WASHINGTON--Setting aside for the moment the political campaign and their sharp differences over the economy, President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner on Saturday urged a grieved nation to come together to embrace and pray for the victims and families of the senseless tragedy in Colorado.
The president, in his weekly address to the nation, disclosed no new information about the gunman who opened fire at a movie theater in Aurora, saying that even as authorities were gathering facts, "we may never understand what leads anyone to terrorize their fellow human beings."
"But while we will never know what fully causes someone to take the life of another," he said, "we do know what makes that life worth living."
Obama spoke of the 12 people killed in the shooting -- mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, friends and neighbors. "And if there's anything to take away from this tragedy, it's a reminder that life is fragile."