Wiping away tears, Pres. Obama mourns children killed in school shooting

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WASHINGTON (CNN) — Wiping away tears and choking up, President Barack Obama mourned the “beautiful little kids” slain Friday in a shooting massacre at a Connecticut school and called for preventing similar tragedies “regardless of the politics.”

It was a rare emotional display by Obama, known more for stoicism in such situations, and he referred to other recent U.S. mass shootings in calling for a national response.

“As a country, we have been through this too many times,” Obama said in a brief statement to reporters at the White House about the attack at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown that killed at least 26 people, including 20 schoolchildren.

“Whether it’s an elementary school in Newtown or a shopping mall in Oregon or a temple in Wisconsin or a movie theater in Aurora (Colorado) or a street corner in Chicago, these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods and these…

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