At a memorial service for victims of the Newtown, Conn., shootings, President Barack Obama gave an emotional and heartfelt speech where he vowed to take actions to prevent these types of massacres from occurring again.
"We can't tolerate this anymore," he said. "Can we honestly say that we're doing enough to keep our children, all of them, safe from harm? If we're honest with ourselves, the answer's no. We're not doing enough, and we will have to change."
While Obama has made similar calls-to-action before but has not promised them, it was clear that this time was different.
The speech in Newtown has become one of several speeches Obama has had to make after mass shootings occurring during his term. From the shooting in 2009 at Ft. Hood, Texas to the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colo., Obama has addressed the nation with powerful and enlightening words.
But this speech for the Newtown shootings was a break from his usual speech pattern, where he typically only "nods" to policy issues.
A father of two daughters, the president was obviously deeply affected by the shooting, and could not hold back tears after reading a brief statement on Friday.
When Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy introduced Obama on Sunday, he said Obama told him Friday was the "darkest day of his presidency."
The speech was personal and indicated a shaken up and distraught president, worried about the lives of not only his own children but the children of the nation.
Obama said the shootings were a frightening reminder of our inability to constantly protect our children.
"In that way, we come to realize that we bear responsibility for every child. That we're all parents, that they're all our children. This is our first task, caring for our children. It's our first job. If we don't get that right we don't get anything right," Obama said. "That's how, as a society, we will be judged."