Tonight, President Barack Obama spoke at the memorial service for victims of the Newtown, Conn., massacre.
Obama: "I’ll use whatever power this office has to engage my fellow citizens … in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this”
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) December 17, 2012
Obama: "No single law or set of laws can eliminate evil from the world… but that can't be an excuse for inaction." http://t.co/xhGeFWtg
— Taegan Goddard (@politicalwire) December 17, 2012
Although he didn’t say the word “gun control,” the implication was clear.
Some conservatives felt Obama’s injection of politics into the prayer service was inappropriate, but the Left couldn’t say enough about how awesome the speech was:
That may be the finest speech Obama has ever given.
— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) December 17, 2012
Most moving, direct speech I've heard Obama give in 4 yrs in response to gun violence. For the first time, he seems ready to deal with this.
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) December 17, 2012
Bravo Pres Obama "we can't tolerate this anymore. And to end this we must change. Surely we can do better than this". #Newtown
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) December 17, 2012
Great great speech from Obama.
— Pete Yorn (@peteyorn) December 17, 2012
This is a magnificent speech by President Obama. Powerful, eloquent, emotional, determined. He wants action now, not words, on guns.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 17, 2012
right now i really love president obama.
— christina perri (@christinaperri) December 17, 2012
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) December 17, 2012
Point of personal reflection, I've been waiting to hear this type of speech from any politician my entire life.
— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) December 17, 2012
I’m listening to Obama’s speech in Newtown right now. His words are so powerful.
— Jason Pollock (@Jason_Pollock) December 17, 2012
If you didn't see the President's remarks tonight at memorial in Newtown please pull it up and watch.Inspiring,moving. #prayfornewtown
— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) December 17, 2012
An eloquent & passionate opening statement from Obama–setting expectations for policy and political follow-through. #Newtown
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) December 17, 2012