President Obama addressed the nation regarding the tragic events at a Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. earlier today. "Our hearts are broken," he said, wiping his tears.
The father of two young girls himself, Obama was visibly shaken. He continued, "This evening, Michelle and I will do what every parent in America will do -- hug our children a little tighter and tell them that we love them."
The shooter was a identified as Adam Lanza of New Jersey, according to early reports. Law enforcement officials have confirmed 26 dead at the scene, 20 of them children. Among the adults killed is Lanza's mother, a kindergarten teacher whose entire classroom fell victim.
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Photo from home page: US President Barack Obama wipes a tear from his eye as he speaks during a previously unannounced appearance in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on December 14, 2012 in Washington, DC. Obama spoke following the shooting in a Connecticut Elementary School which left at least 27 people dead. President Obama on Friday ordered US flags on the White House, official buildings and at military facilities to half staff to honor the victims of the school shooting rampage in Connecticut. The order remains in effect until sunset on December 18, the president said in a proclamation, decrying the attack as a 'senseless acts of violence' moments before giving his first on camera reaction to the tragedy. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)