President Obama today mourned the loss of life in the Connecticut school massacre and issued a call to action. Obama said: “[W]e’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.”
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney earlier said it was inappropriate to discuss the politics of gun control so soon after a gunman murdered 26 people — including 20 children — at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. But a visibly upset Obama seemed poised to open the debate sometime soon, suggesting in his remarks that the status quo is unacceptable.
The text of Obama’s remarks is
Listen closely and you can hear the sounds of a “fiscal cliff” deal NOT coming together. The first week of the lame-duck Congress brought multiple pledges of bipartisan cooperation from President Obama and congressional Republican and Democratic leaders. But there has been very little – if any – movement in the two sides’ positions, which, in fact, may be hardening prior to the serious negotiating sessions expected to begin after Thanksgiving.
Republican nominee Mitt Romney was proclaimed the winner of the Oct. 3 presidential debate by wide swaths of the media, while President Obama’s performance was criticized by his own allies. On a policy level, however, Romney’s comments on Medicare, health care in general and taxes appeared to represent a significant shift to the center – and away from the alliance he’s tried to nurture with the tea party movement. This, more than Obama’s downcast demeanor, is likely to carry real implications for the rest of the presidential contest.