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Monday, July 23,2012

Obama Offers Comfort to Victims of Colorado Shooting

President Obama traveled to Aurora, Colo. Sunday and met with families whose relatives were killed in the movie theater shooting Friday and exchanged words of sympathy with survivors who were still in the hospital. Obama urged Americans to focus on the victims rather than the suspect, who “has received a lot of attention over the last couple of days.” During his visit, both Obama and White House press secretary Jay Carney assured victims and their families they would not use Holmes’ name, according to the brother of a victim, reports Politico.

To that end, Obama told the story of how one young woman saved the life of a friend who had been shot by keeping pressure on a vein, reports the Associated Press. "I come to them not so much as president as I do as a father and as a husband," Obama told reporters. "The reason stories like this have such an impact on us is because we could all understand what it would be to have somebody we love taken from us in this fashion."


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