President Barack Obama has urged Americans to “stand together” with the people of Aurora following Friday’s deadly cinema shooting.
Obama said political campaigning for November’s election to the White House should be set aside
on what was a day for “prayer and reflection”.
Speaking at an event in Fort Myers, Florida, he told the crowd.
“I’m sure many of you are parents who had the same reaction I did when we heard the news. My daughters go to the movies. What if Malia and Sasha had been at the theatre as so many of our kids do every day?
“Michelle and I will be fortunate enough to hug our girls a little tighter tonight and I am sure you will do the same with your children. But for those parents who may not be so lucky, we have to embrace them and let them know we wil be there for them as a nation.”
Our correspondent in Washington, Stefan Grobe, said: “The senseless killing in Colorado came at a time of highly charged political atmosphere in this election year. President Obama and Mitt Romney both interrupted the campaign that had become increasingly nasty during the last weeks. At least for the moment, the country is united in mourning. Americans have a remarkable ability to support one another in times of crisis. This is one of those times.”