Both parties focus on Colorado shooting in weekly addresses
July 21st, 2012
06:00 AM ET
11 years ago

Both parties focus on Colorado shooting in weekly addresses

(CNN) - Devoid of politics, the weekly address of President Barack Obama and House speaker John Boehner coincided on Saturday, with each sending condolences to loved ones whose lives were cut short and those wounded in the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting.

Standing by for further details, both parties expressed regret over the massacre, agreeing to set politics aside in light of the incident.

"This weekend I hope everyone takes some time for prayer and reflection – for the victims of this terrible tragedy, for the people who knew them and loved them, for those who are still struggling to recover, and for all the victims of the less publicized acts of violence that plague our communities on a daily basis. Let us keep all these Americans in our prayers. And to the people of Aurora, may the Lord bring you comfort and healing in the hard days to come," said Obama.

House speaker John Boehner also weighed in on the tragedy.

"My plan today was to share some thoughts with you about the economy. But life, they say, is what happens when you're busy making other plans. There is still so much, too much, to sort out about the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado. Words cannot capture the horror, or make sense of something so senseless. So I won't try. This much I know. I know that when confronted with evil we cannot comprehend, Americans pull together and embrace our national family more tightly," said Boehner.

On Friday, Obama and presumptive GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney modified their campaign schedules, cancelling Friday events as well as pulling some ads from Colorado airwaves.

Romney addressed a crowd in New Hampshire and his wife Ann cancelled an event in Michigan. President Obama also gave a brief speech in Florida following the shooting, canceling another event in Jacksonville.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    It is not the right time to discuss on this issue. Obama, pldesse help victims. We will discuss it and do needed justice after November 10th. God bless this president. Yes, on obama12.
    PS: fervent advise only!

    July 21, 2012 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  2. demwit

    Gun Control! More Police!! More Political involvement!!! Just don't stop calling my favorite villain entertaining....

    July 21, 2012 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  3. ron

    Perhaps, John Boenher should think back to the republican party's blockage of anything to do with gun control in order to appease the NRA. What if, John? I hope the next time you have a chance to do something to protect the innocent, you think about them and their families instead of a lobbyist. We need to control who gets these weapons! The primary sport of assault rifles appears to be "assault" upon fellow citizens. Imagine that! I mean, they aren't called squirrel rifles or hunting rifles. Think about that for a second. They are called "assault rifles" or "tactical rifles". C'mon John!

    July 21, 2012 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  4. T'sah From Virginia

    ►Both parties focus on Colorado shooting in weekly addresses◄
    And this would definitely work for NOW as America coalesces
    But it would not be too long before the political atmosphere digresses
    Back to negative ads – "out of context" untruths and the lies about successes!!

    Who will be first to return to the airways in Colorado?

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!!

    July 21, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  5. Marie MD

    Now that we have heard from the weeper of the house maybe he can tell us what abotu his flake from MN is trying to prove with Abedin?
    Does he know that his crazy tea bagger is more connected to al qaida, the Mexico drug cartel and iran than anyone else she's spewing lies about.
    The crazy one received at least $1,000 from HSBC. A bank that is under investigation for laundering money to al qaida, the Mexico drug cartel and iran. Ouch!! No wonder she was running, ala crazy one from NV, from reporters pretending she is sooooo busy.

    July 21, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  6. Pete

    I'm surprised that Boehner didn't cry,he's good at that you know.He's also good at putting his two cents in when its not really needed and he's a publicity hound loving the cameras and lights of the big time,much more exciting than bartending in Ohio..He also made fun of the amount of times the president has played golf,when it was he,Boehner himself who was also playing golf with him,isn't that hypocritically hilarious,the pot calling the kettle black.Boehner says the president hasn't done anything for the people in jobs when it was republicans who just recently voted against once more another jobs bill that the president put on the floor,the republicans also tried attaching amendments pertaining to the Bush tax extentions but it never passed..This obstructionism can't last forever and people are sick of the party of "NO" and they'll show it in their voting against these treasonistic morons in Novembers elections.The party of "NO"will be no more if intelligent,responsible voters have anything to do about it!!

    July 21, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. A not-so-stupid former republican

    Well, it's nice to see Boehner sober enough to recognize that there was a tragedy in Colorado.

    July 21, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |