FT. MYERS, Fla. – President Obama has cut short his campaign schedule Friday in light of the shooting tragedy in Colorado.
Obama is to travel as scheduled to Ft. Myers, where he will deliver brief remarks acknowledging the death of at least a dozen moviegoers at a screening of the new Batman movie overnight.
From there, he will return to the White House, skipping a second scheduled appearance in the Orlando, Fla., area that was to be the fourth stop on a two-day Florida campaign swing.
The White House said Obama, who spent the night in Manalapan, Fla., was notified of the shooting at 5:26 a.m. EDT by his homeland security advisor, John Brennan.
In a prepared statement, the president said he and the first lady were “shocked and saddened” by the incident, and that “we must now come together as one American family.”