Above: President Obama wipes away tears as he addresses the Connecticut school shootings at the White House Friday (Photo by GettyImages)
President Obama, wiping away tears, said Friday afternoon that “our hearts are broken today” in response to the Connecticut school shootings, noting that “as a country we’ve been through this too many times.”
“I know there’s not a parent in America who doesn’t feel the overwhelming grief that I do,” Obama said, delivering a statement from the White House briefing room. He paused at times, choking up, as he recalled the lives of the children who were lost.
Although he did not take the moment to directly address gun laws, as many — including some in the entertainment industry — have called for on social media and petition campaigns, but he did open the door for “meaningful action.”
“We are going to have to come together to take meaningful action … regardless of the politics,” Obama said.