On the fifth anniversary of the deadly massacre that took place
at Sandy Hook Elementary School, former President Barack
Obama’s press secretary took to social media to remember the
aftermath of the attack.
Jay Carney tweeted on Thursday
about the panic that ensued at the White House on Dec. 14,
2012, after news broke about the attack, in which a shooter
gunned down 20 children and six adults at the Newtown,
Connecticut, elementary school.
Remembering the victims of Sandy Hook:
“5 years ago today was my worst day at the White House,” he
wrote. “I saw my normally stoic boss break down. I lost my
composure at the briefing. As a parent, I could not comprehend
the horror of #SandyHook. I think of those
innocent children, and their brave teachers, all the time.”
The attack left the entire nation reeling, including President
Obama, who lost his composure while addressing the shooting
during a press briefing.
During his address, a solemn Obama wiped away tears as he
expressed “overwhelming grief” for the victims of the shooting
rampage and called on Americans to set aside politics and “take
meaningful action” to prevent more tragedies of this kind.
“That was the worst day of my presidency and it’s not something
that I want to see repeated,” Obama said of the
Speaking at a prayer vigil at Newtown High School
on Dec. 16, 2012, Obama offered condolences to
the victims’ families and also called for immediate action to
prevent future shootings.
“We can’t tolerate this anymore,” Obama said.
“These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change. We
will be told that the causes of such violence are complex, and
that is true. No single law—no set of laws—can eliminate
evil from the world, or prevent every senseless act of violence
in our society. But that can’t be an excuse for inaction.”
“We can’t accept events like this as routine,” he
continued. “Are we really prepared to say that we’re
powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are
too hard? Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on
our children year after year after year is somehow the price of
With just two weeks left until the new year, 2017 has already
earned the tragic distinction as the most deadly
year for mass shootings in U.S. history.
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