- Associated Press - Saturday, December 19, 2015

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - The girlfriend of one of the 14 people killed in the Dec. 2 shooting in San Bernardino says President Barack Obama immediately asked her for a hug when he came to talk with her Friday night.

When Obama approached the table in the library of Indian Springs High School where Mandy Pifer was sitting, he said, “Words aren’t enough. How about a hug?”

Pifer’s boyfriend Shannon Johnson, 45, was killed in the attack.

“I’ve been watching you give hugs,” Pifer recalled telling him. “I need a hug.”

Obama and his wife, Michelle, met with members of each of the 14 families. A separate table was set up for each family and the Obamas moved from one to the next, spending about 10 minutes with each victim’s relatives.

“It just felt like they were really present in their conversation with me,” Pifer said. “They are sick and tired of doing these things, meeting our families.”



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