Obama pays tribute to Colorado shooting victims
President Obama greets an attendee of the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention, held in Reno, Nevada.
July 23rd, 2012
06:38 PM ET

Obama pays tribute to Colorado shooting victims

RENO, Nevada (CNN) - President Obama honored members of the military who were victims of last week’s movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado at a speech here on Monday.

During remarks at the annual VFW convention, the president began by paying tribute to four of the 12 shooting victims who were either serving or had served in uniform.

“Yesterday I was in Aurora, with families whose loss is hard to imagine - with the wounded, who are fighting to recover; with a community and a military base in the midst of their grief. And they told me of the loved ones they lost,” Obama told the crowd of thousands of veterans gathered at the convention.

Jesse Childress was a staff sergeant in the Air Force reserves. John Larmier served as a Petty Officer Third Class in the Navy. Rebecca Wingo served as a Chinese translator in the Air Force. And Jonathan Blunk served three Navy tours.

“These young patriots were willing to serve in faraway lands, yet they were taken from us here at home,” Obama said. “And yesterday I conveyed to their families a message on behalf of all Americans: We honor your loved ones. We salute their service. And as you summon the strength to carry on and keep bright their legacy, we stand with you as one united American family.”

On Sunday, President Obama traveled to Aurora and visited with all 12 victims’ families as well as several of the injured being treated at the ICU of the University of Colorado Hospital. He spent more than two hours with the families before making a statement to reporters, but he did not attend the public prayer vigil.

After his visit, Obama continued with his previously schedule west-coast trip, stopping first in Reno, Nevada before continuing on to the San Francisco area for fundraisers Monday night. On Tuesday he’ll hold campaign events in Portland and Seattle.

Topics: Aurora shooting • President Obama • VFW

soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Obamaroid Ointment

    So when's Barry going to hug & cry w/ Agents Terry's & Zapata's families, or the 400+ miscellaneous Mexicans' families killed w/ the guns he & Eric Holder sold the south-of-the-border drug cartels from their Fast & Furious gun shop?

    July 23, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
  2. James


    Donate to the Colorado Shooting Victims

    July 23, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
  3. kayla

    much love president obama

    July 23, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
  4. Bettye

    President Obama is such a caring person and has much love for Everybody!

    July 23, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
  5. judy

    great president who cares for out military. Forward 2012

    July 23, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
    • jerry

      so he restricted them in fighting this war....tied their hands behind their backs...then tried his hardest to make them pay for their own medical...give me a break...obama is a fraud and a lier.

      July 23, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
      • Lookwhoistalking

        You mean Romney is a fraud and a lier. Right Jerry Lewis

        July 23, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
  6. Lookwhoistalking

    Colorado will be voting for Obama this November . . . 9 more electoral votes, which increases his numbers to 256! I say, can you see the light at the end of the tunnel?

    July 23, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
  7. jerry

    sickening photo....vomit in my mouth. This obama is a cold eyed chicago politician...and empty soul and an empty shirt.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
    • Lookwhoistalking

      Hey Jerry Lewis, you keep getting you people mixed up . . . Again, you mean Romney photo is sickening and he vomited in your mouth. This Romney is a cold eyed Bain corporate raider and empty soul and an empty shirt. Right Jerry?

      July 23, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
    • ufadoof

      Why do you hate our veterans and active military jerry?

      July 23, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
    • DEcember 2012




      July 24, 2012 at 12:31 am |
    • Lionel

      Come on Jerry, you need to go to Fox news as you will get lots of supporters there.

      Obama is a caring president. Obama Cares.

      July 24, 2012 at 1:01 am |
  8. Name*Liz Carter

    Lookwhoistalking, Jerry is a racist Rethuglican Troll!! He will always speak against the President whatever he does. Had Obama not gone out to Aurora, he'd have been among the very first to come on here complaining about that!! Now that he did go to take his personal condolences, along with the nation's, that makes him sick!! He and Howard hates with a passion anyone who shows admiration, respect, and support for the President just makes them PUKE, because they hate him,....the man so much!! That hate is going to kill them one day!!

    July 24, 2012 at 1:01 am |
  9. Jay in NC

    Obama put over 2,000 guns into the hands of criminals. These included AK-47 variants, Barrett .50 caliber sniper rifles. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and over 150 Mexican citizens were murdered with these guns. The Attorney General now claims executive privilege and is refusing to assist Congress in its investigation.

    Who is the real Joker?

    July 24, 2012 at 5:51 am |
  10. bb

    Anything for a vote, This inept jerk is taking advantage of ill willed people again. Instead of being on letterman or oprah how about creating jobs you freaking moron. More lip service this is above politics B.S. thats all the inept one knows how to do, well he spends money also. Oblameo quit trying be madonna do us all a favor just go away, far far away you are worst than carter and have made bush look good !!!! You really should be ashamed of your self please take the stooges Biden Holden & pelousy with you go sky diving with no chute now that would be an improvement!!!!!

    July 24, 2012 at 11:39 am |