Full Text Political Headlines July 21, 2012: GOP Weekly Address: Speaker John Boehner Offers Thoughts on Shooting Tragedy in Aurora, Colorado

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GOP Address: Boehner Offers Thoughts on Shooting Tragedy in Colorado

Source: ABC News Radio, 7-21-12

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Putting aside his initial plan to discuss the U.S. economy in this week’s Republican address, House Speaker John Boehner offers prayers for the those affected by the Friday mass shooting in Aurora, Colo., and appreciation for the efforts of first responders at the scene.
“We join President Obama in sending condolences and prayers to the loved ones of those who were killed and wounded. And we all say ‘thank God’ for the police, the first responders, the doctors, and the nurses whose swift and heroic efforts saved lives,” Boehner says in the address….READ MORE

Weekly Republican Address: Speaker Boehner on the Tragedy in Aurora, Colorado

Source: Speaker.gov, 7-21-12

Delivering the Weekly Republican Address, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) offers prayers to those affected and appreciation for the heroes who responded swiftly to the horrific tragedy in Aurora, Colorado.

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“Hello, I’m John Boehner, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

“My plan today was to share some thoughts with you about the economy.  But life, they say, is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.

“There is still so much, too much, to sort out about the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado.  Words cannot capture the horror, or make sense of something so senseless.  So I won’t try.

“This much I know.

“I know that when confronted with evil we cannot comprehend, Americans pull together and embrace our national family more tightly.

“We join President Obama in sending condolences and prayers to the loved ones of those who were killed and wounded.  And we all say ‘thank God’ for the police, the first responders, the doctors, and the nurses whose swift and heroic efforts saved lives.

“At a time like this, we count our blessings.  And as we do, we come to be reminded that the depth of our grief also reveals the depth of our love and our resolve.

“Scripture tells us that the faith that sustains us is ‘the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.’  We may not yet see or fathom comfort for the mourning, but we’ll stand by them and we’ll stand together, as one nation, in the difficult hours that lie ahead.

“May God bless the grieving families – and yours.  And may God continue to bless the United States of America.

“Thank you.”

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Full Text Obama Presidency July 21, 2012: President Barack Obama’s Weekly Address Remembers the Victims of the Aurora, Colorado Shooting

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Obama’ Weekly Address: ‘Time for Prayer and Reflection’ After Colorado Shooting

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Following the largest mass shooting in U.S. history, President Obama urges Americans to take “some time for prayer and reflection” this weekend while offering condolences to families of the victims.

In his weekly address, Obama remembers the at least 12 victims of the Aurora, Colo., tragedy early Friday morning, calling them lives lost from “senseless” violence that can be difficult to understand….READ MORE

President Obama honors the victims of the tragedy in Colorado, the people who knew them and loved them, and those who are still struggling to recover.

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President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address in the Roosevelt Room, White House Photo, Lawrence Jackson, 7/20/12

Weekly Address: Remembering the Victims of the Aurora, Colorado Shooting

Source: WH, 7-21-12

President Obama honors the victims of the tragedy in Colorado, the people who knew them and loved them, and those who are still struggling to recover.

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WEEKLY ADDRESS: Remembering the Victims of the Aurora, Colorado Shooting

 

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
July 21, 2012

As many of you know, early on Friday, at least twelve people were killed when a gunman opened fire at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado.  Dozens more are being treated for injuries at local hospitals.  Some of the victims are being treated at a children’s hospital.

We are still gathering all the facts about what happened, but we do know that the police have one suspect in custody.  And the federal government stands ready to do everything necessary to bring whoever’s responsible for this heinous crime to justice.  We will take every step possible to ensure the safety of all our people.  And we will stand by our neighbors in Colorado during this extraordinarily difficult time.

Even as we come to learn how this happened and who’s responsible, we may never understand what leads anyone to terrorize their fellow human beings.  Such evil is senseless – beyond reason.  But while we will never know fully what causes someone to take the life of another, we do know what makes that life worth living.

The people we lost in Aurora loved, and were loved.  They were mothers and fathers; husbands and wives; sisters and brothers; sons and daughters; friends and neighbors.  They had hopes for the future and dreams that were not yet fulfilled.  And if there’s anything to take away from this tragedy, it’s a reminder that life is fragile.  Our time here is limited and it is precious.  And what matters in the end are not the small and trivial things which often consume our lives.  It’s how we choose to treat one another, and love one another.  It’s what we do on a daily basis to give our lives meaning and to give our lives purpose.  That’s what matters.  That’s why we’re here.

I’m sure many of you who are parents had the same reaction I did when you first heard this news: what if it had been my daughters at the theater, doing what young children enjoy doing every day?  Michelle and I will be fortunate enough to hug our girls a little tighter this weekend, as I’m sure you will do with your children.  But for those parents who may not be so fortunate, we need to embrace them and let them know we will be there for them as a nation.

This weekend I hope everyone takes some time for prayer and reflection – 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 the less publicized acts of violence that plague our communities on a daily basis.  Let us keep all these Americans in our prayers.  And to the people of Aurora, may the Lord bring you comfort and healing in the hard days to come.

Full Text Political Buzz July 20, 2012: Mitt Romney’s Statement on the Aurora, Colorado Shootings: Ann And I Are Saddened By Today’s Tragedy In Colorado

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Romney Reacts to Colorado Shooting

Source: NYT, 7-20-12

Mitt Romney dispensed with a scheduled campaign speech to offer condolences to the lives shattered in “a few moments of evil in Colorado.”…READ MORE

Mitt Romney: Ann And I Are Saddened By Today’s Tragedy In Colorado

Source: Mitt Romney, 7-20-12

Mitt Romney today made the following statement on this morning’s tragic shooting in Aurora, Colorado:

“Ann and I are deeply saddened by the news of the senseless violence that took the lives of 15 people in Colorado and injured dozens more. We are praying for the families and loved ones of the victims during this time of deep shock and immense grief.  We expect that the person responsible for this terrible crime will be quickly brought to justice.”

Full Text Obama Presidency July 20, 2012: President Barack Obama’s Remarks on the Shooting at a Aurora, Colorado Movie Theater

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The Tragedy in Colorado

Source: WH, 7-20-12

President Barack Obama pauses for a moment of silence for the victims of the Colorado shootings (July 20, 2012)President Barack Obama pauses for a moment of silence for the victims of the Colorado shootings, following his remarks in Fort Myers, Fla., July 20, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Just after midnight, a gunman walked into a busy movie theater in Aurora, Colorado and opened fire into the crowd. Police report that 12 people have been killed and dozens more are currently being treated for injuries.

Just moments ago, President Obama discussed the shooting, calling on the country to stand with those who have been touched by the tragedy:

[Even] as we learn how this happened and who’s responsible, we may never understand what leads anybody to terrorize their fellow human beings like this. 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.

Earlier, the President spoke with both the mayor of Aurora, Steve Hogan, and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper — and pledged the full support of federal law enforcement to aid the investigation.

To read President Obama’s full remarks, click here. To read a statement from the President, click here.

Vice President Joe Biden has also issued a statement.

Update: President Obama has issued a proclamation that the flag of the United States be flown at half-staff at the White House and at all public buildings and grounds until sunset on July 25.

Remarks by the President on the Shootings in Aurora, Colorado

Harborside Event Center
Fort Myers, Florida

10:44 A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, let me, first of all, say how grateful I am for all of you being here, and how much we appreciate everything that you’ve done.  I know that there are a lot of people here who have been so engaged in the campaign, have sacrificed so much, people who’ve been involved back since 2007. (Applause.)  And so I want all of you to know how appreciative I am.

And I know many of you came here today for a campaign event. I was looking forward to having a fun conversation with you about some really important matters that we face as a country and the differences between myself and my opponent in this election.  But this morning, we woke up to news of a tragedy that reminds us of all the ways that we are united as one American family.

By now, many of you know, many of you have heard that a few miles outside of Denver in a town call Aurora, at least 12 people were killed when a gunman opened fire in a movie theater, and dozens more are being treated for injuries at a local hospital.  Some of the victims are being treated at a children’s hospital.

We’re still gathering all the facts about what happened in Aurora, but what we do know is that the police have one suspect in custody.  And the federal government stands ready to do whatever is necessary to bring whoever is responsible for this heinous crime to justice.  (Applause.)  And we will take every step possible to ensure the safety of all of our people.

We’re going to stand by our neighbors in Colorado during this extraordinarily difficult time.  And I had a chance to speak with the Mayor of Aurora as well as the Governor of Colorado to express, not just on behalf of Michelle and myself, but the entire American family, how heartbroken we are.

Now, even as we learn how this happened and who’s responsible, we may never understand what leads anybody to terrorize their fellow human beings like this.  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’s 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.  (Applause.)

It’s what we do on a daily basis to give our lives meaning and to give our lives purpose.  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.

I’m sure that many of you who are parents here had 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?  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.

So, again, I am so grateful that all of you are here.  I am so moved by your support.  But there are going to be other days for politics.  This, I think, is a day for prayer and reflection.

So what I’d ask everybody to do, I’d 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.

(Moment of silence.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, everybody.  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 am 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.

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  We love you, Obama!  (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much, everybody.  God bless you.  God bless the United States of America.  (Applause.)

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10:51 A.M. EDT

Political Headlines June 12, 2011: First Photos of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Released Since Shooting

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IN FOCUS: GABBY GIFFORDS PHOTOS RELEASED

 

First photos of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords since the January 8, 2011 shooting were released early morning on June 12, 2011.
To correct the AP article, it does not seem to be discoloration on the left side of her foreheard, but an indent, a result of the injuries Gabby Gifford endured from the shooting.

  • First photos of Gabrielle Giffords released: The first photos of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords since she was shot in the head in a mass shooting in Tucson about five months ago were released early Sunday. The photos appeared on her Facebook page.
    Both pictures show the congresswoman outside. In one she is alone and smiling at the camera, her hair trimmed short with the skin on the side of her head slightly disclored but with no clear sign of any scarring. In the other, she is sitting with a woman.
    Giffords has been in a Houston rehab facility since two weeks after the Jan. 8 shooting. Six people were killed and 13 were injured, including Giffords.
    Since the shooting, the only time the public was able to glimpse Giffords was April 27 as she boarded a plane to Florida to watch astronaut husband Mark Kelly launch into space. The grainy footage showed Giffords slowly but purposefully walking up the airplane’s stairs…. – AP, 6-12-11
  • Gabrielle Giffords’s life and career: Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, known as a rising star in the Democratic party, is smiling in the latest photos released of her, five months a Tucson shooting left her hospitalized… – WaPo, 6-12-11
  • Photos of Congresswoman Giffords:
    Background of the photographer
    The photos were taken by P.K. Weis of SouthwestPhotoBank.com. He has worked as a photojournalist in the Southwest for about four decades. He worked at the Tucson Citizen for 36 years, including 30 as photo editor, until the paper closed in 2009. Weis has known Congresswoman Giffords for more than a decade, since before she was first elected to the Legislature.
    Statement by the photographer “Any photographer in the country would have loved the opportunity to take these pictures and I was delighted to be asked. I’ve known Gabby for more than a decade and her staff asked me to do it because she wanted someone who was not a stranger – someone she would be comfortable around. The photos were taken in her room and in an outside area of the hospital.
    “In addition to the congresswoman, her mother, one of her staff members and a close friend were there. Doctors and nurses also came in and out.“
    It was very inspiring to see how much she had recovered in 4½ months. I was excited to see her and to see her smile. She was glad to see me, was in a good mood, smiling and laughing and seemed to enjoy the experience. I certainly did, too.” — Rep. Gabrielle Gifford Official Facebook Page, 6-12-11

 

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