President Obama’s Tearful Reaction to School Massacre Is That of Any Heartbroken Father (VIDEO)

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president obamaPresident Obama's emotional reaction to the tragic elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, was eloquent, heartwrenching, and brutally honest -- because, as he says, Obama reacted to the news as a father, not a politician: "Each time I learn the news I react not as a president, but as anyone else would -- as a parent. And that was especially true today. I know there's not a parent in America who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that I do."

Obama wiped away tears and paused, choked up, as he spoke:

"This evening, Michelle and I will do what I know every parent in America will do ... "

"Which is hug our children a little tighter. And we'll tell them that we love them, and remind each other how deeply we love one another. But there are families in Connecticut who can't do that tonight."

"And they need all of us right now."

As a mom, I basically wept during Obama's entire speech. But when he spoke specifically about the children who lost their lives ... there are just no words to describe the sadness.

"They had their entire lives ahead of them -- birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. Among the fallen were also teachers, men and women who devoted their lives to helping children fulfill their dreams."

It's every parent's worst nightmare. Every teacher's worst nightmare. Articulating the extent of this nightmare is an almost impossible task, but Obama managed to do it with respect, grace, and sincerity.

What did you think of Obama's reaction to the school shooting?


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alway... alwayscurious

I generally don't like anything he has to say, but this was different. I saw him as a parent, just as I am, and it's obvious he was upset with the rest of us. I gained some respect for him today. Good job, Mr. President.

tnyangel tnyangel

I thought he did a fine job, I am still beyond words. Seriously, my boss should send me home. I can't stop thinking about them or crying for them.

Pinkmani Pinkmani

Another reason why I love this man! A horrible, horrible tragedy has occured! Not only the children but the parents, teachers, and community leaders will all be affected by this. I also feel bad for any children that witnessed a classmate being shot. Saddening news...

blue82 blue82

This is so devastating heart breaking I too can't stop thinking about it all and end up with tears in my eyes the kids they were just babies the parents everyone involved my PRAYERS GO OUT TO EACH AND EVERYONE. :.....(

SKDMo... SKDMom1020

He spoke words that are on everyone's hearts today.

Keya25 Keya25

THE ONLY THING WE NEED TO SAY OR EXPRESS ARE OUR CONDOLENCES AND PRAYERS. nothing else matters right now. We can grieve together and help heal each other. Other than that i cant express anything else. You ladies have expressed your thoughts well and it comforts me knowing we arent on here playing the blame game. We need to take care of our own first! Everyone needs a hug right now, squeeze extra tight for the families involved and a kiss for the babies that have passed.

Aslen Aslen

Another reason i'm glad I voted for him! He is, by FAR, the most human President we have had in a long time!

belon... belongs2Jesus

I think Obama gave a very nice speech today.

adkny... adknykate

I think he said just enough. He reacted as a parent, which I think we as a nation needed.. The time for more discussion is not today. Today is to mourn those who were killed, especially those young children - babies, really.

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