President Barack Obama wipes his eye as he talks about the Connecticut elementary school shooting [14.12.2012]
The majority of those who died were children. Beautiful little kids between the ages of five and ten-years-old. They had their entire lives ahead of them – birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. Among the fallen were also teachers, men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams, so our hearts are broken today.For the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children and for the families of the adults who were lost. Our hearts are broken for the parents of the survivors as well, for as blessed as they are to have their children home tonight, they know that their children’s innocence has been torn away from them too early and there are no words that will ease their pain.
[…] This evening Michelle and I will do what I know every parent in America will do, which is hug our children a little tighter. We’ll tell them that we love them and we’ll remind each other how deeply we love one another. But there are families in Connecticut that cannot do that tonight and they need all of us right now. In the hard days to come that community needs us to be at our best as Americans, and I will do everything in my power as President to help.
First Sandy, Then a Nor’easter
Under ordinary circumstances, a Nor’easter of this size might not have been a big deal. But for communities still reeling from the wrath of Hurricane Sandy, Wednesday’s fall of sleet and snow plunged many right back into darkness — while others were evacuated all over again. Still others still haven’t returned home. Ben Lowy, on assignment for Tumblr covering the aftermath of Sandy, snapped these shots on Staten Island yesterday.