WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork) — President Barack Obama was not heard this week for his weekly radio address; he instead turned it over to the mother of one of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre victims, who advocated for a tighter gun restrictions.
Francine Wheeler — whose 6-year-old son, Ben, was one of the 20 children killed at the school in Newtown, Conn. – was asked to take the address as part of the push for a new gun control bill.READ MORE: Storm Watch: Officials Hoping To Avoid Repeat Of Ida With Preparations For Nor'easter
“As you’ve probably noticed, I’m not the president. I’m just a citizen,” Wheeler began with her husband, David, at her side. “I’m here at the White House today, because I want to make a difference, and I hope you will join me.”