President hails woman who averted tragedy
by Phillip Lucas, Associated Press
August 24, 2013 12:16 AM | 776 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ATLANTA — President Barack Obama has praised as “remarkable” the actions of an Atlanta-area school bookkeeper who calmly persuaded a gunman to surrender during a frightening standoff and shooting this week.

Obama phoned bookkeeper Antoinette Tuff to commend her as she prepared for a television interview on Thursday, and then said in an interview that aired Friday that he was impressed with the way that she handled herself Tuesday.

“When I heard the 911 call and, you know, read the sequence of events, I thought, here’s somebody who’s 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 them,” the president told CNN’s Chris Cuomo. “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.”

Tuff had said she was thrilled to receive Obama’s call and would like to meet him, and the president indicated that an invitation to the White House might be in the works.

“I think we might have to have her maybe make a visit to the White House,” Obama said.

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