Obama: Today is not a day for politics
By GEOFF HOLTZMAN
Talk Radio News Service
The mood inside the Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers, Fla. today was noticeably more somber than that of an average campaign event staged by President Obama. That’s because rather than deliver a standard stump attack against his GOP opponent, Mitt Romney, the president focused his remarks instead on an early-morning shooting that occurred inside an Aurora, Colorado movie theater that killed at least twelve people, and wounded more than 50 others.
“I’m glad that you’re here,” Obama said. “I’m so moved by your support. But there will be other days for politics.”
There was no music or rousing introduction speeches, and the usual campaign seal with the word “Forward” that generally appears on the podium at Obama’s campaign events was not present.
“This morning, we woke up to news of a tragedy that reminds us of all the ways that we are united as one American family,” Obama said. “We may never understand what leads anybody to terrorize their fellow human beings like this. Such violence, such evil is senseless. It’s beyond reason.”
The president appeared to choke up a bit as he imagined how the shooting may have resonated with the rest of the country.
“I’m sure that many of you who are parents here had the same reaction that I did when I heard this news. My daughters go to the movies. What if Malia and Sasha had been at the theater, as so many of our kids do every day? Michelle and I will be fortunate enough to hug our girls a little tighter tonight, and I’m sure you will do the same with your children.”
Obama then asked the audience to join him in observing a roughly 20-second moment of silence for the victims.
Aurora police officials say their lone suspect in the shooting is 24-year-old James Holmes. Authorities said that Holmes, a native of San Diego, reportedly booby-trapped his Colorado apartment with explosives. A spokesman for the University of Colorado Medical School, located in nearby Denver, reported that Holmes was a student there working on his Ph.D in neuroscience, but had recently dropped out.
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