Newtown Shooting Victims Honored by President Obama

President speaks of the heroism of teachers and staff killed in the Sandy Hook tragedy.
2:04 | 02/15/13

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The president and staff honoring the teachers and staff and children that lost their lives at newtown. Here tonight, jonathan karl. Reporter: Today, the white house planned to focus on the economy. Too many of our children are being taken away from us. Reporter: He invoked the memory of hadiyah pendleton, who was gunned down. No law or set of laws can prevent every act of violence in this country. When a child opens fire on another child, there's a hole in that child's heart that the laws can't fill. Reporter: Earlier, the president in tears. They gave all they had for the most innocent and helpless among us. The courageous heart, the selfless spirit, the inspiring actions of extraordinary americans. Extraordinary citizens. Reporter: Bill sherlach blew a kiss to heaven as he accepted the award for his wife, sandy hook's school psychologist mary sherlach. She was killed as she ran toward the shooter. The president hugged the mother and daughter of teachers' aide rachel davino, also killed that day. The president offered a rare reflection when he said I wish i had a father that was around and involved. A very personal reflection there. You'll talk about the debate over gun violence on sunday as he fills in for george on "this week." And reppive paul ryan will be there, too. Much more ahead on witness witness toni -- "world news." The wife who gambled her

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