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From: David Boyer >
Date: June 16, 2016 at 4:11:31 PM EDT
To: "Allen, Jessica" >
Subject: Travel pool 8 -- comments at memorial
Quick quotes, more to come as time permits.
The President and Vice President visited a makeshift memorial at the Phillips Center, adjacent to city hall, and laid bouquets of white flowers among the mylar balloons and other flowers.
Mr. Obama spoke with the vice president at his side.
He said the city was "shaken by an evil, hateful act."
But today, he said, "most of all, there is love."
He said of the famililes, "their grief is beyond description."
He and BIden told them, "Our hearts are broken, too. We stand with you."
The president said the U.S. will destroy ISIL, but we need to address gun violence also.
"It's going to take more than our military,"he said.
"Our politics have conspired to make it as easy as possible for a terrorist .. to buy extraordinary powerful weapons and they can do so legally."
He said he held grieving parents today, and "they don't care about politics. Neither do I. This debate needs to change."
"Those who defend the easy accessibility of assault weapons should meet these families."
Of the Senate, he said, "I truly hope that senators rise to the moment and do the right thing. we can stop some tragedies. We can save some lives. If we don't act, we will keep seeing more massacres like this."
"It's a good time for us to reflect on how we treat each other. We have to end discrimination and violence against our brothers and sisters in the LGBT community..."
We are rolling to airport...
White House correspondent
The Washington Times
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