President Obama spoke with intense emotion about the tragic shooting that left 27 dead and others injured at an elementary school in Newtown.
He began his remarks with what sounded like a call to action: "We've endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years." But the rest of his speech was a deeply emotional tribute to the victims and their families.
"Each time I hear the news I react not as a president...but as a parent," Obama said. "I know there's not a parent in America who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief I do."
"Most of the victims today were children. Beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old." Here there was a pause as the president struggled not to break down. "They had their entire lives ahead of them."
"Our hearts are broken today...there are no words that will ease their pain. I will do my best to help. Because while nothing can replace...a loved one, we can all extend a hand to those in need."
And, he concluded, "in the words of scripture, heal the broken-hearted and bind up their wounds."
Posted 12:35pm PST.