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.”