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Obama: Today ‘A Day for Prayer and Reflection’

Speaking in Florida today, President Obama directly addressed the Colorado tragedy, calling for today to be a day of “prayer and reflection.”

“If there’s anything to take away from this tragedy, it’s the reminder that life is very fragile,” Obama said. “Our time here is limited and it is precious. And what matters at the end of the day is not the small things, it’s not the trivial things, which so often consume us and our daily lives. Ultimately, it’s how we choose to treat one another and how we love one another.”

“It’s what we do on a daily basis to give our lives meaning and to give our lives purpose,” Obama added. “That’s what matters. At the end of the day, what we’ll remember will be those we loved and what we did for others. That’s why we’re here.”

He mentioned that he had thoughts of his own daughters going to the movies when he first heard the news. “What if Malia and Sasha had been at the theater, as so many of our kids do every day?” Obama reflected. “Michelle and I will be fortunate enough to hug our girls a little tighter tonight, and I’m sure you will do the same with your children. But for those parents who may not be so lucky, we have to embrace them and let them know we will be there for them as a nation.”

“There are going to be other days for politics,” Obama concluded. “This, I think, is a day for prayer and reflection.”


Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...


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