Obama Heads to Visit With Families of Victims
Today, President Barack Obama will visit Colorado to spend time with the families of those killed and injured in the massacre that took place in an Aurora cinema plex. Both campaigns pulled back on campaigning over the weekend following the tragic death of 12 people from the shooting.
On Saturday night, Dan Pfeiffer the communications director at the White House made the announcement of Obama’s plans to visit Colorado. Obama’s visit will also include meeting with local and state officials.
The deadly rampage on Friday has silenced, albeit briefly, the race for the presidency, which has become somewhat acrimonious. Both campaigns cut short schedules and pulled advertising. However, Obama’s pause was short-loved. Following his visit to Colorado, he will fly to Reno for a speech on Monday to the VFW, followed by campaign fundraisers in Oregon, Washington and California. On Tuesday, Romney is expected to make a speech to the VFW.
Both Romney and Obama were updated throughout Saturday from Homeland Security advisor John Brennan on the investigation into Friday’s shooting and law enforcements attempts to gain access to the apartment of the suspect, who apparently left it booby-trapped.
Obama plans to meet with as many families of the victims as he can while in Colorado. He wants them to know the he and the first lady along with the entire country are praying for them.
Other lawmakers said the shooting should be a time for unity. John Boehner, the U.S. Speaker of the Hours said in a Saturday Republican address that all lawmakers joined the President in offering prayers and condolences to the families and loved ones of those killed and wounded.