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Joshua Dubois: What the President secretly did at Sandy Hook Elementary School

Below is an excerpt from The President’s Devotional by Joshua Dubois, the former head of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He’s recounting events that occurred Sunday, December 16, 2012 — two days after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and 6 adult staff members. Dubois had gotten word the day before that the President wanted to meet with the families of the victims:

I left early to help the advance team—the hardworking folks who handle logistics for every event—set things up, and I arrived at the local high school where the meetings and memorial service would take place. We prepared seven or eight classrooms for the families of the slain children and teachers, two or three families to a classroom, placing water and tissues and snacks in each one. Honestly, we didn’t know how to prepare; it was the best we could think of.

The families came in and gathered together, room by room. Many struggled to offer a weak smile when we whispered, “The president will be here soon.” A few were visibly angry—so understandable that it barely needs to be said—and were looking for someone, anyone, to blame. Mostly they sat in silence.

I went downstairs to greet President Obama when he arrived, and I provided an overview of the situation. “Two families per classroom . . . The first is . . . and their child was . . . The second is . . . and their child was . . . We’ll tell you the rest as you go.”

The president took a deep breath and steeled himself, and went into the first classroom. And what happened next I’ll never forget.

Person after person received an engulfing hug from our commander in chief. He’d say, “Tell me about your son. . . . Tell me about your daughter,” and then hold pictures of the lost beloved as their parents described favorite foods, television shows, and the sound of their laughter. For the younger siblings of those who had passed away—many of them two, three, or four years old, too young to understand it all—the president would grab them and toss them, laughing, up into the air, and then hand them a box of White House M&M’s, which were always kept close at hand. In each room, I saw his eyes water, but he did not break.

And then the entire scene would repeat—for hours. Over and over and over again, through well over a hundred relatives of the fallen, each one equally broken, wrecked by the loss. After each classroom, we would go back into those fluorescent hallways and walk through the names of the coming families, and then the president would dive back in, like a soldier returning to a tour of duty in a worthy but wearing war. We spent what felt like a lifetime in those classrooms, and every single person received the same tender treatment. The same hugs. The same looks, directly in their eyes. The same sincere offer of support and prayer.

The staff did the preparation work, but the comfort and healing were all on President Obama. I remember worrying about the toll it was taking on him. And of course, even a president’s comfort was woefully inadequate for these families in the face of this particularly unspeakable loss. But it became some small measure of love, on a weekend when evil reigned.

From The President’s Devotional. Copyright 2013 Joshua Dubois.

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Children waiting outside the school after the shooting. [photo: Michelle McLoughlin]

1,464 comments on “Joshua Dubois: What the President secretly did at Sandy Hook Elementary School

  1. archsteve
    February 24, 2018

    It surprises me that they would do this at the same site where the children were killed. Great story though.

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    • Faith
      February 24, 2018

      No, the meetings and memorial service took place at the high school. The shootings took place at the elementary school.

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  2. Sara Oney
    February 23, 2018

    Because THAT exemplifies exactly what a President of The United States should and would DO!!

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  3. Margaret Kannenstine
    February 23, 2018

    We miss Obama’s compassion

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  4. Kristen
    February 23, 2018

    Thanks you for your your compassion President Obama!
    You are a wonderful example!

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  5. Sandra Hagan
    February 23, 2018

    Why was nothing done at that time about gun control? Now after the killings in Florida parents and the students are asking President Trump to do something about this. Why didn’t Obama do something?

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    • Bob Lombardo
      February 23, 2018

      Republican Congress.

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    • Caramel
      February 23, 2018

      Obama tried, if you remember to get Congress, those idiots, to vote to remove assault firing clips. They voted no, because of the NRA. Most Dems love those demons in the NRA but could care less about our children, what a shame.

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    • Scott Maestro Peoples
      February 23, 2018

      Obama did. Regulations on assault rifle sales, background checks, gun show sale regulations, ammunition, ammunition clips…all the regulations repealed by your 2 bit con man.

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    • Shaorn
      February 23, 2018

      He did what he could. But Trump, in his “wisdom” undid it a year ago.

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    • Liana
      February 23, 2018

      Because there was a GOP-controlled Congress that would not even listen to options about gun control. Simple as that. And they were all bought and paid for by the NRA.

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    • Mary L. Hosch
      February 23, 2018

      He did and President Trump undid it!!

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    • Bonnie Kittle
      February 23, 2018

      He did. He proposed gun control legislation and the republican congress voted it down. google it. He tried many times during his tenure and each time the congress followed the NRA’s wishes and voted it down. He ended up resorting to executive orders which Trump reversed as soon as he got into office. It’s the GOP and Trumps turn now.

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    • Jane Barber
      February 23, 2018

      Because the Republicans,voted against,

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    • Thomas Watkins
      February 24, 2018

      Obama tried several times. Congress refused. Both parties had a NRA block on 60% so he did what he could he issued executive orders. Which trumps tore up

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    • Greg
      February 24, 2018

      Why didn’t President Bush?

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    • Sue Vause
      February 24, 2018

      MR. Obama DID try to ‘do something ‘ about it but the repubs just laughed in his face. The republican congress would not do ANYTHING for a black man such as he. THEY were not going to let him win a single victory while he was president.
      So, that’s your answer Miss Republican!

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    • Dennis Storm
      February 24, 2018

      That is a no brainer. Republicans controlled the House, Senate and Supreme Court. The President can not submit Legislation.

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  6. Richard A Graham
    February 23, 2018

    Trump could not have a clue in a meeting were he was not the center of attention. In these meetings, the families and lost love ones were what was important.

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  7. Greg dee
    February 22, 2018

    Thanks for sharing the former potus’ handling the sandy hook tragedy.
    I also very much like prez trump’s meeting with victim’s relatives from columbine and the 2/14/2018 murders of 17 more victims (the name of the school escapes me at present). I believe he is very sincere to get changes made. Keep it up Donald… Thank you…

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  8. Daniele
    February 22, 2018

    God bless President Obama and thank you so much for sharing this story. The country needs this story right now.

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  9. Colleen Walsh Wolterbeek
    February 22, 2018

    God Bless you President Obama, You are still MY PRESIDENT, NOT THE LYING POS WHO WE CALL POTUS NOW!

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  10. Ryn
    February 22, 2018

    Someday America might realise this was the best president they ever had.

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  11. Sharon Reed-Erickson
    February 22, 2018

    So thankful for his strength and thoughtfulness.

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  12. Almeta Perry Smith
    February 22, 2018

    Because President Barack Obama was a man with heart, dignity, humanity and grace! Love his humaness.

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  13. Claudia
    February 22, 2018

    That is a real man …and a real President.

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  14. Daniel Clary
    February 22, 2018

    No words can express my respect for what Barack did that day. Thank you Mr. PRESIDENT…WE MISS YOU.

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  15. Pingback: Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t remember Obama having to take a note with him when he met the parents of those who died at Sandy Hook, reminding him to have empathy

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  17. Shannon
    February 22, 2018

    Do NOT act like he did something extraordinary what he did was something every compassionate decent human should do. Then he went in the room with Monsanto and signed the months Hunter protection act which personally attacked every single one of those families by placing GMOs in their food not labeling them in poisoning the American people so please don’t act like he’s a saint. It is offencive.

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    • Felicia Lam
      February 22, 2018

      What President is a saint? What he did right then and there was because sadly not every President took that kind of time with each victims’ family. It was something each of those families needed. You act like we can’t acknowledge the good at all. He also created a bill to limit access to guns by the mentally ill and tried to create more gun regulations but GOP wasn’t having it. Again what he did at that moment for the families was right and sadly not everyone was being compassionate towards them and some families are still being harassed by conspiracy nuts.

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    • Mickey
      February 22, 2018

      Your spelling and lack of proper punctuation is offensive; which is the correct spelling, by the way. Regardless of what you may think of Mr. Obama, his actions and interaction with grief we should, hopefully, never feel, is far more upstanding than anything the current president has done, with or without a crib sheet to prompt his “feelings.”

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  18. Pingback: Someone can correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t remember Obama having to take a note with him when he met the parents of those who died at Sandy Hook, reminding him to have empathy

  19. James Aikman
    February 21, 2018

    Thanks for sharing! Good luck with your book which should be and inspiring uplift amid such times as these.

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  20. Pingback: Someone can correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t remember Obama having to take a note with him when he met the parents of those who died at Sandy Hook, reminding him to have empathy

  21. Flavia Franco
    February 21, 2018

    Lovely. I am glad I read this. An honorable compassionate man. Golden.

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  22. Stoughton Sterling, III
    February 21, 2018

    President Obama set the standard of leadership that all others should be judged. He was truly unique with the depth of his compassion and ability to express it. It was sad that the Replicant led Congress made it their overriding goal to oppose everything he did. Now, Trump is doing everything he can to reverse the achievements of the Obama administration. We no longer have the leadership we need for our country.

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  23. Patti
    February 21, 2018

    These people who write that the guns were used illegally, that Obama didn’t do anything, need to look up the facts and stop creating truly fake news.
    The President couldn’t get anything done in Congress because the Republicans blocked everything he wanted to accomplish. I remember the feeling of anger and frustration over this. The NRA funded Republicans are an embarrassment to our country as well as the small minded narcissistic person we are stuck with for the next 3 years!
    I miss President Obama in the White House!

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    • Diane Kelley
      February 21, 2018

      Sorry, Patti, but Obama had a majority in Congress and a super-majority in the Senate for the first two years of his Administration. He did nothing about guns, nor immigration. He felt it was more important for the government to seize control of 1/6 of our economy.

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      • Bill Murray
        February 21, 2018

        He walked into the Presidency immediately after the economy had crashed, not just in America but in the entire world. There was steady apprehension about an international depression. He inherited a crisis and successfully halted the fall and gradually brought us back from the edge. He was fought every step of the way by the Republicans. Even those Democrats who focused more on their specific agendas critisized his focus and were somewhat obstructionist. He needed everyone behind him, but found partisan resistance that was publicly voiced by none other than Mitch McConnell who stated that the goal was to make him a one term president. Context is everything.

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      • RAC
        February 21, 2018

        Sorry, Diane, but President Obama chose to use control of Congress to pass critical health care legislation that helped millions of Americans who desperately needed it. Oh, and he had that little problem of nearly dead economy that was handed to him by his predecessor who was busy sending our soldiers to die in a senseless war and running up our national debt. What has the current president done with his majority control of Congress? Well, not much, but he did manage to give a massive tax cut to his wealthy friends and family…and himself, of course.

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      • Eric Fried
        February 21, 2018

        Diane, you are repeating incorrect Republican talking points. When Obama took office in January, 2009, he only had 58 Democratic votes, because Republican obstruction and endless lawsuits and recounts prevented Minnesota Senator Al Franken from taking office until July 7th, 2009. By then, Arlen Specter had left the Republican Party in disgust and become a Democrat. That would have made 60, but Ted Kennedy was suffering from terminal brain cancer and stopped attending the Senate in March. It wasn’t until Kennedy passed away in late August, 2009, and an interim successor was named on September 24th, 2009, that the Democrats actually had 60 votes. Even then, Robert Byrd (aged 91 and in frail health) missed more than half his votes. On February 4, 2010, Republican Scott Brown was sworn in as Senator, having won the special election to replace Kennedy.

        During those four months and one week, Congress was in session for a total of 72 days. So for 72 days the Democrats held a 60 seat, filibuster-proof supermajority in the United States Senate.

        I agree that Obama should have done more – pushing single payer health care AND immigration reform AND gun control – but please stop peddling the lie that the Democrats had a supermajority for two years.

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        • Trish
          February 22, 2018

          I love you. Usually I find the words and pride myself on leaving articulate, well thought out comments. You’ve already done that. Thank you!

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        • word9942
          February 24, 2018

          Hi Eric, Thanks for your comments. Obama couldn’t have done more to protect children from gun violence, and respond to the needs of the public in addressing this crisis.

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      • Tony Basiliere
        February 21, 2018
        • word9942
          February 23, 2018

          Tony, Not sure what you mean by “Sorry Patti”, unless you are offering condolences for the pain she experienced, but if you are rebutting her post, your link does not accomplish that at all.

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      • Bob frost
        February 21, 2018

        There wouldn’t have been much of an economy hasn’t he taken the necessary steps to ensure its recovery, with help from some of the same republicans who later put their party above the national interest

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      • Florence Mcfarlane
        February 22, 2018

        How about getting the economy coming back! We were in a depression from the evil republicans starting 2 wars and destroying our whole economy. some people never remember things like that and keep voting in the evil horrible republicans who just line their pockets and to hell with other people and country. you probably voted for trump who just gave our economy to corporations and the wealthy. remember that when every thing goes in the toilet!!

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      • btkegley
        February 22, 2018

        “This Congress has been considered one of the most productive Congresses in history in terms of legislation passed since the 89th Congress, during Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society”
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/111th_United_States_Congress

        “On January 15, 2013, Vice President Biden delivered his policy proposals to President Obama. On January 16, 2013, the President put forward a specific plan to protect our children and communities by reducing gun violence. The plan combines executive actions and calls for legislative action that would help keep guns out of the wrong hands, ban assault and high-capacity magazines, make our schools safer, and increase access to mental health services.”
        https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/node/193271

        “On January 26, 2013, [President Obama] announced 23 executive actions to reduce gun violence”
        https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/sites/default/files/docs/november_exec_actions_progress_report_final.pdf

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      • Seth
        February 22, 2018

        Nope.
        “Did President Obama have “total control” of Congress? Yes, for 4 entire months. And it was during that very small time window that Obamacare was passed in the Senate with 60 all-Democratic votes.

        Did President Obama have “total control’ of Congress during his first two years as president? Absolutely not and any assertions to the contrary…..as you can plainly see in the above chronology….is a lie.”

        Read and understand that what you think you know is malarkey, as is most of what corporate media recites to us.
        https://www.ohio.com/akron/pages/when-obama-had-total-control-of-congress

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      • David
        February 22, 2018

        President Obama did not have a super majority in the Senate except for a very brief period because Senator Kennedy was not present for much of the period when the Democrats held 60 seats. If a Senator is not present they can’t vote.

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      • revgerry
        February 24, 2018

        No, only until Ted Kennedy died in 2009.

        Plus, Sandy Hook was in 2012.

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    • Robbie
      February 22, 2018

      Well said! So very true.

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  24. Phyllis
    February 21, 2018

    It was very nice of him. BUT more importantly, did anything change, improve to truly satisfy the parents and families loss of their child (children). No, so in essence, who cares he gave his time. The most important message here, nothing changed. Student violence is more out of control than ever!!!

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    • John Bates
      February 22, 2018

      I am not an Obama as president fan, but to expose yourself to another’s pain like that, is a remarkable act. It was an act of compassion and humanity. It was not “required”…but freely given. I can’t imagine how difficult that must have been, albeit not as difficult as it was for each family to live through that time.

      So Phyllis, no claims are being made that this moment changed history….but as for who cared…ask the families.

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    • David
      February 22, 2018

      You are a socially dead person if you think President Obama wasted his time. Why don’t you ask the GOP why they worked so assiduously to make sure nothing was done after Sandy Hook, just as they are working now to make sure nothing is done after the most recent shooting atrocity?

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  25. Elloise A Sumey
    February 21, 2018

    That is the truth of a President who honors his position and the citizens he serves.

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  26. Joseph De Cross
    February 21, 2018

    I can imagine clearly his words. Never needed a Prompter or written speech. Today we have a puppet who doesn’t condemn the NRA and Russians, except crooked Hillary, the fake news and little Munchkin Sessions.

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    • Pilot Dave
      February 21, 2018

      Joe, take your ObamaBong & Hash to your safe place – it will be a long and painful 7 more years for you…

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      • Perry Amsden
        February 21, 2018

        I find your attitude so appalling that I don’t know how you can live with yourself.

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      • Daniel Egbers
        February 21, 2018

        This article is about respect for others, empathy, and concern for grieving families. I would not expect you of the current occupant of the White House to appreciate any of those concepts.

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      • C.C. Hill
        February 21, 2018

        Wow! Aren’t you the clever one. You have no regard for anyone as evidenced by your obnoxious comment. Let me guess, naw… never mind; you’re not worth anyone’s breath or heartbeats.

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      • Chynz
        February 21, 2018

        Pilot, You’re a joke, and a rotten shit-turd for a human being. People came here to remember the victims and sympathize with the Florida students, recounting the days when we had a president who actually cared and for the first time actually shed a genuine tear during his address towards the victims. And in the midst of that speech a little bit of politics about prevention thru any means, particularly thru gun control and mental health. So take your partisan rhetoric and grinch-like behavior and troll someone who cares what you say or believe. Better-yet, go hug your second amendment for as long as you can because eventually we will win the debate when your sides greedy lobbying ends and the world finally sees the truth in your dubious lies.

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        • Janet Cervantes
          February 21, 2018

          You are not simply here to remember the tragedy. You are bashing the heck out of Trump and the NRA. Why ‘condem’ the NRA? Oh, and why is it OK for OBAMA to offer thoughts and prayers?

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    • Janet Cervantes
      February 21, 2018

      Why ‘condem’ the NRA? Oh, and why is it OK for OBAMA to offer thoughts and prayers?

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  27. Stephanie MannStephania mann
    February 21, 2018

    Mr Obama must have been a wonderful President. he sounds like a person that people could love easily. I hope the people at this school the families and peers take some consolation from the generous warmth and affection that this man gave to them.

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    • Janet Cervantes
      February 21, 2018

      I wholeheartedly agree! The genuine warmth and love expressed by our President Trump WAS terrific, sincere and extremely moving

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      • jdimauro44
        February 23, 2018

        re: ‘7 more years…’ Don’t bet the farm on it… 🙂

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  28. Nascar Fan
    February 21, 2018

    That was very nice. Then what did Obama do to stop the mass shootings? Nothing.. Thoughts and prayers and hugs are very needed always, don’t change laws.

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    • Nici Kobrowski
      February 21, 2018

      Gee, Obama tried to get a law passed for a ban on assault weapons after the CT school shooting but the bastards in Congress wouldn’t pass it. He passed two gun laws which allowed guns in checked luggage and concealed weapons in national parks. No mass shootings there. He also signed an executive order calling for stricter background checks. What failed because the Repubs controlled Congress much of the time so all the other gun bills he proposed, including bans on assault weapons failed. Because the Congress was getting kickbacks from the NRA. And then the NRA started a propaganda trail on him saying all sorts of falsehoods, and the people bought it.

      But let’s not forget that last year, Trump revoked the stricter gun background check Obama put into place.

      Take a good look at all the measures that have not made it into law thanks to Congress. You’re welcome. https://www.npr.org/2018/02/19/566731477/chart-how-have-your-members-of-congress-voted-on-gun-bills

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      • Pilot Dave
        February 21, 2018

        Nick – All of these school shootings were done with illegally possessed guns. What additional law would have prevented a criminal from doing their crime? Please explain without your HATE speech. Nothing will change with such irrational thought.

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        • S Paul
          February 21, 2018

          Where did you learn that these were all done with illegally possessed guns?? I don’t thing that is correct.

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          • Janet Cervantes
            February 21, 2018

            The guns WOULD HAVE BEEN ILLEGAL in the hands of the past several mass shooters, had oir Army, Air Force and FBI been doing their jobs. There are strict laws on the books, but these agencies failed to follow up and/or place their names in the existing registry

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        • Ed Hun
          February 21, 2018

          All of them, huh? You would know that was a lie if you read up on the most recent one (and most of them, in fact). The shooter at the school in Florida bought his legally (but if Trump hadn’t revoked Obama’s order to deny them to those with mental issues, that might have been avoided).

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    • Shelley Anderson
      February 21, 2018

      Please remember that President Obama was being squelched by the Republicans at every turn. He tried very hard to get some legislation on guns passed but all were rejected. And Trump just recently obliterated a bill of Obama’s on AR-15’s. As long as there’s big money, Republicans and the nra involved nothing will change.

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      • Pilot Dave
        February 21, 2018

        Shelley – it is called the Bill of Rights, as upheld by our SCOTUS…. Besides, all of these school shootings were done with illegally possessed guns. Think about it for a moment before your emotions control your mouth.

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    • plywood12
      February 21, 2018

      Fuck you–He was faced with a Congress controlled by the right wing that would do absolutely nothing, just as they are doing now. Quit being a fucking drone for the right wing you idiot.

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  29. Mary Hofker
    February 21, 2018

    I knew President Obama went to Sandy Hook but of course didn’t know he did All of this. It doesn’t surprise me. He was, and still is, such a Great man. He wasn’t afraid to show his emotions. I can see him in my minds eye doing these things. This is what a President who Love’s & cares this country & the people in it.
    Thank You President Obama for your love & direction. And Bless you & your family.

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  30. Olga Geoffrion
    February 21, 2018

    President Barack Obama is a man of true
    integrity, class and great compassion. I cannot sufficiently emphasize how very lucky we were to have him in the WH for 8 years! What we have now is a boorish ignoramus and cantankerous toddler who is doing great harm to our democratic system of government.

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    • Bingo McGee
      February 21, 2018

      He gave hugs. That’s awesome… but them nothing changed. Nothing. The current president, hopefully will learn from decades of doing nothing. If he doesn’t, hopefully the next one will.

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      • Bibi Gee
        February 21, 2018

        Trump is never going to learn anything. He is a deranged narcissist who can’t string one short sentence together unless someone writes it for him. He has no empathy, no compassion, a hole where his soul should be. President Obama was hamstrung by the Rs in Congress, and the EO he signed keeping the mentally ill from owning guns was rescinded by Trump.

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      • Ken schell
        February 21, 2018

        OMG!!!

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      • Rochelle
        February 21, 2018

        It wasn’t his job alone. McDonnell made it clear that the goal was to obstruct Obama at every turn, including gun legislation.

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  31. Diane Butler
    February 21, 2018

    Such an incredible man, I can’t begin to imagine the pain in each of thoses rooms. President Obama comforted them not only as their President but as their fellow human being.

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  32. Sandi JULIUS
    February 21, 2018

    Must have the most gut-wrenching moments of his life. Thank you for everything you tried to do.

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  33. Michele Horacek
    February 21, 2018

    You are such a wonderful man. We miss you
    terribly. Thanks for all you did and tried to do for all of us.

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  34. Bruce F. Literal
    February 21, 2018

    Just, Thank You for your caring service. Sadly, life is often not fare. Compassion and care is the measure of strength. Yours is much appreciated. We understand the sudden loss of a child. Pain that we learn to live with but never forget.

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  35. Kim Anne
    February 21, 2018

    Thank you.

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    • Neormia Briggs
      February 21, 2018

      President Obama was a great president with a heart, filled with LOVE & Kindness!

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  36. Patricia Laurin
    February 21, 2018

    Dtrump is such a shallow person compared to President Obama!! WE were so lucky to have the President’s sincere comforting gestures when tragedy happens in our country!! Miss him terribly!!

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  37. Gloria alvarado
    February 21, 2018

    What a difference

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  38. Carol Wright Davis
    February 20, 2018

    I am so proud of him for doing something that had to be so hard. A great man. So glad we had him as our President. Thank you Mr Obama.

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  39. Priscilla Spence
    February 20, 2018

    President Obama was and is a very caring man. No one could miss the sorrow in his eyes every time he had to announce another school shooting. What an upstanding, compassionate, and loving generous person who stood with the parents and families of the victims. May he continue to be a beacon of hope to those that were touched by such tragedy and a reminder that even the most powerful can be there for the hurting.

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  40. Andrea
    February 20, 2018

    Prayers and Peace.

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  41. Mary lofty
    February 20, 2018

    Just a note from the wonderful book of pictures from the Obamacare presidency…
    Before leaving DC for that long long day, the president attended a dress rehearsal for Sasha’s school concert since he would be in Connecticut on the night of the show. After the rehearsal, he was talking with some of the younger students congratulating them on their performance. He asked one how old she was. She replied ‘six’ and he almost lost it. The pain of losing a child hurt his heart!

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    • Rachel Port
      February 21, 2018

      I remember seeing that, and now I just think, you don’t have to look to Sandy Hook for the contrast. Can you imagine Trump taking the time to make arrangements and attend something for Barron, with or without the strain this particular event involved?

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  42. Judith Tiedemann
    February 20, 2018

    I miss President Obama SO much! The contrast between him and most of our former Presidents, and especially our current one, is astounding. His Grace and his Dignity are something that should be present in any Leader, and I so wish we could have him back.

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  43. Sue Taylor
    February 20, 2018

    He is a compassionate and caring man — and he was an outstanding President we can be proud of. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the man who occupies the oval office currently.

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  44. Doug Jerome
    February 20, 2018

    It all revolves around and individuals Civility and Morality.

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  45. V Hainlen
    February 20, 2018

    I did not always agree with President Obama’s politics, but he was and still is an outstanding person….just a really good person. I am so glad that he was there for the families of Sandy Hook and I believe that he did everything possible to make changes in the gun laws. God bless him.

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    • B.K. HASKELL
      February 21, 2018

      Many of Pres. Obama’s actions were negatively criticized because many did not perceive or recognize that these were steps toward a more peaceful world. He worked very hard and took specific steps toward stability in the world but many did not understand these steps and said he was weak. Little did they know..Maybe the critics didn’t understand that peace costs less than war.

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  46. Mike Hughes
    February 20, 2018

    May all Americans rise United and bring the current government down and get back on track with 21s century government and human welfare not warfare from a coward , named d trump

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    • Bingo McGee
      February 21, 2018

      Sweet..calling for a treasonous revolt against a duly elected sitting president because you don’t like his personality. Good for you sweetie. That’s just adorable.

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  47. Kathy Howard
    February 20, 2018

    I miss President Obama’s compassion and empathy for others. He was truly what I wanted and needed in a President. He made me feel safe and feel like everything will be alright, no matter what. He handled crises with grace when they arose.

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    • Stephanie
      February 21, 2018

      How nice for you. Too bad other people in other countries weren’t able to feel safe with Obama as POTUS…ya know, because he was actively bombing MULTIPLE countries and authorizing the murder of civilians with drones.

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      • Merry Martin
        February 21, 2018

        Trump killed more civilians with drones in one year than Obama did in 8.

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  48. Kristine Stewart
    February 20, 2018

    Well, clearly, that man, that human being, with empathy and intellect, with love in his heart, comforted his people, his constituents, the people of our country.

    What we have now is indescribable, ignorant, and without honor.

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