Wiping several tears from his eye Barack Obama delivered a heartfelt speech in the wake of Connecticut's fatal school shooting. Speaking from the White House the President described his "overwhelming grief" at Friday's incident which left 27 dead.
Referencing previous tragic indcidents, such as that which took place in July during a screening of the Batman film The Dark Knight Rises Barack Obama said "I react not as a president, but as a parent." The father-of-two paused several times to fight back tears as he spoke of the "beautiful little kids" who died hours earlier in the day.
Speaking of his and the First Lady's reaction personally the President said "this evening Michelle and I will do what I think every parent in America will do, which is hug our children a little tighter and we'll tell them that we love them and we'll remind each other how deeplt we love one another."
The emotional President urged for "meaningful action" to be taken on gun crime saying "I will do everything in my power as President to help" but added that all Americans "can extend a hand to those in need."
Around 10:30 in the morning President Obama was informed of the fatal occurence that saw twenty-year-old Adam Lanza turn up to three firearms on his victims, who include around 20 children aged between five and 10 and adults such as his own mother.
The attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the country's North Eastern state prompted Mr Obama to release a televised statement to the nation in which he said "As a country we have been through this too many times,"
"We're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics."
The President offered his sympathy to the families of both the victims and survivors by adding "Our hearts are broken today, for the parents, grandparents, sisters and brothers of these children, and for the families of the adults who were lost."