By ARTHIA NIXON
After flags were ordered to be flown at half staff to honor the victims of the Stony Hook school shooting in Connecticut, an emotional President Barack Obama briefed the media at 3:16p.m, visibly pausing with a trembling lip, keeping his eyes off the media as he wiped away at least two escaping tears.
He was addressing the morning’s tragic events in Newtown, CT where 24 year-old Ryan Lanza slaughtered the school principal plus 20 children between age 5 and 10, most of them kindergarten students in his mother’s class. His father was found dead in New Jersey and his mother also killed, both in their homes.
“We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years,” said President Obama who stated that when he heard the news, he not only acted as president but also as a parent.
He fought back tears by consistently blinking and took frequent breaths between speaking.
“They had their entire lives ahead of them,” he struggled to say. “Birthdays, graduations, weddings… kids of their own.” TContinue Reading