By Linda Whitlock
The White House recently released a photo showing President Obama as he was told about the Newtown massacre. I’m not sure why such a photo was taken or why the White House felt the need to release it. Not even the president’s staunchest political foes would doubt that he was as grief-stricken at the tragic news as every other decent American.
Even someone as opposed to the president and his policies as I could see that the man in that photo — and the man who spoke at the Newtown memorial service — was genuinely brokenhearted. The president is the father of two beautiful girls, after all. He could hardly help imagining himself and his wife in the place of those grieving parents.
Whitlock is an adjunct English professor who lives in Salem.