Mr. Obama certainly wasted no time in getting out in front with at least a hint of where he wants things to go:
As a country, we have been through this too many times. Whether it’s an elementary school in Newtown, or a shopping mall in Oregon, or a temple in Wisconsin, or a movie theater in Aurora, or a street corner in Chicago -- these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods, and these children are our children. And we're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.The Democrats have been gearing up for a gun control push. Perhaps they think they have the upper hand right now. Obama's reelection is constantly being spun as a mandate for his agenda. The Dems may also see the GOP as being vulnerable now with political capital being especially low as fiscal cliff talks wear on.
In sharing his reaction to today's shootings, media reports noted that the president teared up during his comments. Sincere emotional reaction, or calculated political theater?