Michelle Obama: 'It’s Our Job Now to Stand With the People of Newtown'

First Lady sends letter to parents all across the country.


Dear parents,

Like every American, Barack and I are absolutely heartbroken about the unspeakable tragedy that occurred last week in Newtown, Connecticut.  And like so many of you, our first reactions were not as a President and First Lady, but as a Mom and Dad.  We were asking ourselves, what if this had been our town, or our school, or our girls?

And we know that all across the country, it’s not just adults who are asking questions right now – our children are looking for answers as well.  Like us, they want to know, why did this happen? Could it happen again?  And as parents, all of us can take the time to hold our kids close and talk with them about the things that truly matter: our love for them, the importance of extending that love to those affected by this tragedy, and how that love truly defines our great American community.

We can tell our kids that we’re doing everything we can to keep them safe and make sure they feel loved – and so are their teachers, coaches, faith leaders, Scout leaders and everyone else who plays a role in their lives.

We can remind them to be grateful for the educators who work every day to help them achieve their dreams – and for the first responders who risk their lives at a moment’s notice to protect ours.

We can tell them about the extraordinary people of Newtown and how they have responded to unspeakable tragedy: the educators who sprang into action; the children who carefully followed instructions and comforted each other amidst the chaos; the neighbors and faith leaders who have come together to support one another.

And finally, we can tell them that it’s our job now to stand with the people of Newtown – to pray for them and to find ways, large and small, to show them that they are not alone in their grief.  It is now up to us to carry the memory of those who were lost in our hearts and to follow their example every day, living our lives as they lived theirs – with courage, determination, hope and love.  Those are the values that give us our strength as Americans and that we return to in times of crisis – not just because they help us heal, but because they define who we are, as a people and as a nation.

May the memories of those we lost be a blessing to their families, their community and our country, and may God be with the people of Newtown as they begin the slow and painful work of healing and moving forward.


Michelle Obama

Joanne Jorge December 24, 2012 at 08:16 PM
I don't recall receiving a letter from Michelle Obama.
Jeff December 26, 2012 at 11:19 PM
All rested up after your taxpayer funded junket to Hawaii ? Good, both of you should leave the country alone. You have done enough damage to our economy, military and world standing. How dare you go to Hawaii and make us pay for it. I cant even pay my own bills and now I have to pay yours. After all, you have way more money thatn I do through all of your above and below board dealings, ala Tony Rezco and the hospital scam that you and Jarret were running.
rodger December 26, 2012 at 11:43 PM
She can get on a plane to Hawaii but not to Newtown. Shameless.
Jeff December 27, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Just heard on the news that she and the kids are staying in Hawaii at $200,000 per day. Her husband is coming back early cause there work to do. Well where the hell have you been for the last 3 plus years. This not a joke !!! Reid,s failure to pass a budget for the three years under your leadership qualifies both of you to be thrown out of office. It is a legal mandate by the way, so I guess that makes you both lawbreakers, never mind the Benghazi coverup.You can run, but it's going to catch up with you sooner or later. You left 4 people there to die and did nothing and one was an ambassador who asked for help many times but was ignored.


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