President Obama To Visit Grieving Families

By: CBS NEWS (posted by Justin Surrency)
By: CBS NEWS (posted by Justin Surrency)

CBSNEWS-Sunday, two days after the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., President Obama will travel to the grief-stricken town to take part in an interfaith vigil and meet with victims' families and first responders.

"Tomorrow evening the president will travel to Newtown, CT to meet with the families of those who were lost and thank first responders," White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement today. "The president will also speak at an interfaith vigil for families of the victims as well as families from Sandy Hook Elementary scheduled for 7PM EST."

On Friday, following the news of the massacre, the president told the nation: "As a country, we have been through this too many times." For Mr. Obama, his visit to Connecticut will be his third trip to a site following a mass shooting in the past 23 months. In January 2011, he took part in a vigil following the mass shooting that injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and this past July, Mr. Obama met with victims' families following the massacre at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo.

During his remarks on Friday, Mr. Obama said, "I know there's not a parent in America who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief I do" and noted that the majority of the victims were "children, beautiful little kids... They had their entire lives ahead of them, birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own."

Word of a presidential visit to Newtown spread earlier Saturday when the mayor of nearby Danbury, Mark Boughton, tweeted that helicopters heard over the area were part of a presidential advance team.

"Those helicopters you hear are the Presidential advance team," Boughton wrote on Twitter. "They are scouting landing locations."


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