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President Obama Offers Hope To Recovering Shooting Survivors

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President Obama visits with victims' families (credit: CBS)

President Obama visits with victims’ families (credit: CBS)

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AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – President Obama on Sunday came to Aurora to offer the nation’s sympathy to the families of those killed in the theater shooting rampage.

Air Force One flew directly over the theater where the mass shooting took place. Obama met with families of those who died in that theater. They were quiet conversations about loss and family.

And while recovering, the president also visited with those who survived and offered them hope.

“It was good, it was exciting,” survivor Pierce O’Farrill said. “It was lighthearted, it was very pleasant, it was great to see him.”

O’Farrill still has a surgery ahead of him to remove a bullet in his foot.

Michael White has a damaged lung and a fractured rib but says he is basking in the aftermath of meeting a president he already admired.

“I didn’t have any questions, I was still like kind of in awe, you know, seeing President Obama on the opposite side of the table,” White said.

White says he does however have a question for the gunman — one that he figures he will never really get answered.

“‘You don’t know anybody in there. Why all of sudden just go in and open fire? You’ve got men, women and children in there. I’d just like to know what’s going on in your mind,’ ” White said.

The president then addressed the community at a news conference held at the hospital.

VIDEO: Watch President Obama’s Entire Address

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