Obama Prays, Takes Moment of Silence
11:01 AM, Jul 20, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
In brief remarks about the movie theater shooting, President Obama led the audience in prayer and a moment of silence.
"I would like us to pause in a moment of silence for the victims of this terrible tragedy, for the people who knew them and loved them, for those who are still struggling to recover, and for all the victims of less publicized acts of violence that plague our communities every single day. so if everybody can just take a moment," said President Obama, and then solemnly put his down.
The president called the shooting "senseless." "Even as we learn how this happened and who is responsible, we may never understand what leads anybody to terrorize their fellow human beings like this," Obama said, according to a rush transcript. Such violence, such evil is senseless. It's beyond reason. But while we will never know fully what causes somebody to take the life of another, we do know what makes life worth living. The people we lost in Aurora loved and they were loved. They were mothers and fathers, they were husbands and wives, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters, friends and neighbors. They had hopes for the future and they had dreams that were not yet fulfilled. and if there is anything to take away from this tragedy, it's the reminder that life is very fragile. 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."
And the president invoked his own family. "I'm sure that many of you who are parents here have the same reaction that I did when I heard this news. My daughters go to the movies. What if Malia and Sasha had been at the theater as so many of our kids do every day?," Obama asked. "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."
The president concluded: "I hope all of you will keep the people of Aurora in your hearts and minds today. May the lord bring them comfort and healing in hard days to come. I'm grateful to all of you, and i hope that as a consequence of today's events, as you leave here, you spend a little time thinking about the incredible blessings that God has given us."
UPDATE: Here's the official White House transcript:
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