Moment of silence
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama emerged from the White House together to undertake a solemn duty: leading the nation in a moment of silence after the tragedy of Tucson. It was powerful in its simplicity. No words. No action, except for the three dings of a chime by a Marine. At the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, members of Congress covered the steps of the Capitol in similar observance. The same at the Supreme Court. The same at the scene of the crime that has provoked long-overdue soul searching. There will be time for the healing words of a nation's president. The public display of mourning for the six lives lost and the prayers for the 14 wounded, including for the recovery of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) will have to do for now.
| January 10, 2011; 11:21 AM ET
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