Obama Expresses Condolences in Connecticut School Killings

12/14/2012, 4:04 p.m.

President Barack Obama has expressed his condolences to the famlies who lost their children and other loved ones in the horrific shooting that occurred early Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Reportedly, at least 18 children and eight adults were killed.

During a White House press conference held in the afternoon, Obama -- who wiped away tears and referenced the recent mall shooting in Oregon and the theater massacre in Colorado -- made these remarks:

"We've endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years," the president said, noting that he was reacting as a parent -- and not as president. "I know there's not a parent in America that doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief as I do."

Obama,who said the children had their entire lives ahead of them, added:

"Our hearts are broken today for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children ... Our hearts are broken for the parents of the survivors as well."

In urging every parent to hug ther children a little tighter and to tell them they love them, he said, "While nothing can fill the space of a lost child or loved one, all of us can extend a hand to those in need."