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A timeline of Obama's speeches of tragedy


It was yet another speech following a tragedy for President Barack Obama Thursday in Boston.

From Ft. Hood to Tucson, from Aurora to the Jersey Shore, from Newtown to Boston, here's a brief history of what the president has had to say following tragedies:

April 18, 2013, Boston: “We may be momentarily knocked down. But we will pick ourselves up. We will finish the race."

Dec. 16, 2012, Newtown: “I am very mindful that mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow, nor can they heal your wounded hearts.  I can only hope it helps for you to know that you’re not alone in your grief; that our world too has been torn apart; that all across this land of ours, we have wept with you, we’ve pulled our children tight.  And you must know that whatever measure of comfort we can provide, we will provide; whatever portion of sadness that we can share with you to ease this heavy load, we will gladly bear it.  Newtown -- you are not alone."

Unlike Tucson, a call to action: "Can we truly say, as a nation, that we are meeting our obligations?  Can we honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep our children -- all of them -- safe from harm?  Can we claim, as a nation, that we’re all together there, letting them know that they are loved, and teaching them to love in return?  Can we say that we’re truly doing enough to give all the children of this country the chance they deserve to live out their lives in happiness and with purpose? I’ve been reflecting on this the last few days, and if we’re honest with ourselves, the answer is no.  We’re not doing enough.  And we will have to change.”

Dec. 14, 2012, Newtown (White House Briefing Room): “Our hearts are broken today -- for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children, and for the families of the adults who were lost.  Our hearts are broken for the parents of the survivors as well, for as blessed as they are to have their children home tonight, they know that their children’s innocence has been torn away from them too early, and there are no words that will ease their pain.”

Nov. 1, 2012, Hurricane Sandy: “We are here for you. We will not forget. We will follow up to make sure that you get all the help you need until you rebuild.”

Aug. 6, 2012, Sikh Temple (White House Briefing Room): “All of us are heartbroken by what’s happened. … I think all of us recognize that these kinds of terrible, tragic events are happening with too much regularity for us not to do some soul-searching and to examine additional ways that we can reduce violence. “

July 22, 2012, Aurora (at hospital): “When you have an opportunity to visit with families who have lost their loved ones — as I described to them, I come to them not so much as president as I do as a father and as a husband. And I think that the reason stories like this have such an impact on us is because we can all understand what it would be to have somebody that we love taken from us in this fashion.”

July 20, 2012, Aurora (from campaign trail in Ft. Myers, Fla.): “Now, even as we learn how this happened and who's responsible, we may never understand what leads anybody to terrorize their fellow human beings like this.  Such violence, such evil is senseless.  It's beyond reason.  But while we will never know fully what causes somebody to take the life of another, we do know what makes life worth living. … t the end of the day, what we’ll remember will be those we loved and what we did for others.  That’s why we’re here.”

Jan. 12, 2011, Tucson: “Our hearts are broken by their sudden passing. Our hearts are broken -- and yet, our hearts also have reason for fullness. Our hearts are full of hope and thanks for the 13 Americans who survived the shooting, including the congresswoman many of them went to see on Saturday. ... At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized -- at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who happen to think differently than we do -– it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we’re talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.”

June 16, 2010, BP aftermath:We will fight this spill with everything we’ve got for as long as it takes.  We will make BP pay for the damage their company has caused.  And we will do whatever’s necessary to help the Gulf Coast and its people recover from this tragedy.”

Nov. 10, 2009, Ft. Hood: “We come together filled with sorrow for the thirteen Americans that we have lost; with gratitude for the lives that they led; and with a determination to honor them through the work we carry on.”