UPDATE (4:35 p.m.) — President Barack Obama has arrived at Bradley Air National Guard Base.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama departed the White House Sunday afternoon under dreary skies on his somber mission to console the Connecticut families who lost their children or loved ones in the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
Obama, wearing a dark suit, was joined on Air Force One by Reps. Rosa DeLauro of New Haven and John Larson of East Hartford, presidential aides Valerie Jarrett and David Plouffe and speech writer Cody Keenan.
Earlier Sunday, Obama had traveled by motorcade to suburban Maryland to attend his daughter Sasha’s dance recital.
— Charles J. Lewis, Hearst Washington Bureau
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