President Barack Obama addressed the nation moments ago to respond to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Having trouble composing his raw emotions, the president wiped tears streaming down his face.
He said, "I offered Governor Malloy my condolences on behalf of the nation" and vowed to give the community "every resource" they need to recover.
Referencing other mass shootings making headlines, President Obama said, "We've endured too many of these tragedies in the last few years. Each time I hear the news, I react not as a president, but as a parent. That was especially true today. There's not a parent in America who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief as I do. The majority of those who died today are children……they had their entire lives ahead of them- birthdays, graduations weddings, kids of their own."
Tonight, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will be extra grateful to embrace their two daughters, Sasha and Malia. "[We'll] hug our children a little tighter and tell them that we love them," he proclaimed. "For as blessed as [some victim's families] are to have their children home tonight, they know their innocence has been taken."
He calls for all of America to "extend a hand to those in need…in the hard days to come."