POTUS and Boehner weigh in on Colorado shootings
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July 21st, 2012
10:03 AM ET

POTUS and Boehner weigh in on Colorado shootings

(CNN) – Void 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. (read more at CNN Political Ticker)

soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. jean2009

    Really John Boehner has something to say about gun violence... where was he when he was weilding his gavel against doing anything about reforming gun lawsl? Hypocrite!

    July 21, 2012 at 10:47 am |
    • Howard

      "Yeah ... like I told the Russians ... I'll be more flexible after the election ... code words for: if I get reelected, I'll be able to go back on all my campaign promises ... just like I did in 2008. And, what if I do cover up my crimes ... what are you going to do about it .. complain to the mainstream media? ... they will just defend and excuse me ... they always do. And what if there is incriminating evidence against me? Well, I'll just bury the records, and invoke executive privilege ... and if that doesn't work, who are you going to go to for justice ... Eric Holder? ... Holder works for me !!!"

      July 21, 2012 at 11:50 am |
      • Cynthia L.

        You know Howard, it's like playing the game 'telephone' at a party. One guy says a sentence but, YOU only heard part of what that was. He passes it on to the next guy, and then, the next guy gets it and after it has traveled around the room and gets back to the original speaker it is NOTHING LIKE WHAT YOU THOUGHT THE COMMENT WAS. Please, take what's left of your marbles and go home.

        July 22, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
    • Steveo

      Pure ignorance! Who do you think will have guns removed in the event of guns reform laws? Criminals? Or those who LEGALLY registered their guns? The criminal element will ALWAYS have access to guns! Get real Jean! Your comment is sad and wholly the liberal take! Looks like the second amendment mean nothing to you/ This was tragic yet more have died from abortions. So , lets reform that too, right?

      I could not careless about your citations! Even December 2012 acknowledged words from both the left and the right! on yesterday! But not you,no how, no way! You don't want a gun don't get one!

      July 21, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      What has Obama and Mayor Emanuel done about gun violence in Chicago? Nothing.

      July 21, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        And when they attempt to DO ANYTHING you'll be waiting to blast them on that. Yawn,....been there, done that.

        July 22, 2012 at 9:40 pm |
    • Frank Marshall Davis

      Go back to the daily Kos jean, give people at least the weekend to pay their respects.

      July 21, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        Just like you??

        July 22, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
  2. so

    The time for prayer is right, don't interject anything else, I want our countrymen to pray and it doesn't matter what party they belong to.

    July 21, 2012 at 10:59 am |
  3. judy

    boehner should just sit down and have another drink. Who listens to this clown anyway besides the dumb repo sheep. Forwade 2012

    July 21, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
    • Steveo

      If he said NOTHING, the first thing you would have done was to condemn him for saying NOTHING! Come to think of it, where's Sharpton and/or Jackson?

      July 21, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • Frank Marshall Davis

      Is that the latest moveon.org talking point? Can't you even go a weekend without releasing your hate?

      July 21, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        Just like you.

        July 22, 2012 at 9:42 pm |
  4. Jean Crawford

    This man doesn't have a "heartfelt", honest blood vessel let alone a bone in his body. If he did, he would not accept the enormous pressure and or money from the nra lobby. He wouldn't label people who have worked and paid into medicare and social security plans all of their lives, "the entitled". As a matter of fact he may want to look up the meaning of that word, I know if he did he would find that he and those who support him truly fit the bill sin qua none. As for his family, community commitment, he wouldn't support the oil companies and their subsidaries because if we keep up this pace neither our children nor his will have an earth that sustains us as is. He doesn't read his Bible very well because there are several references in Proverbs alone about the abuse and usery of the poor to benefit the powers that be and the potential and probable outcome of those who do. There are many, many verses in Proverbs that discuss the evil of rulers or leaders who obtain what they want for their personal gain by riding on and stepping on the backs of the poor. And as far as I can see the G.O.P has done nothing but for several years. Send this guy packing and do some serious thinking/reading. GOD love you!

    July 21, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
  5. Cleavette Brown

    Why aren't we calling James Holmes a 'Terrorist"? If he had a middle-eastern background that is what he would be called. The shooting in Colorado is Terrorism by an "American" an dit should be called out as such.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:13 am |
  6. italmn

    John Boehner could really care less about the people of Colorado and their suffering.He promotes Weapons and get big bucks from Lobbiests. He is a useless and worthless human being. Not to mention an absolute full-blown Alcolholic that really has no business makeing any decisions or passing any Laws that affect the lives of the people who are affected by his approval.He is the worst Speaker of the House just like Newt Gengrich but worse. Hopefull he will lose it in November and the T-Party will be voted OUT also. They have caused nothing but problems and have STOPPED all Jobs from passing.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:24 am |
    • Steveo

      IF you read, you would know the gun lobby provided funding in 2008 to Obama as well Your post is so full of ignorance i really don't know where to start! Truth be told I'd rather have Boehner than Nancy "Lets vote for it, so we can know what's in it" Pelosi!

      July 23, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
  7. George Abrahams

    The gunman, Radcliffe Houghton, signed the union-supported petition to recall Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
    His signature is on this petition page:http://images.iverifytherecall.com/images/sw/sw048165.png. This is important. It shows that the violent people are Democrats who oppose the Tea Party.

    October 21, 2012 at 8:44 pm |