Two staff members at Newtown High School in Connecticut were surprised to find a message left for them on a whiteboard on Sunday by President Barack Obama.
Newtown football coach Steve George and teacher Bob Pattison had left a note to Obama in a classroom that the president was using as a staging area before his speech at a memorial service for the 26 people -- 20 of them children -- slain during a mass shooting at Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday. It read:
Dear President Obama,
The Newtown community is so thankful that you are coming to help us heal. In times of adversity it is reassuring to know that we have a strong leader to help us recover.
-Steve George, teacher/football coach
-Bobby Pattison, teacher
George later tweeted that they'd found a reply from the president when they returned to the room.
Myself an pattison left a note to president Obama on my board and he responded!!Here is his response. twitter.com/newtownfootbal…
— Steven George (@newtownfootball) December 17, 2012
"You’re in our thoughts and prayers," the note read, above Obama's signature.