During an interview on Meet the Press airing Sunday (Dec. 30), the commander in chief recounted the day, two weeks ago, when 20 children were slain.
“This is something that was the worst day of my presidency,” he told host David Gregory. “And it’s not something that I want to see repeated.”
Obama noted the importance of whether the country will learn from the tragic incident which also cost the lives of six adults employed at the school, and that of shooter Adam Lanza’s mother, whom he killed before heading over to the school, where he also committed suicide.
As the media scrambled to compile all the details behind what is seen as the worst school shootings in America’s history, the POTUS addressed the nation in tears.
In the aftermath, the president has put together a committee aimed at doing something about gun violence, and headed by Vice President Joe Bidden. “It’s not enough for us to say ‘This is too hard so we’re not going to try,'” Obama added. “So what I intend to do is, I will call at the stakeholders together. I will meet with Republicans. I will meet with Democrats. I will talk to anybody.”
When specifically questioned over moving slowly when outlining a new gun control stance–a topic which has been brought up by politicians in wake of the mass shootings that have occurred this year alone– Obama referred to teachings from President Abraham Lincoln. “This ia not going to be simply a matter of me spending political capital. One of the things you learn, having now been in office four years, is the old adage of Abraham Lincoln’s, that with public opinion there’s nothing you can’t do and without public opinion there’s very little you can get done.”