President Obama Faces Gun Control Dilemma After Connecticut School Shootings – White House officials could not help but notice how grim President Obama looked after news of the Connecticut school shootings reached the White House. “It was the most emotional I’ve ever seen him,” one said. In perhaps the most stirring moment of his tenure, Obama shed his usual steely resolve and wiped away tears as he addressed the nation on Friday about the tragedy. He even ad-libbed his closing words, quoting Scripture about the need to “heal the broken-hearted and bind up their wounds.” It was difficult not to be moved when the president said he reacted as a father and emphasized, “I know there is not a parent in America who doesn’t feel the same overwhelming grief that I do.” And he will follow up Sunday by going to Newtown and visiting with family members of those who were killed. But he also faces the inevitable question: what then? Obama set a certain bar when he said “we’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.” Can he live up to those words?