Obama still walking over the graves of dead children. Apparently, he hasn’t been “heartbroken” enough about all the others killed in Chicago, with some of the toughest gun control laws in the country. By the way, he wrote a handwritten note to the family which is nice. Too bad military killed get an auto-pen.
Via The Hill:
A handwritten note from President Obama to the family of a Chicago teenager gunned down near the president’s South Side home pledges to press on to end future incidents of gun violence, further indication the White House hopes to use the murder to rally support for new restrictions on arms.
“Michelle and I just wanted you to know how heartbroken we are to have heard about Hadiya’s passing,” the president wrote in a letter that was reproduced in 15-year old Hadiya Pendleton’s funeral program and obtained by the Chicago Tribune. “We know that no words from us can soothe the pain, but rest assured that we are praying for you, and that we will continue to work as hard as we can to end this senseless violence.”
First Lady Michelle Obama was in attendance at the funeral, as were Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Obama. According to the Tribune, the first lady met privately before the funeral service with over two dozen of Pendleton’s friends and classmates, and separately with members of the grieving family.
Other prominent local and national politicians, including Chicago mayor and former Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, and Rev. Jesse Jackson were also in attendance.
The first lady’s attendance was seen both as a sincere attempt to console the family of the slain girl — one of 42 Chicagoans murdered last month — and to rally support on behalf of a package of new gun controls unveiled by the White House last month.