Washington, D.C. (NNCNOW.com) -An emotional President Obama said Friday he feels "overwhelming grief" for the victims of the Newtown school massacre.
Speaking at the White House the President remembered the young victim's as "beautiful little kids" who had their entire lives ahead of them.
"We've endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years and each time I learn the news I react, not as a president, but as anybody else would. As a parent. And that was especially true today. I know there's not a parent in America that doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that I do. The majority of those who died today were children. Beautiful little kids between the ages of five and ten years old."
The president said he's received briefings from FBI Director Robert Mueller as information on the shootings has developed.
Watch the included video for his entire address.
In Minnesota, Governor Mark Dayton signed a proclamation ordering all flags at state and federal buildings in Minnesota to be lowered to half-staff from Friday until sunset on December 18, 2012.
He also released a statement following the shootings:
"This dastardly, cold-blooded murder of innocent children and their educators by a deranged individual shocks Minnesotans. All of our children, their parents, and all of their teachers should feel certain every day that their safety is the paramount concern. The deepest condolences of Minnesotans go to the parents and families of the victims of this horrific act."
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker released a statement saying, "Tonette and I are shocked and saddened by the horrific mass shooting that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. We are very aware of how senseless acts of violence affect the community, the state, and the country. We pray for the young, innocent children involved in the shooting, and for all of the victims and their loved ones, whose lives are forever changed."
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar tweeted the following the statement:
"My thoughts & prayers are with all the children, teachers & their families at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown CT on this tragic day.
"Words are insufficient to describe the horrific events in Connecticut," said Sen. Bob Jauch (D-Poplar, WI). "We mourn the loss of these innocent lives. We grieve for their parents and we shed a tear for the loss of humanity that is victimizing America. The passions we feel must be converted into constructive behavior and responsible policies that can restore security in a country so vulnerable to hatred."
MN State Senator Roger Reinert (DFL-Duluth) posted on Facebook, "Evil perpetrated on such young lives seems especially vulgar and horrific."