President offers condolences at Newtown vigil
Updated On: Dec 17 2012 07:58:19 AM CST
President Barack Obama offered heart-felt condolences during a vigil for the victims of the deadly Connecticut school shooting.
Hundreds of friends and neighbors of the heartbroken community of Newtown shared hugs and tears as they gathered for an interfaith vigil Sunday. Parents clung to children, who clutched stuffed animals given to them by American Red Cross volunteers.
Law enforcement entered the room to a standing ovation, as was the president. Glowing candles lit the front of the room as the president made his remarks.
"I can only hope it helps for you to know that you're not alone in your grief," said the president. "That our world has been torn apart. That all across the land of ours, we have wept with you, we've pulled our children tight."
The president wiped his eyes as he spoke.
"I come to offer the love and prayers of a nation," said the president.
Reverend Matt Crebbin from Newtown said there were several important reasons to gather together.
"We gather to grieve together, to care for one another, to pray and to embrace," said Crebbin. "To weep and to remember, and to declare in our many voices or darkest days of our community shall not be the final word heard from us."
The president also touched on government policy during his remarks.
"Surely we can do better than this," said the president. "If there is even one step we can take to save another child or another parent or another town from the grief that has visited Tucson, and Aurora and Oak Creek, and Newtown and from communities from Columbine and Blacksburg, then surely we have an obligation to try."
The president said he'll do whatever it takes to prevent another tragedy like the Newtown school shooting from happening again.
"In the coming weeks, I'll use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens," said the president. "From law enforcement to mental health experts, to parents, educators, in effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this."
President Obama's visit to Newtown marks the fourth time he's traveled to a city after a mass shooting.