President Obama’s Worst Day in Office
I know many individuals and also have some good friends who strongly dislike the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama.
But this is not a political blog. This is not about Democrats vs. Republicans. This is about what the President calls his worst day in office. That day was December 14, 2012 when 20 children and six adults were murdered in Sandy Hook. The Huffington Post talked with one of President Obama's closest advisors, Valerie Jarrett, who accompanied him that day, and told the online news source that his days following the tragedy just got progressively worse.
Two days later on December 16, the President traveled to Sandy Hook to walk the school speaking with first-responders and family members, doing his best to console the individuals who were directly affected by this unconscionable tragedy. I cannot even begin to imagine what it must have been like.
There is not a lot of detail that's been written about those days because the President, according to Jarrett, has a difficult time talking about them. Jarrett remembers one man in particular who after speaking with the President completely collapsed, not being able to hold it together.
On Sunday, December 16, President Obama gave a memorial speech to a town full of mourners.
Here in Newtown, I come to offer the love and prayers of a nation. I am very mindful that mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow, nor can they heal your wounded hearts. I can only hope it helps for you to know that you're not alone in your grief; that our world too has been torn apart; that all across this land of ours, we have wept with you, we've pulled our children tight. And you must know that whatever measure of comfort we can provide, we will provide; whatever portion of sadness that we can share with you to ease this heavy load, we will gladly bear it. Newtown - you are not alone.
No matter if it's a Democrat or a Republican who becomes the 45th President of the United States, I pray to God that it won't be necessary to make that kind of speech to another community faced with tragedy. Here are the final words of the President's speech.
May God Bless and keep those we've lost in His heavenly place. May He grace those we still have with His holy comfort. And may He bless and watch over this community, and the United States of America.