President Obama spoke to the Newtown community Sunday night, expressing the condolences of the nation.
“We gather here in memory of 20 beautiful children, and six remarkable adults. They lost their lives in a school that could have been any school, in a quiet town full of good and decent people that could be any town in America. Here in Newtown, I come to offer the love and prayers of a nation…”
“We can’t accept events like this as routine,” he says. “Are we really prepared to say that we’re powerless in the face of such carnage — that the politics are too hard? Are we prepared to say that such violence visited upon our children, year after year after year, is somehow the price of our freedom?”
…”I can only hope it helps for you to know that you’re not alone in your grief, that our world too has been torn apart — that all across this land of ours, we have wept with you. We have pulled our children tight. You must know that whatever measure of comfort we can provide, we will provide. Whatever portion of sadness that we can share with you, to ease this heavy load, we will gladly bear. Newtown, you are not alone.”
Of the children, the president said they helped one another, “dutifully following instructions in the way that children sometimes do.
“One child even tried to encourage a grownup by saying, ‘I know karate. So it’s OK — I’ll lead the way out.’
“As a community, you’ve inspired us, Newtown. In the face of indescribable violence, in the face of unconscionable evil, you’ve looked out for each other. You’ve cared for one another. And you’ve loved one another. This is how Newtown will be remembered. And with time, and God’s grace, that love will see you through.”