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Obama Offers ‘Love, Prayers of Nation’ At Moving Newtown Vigil

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Pres. Obama delivered a moving and sober speech to mourners at an interfaith service in Newtown Conn. on Sunday. (Mandel Ngan/Getty Images)

NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBS/AP) — He spoke for a nation in sorrow, but the slaughter of all those little boys and girls left President Barack Obama, like so many others, reaching for words. Alone on a spare stage after the worst single day of his presidency, the commander in chief was a parent in grief.

“I am very mindful that mere words cannot match the depth of your sorrow, nor can they heal your wounded hearts,” Obama said at an evening vigil in the grieving community of Newtown, Conn. “I can only hope that it helps for you to know that you are not alone in your grief.”

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