In an interview that aired Friday on CNN, President Barack Obama discussed the potential tragedy at a Georgia elementary school earlier this week, and the woman who is credited with preventing it.
Asked by “New Day” host Chris Cuomo about Antoinette Tuff, the bookkeeper who coolly talked down a 20-year-old alleged gunman at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, Ga. before he was able to injure anyone, Obama said she was “remarkable” and might be invited to visit the White House.
“She was remarkable. I talked to her today,” Obama said. “Because when I heard the 911 call and read the sequence of events, I thought here is somebody who is not just courage and not just cool under pressure, but also had enough heart that somehow she could convince somebody that was really troubled that she cared about and you know, I told her, I said that not only did she make Michelle and me proud but she probably saved a lot of lives, including the life of the potential perpetrator.”
“I think we might have to have her for a visit to the White House,” Obama said.
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Clarification: This post has been updated to clarify that a shooting took place but no one was injured.
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