Happy Fourth of July!
President Obama, joined by former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords (left), vice president Joe Biden, and relatives of gun murder victims, addresses the media in the Rose Garden on Wednesday. Mr. Obama called the defeat of Senate bills to expand background checks for gun buyers and an assault weapons ban “a pretty shameful day for Washington” and promised to continue pressing for stricter gun control measures. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images via The New York Times)
President Obama consoles Donovan Frazier, 5, whose egg ran off course during the the Easter Egg Race, April 1, 2013.
I really love this President, as a human.
“We’re a team,” says President Barack Obama, photographed with First Lady Michelle Obama, who wears a Reed Krakoff dress, in the Red Room of the White House. Kimberly McDonald geode-and-diamond drop earrings.
Photographed by Annie Leibovitz
One of those we lost was a young girl named Hadiya Pendleton. She was 15 years old. She loved Fig Newtons and lip gloss. She was a majorette. She was so good to her friends, they all thought they were her best friend. Just three weeks ago, she was here, in Washington, with her classmates, performing for her country at my inauguration. And a week later, she was shot and killed in a Chicago park after school, just a mile away from my house.
Hadiya’s parents, Nate and Cleo, are in this chamber tonight, along with more than two dozen Americans whose lives have been torn apart by gun violence. They deserve a vote.
Gabby Giffords deserves a vote.
The families of Newtown deserve a vote.
The families of Aurora deserve a vote.
The families of Oak Creek, and Tucson, and Blacksburg, and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence – they deserve a simple vote.