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President Obama’s dry-erase board response to Newtown football coach

Dec 17, 2012, 11:45 AM EDT

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It’s not my intention here to get into the gun control debate, or delve too deeply into the Newtown tragedy or the President’s subsequent visit. Lord knows you don’t come here to read about that. But I’ll bend the rule just this once to present this snippet from President Obama’s visit to the stricken community on Sunday.

Steve George, who is the head coach of the Newtown High School varsity football team, and Bob Pattison, a staff member at Newtown Elementary, left a message for President Obama on a dry-erase board in one of the classrooms that the president visited on Sunday. And the president responded, with George taking a photo and sending it out in Twitter.

Message below. Photo here.

Dear President Obama,

The Newtown community is so thankful that you are coming to help us heal. In times of adversity it is reassuring to know that we have a strong leader to help us recover.

– Steve George, Teacher/Football Coach
— Bobby Pattison, Teacher

The response:

You’re in our thoughts and prayers.

– Barack Obama