President Obama Remarks at Tucson Victims Memorial

President Obama Remarks at Tucson Victims Memorial

President Obama actually gave some encouraging and appropriate words at the memorial of all six victims of the Tucson shooting attack. We have provided you with excerpts of the remarks he made at the memorial on Tuesday thanks to AOL News.


Tribute to the Victims

“It’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we’re talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.”

His visit to see Gabrielle Giffords at Hospital

“Gabby opened her eyes for the first time…So I can tell you, she knows we are here. She knows we love her. And she knows that we are rooting for her through what is undoubtedly going to be a difficult journey. We are there for her.”

America’s Soul Searching

“And if, as has been discussed in recent days, their deaths help usher in more civility in our public discourse, let’s remember that it is not because a simple lack of civility caused this tragedy — it did not — but rather because only a more civil and honest public discourse can help us face up to our challenges as a nation, in a way that will make them proud.”

Civility Theme

“At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized -– at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who happen to think differently than we do — it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we’re talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.”

“Scripture tells us that there is evil in the world, and that terrible things happen for reasons that defy human understanding. In the words of Job, “When I looked for light, then came darkness.” Bad things happen, and we have to guard against simple explanations in the aftermath.”

Motives of Shooting

“For the truth is none of us can know exactly what triggered this vicious attack. None of us can know with any certainty what might have stopped these shots from being fired, or what thoughts lurked in the inner recesses of a violent man’s mind. Yes, we have to 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 such violence in the future. But what we cannot do is use this tragedy as one more occasion to turn on each other. That we cannot do,”

Looking Ahead

“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’s 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 that our hopes and dreams are bound together.”

The Victims

“They too represented what is best in America.”

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