Sandy Hook shooting, Barack Obama reflects on the “Single Darkest Day of My Presidency

Barack Obama
Barack Obama

In a statement, the former president said, “The news from Sandy Hook Elementary was heartbreaking, a visceral blow, and like so many others, I felt not only sadness but anger at a world that could allow such things to happen.”

Former President Barack Obama remembered the tragedy on social media ten years after the shooting that killed 20 children and six adults.

According to the former president, “December 14th, 2012 is the single saddest day of my presidency.”

According to Obama, the families affected by the shooting have “borne that weight with strength and grace.” They have “drawn purpose from tragedy doing everything in their power to ensure that other children and families never have to experience what they and their loved ones did,” he continued in another part of his statement.

Barack Obama; image from Yahoo Finance

The former president continued, “But that effort is “far from over,” noting that in 2022, not a single week has passed without a significant shooting taking place somewhere in America.

But lately, I’ve felt that the tide is changing gradually and steadily; that genuine change is conceivable, Obama continued. And a large part of why I think that way is because of the Sandy Hook Elementary families.

Obama gave a speech to the entire country from the White House shortly after the shooting in 2021.

He stated, “We’ve been through too many of these tragedies over the previous few years. “Additionally, every time I hear the news, I respond as a parent, not the president. And today, that was particularly true. I’m confident that every parent in America experiences the same intense sorrow as I do.”

He went on, impassioned, tears welling in his eyes, “The majority of those who perished today were youngsters – beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10.”

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