Obama to meet with families of victims in Colorado
July 21st, 2012
04:55 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama to meet with families of victims in Colorado

(CNN) - President Barack Obama will travel to Colorado Sunday to visit with the families of victims who died in Friday's movie theater shooting, the White House said late Saturday.

Homeland Security adviser John Brennan updated Obama overnight Friday and Saturday regarding developments in the investigation and authorities' efforts to disarm traps which had been set at the suspect's apartment, an administration official told CNN earlier.

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Brennan alerted the president of the shooting shortly before 5:30 a.m. ET on Friday.

Just after 7 a.m. on Friday, Obama issued a statement calling the shooting "horrific and tragic," as well as saying his "administration will do everything that we can to support the people of Aurora in this difficult time."

Both he and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney modified their campaign plans, and instead each delivered a statement on the shootings.

"Even as we learn how this happened and who's responsible, we may never understand what leads anybody to terrorize their fellow human beings like this," he said at what was previously planned to have been a campaign event in Fort Meyers, Florida. "Such violence, such evil is senseless. It's beyond reason. But while we will never know fully what causes somebody to take the life of another, we do know what makes life worth living."

After the event, Obama "had a brief greeting with supporters including grassroots and some donors who were scheduled to be at the event," a senior campaign official said.

Upon returning to the White House, press secretary Jay Carney said he was to meet in the Oval Office with Brennan, Vice President Joe Biden, FBI Director Robert Muller, White House Chief of Staff Jacob Lew, White House Counsel Kathy Ruemmler and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said at a Friday press conference that Obama had called him and the city's mayor.

Both Romney and Obama pulled down their ads in Colorado, as did several groups which are supporting their candidacies.

- CNN's Jessica Yellin, Dan Lothian, and Brianna Keilar contributed to this report

Also see:

- Both parties focus on Colorado shooting in weekly addresses

- Romney calls for unity following Colorado shooting

- Obama, after shooting, tells supporters 'Such evil is senseless'

- Bloomberg demands gun action from Obama and Romney

- Campaigns pull ads after shooting

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  1. donnie

    yes this president cares. He has been up front on every situation that has come up since he took office. It is good to know that we have him in the white house. Asault guns run about 2 grand what do we hunt with them.?? I own guns and hunt but do we need guns with 100 round clips? Just asking. Prayers to the familys . Forward. 2012

    July 22, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. T'sah From Virginia

    ►He went to Joplin, Tuscon, the Gulf Coast, the fires and where certain floods happened so why should he not go to Aurora.◄

    Because many believe that he should NOT have gone to all of those places so they can have something negative to say that makes more sense to them – You are right, President Obama is damned if he does and damned if he does not!!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    July 22, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  3. george of the jungle

    ol bishop mitt will make sure they are all baptised this week.

    July 22, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. Bob

    This self serving POS using this tragedy to campaign. If there were any fence sitters out there I hope this disgusts you as much as it does me.

    July 22, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. Bob

    Will the shame of this man find no boundaries. Using this tragedy to pander for votes.

    July 22, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
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