President Obama spent Sunday evening in Newtown, Connecticut, meeting with the families of the victims of Friday’s school shooting, as well as some of the first responders to arrive at the scene. Twenty first-grade students and six faculty members at Sandy Hook Elementary School were killed.
In a memorial service at Newtown High School following the meeting, the President told the audience of families and Sandy Hook community members – and people watching on television – that words enough cannot express the depth of sorrow and pledged that change must come to prevent future tragedy. President Obama added we are not doing enough to protect our children, it is how a society is judged and we are not doing enough.
In a crowd that included the occasional crying baby, adults could be heard weeping openly as the President named spoke of the sacrifice of the faculty that died, and offered up a prayer as he named the children.
LISTEN to President Obama speaking at the memorial service: