President Barack Obama acted very much like Consoler-in-Chief Sunday evening. The President spent close to twenty minutes trying to send a message of hope to an audience in Connecticut and around the world. Like Obama, many parents in Green Country will send their children to school tomorrow with heavy hearts and with questions about their school's security.
“My heart was broken. I couldn't imagine having to go through something like that, and I immediately thought of my own kids,” Amy Colvin of Catoosa said.
Local children were also struggling to come to grips with one of the worst mass shootings ever in the United States.
“I can't imagine my little sister goes to school one day, and then I come home and I hear that she was shot,” Karrington White told FOX23.
Sunday night, Obama spoke to Newtown and the nation about the deaths of 28 people including 20 six and seven year-olds. Tulsans said right now, America needs to comforted by the Commander-in-Chief.
“I think it’s always good when the President can reassure us that he's mourning with us. (He needs to) just keep the focus on those families in Connecticut. I think that's the most important thing,” Greg Robinson said.
That is how the President started his address.
“Here in Newtown, I come to offer the love and prayers of a nation,” Obama said.
Obama then spoke about what happens now and where this dark day in our history will take America.
“Can we truly say as a nation we're meeting our obligations? Can we say we're doing enough to keep our children, all of them, safe from harm,” he asked before answering his own question, “The answer is no, we're not doing enough and we will have to change.”
Parents in Green Country agreed and said what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary could have happened anywhere even the schools where they send their children.
“There's not much security (at my daughter’s school). There's nobody there other than whoever sits at the front desk. It's quite possible for someone to break on in and the same thing to happen,” Colvin said.
Near the end of his speech, Obama talked about meeting with lawmakers and first responders in an effort toward making sure something like the Sandy Hook shooting never happens again. While he didn't have many specifics, it was very clear this will be a priority for the President.