President Barack Obama addressed the nation about the fatal shootings of nine people at Emaunel AME Church on Thursday (June 18) from the press room of The White House in Washington D.C.
The 53-year-old Commander in Chief spoke about the horrific shooting and subsequent hate crime investigation.
“This morning I spoke with, and Vice President Biden spoke with, Mayor Joe Riley and other leaders of Charleston to express our deep sorrow over the senseless murders that took place last night,” he said. “Michelle and I know several members of the AME church, we knew their pastor, Clementa Pinckney…To say our thoughts and prayers are with them and their community doesn’t say enough to convey the heartache and the sadness and the anger that we feel.”
He continued, “I don’t need to be constrained about the emotions that tragedies like these raise. I’ve had to make statements like this too many times. Communities like this have had to endure tragedies like this too many times. We don’t have all the facts but we know innocent people were killed because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun.”
Also pictured below: President Obama‘s wife Michelle arrives at the United States Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo that same day in Milan, Italy.
President Obama Addresses the Nation About Charleston Shooting
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“Michelle and I are grieving tonight. Beau Biden was a friend of ours. His beloved family – Hallie, Natalie, and Hunter - are friends of ours. And Joe and Jill Biden are as good as friends get,” the statement reads. “Beau took after Joe. He studied the law, like his dad, even choosing the same law school. He chased a life of public service, like his dad, serving in Iraq and as Delaware’s Attorney General. Like his dad, Beau was a good, big-hearted devoutly Catholic and faithful man, who made a difference in the lives of all he touched – and he lives on in their hearts.”
“But for all that Beau Biden achieved in his life, nothing made him prouder; nothing made him happier; nothing claimed a fuller focus of his love and devotion than his family,” Obama continued.
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“Michelle and I are delighted to congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family, and all the people of the United Kingdom on the birth of the Royal Princess,” the 53-year-old President shared.
He added, “On behalf of the American people, we wish the Duke and Duchess and their son George much joy and happiness on the occasion of the arrival of the newest member of their family.”
Also pictured: Michelle and Ciara attending the first-ever citywide College Signing Day with Get Schooled and Detroit College Access Network as part of Michelle‘s Reach Higher initiative on Friday (May 1) in Detroit, Mich. More Here! »