It was a day unlike any other at the White House. Matthew McConaughey brought the press on the verge of tears.

On Tuesday afternoon, a celebrated, Oscar-winning actor who grew up in Uvalde, Texas, came to the White House to tell a story of the victims who died in the mass shooting at Robb Elementary. 

“Camille and I came here to share my stories,” McConaughey said at the beginning. “From my hometown, the valley came here to take meetings with elected officials on both sides of the aisle.”

McConaughey recalled the moment when he learned about the shooting. “I had been out of cellular range working in the studio all day when I emerged and messages about a mass shooting in the town I was born in began flooding my inbox,” he revealed. “In a bit of shock I drove home, hugged my children a bit tighter and longer than the night before.”

“How,” asked McConaughey, “can we make the loss of these lives matter?”

“We need to raise the minimum age to purchase an AR-15 rifle to 21. We need a waiting period for those rifles. We need red flag laws and consequences for those who abuse them,” said McConaughey.

“We need to restrain sensationalized media coverage. We need to restore our family values. We need to restore our American values. And we need responsible gun ownership.”

McConaughey told America moving details from the lives of each victim. Camila McConaughey was holding in her lap for the duration of her husband’s speech green Converse, which one of the victims, ten-year-old Maite Yuleana Rodriguez, wore. 

“These were the exact green Converse on her feet that turned out to be the only clear evidence that could identify her after the shooting,” said McConaughey bringing his wife and the rest of the room on the verge of tears.

“A lifetime is not going to heal those wounds. Again you know what? Every one of these parents wanted what they asked for, but every parent separately expressed in their own way to Camilla and me that they want their children’s dreams to live on,” said McConaughey.

McConaughey asked Americans to “rise above” partisanship and division and face that “we have life preservation problem on our hands.”

Carrying a message of bipartisanship, McConaughey’s made an emotional plea to legislators.

“This should not be a partisan issue. There is not a Democratic or Republican value in one single act of the shooters. Not but people in power have failed to act. So we’re asking you I’m asking you will you please ask yourselves? Can both sides rise above? Can both sides see beyond the political problem at hand and admit that we have a life preservation problem on our hands.”

more from the pavlovic today

Twitter Files: Elon Musk’s Access Journalism Club Of Only One

“Much ado about nothing,” Shakespeare used to say. The Twitter Files were expected to be a document drop, but Elon Musk quickly turned them into access for only one journalist. The chosen one, Matt Taibbi was given exclusive access to the files he then broke the story about, one tweet at a time. Clearly, he…

Keep reading

LIVE: Biden And Macron Hold A Joint Press Conference

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte arrived at 9:18 am at the White House were they were greeted by Joe and Jill Biden. This is the first state visit of Biden’s presidency. Macron was also the first state visit of the Trump presidency. And according to Carlos Elizondo, the White House social secretary,…

Keep reading

Biden’s schedule for December 1, 2022 is out

Today President Biden and Jill Biden will welcome French President Emmanuel Macron and Mrs. Brigitte Macron for a state visit. This will be the first state visit of Biden’s presidency. The President has a packed schedule. It includes an arrival ceremony, bilateral meeting, joint press conference, and state dinner. This will be President Macron’s second…

Keep reading

Inside The Downing Street England v Wales Match For MPs

On Tuesday evening, about 120 Conservative MPs flocked into No 10 to watch the England v Wales game. Inside, the flags of England and Wales were displayed on either side of the giant TV. Snacks and drinks were served. MPs stood and joined in singing the national anthem before the game. MPs representing English and…

Keep reading

Biden’s schedule for November 30, 2022 is out

EST 9:00 AM  President Biden receives the Presidential Daily Briefing                             11:05 AM President Biden departs the White House en route the White House Tribal Nations Summit11:30 AM  President Biden delivers remarks at the White House Tribal Nations Summit12:15 PM President Biden  departs the White House Tribal Nations Summit en route the White House                            12:20 PM President Biden arrives at the White House 5:30 PM The First…

Keep reading

Ksenija Pavlovic McAteer

Ksenija Pavlovic is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Pavlovic Today, The Chief White House Correspondent. Pavlovic was a Teaching Fellow and Doctoral Fellow in the Political Science department...

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *