Michelle Obama: 'It’s Our Job Now to Stand With the People of Newtown'

First Lady sends letter to parents all across the country.

The following is a letter from First Lady Michelle Obama:

Dear parents,

Like every American, Barack and I are absolutely heartbroken about the unspeakable tragedy that occurred last week in Newtown, Connecticut.  And like so many of you, our first reactions were not as a President and First Lady, but as a Mom and Dad. We were asking ourselves, what if this had been our town, or our school, or our girls?

And we know that all across the country, it’s not just adults who are asking questions right now – our children are looking for answers as well. Like us, they want to know, why did this happen? Could it happen again? And as parents, all of us can take the time to hold our kids close and talk with them about the things that truly matter: our love for them, the importance of extending that love to those affected by this tragedy, and how that love truly defines our great American community.

We can tell our kids that we’re doing everything we can to keep them safe and make sure they feel loved – and so are their teachers, coaches, faith leaders, Scout leaders and everyone else who plays a role in their lives.

We can remind them to be grateful for the educators who work every day to help them achieve their dreams – and for the first responders who risk their lives at a moment’s notice to protect ours.

We can tell them about the extraordinary people of Newtown and how they have responded to unspeakable tragedy: the educators who sprang into action; the children who carefully followed instructions and comforted each other amidst the chaos; the neighbors and faith leaders who have come together to support one another.

And finally, we can tell them that it’s our job now to stand with the people of Newtown – to pray for them and to find ways, large and small, to show them that they are not alone in their grief.  It is now up to us to carry the memory of those who were lost in our hearts and to follow their example every day, living our lives as they lived theirs – with courage, determination, hope and love.  Those are the values that give us our strength as Americans and that we return to in times of crisis – not just because they help us heal, but because they define who we are, as a people and as a nation.

May the memories of those we lost be a blessing to their families, their community and our country, and may God be with the people of Newtown as they begin the slow and painful work of healing and moving forward.


Michelle Obama

misty December 22, 2012 at 05:47 PM
May God be with all of the familys though out the years to come and may they have all of the love and support that they can get. I am a mother of two boy's age 11 and 12 yrs old and I can't imagin of the pain you are going though as parent's even though i'v lost alot of loved one's and both of my children have mild autizum and I don't own no gun at all and they have to go though all kinds of therpy> I had to take my two children out of pubilc school's and home school them because of how the tearcher's and other kids were being mean to them. But you will all be in my pray's.
Tim December 22, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Apparently it's only Michelle Obama's job to go on four million dollar vacations. She's not standing with anyone. She's in Hawaii partying it up.
Mick December 22, 2012 at 11:35 PM
This is not the time to bring politics into the equation, Tim. Focus on what the family's and the children are going through
Jackie zVon December 23, 2012 at 02:55 PM
@ Tim, Shame on you for your hostile remarks. I live in Sandy Hook, and this happened to my neighbors, my friends and my town. We grieved and mourned, and we continue to do so. But, we have made a commitment not to let this define us, and we are trying to resume as normal a life as possible under the circumstances. We owe it to each other, and we do it in remembrance and honor to those lost. The world stopped for us that day, but it's starting to come back to life. What, exactly, would you have Ms. Obama do? Do you not think that the Obamas have earned the right to a holiday? Have you stopped your life, sir? Please reserve your negative non-productive comments to another time and another place.
Timis Atool December 23, 2012 at 02:58 PM


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