WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama faced the horror of the movie theater massacre in Colorado in person Sunday, making a brief stop in a shattered town to comfort families of the victims senselessly gunned down while viewing a blockbuster movie.
The impossible-to-understand killings — apparently the work of an unhinged former doctoral student — briefly silenced the presidential campaign over the weekend. Both Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney cut short their schedules late last week and closed down their television advertising in Colorado out of respect for the victims and their families.
“We need to embrace them and let them know we will be there for them as a nation,” Obama said Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address.
The president planned just a brief visit to Colorado — a bit under 2 1/2 hours — during which he also met with local officials in Aurora, where