight but is corrupt to the bone. He always says what people want to hear and we Americans were proud to elect a black man as our president because it shows the world what we are all about. But while Obama preaches to the poor, he is owned by the rich. The only president to hide his past history at the cost of millions. He even surrendered his law license to avoid investigation. So what could be so bad that millions was spent to hide? Maybe a few drug busts & arrest records? We Americans will never know (probably far worse) because our news-media is closed & controlled and refuse to print anything about Obama's past history or his IN-ELIGIBILITY. Obama leads America into a new unprecedented era of corruption


by: NObama NH from: NH
July 22, 2012 12:39 PM
How pathetic. No shame whatsoever. NObama runs to Colorado to get some much needed press after spending too much money and losing ground to the Republican. He publicy offered his condolences. That should be enough. I'm not a Mitt fan either, but at least he isn't making an ass out of himself by trying to turn a tragedy into some poll points. If I lost a loved one in that shooting, I would tell the president to get the hell out of my face. I actually feel like vomiting whenever I look at him

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by: Sarah from: Ga
July 23, 2012 9:25 AM
You got serious problems whoever your manipulating butt is. This is not about your hate towards Obama whether he's doing good or not, you still going to hate him anyway. He should not give a hoot to individual who are sick in the head and cannot be reasoned with because they believe in the barbaric mentality. Get over yourself psycho hateful witch. He's an American, Yes he did graduated from Harvard law school so don't get jeolous because your family suck. Twelve people were murdered in a tragic way and President Obama is obligated as a president of this land and your president to show that he cares. Romney is NOT a president yet sweetie. GET A LIFE or get out this INDIAN LAND..... NAZI and go back to Germany.......

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