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Connecticut shooting: President Obama reacts

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Watch and listen to US President Barack Obama, himself a father of two young girls, give an emotional reaction to Connecticut school shooting in which 20 small children were killed. (Transcript included.) 

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Connecticut shooting: President Obama reacts

You have probably heard the news that a young 20-year-old American man killed his mother and then went to the Connecticut school where she worked where he shot and killed 20 children and six adults before finally killing himself. The final death toll appears to be 28.

Later in the day, a heart-broken President Barack Obama, the parent of two teenage girls, spoke to the nation. He spoke slowly and sadly and you should be able to understand much of what he said without difficulty. I've included a transcript to help you.

"This afternoon, I spoke with Governor Malloy and FBI Director Mueller. I offered Gov. Malloy my condolences on behalf of the nation and made it clear he will have every single resource that he needs to investigate this heinous crime, care for the victims, counsel their families."

"We've endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. And each time I learn the news, I react not as a president, but as anybody else would as a parent. And that was especially true today. I know there's not a parent in America who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that I do."

"The majority of those who died today were children — beautiful, little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 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."

"As a country, we have been through this too many times. Whether it is an elementary school in Newtown, or a shopping mall in Oregon, or a temple in Wisconsin, or a movie theater in Aurora, or a street corner in Chicago, these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods and these children are our children. And we're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics."

"This evening, Michelle and I will do what I know every parent in America will do, which is hug our children a little tighter, and 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 who 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, because while nothing can fill the space of a lost child or loved one, all of us can extend a hand to those in need, to remind them that we are there for them, that we are praying for them, that the love they felt for those they lost endures not just in their memories, but also in ours."

"May God bless the memory of the victims and, in the words of Scripture, heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds."

react – to respond as a result of something that happens มีปฏิกิริยาตอบโต้
death toll – the number of people killed ยอดผู้เสียชีวิต
heart-broken – extremely sad because of something that has happened ช้ำใจ,  เสียใจ
condolences  – sympathy that you feel for somebody when a person in their family or that they know well has died; an expression of this sympathy การแสดงความเสียใจต่อผู้อื่น
on behalf of – as a representative of ในนามของ ในฐานะของ
resource – a supply of something that a country, an organization or a person has and can use  ทรัพยากร
investigate – to try to find out the facts about something in order to learn the truth about it ตรวจสอบหาความจริง
heinous – morally very bad  เลวร้าย, ชั่วร้าย
counsel – advice, especially given by older people or experts; a piece of advice ข้อเสนอแนะ
endure – to suffer something difficult or unpleasant in a patient way over a long period of time อดทนเพื่อให้ผ่านเวลาหรือเหตุการณ์ที่เลวร้าย
tragedy – a very sad event that causes people to suffer or die โศกนาฏกรรม
overwhelming – to be so bad or so great that a person cannot deal with it; to cover somebody/something completely ท่วมท้น,รุนแรงมาก
grief – a strong feeling of sadness, usually because someone has died ความเศร้าโศก
majority – more than half of the people in a group ส่วนมาก
graduation – the act of successfully completing a university degree, or studies at an American high school; a ceremony at which degrees, etc. are officially given out การสำเร็จการศึกษา, การได้รับปริญญา
devote – to spend a lot of time or effort doing something อุทิศ,สละ,ใส่ใจ
survivor – someone who still exists after an event that could have killed or destroyed them ผู้รอดชีวิต
blessed – lucky, having a sense of peace or a feeling of freedom from anxiety or pain มีโชค, มีความสุข
innocence – lack of knowledge and experience of the world, especially of evil or unpleasant things ความไร้เดียงสา, ความอ่อนประสบการณ์
ease – to make a problem, situation or pain less severe or serious บรรเทา
neighbourhood – a particular area of a city or town ละแวก, ย่าน
regardless of – without being affected or influenced by anything else that happens or exists โดยไม่คำนึงถึง
hug –to put your arms round someone กอด
remind – to make someone think of something they have forgotten or might have forgotten เตือนความจำ
endure – to last for a long time  คงอยู่, อยู่รอด
scripture – the Bible คัมภีร์ไบเบิล
heal – to make somebody/something healthy again; the cause to get better after an emotional shock รักษาให้หาย
bind – to tie a long thin piece of cloth around something มัด
wound – an injury in which your skin or flesh is damaged บาดแผล

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