President Obama turned a campaign event in Fort Myers, Fla., into a moment of silence, calling on participants to pray for the victims of a Colorado shooting.
“This morning, we woke up to news of a tragedy that reminds us of all the ways we are united as one American family,” Obama said of the mass shooting during a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises,” the latest Batman movie, at a theater complex in Aurora, Colo. Twelve people died and dozens more were injured.
If anything, an incident such as the one in Aurora shows that “life is very fragile,” Obama said. “Our time here is limited and is precious. What matters at the end of the day is not the small things, not the trivial things … [but] how we chose to treat one another and how we love one another.”