President Barack Obama Sunday solemnly challenged the nation to prevent future tragedies like the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, CT.
At an interfaith service at Newtown, the president read aloud the first names of each victim. And while not explicitly advocating political action in trying to head-off violence, he suggested public officials should not sit idly by.
"We as a nation - we are left with some hard questions," Obama intoned. "We are not doing enough and we'll have to change."
Obama added, "We can't tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end.."
The president's remarks went over well with observers. "I've covered all 4 speeches Obama's made post-gun violence. this is more direct than the others, tho specific remedies will be tougher sell," tweeted Huffington Post's Sam Stein (@samsteinhp).
And Commentary's Jonathan S. Tobin (@TobinCommentary) wrote, "Obama's Newtown memorial speech is as a parent speaking to other parents. Moments like this are when he is at his best."