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stumpbumper
01-12-2011, 09:35 PM
Obama's speech was appropriate, eloquent, healing, and inspiring.

link to transcript (http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/obama-speech-transcript-president-addresses-shooting-tragedy-tucson/story?id=12597444)

stumpbumper
01-12-2011, 09:39 PM
[QUOTE]So yes, we must examine all the facts behind this tragedy. We cannot and will not be passive in the face of such violence. We should be willing to challenge old assumptions in order to lessen the prospects of violence in the future.

But what we can't do is use this tragedy as one more occasion to turn on one another. As we discuss these issues, let each of us do so with a good dose of humility. Rather than pointing fingers or assigning blame, let us use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy, and remind ourselves of all the ways our hopes and dreams are bound together.

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pefjr
01-12-2011, 09:47 PM
Good one, tears will roll.

stumpbumper
01-12-2011, 09:47 PM
[QUOTE]I believe we can be better. Those who died here, those who saved lives here --they help me believe. We may not be able to stop all evil in the world, but I know that how we treat one another is entirely up to us. I believe that for all our imperfections, we are full of decency and goodness, and that the forces that divide us are not as strong as those that unite us. That's what I believe, in part because that's what a child like Christina Taylor Green believed. Imagine: here was a young girl who was just becoming aware of our democracy; just beginning to understand the obligations of citizenship; just starting to glimpse the fact that someday she too might play a part in shaping her nation's future. She had been elected to her student council; she saw public service as something exciting, something hopeful. She was off to meet her congresswoman, someone she was sure was good and important and might be a role model. She saw all this through the eyes of a child, undimmed by the cynicism or vitriol that we adults all too often just take for granted.

I want us to live up to her expectations. I want our democracy to be as good as she imagined it. All of us -- we should do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children's expectations.QUOTE]

L.W. Baxter
01-13-2011, 12:45 AM
Word.

Curtism
01-13-2011, 06:15 AM
It was a very moving speech. I particularly appreciated this part:

"Did we tell a spouse just how desperately we loved them, not just once in awhile but every single day?

So sudden loss causes us to look backward -- but it also forces us to look forward, to reflect on the present and the future, on the manner in which we live our lives and nurture our relationships with those who are still with us. We may ask ourselves if we've shown enough kindness and generosity and compassion to the people in our lives. Perhaps we question whether we are doing right by our children, or our community, and whether our priorities are in order. We recognize our own mortality, and are reminded that in the fleeting time we have on this earth, what matters is not wealth, or status, or power, or fame -- but rather, how well we have loved, and what small part we have played in bettering the lives of others.

That process of reflection, of making sure we align our values with our actions -- that, I believe, is what a tragedy like this requires."

Gerarddm
01-13-2011, 08:51 AM
Brilliant.

paul oman
01-13-2011, 08:58 AM
Pro's give it a B+ or A.... nothing outstanding, but very good (as expected). No doubt reviewed and tweeked by dozens of folks for just the right message and tone. In times of crisis folks look to their 'leader'. He did his job. His ratings since the shooting have jumped -- composite ratings (from mess of polls) positive for the first time in many months.... Let's see what happens then the repeal healthcare vote happens - will be interesting to see the mood of the country and the stance of the two parties. Can we be civil as the pres requested in his speech?

S.V. Airlie
01-13-2011, 09:05 AM
[QUOTE]So yes, we must examine all the facts behind this tragedy. We cannot and will not be passive in the face of such violence. We should be willing to challenge old assumptions in order to lessen the prospects of violence in the future.

But what we can't do is use this tragedy as one more occasion to turn on one another. As we discuss these issues, let each of us do so with a good dose of humility. Rather than pointing fingers or assigning blame, let us use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy, and remind ourselves of all the ways our hopes and dreams are bound together.

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Good speech.. Now down the road,maybe we could take this to heart...