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Obama, Romney Release Statements on Shootings

President Obama and Mitt Romney each released statements this morning on the terrible tragedy in Colorado, in which some 50 people were shot and a dozen killed.

Michelle and I are shocked and saddened by the horrific and tragic shooting in Colorado. Federal and local law enforcement are still responding, and my Administration will do everything that we can to support the people of Aurora in this extraordinarily difficult time. We are committed to bringing whoever was responsible to justice, ensuring the safety of our people, and caring for those who have been wounded. As we do when confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family. All of us must have the people of Aurora in our thoughts and prayers as they confront the loss of family, friends, and neighbors, and we must stand together with them in the challenging hours and days to come.

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Ann and I are deeply saddened by the news of the senseless violence that took the lives of 15 people in Colorado and injured dozens more. We are praying for the families and loved ones of the victims during this time of deep shock and immense grief.  We expect that the person responsible for this terrible crime will be quickly brought to justice.

The Denver Post has extensive coverage of the shootings.

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34 Responses to Obama, Romney Release Statements on Shootings

  1. While both comments are respectful, comparing the two tells you a lot about the thinking of each man (I realize neither wrote their own statement but the writers reflect their boss’s wishes). Romney gets to it with a minimum of fluff. Obama goes for eloquence.

  2. “we must now come together as one American family.” Sounds like more socialist rhetoric to me, Keith, nothing like that in Mitt’s statement.

  3. This happens every weekend in Chicago, where’s the statements for that? Where’s the committment to bring them to justice there? Forgive me if I seem insensitive, but I’m not. It’s horrible whenever it happens. It’s just a little hypocritical.

  4. “,,,and my Administration will do everything that we can to support the people of Aurora in this extraordinarily difficult time.”

    MY Administration! Inappropriate use of a possessive pronoun?

    ….Is he really flying back to D.C.??? What a difference an election makes! After the Ft. Hood murders, it took him 3 minutes to reference it after he gave a ‘shout-out’ to Chief Sitting Bull on an Indian reservation.

    The UK Daily Mail is already linking the shooting to the type of mask the shooter was wearing to the mask from the ‘Bane’ character in Batman.

    • Fear not, Girly1, the fund raisers will go on, probably with surrogates or cartoons. Axelpoop probably told him he’d get some larger checks if he acted Presidential. Of course, the local, State and FBI are already heavily engaged and there is nothing for him to do except “act”.

  5. Off topic question and comment. In the past, have not presidents used the phraise “this administration,” not “my administration”? That is what I recall President Kennedy doing.

    Also, why can’t the country come together in times that are not dark? Oh, because it might require a leader rather than a preacher?

    • It is pretty ironic that the great divider and community agitator would say “we must now come together as one American family”. It is going to take a new president and a new direction for this country to come together again. He has polarized Americans to such a degree, I’m not sure if we can ever see eye to eye with each other.

  6. Looking back to the horrific AZ shooting in January, 2011, Obama actually launched 2012 campaign on the backs of Gabby Gifford and the other victims. He turned the Memorial into a campaign rally, replete with tee-shirts, posters, and slogans.

    If he shows up in Colorado this week-end, I hope the citizens will run him out of town on a rail! Nothing is beneath this huckster!

  7. Looking back to the horrific AZ shooting in January, 2011, Obama actually launched 2012 campaign on the backs of Gabby Gifford and the other victims. He turned the Memorial into a campaign rally, replete with tee-shirts, posters, and slogans.

    If he shows up in Colorado this week-end, I hope the citizens will run him out of town on a rail! Nothing is beneath this huckster!

  8. Was it just me or was his audience rude and very disrespectful under the
    circumstances? Hooting and hollering after he tried to make his remarks
    about the tragedy in Auora. Sad to think they couldn’t grasp the situation
    and be respectful for 5 minutes.

  9. He is now addressing this at his campaign stop. He is using this tragedy for political gain, otherwise, he would have spoken in a private location. He was not addressing the nation, he was addressing potential voters. Why was MO not standing by his side to show her compassion as well?
    One wonders if he would have been so quick to respond if the shooter had not been white. He has yet to address those innocents killed in Chicago.
    Before denouncing me entirely, consider these points.

  10. I saw an interview in which some “expert” was talking about the shooter having “mental challenges.”

    Let’s be straightforward — this man is insane and should not have been walking freely among us. He should not have had the rights until he proves that he is a danger to others or himself by killing alot of movie goers.

    This is NOT a gun situation. It is an event illustrating the problems with our current “let ’em roam” policy toward the seriously mentally ill.

    • Amen, Anonna. If this man could not get a gun, he would build bombs, use knives, etc. As usual, we will debate for ever the “benefits” of gun control laws since the liberal community wants an easy fix to complex subjects. “Oh he’s on medication” is not an alternative to incarceration.

  11. Very, very tragic.

    No matter what side of the political fence, you are on….for a message (unfiltered by the media), go to YouTube and search for The Best of America by Mitt Romney.

    This is who we are….however many challenges we confront as Americans.