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Posted at 9:26 PM ET, 01/12/2011

Obama: consoler in chief

By Eugene Robinson

In Tucson tonight, President Obama played the role that all presidents must play at times of great tragedy: consoler in chief. His speech at the memorial service for the victims of Saturday's massacre seemed not to come from a speechwriter's pen, but from the heart.

Asking whether it "helped" or "hurt" the president politically seems petty. After he described how Rep. Gabriel Giffords' husband, Mark, had just visited her and announced that "Gabby opened her eyes for the first time," politics vanished. At a moment of great sorrow, there was a glimpse of the kinder, gentler America that Obama described -- an America in which "we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds."

The most touching parts of the speech, for me, came near the end, when he talked about how families react on losing a parent or a spouse -- when he said 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 making the lives of other people better."

The parts of the speech that seemed to touch Obama most were the passages about Christina Taylor Green, the 9-year-old girl who was killed Saturday. There was passion in his eyes when, talking about Christina, he challenged us to "do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children's expectations." He seemed moved when he imagined that "if there are rain puddles in heaven, Christina is jumping in them today."

Obama, of course, has two daughters. Tonight he was father-in-chief as well.

By Eugene Robinson  | January 12, 2011; 9:26 PM ET
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Comments

President Obama 's eulogy was the best speech I have heard from a public figure since the inauguration speech of late President John F. Kennedy.

Posted by: lejeune421 | January 12, 2011 9:45 PM | Report abuse

President Obama offered grieving families comfort. At this moment, that's all that can be done. Soon, we pray, the healing will begin.

Posted by: gsross | January 12, 2011 9:57 PM | Report abuse

President Obama offered grieving families comfort. At this moment, that's all that can be done. Soon, we pray, the healing will begin.

Posted by: gsross | January 12, 2011 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Obama is NOT only a great teleprompterist.

Tonight we found out HE is also a miracle worker!

Gene you were right.

Barry is the MESSIAH!

After HE walked out of Gabby's hospital room, she opened her eyes for the first time!

And Barry was modest enough to share that miracle with us!

Next Barry makes the deficit disappear!

Just you wait. Gene believes. "I do"! "I do"!

Posted by: beecheery | January 12, 2011 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Clearly one of Obama's finest moments. Very Presidential. Very comforting. Very uplifting. Amazing.

Posted by: PepperDr | January 12, 2011 10:07 PM | Report abuse

He spoke from the heart. He was not afraid to be compassionate while exercising decorum. I loved it. I respect him so. Well done, President Obama.

Posted by: Jose5 | January 12, 2011 10:19 PM | Report abuse

In 50 years whose speech do you think the children of today will remember? President Obama's or the wannabe one's from this morning?

Posted by: AverageJane | January 12, 2011 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Beechery, how sweet of you.

You might benefit from a deep breath and a walk in the fresh air.

Posted by: lde2c | January 12, 2011 10:24 PM | Report abuse

The shootings in Tucson were a terrible tragedy, but they are being shameless used by the left to try to lift Obama.

So much of this sadly seemed fake and manufactured.

Obama is not a uniter - he is just an opportunist.

Posted by: thinker16 | January 12, 2011 10:32 PM | Report abuse

thinker16 wrote:

Obama is not a uniter - he is just an opportunist.

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Thinker 16, what a sad person you must be; unable to recognize genuine feelings and thoughtful expressions of compassion. So sorry for you.

Posted by: getsmart4 | January 12, 2011 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Gene Robinson, the president was indeed speaking from his heart. His speech tonight was one of his finest, just what the people of Tucson and the nation needed to hear.

Posted by: robinx | January 12, 2011 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Beechery, I feel sorry for you.

Obama gave a moving speech, and overcame the frivolous and inappropriate actions of audience members, and even speakers like Gov. Brewer. But our President told us that if a 9-year-old girl can believe in us, we should live up to her expectations.

I'm sorry you can't do so.

Posted by: thmas | January 12, 2011 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Beechery, I feel sorry for you.

Obama gave a moving speech, and overcame the frivolous and inappropriate actions of audience members, and even speakers like Gov. Brewer. But our President told us that if a 9-year-old girl can believe in us, we should live up to her expectations.

I'm sorry you can't do so.

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Posted by: jkgjgjbliuo | January 12, 2011 11:24 PM | Report abuse

It is an honor to be a citizen of a country led by a person of such intellectual depth as President Obama. You have delivered again, sir. Thank you!

Posted by: luvusa1 | January 12, 2011 11:42 PM | Report abuse

beecheery, thinker16

I hope Christina reaches down and soothes your anger. Thank you for your comments.


Posted by: osmor | January 12, 2011 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Palin, Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, McConnell, Bachman, are all partly responsible for this tragedy. What did they expect would eventually happen when they insight violence???? They should all be ashamed of themselves.

Posted by: jonbasil | January 12, 2011 11:57 PM | Report abuse

thinker16 wrote:

Obama is not a uniter - he is just an opportunist.

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I really don't like passing judgement on people, but its safe to assume that you're no thinker. You're just miserable, bitter and mean! Go somewhere and get on your knees and repent. If not, you'll soon regret it.

"You'll know them by their deeds."

Posted by: altapasha | January 13, 2011 12:01 AM | Report abuse

When we look back on this episode in history, it will mark the end of real journalism.

Posted by: diehardlib | January 13, 2011 12:07 AM | Report abuse

There is great irony in Obama saying "what matters is ... how well we have loved, and what small part we have played in making the lives of other people better"

as he is carrying out extra-judicial assassinations of loved-ones anywhere he feels like it, often in such a rush that the deaths are of innocents, but in any case creating the anger that stokes terrorism.

Posted by: ChicagoKen | January 13, 2011 12:07 AM | Report abuse

From the man with the feather at the begining to our President's comments, this was the sort of thing I have come to expect. God help us all.

Posted by: powellsanmiguel | January 13, 2011 12:09 AM | Report abuse

I must have been listening to a different speech. It had the tenor and tone of a stump speech. It was wooden & hollow. It was hard to watch.

Posted by: john88 | January 13, 2011 12:20 AM | Report abuse

John88 is spot on. This speech was hallow, the memorial was a pep rally and it actually put Paul Wellstone's debacle to shame. Obama gave a stump speech. I was half expecting his website to be shown under the podium. Stop the automatic Consoler In Chief, please, he did nothing of the sort. If anything it aggravated not soothed. Shameful.

Posted by: RWells2 | January 13, 2011 12:40 AM | Report abuse

If you were not moved by this speech, then you must ask: what would it take to move you? If you have become this cynical, then what would it take to rescue you, to turn you around? Our President's duty here was to speak for us, to mourn the fallen, to point the way forward, to draw us together and remind us that we need each other. He performed his duties conscientiously and with tremendous skill. There was nothing partisan about his speech. In my 59 years, it was one of the best Presidential speeches I have heard. At my age, I have plenty to feel suspicious and cynical about, but not this speech.

Posted by: zzhermes11 | January 13, 2011 12:41 AM | Report abuse

The president spoke for the country. I hope some people are not so offended at that thought as to disown what was said. I wish our country were less cynical.

Posted by: jeffwacker | January 13, 2011 12:52 AM | Report abuse

Words are nice but finding a way to de-fang the NRA and get some of the worst guns and accessories off the street will mean a lot more to the safety and well-being of people in this country.

Posted by: armyofone | January 13, 2011 12:55 AM | Report abuse

And a lovely, real speech it was, from our fine President Obama.

Thanks, we needed that.

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Posted by: zhengee01 | January 13, 2011 1:16 AM | Report abuse

beecheery,

Be a a true patriot and think of the victims and their families that were comforted in Tucson today. America needed what the memorial that Tucson organized and invited us to.

Posted by: FoundingMother | January 13, 2011 1:43 AM | Report abuse

I must have been listening to a different speech. It had the tenor and tone of a stump speech. It was wooden & hollow. It was hard to watch.

Posted by: john88 | January 13, 2011 12:20 AM | Report abuse

John88 is spot on. This speech was hallow, the memorial was a pep rally and it actually put Paul Wellstone's debacle to shame. Obama gave a stump speech. I was half expecting his website to be shown under the podium. Stop the automatic Consoler In Chief, please, he did nothing of the sort. If anything it aggravated not soothed. Shameful.

Posted by: RWells2 | January 13, 2011 12:40 AM | Report abuse
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And morons like you are indirectly responsible for the Tuscon shooting. Brainless, plain dumb and 24/7 brain washed idiots by the ilks like Palin, Rush and all the other criminal hate and fear mongering racists.

Go shoot yourselves with your so beloved guns.

Posted by: mackiejw | January 13, 2011 1:46 AM | Report abuse

thinker16 wrote:

Obama is not a uniter - he is just an opportunist.

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Your a sick a-hole

The speech was brilliant and a stark contrast to Palins cliches and platitudes

Posted by: Chops2 | January 13, 2011 2:00 AM | Report abuse

How base to use human tragedy for political positioning. Robinson and obama have done just that.

Posted by: wmpowellfan | January 13, 2011 2:00 AM | Report abuse

it was more like an obama pep rally than a memorial service.It didn't feel right.

Posted by: Anonymously2 | January 13, 2011 2:39 AM | Report abuse

I give credit to the anointed one's handlers: they kept him for apologizing and consoling at the same time, leaving the spectacle with barely a whiff of the meretricious. It implies that the campaign bus from hell has a rudimentary transmission of some sort.
Be of good cheer Gene, my superannuated friend: You've lived long enough to see the dynamics of a fake apotheosis unfold in excruciatingly tacky 3D. I rather like those adoring, hatchery fish faces in the mendicant throngs, don't you? Their pupils don't show any signs of dilating in the near future.

Posted by: jbksss | January 13, 2011 2:45 AM | Report abuse

I give credit to the anointed one's handlers: they kept him from apologizing and consoling at the same time, leaving the spectacle with barely a whiff of the meretricious. It implies that the campaign bus from hell has a rudimentary transmission of some sort.
Be of good cheer Gene, my superannuated friend: You've lived long enough to see the dynamics of a fake apotheosis unfold in excruciatingly tacky 3D. I rather like those adoring, hatchery fish faces in the mendicant throngs, don't you? Their pupils don't show any signs of dilating in the near future.

Posted by: jbksss | January 13, 2011 2:54 AM | Report abuse

Leave it to leftists to turn a memorial service into a political pep rally- Did you hear all the leftist University of Tuscon students cheering like this was a football game?

Wasn't the Mexican/Indian with the feather just fantastic? I was embarrassed for him and our nation- the sooner this clown got off stage the better.

Eugene you are as nuts as Loughner- obviously the Obama cult is alive and well- this President is as cold and calculating as they come and the leftist who pretend they can't see through that are simply brainwashed. This memorial service was disgraceful and inappropriate and in my eyes did a poor job of remembering the victims.

One last note- if everyone is now acknowledging that political rhetoric had zero to do with this multiple homicide than why are all the politicians saying that we need to tone down the rhetoric. If rhetoric was not even a factor than why call for toning things down? Politicians and the leftist media are completely full of S and anyone that buys into it is a simpleton!

Posted by: woolfeeeee | January 13, 2011 3:05 AM | Report abuse

The president did what he was supposed to tonight, and did it well. He did the country a great service. The people in the arena may have been a little boisterous, but that's not a bad thing. Not all memorials are funerary in tone. Some are also life affirming as was the case this evening. And from what I've read, it was most appreciated by everyone in Tucson. Finally, AU did a tremendous job in hosting the event. Well done.

Posted by: stevenasmith | January 13, 2011 3:25 AM | Report abuse

woolfeeeee

Apparently you are not aware of the tradition of native Americans in Arizona. Most of the architecture in that state honors it; many of its residents are Native Americans.

The University hosted the event, and at considerable expense placed Tee-shirts - free of charge, on every chair to commemorate unity; the hollering and whooping you complain of was done by Arizona college students celebrating life, love, unity and hope.

It was a healing time for the city, and the state and its myriad peoples...

It was beautiful to watch.

I'm sorry you didn't see it.

Posted by: dutchess2 | January 13, 2011 3:49 AM | Report abuse

Obama has even become physician-in-chief! AP reports, "the president revealed that Giffords, who on Saturday was shot point-blank in the head, had opened her eyes for the first time shortly after his hospital visit." Halliluiah!

Posted by: suegbic1 | January 13, 2011 3:54 AM | Report abuse

Had Obama stuck with a 10 minute speech or so I would have said that it was one of the greatest speeches ever by an American President. But as he went on and on and on and on.....and continued to go on and on and on and on it became a bit over the top and what is expected of Obama. The guy lacks experience and does not know when more is less. As for the cheering crowd - reminded me of a political campaign where Obama visits a college and the kids would cheer at anything no matter whet the Teleprompter in Cheif would say.

Posted by: greg2010 | January 13, 2011 4:10 AM | Report abuse

where are the jobs...

Posted by: DwightCollins | January 13, 2011 5:27 AM | Report abuse

The President's speech was excellent. He softly told us not to blame others for what happened. All politicians use national tragedy to gain political points say the cynics, but there comes a time when we must toss aside our cynicism and applaud. This is one of those time.

But, one thing is clear. vicious libels and scapegoaters, go together like rat poison and rats.

Time for Wapo and their staff to stop piling on a good woman named Sarah Palin, because she is not a member of your exclusive elitist club of the left.

She is in the eyes of most Americans a good woman who served her city, and state well and sees our Republic going the way of socialist countries and would like it to stop.

I cannot tell you how disgusting it is to see so many people who have a talent to put out columns, use that talent to sow hatred and discontent.

Read the President's speech. You are part of the problem, not the solution.


The Pima County Sheriff's Department revealed that among the writings that 22-year-old Loughner left behind in his home were documents he may have intended for investigators to find, including a paper that contained the phrase "Die bit--ch" and another that read "f--- you pigs."

These expressions are of the left wing not the conservatives that support law enforcement.

The President said it best and it was delicious irony to see the Sheriff of Pima County applauding wildly during this part of the President's speech, when he was the number one scapegoater, this time of Rush Limbaugh, of all.

Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2 | January 13, 2011 5:46 AM | Report abuse

I felt President Obama's speech was excellent. He called for us all to be our personal best, to strive for something higher as a way to honor the fallen. This is not only inspiring, but it is a practical call to action that has been long overdue in our society. We have so many crushing problems as a nation right now—not the petty wedge issues that divide us but real issues. To deal with them we have to get past the scrapping of our lower selves, the desperation of daily sound bytes for cable chatter, and on to the hard work of addressing how we'll cope with peak oil (it was announced this hit in 2006), with economic crisis (the Fed's recklessness) our sense of entitlement, infrastructural decay, and climate change issues of environmental degradation. We have got to come together and deal with these things as the strong, focused Americans we know we can be. And we have to do it not without all disagreement, but certainly without denial, vitriol, and the obfuscation that puts us all at risk.

Remember those better angels? Those thousand pints of light? We need to be that now.

Dignity, humility, focus.

Posted by: lindsaycurren | January 13, 2011 6:04 AM | Report abuse

Obviously by some of the comments so far
your President's plea for civility has
fallen, not on deaf ears, but ignored by
thew very people he was attempting to reach.

He is your President, elected by y her actionsa majority and is deserving of respect for the office and the will of the people.

I also watched another speech earlier today and it did nothing to heal a nation's fractured heart. Ms Palin was defensive and merely spoke in platitudes, certainly not matched by her actions.

As a very keen observer of your body politic , admittedly from afar, I believe the present rancour in your public discourse began the day a congressman shouted "you lie" to the President during his first State of the Union address. The only thing missing was ` boy!'.

Heal thyself America, you are a much greater nation than some of your politicos are portraying to the world.

T J Maller
Western Australia

Posted by: tjmaller | January 13, 2011 6:11 AM | Report abuse

I watched the entire service. Our president's speech was outstanding. He hit all the right notes and in the right tone. It was comforting, uplifting, empathetic, unifying, and a tribute to the fallen and heroes caught up in that awful day. I noticed the emphasis on Mrs. Giffords opening her eyes, a message to all...we ALL need to open our eyes. The right wingers with their Obama Derangement Syndrome are already unleashing their nasty remarks and criticism because nothing, and I do mean nothing, this man does will ever please or appease them. But that's okay because they make themselves look incredibly shallow, petty, and small.

Posted by: ggwalt | January 13, 2011 6:33 AM | Report abuse

The left is desperate for a resurrection of Obama.

Using this tragedy like they have is shameful.

They turned a sad event into a spectacle in order to try to elevate Obama.

I don't remember the same pomp and circumstance for Ft. Hood - can someone refresh my memory?

Posted by: thinker16 | January 13, 2011 7:18 AM | Report abuse

Whatever your political persuasion, you cannot walk away from a speech like this without being grateful for being an American. While I disagree with the President on many issues, I do not question his desire to serve our country and its people with the full measure of his strength and resources.

In a pivotal moment where he could easily have rubbed salt into the wounds of an already fractured nation, he instead he offered up the balm of Gilead to heal. It was a fitting memorial for the families of the lost, and an inspiring exhortation for all Americans.

Posted by: jemoorman | January 13, 2011 7:28 AM | Report abuse

Mr. R, I thought that the President did a great job during the memorial. He inspired me and that's not an easy thing!!

Posted by: ruthella10 | January 13, 2011 7:29 AM | Report abuse

President Obama encouraged Americans to talk with each other "in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds." This is the man who looks down his nose at people who he said "cling to God and guns." This is a man who said of the opposition political party, "they bring a knife, we bring a gun." Pardon me, Eugene, if I don't join in your adulation of the Chosen One.

Posted by: Chippewa | January 13, 2011 7:32 AM | Report abuse

PS, Mr. R, Looks like the haters are losing today, and I hope to God from now on!!!!!!!

Posted by: ruthella10 | January 13, 2011 7:34 AM | Report abuse

No one could have watched that speech and not been moved to the bottom of their souls. Sadly, a lot of posters here didn't.

Newly resolved to be nice, I can only beg those who would criticize the president for his speech ... please watch it. Just watch the whole thing. If you want to jump back into the nasty, you can always follow up with Palin's speech on the same subject.

If comforting a nation and yes -- offering hope, is part of a president's job, he did a perfect job. Perfect.

Posted by: Casey1 | January 13, 2011 7:45 AM | Report abuse

I can't really make a judgment on the quality of the speech. I'll read it in a couple of days after the whooping and hollering and whistling of the 'grieving students' has left my ears. I will read it apart from festivities of last night and see if it had been delivered in a venue with some decorum and less applause if it might have had an emotional effect.

Posted by: dogdiva | January 13, 2011 7:47 AM | Report abuse

thinker16 wrote:

Obama is not a uniter - he is just an opportunist.

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Thinker 16, what a sad person you must be; unable to recognize genuine feelings and thoughtful expressions of compassion. So sorry for you.

Posted by: getsmart4

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getsmart4, obama is just a political opportunist. Why isn't obama giving a speech in P.G. County for the 12 people killed there in 12 days? Oh, all those people in P.G. already vote for him.

Quit drinking the Koolaid and help us repeal the job killing obamacare.

Posted by: COOLCHILLY | January 13, 2011 7:47 AM | Report abuse

Obama is asking way too much. How is it even possible to talk to or about Republicans in a way that heals? Look, Boener Head is getting ready to repeal the lives of millions of Americans who lack health insurance. Now that's not civil.

Posted by: Maddogg | January 13, 2011 7:54 AM | Report abuse

No one could have watched that speech and not been moved to the bottom of their souls. Sadly, a lot of posters here didn't.

Newly resolved to be nice, I can only beg those who would criticize the president for his speech ... please watch it. Just watch the whole thing. If you want to jump back into the nasty, you can always follow up with Palin's speech on the same subject.

If comforting a nation and yes -- offering hope, is part of a president's job, he did a perfect job. Perfect.

Posted by: Casey1 | January 13, 2011 7:56 AM | Report abuse

Whoever wrote the speech did a good job. So did Obama when he read it. Of course at "another" university full of wide eyed screaming and cheering students of indoctrination

And how about that messianic moment when Gabby touched the hem of his garment and opened her eyes? Yes he is a hell of a campaigner

This changes nothing as far as Obama's policies go. We want the power and money grab scheme disguised as HCR repealed. We want an end to totalitarian legislation and legislating by decree from the Oval Office.

We want the GOP to do exactly what they said they would do when we voted them in./

Obama. One and DONE

Posted by: Straightline | January 13, 2011 7:59 AM | Report abuse

President Clinton also made a very moving speech at a time of crisis but then the next day he undid it all by using that crisis to boost himself politically and it worked. Obama is full of good speeches. It is his forte. If Obama is judged by what he says he walks on water. Unfortunately, what he says and what he does are direct opposites and his competence in speechmaking is utterly destroyed by his incompetence in running this government and his agenda which is taking this country in a direction the majority of its citizens do not want.

Posted by: mlbduffy | January 13, 2011 8:00 AM | Report abuse

That was a home going service from deep within the heart and soul of the black church. Where a joyful noise is made until the Lord as the life of the dead person is remembered and celebrated in song smiles and laughter. As the person's soul embarks on a journey to be with God that is the ultimate fate and desire of every Christian.

Amen! Well! Preach! Tell it! Silence is absent from the black church as the pastor and the flock interact in call and response. That is what it means to have a real black President.

Posted by: blackmamba1 | January 13, 2011 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Isn't it amazing how we don't seem to see these brave commenters in real life spewing their hatred and ignorance. They hide behind anonymous screen names and in the mob, too cowardly to howl and whine when they must face those they hate. I guarantee you that if they were required to post their real names and pictures (as the columnists at WP do), not another word would be spoken. Sara Palin is no better. Her scripted diatribe is posted on facebook to her fans, she is unwilling to face any response.

Posted by: UncommonCommoner | January 13, 2011 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Why would Robinson even need to write an article that tells that this speech "came from the heart"? I would certainly hope that it came from the heart without any reinforcement needed from Robinson.

Posted by: hz9604 | January 13, 2011 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Obama showed once again.....

....that an Affirmative Action hire is not about competence


Liberals shooting democrats, oh my!

Posted by: georgedixon1 | January 13, 2011 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Barry is a nauseating, opportunistic fraud.

Posted by: carlbatey | January 13, 2011 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Yes, the speech came from the heart but personally, I wish the President were able to express his thoughts with less words. The tone and content were present but with better organization and pacing this speech could have been memorable.

It was appropriate and heartfelt but...

Posted by: TomMiller1 | January 13, 2011 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Blackmamba: "Amen! Well! Preach! Tell it! Silence is absent from the black church as the pastor and the flock interact in call and response. That is what it means to have a real black President." Ok that's nice but what the heck was the blessings of the lizards and mother earth and the 4 doors, etc...someone had hold of the peace pipe for too long!! Good speech by Obamam and I ain't a beleiver in his politics!

Posted by: mjandrews8 | January 13, 2011 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations to Obama's speechwriter; he/she made the most of the opportunity with their literary genius. Now, did Obama mean any of it?

Posted by: GordonShumway | January 13, 2011 8:25 AM | Report abuse

AverqgeJane......how superficial can you be?

If you're referring to Sarah Palin, she was specifically responding to those hate mongers who for 2 or 3 days were accusing her of creating a hostile environment by her political speech and balaming her and a few other Conservatives for the actions of Jared Loughner. A scurrilous charge that began with the inane Sheriff Dupnik.

Charges which failed somehow to include President Obama's varaious comments over the past few years wherein he said things such as .. if they bring knives to the fight we bring guns...and other foolish remarks designed merely to ignite rather than resolve differences of opinion.

Posted by: Hazmat77 | January 13, 2011 8:28 AM | Report abuse

jonbasil... you are simply incorrect. ABC News conducted an interview with a friend of the Shooter who clearly indicated that Jared Loughner did NOT watch TV News, did NOT listen to talk radio, and was not political.

Your assertion is merely partisan nonsense and evidences your lack of intelligence.

Posted by: Hazmat77 | January 13, 2011 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Well Gene now the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny has a believer too. Sorry but I'll wait and see how long Obama keeps his promise. I am a realist and from past experience with this man I don't think he can maintain a civil discord. I'm still waiting on the border to be secured. Not just a promise, not just a token political gesture but a real honest effort to shut down the violence flowing across the border that affects our lives locally.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | January 13, 2011 8:35 AM | Report abuse

from the heart?

written for him

read off the teleprompter

identical delivery to every other speech he's ever given.

FACTS.

Posted by: docwhocuts | January 13, 2011 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Once again liberalism has sent another person off the edge. Now is the time to focus on the mental disorder known as liberalism,and lock these people up unless they get some serious help.

Posted by: OneAndDoneObama | January 13, 2011 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Obama said, "All of us we should do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children's expectations."

Then stop the generational theft by this administration. They are spending us into the ground while they redistribute wealth.

Obama's anti-business stance is crippling job growth in this country. As government grows, he is able to exert more and more control over the people, and in turn.....

our children have fewer and fewer opportunities while he decides who he will give OUR hard earned money to.

Posted by: thinker16 | January 13, 2011 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Obama hit the right cord tonight. I wish Robinson would listen to the suggestion of the speech. I haven't read much from him that wasn't a jab at the right. It was refreshing to hear the President lay the blame on the person who did it. It sounded so, should I say it, republican.

Posted by: ernest121 | January 13, 2011 8:50 AM | Report abuse

That was a home going service from deep within the heart and soul of the black church. Where a joyful noise is made until the Lord as the life of the dead person is remembered and celebrated in song smiles and laughter. As the person's soul embarks on a journey to be with God that is the ultimate fate and desire of every Christian.

Amen! Well! Preach! Tell it! Silence is absent from the black church as the pastor and the flock interact in call and response. That is what it means to have a real black President.
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Like Rev. Wright says,

"Not God Bless America.....God D*mn America!!!!!"

So uplifting.

Posted by: thinker16 | January 13, 2011 8:52 AM | Report abuse

: LETFREEDOMRING2

No - Sarah Palin is an opportunist. She has a tin ear. She has little experioence and no preparedness for leadership, quit the one position that could have launched her into a higher office half way through.

Her canned speech yesterday was all about her being the victim - again.

Not a leader's way.

Women who have learned their craft, studied their history, made themselves aware of their surroundings and competed with savvy for higher positions can achieve higher offices in this country. Those unwilling to work for it end up being scoffed at for their inadequacies.

Women who cling and play the victim, and want the big bad (press/public/wiser heads/truth) to go away are simply not ready for prime time.

Posted by: dutchess2 | January 13, 2011 8:53 AM | Report abuse

people like thinker16 and straightline obviously need the mental help like the shooter in Arizona, they are mentally ill with hate and most likely racism if they cannot recognize a truly great speech like the President gave. I almost feel sorry for them, I certainly feel sorry for anyone that has to deal with them on a daily basis.

Posted by: calif-joe | January 13, 2011 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin's Legacy

Teabagger rallies pictures, saved by Google Images, for posterity.

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Posted by: dutchess2 | January 13, 2011 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Another political rally at another university filled with leftist professors and wild eyed indoctrinated students.

Felt sorry for whoever was there for a memorial service

Posted by: Straightline | January 13, 2011 9:00 AM | Report abuse

"After HE walked out of Gabby's hospital room, she opened her eyes for the first time!

And Barry was modest enough to share that miracle with us!"

Actually, the President took great pains to say it was after he and Michelle left. Because he knew people would make comments like yours.

Can you let go of your hate for even a few minutes?

Posted by: TheHillman | January 13, 2011 9:03 AM | Report abuse


Frankly, I was amazed. Was this a memorial service, a pep rally, or a tent revival meeting?

The cheerleader-in-chief seemed intent on becoming the preacher at a tent revival meeting? Amen to that, brother?

Those killed and injured in this fiasco, and their families, deserved a more civil memorial.

.

Posted by: adjjones | January 13, 2011 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Barry urged Americans to talk with each other "in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds."

This might be believable if Barack Hussein Obama didn't say things like " they bring a knife, we bring a gun" and if he had right away said to stop the heated rhetoric instead of waiting 4 days.

He sat silent while the mainstream media, the sheriff, and various other Democrats shamelessly attacked Sarah Palin and other conservatives. (He even thanked the sheriff!)

His words mean absolutely nothing - they are just repeated from the teleprompter.

Posted by: thinker16 | January 13, 2011 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Obama spoke many truths, those things that will be true under any circumstances. He touched my heart and reminded me of what I know.

The people who rant against his words, his delivery, his presence in the White House did not hear because their ears are sealed.

It is a pity.

Posted by: goodgovernment | January 13, 2011 9:15 AM | Report abuse

I suppose some here would have wished a swift promised trip to the gallows for the purp than attempting to assuage the grief of the family and the community. The President was the father\brother\son in chief for an important moment in that communities history and I am proud of him. Words do matter. Unfortunately, some of the comments made here suggest otherwise.

Posted by: Brianwithaneye | January 13, 2011 9:18 AM | Report abuse

"One last note- if everyone is now acknowledging that political rhetoric had zero to do with this multiple homicide than why are all the politicians saying that we need to tone down the rhetoric."


Why are people on the extreme right or extreme left so upset at the idea of toning down the rhetoric?

Is it because they're afraid to discuss issues intellectually rather than simply calling each other names?

Rhetoric is obviously a problem. Only those who partake in the flame throwing don't recognize this.

Posted by: lightgrw | January 13, 2011 9:20 AM | Report abuse

I heard Mr. Obama very loudly and very clearly call those of us on the Right who disagree with his views:


ENEMIES.

Kind of hard to "heal" from that, Barry.

Posted by: thinker16 | January 13, 2011 9:24 AM | Report abuse


President Obama's message reflected the same, solid, 95% of Americans who think, feel, and act with the same values and sensitivities he so thoughtfully expressed.


Posted by: drjillshackford1 | January 13, 2011 9:28 AM | Report abuse

A one minute speech from Obama is a response to any question regarding the country's finances.

A 10-minute speech is a Memorium.

A 36-minute speech is a campaign pep rally.

Posted by: bandcyuk | January 13, 2011 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Please Republicans and Teabaggers, nominate Sarah Palin for Pres. in 2012. PLEASE!!! It'll be the biggest blowout since LBJ beat another Arizona legend in his own mind.

I don't go to comedy clubs anymore, Conservatism is the biggest joke in the country!

Posted by: sachancp | January 13, 2011 9:28 AM | Report abuse

"Obama's Tucson speech seemed to come from the heart."

Where did the t-shirt come from? As for the speech I'm guessing it came from his teleprompter.

Posted by: gun313 | January 13, 2011 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Let's see - 4,000 people are slaughtered 10 years ago and a president speaks for 10 minutes about the matter. 6 people get killed and a president speaks for 35 minutes. I think Barry should book the University of Maryland auditorium and speak for 70 minutes about 12 people getting offed in 12 days in PG County (it may be 13 in 13 as I write this)......

Posted by: ddaly7 | January 13, 2011 9:33 AM | Report abuse

What heart?
What Emotion?
What empathy.
As usual the so called president fell short. He didn't meassure, and was found wanting.
He showed more empathy towards the Muslem major Nadal who killed good honest service men urging everyone not to blame the actions of one on a whole religion. Here we have a certifyable nut and he blames the whole country?
Honestly, did he really stop smoking pot? or his cigarrettes are still spiked!

Posted by: minuramsey | January 13, 2011 9:38 AM | Report abuse

The past week has been awful in many ways. We have seen a deranged individual inflict grievous wounds on a member of Congress and kill or wound many others, including a federal judge, a nine-year-old girl, and a husband whose last act was to shield his wife's body with his own. We have then seen both ends of our country's political spectrum spend more effort on blaming each other than on lamenting this national tragedy, and I've been one of those piling on in this free-for-all.

The conduct of our national leaders, on both sides of the political aisle, has been one of the bright spots in this otherwise dark time. President Obama has given a speech that asks Americans to honor the dead and wounded by setting aside partisan hostility to work together for the good of our country. Speaker Boehner has done a commendable job of trying to bring Congress together in a respectful and nonpartisan way to remember the dead, support the wounded, and encourage their families.

Let's follow their good example, stop offering harsh criticism of each other, and try to figure out what things we can agree on to move our country forward despite the many challenges it faces.

Posted by: 02Pete | January 13, 2011 9:38 AM | Report abuse

What heart?
What Emotion?
What empathy.
As usual the so called president fell short. He didn't meassure, and was found wanting.
He showed more empathy towards the Muslem major Nadal who killed good honest service men urging everyone not to blame the actions of one on a whole religion. Here we have a certifyable nut and he blames the whole country?
Honestly, did he really stop smoking pot? or his cigarrettes are still spiked!

Posted by: minuramsey | January 13, 2011 9:40 AM | Report abuse

As I tuned into the service in midstream progress, for some odd reason I thought the Arizona Wildcats had won the national championship instead of the Auburn Tigers....

Posted by: ddaly7 | January 13, 2011 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Look the bottom line is this... SOME of you just need to come out and say it, you don't like Obama because he's black. Stop hiding behind labels like "affirmative action hire", "Blackbama" and "the chosen one", really? That he "walks on water?"
It's very sad reading some of these posts. I can not believe that after something tragic like this that some people think that all Obama and the left want to do is get some political gains. People got killed! This is a moment of where all of us AMERICANS should be together and forget the political B.S. I'm neither on the left or right, I follow my president, no matter who they are, because they are the PRESIDENT. We all need to climb down off of our political horses and work together to become the nation that we are supposed to be. Other nations are PROBABLY laughing at us.

Posted by: eezyslim | January 13, 2011 9:48 AM | Report abuse

As I tuned into the service in midstream progress, for some odd reason I thought the Arizona Wildcats had won the national championship instead of the Auburn Tigers....

Posted by: ddaly7
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It must be difficult being an a-hole day to day, but you make it seem easy. What is your secret?

Posted by: LABC | January 13, 2011 9:48 AM | Report abuse

I might respect Obama and believe him if:

He had apologized for his past heated and inappropriate rhetoric (they bring a knife, we bring a gun, etc.)

Apologized for calling those who disagree with his political point of view enemies.

Chastised the mainstream media for their shameless and mean-spritied attacks on Palin and acknowledged that the Democrats have used similar maps with targets on them.

Told the American people that he understands and respects that our country is a REPRESENTATIVE REPUBLIC and agree to abide by the will of the people instead of continuing to jam his leftist agenda down our throats.

Then, I might be able to accept Obama's words.

Posted by: thinker16 | January 13, 2011 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Obama's first words yesterday should have been an apology to what he calls his political enemies.

His own words have been treacherous!

HOW ABOUT THESE NON VIOLENT(wrong) METAPHORS BY OBAMA??

** Obama: “They Bring a Knife. . . We Bring a Gun”
** Obama to His Followers: “I want you to argue with them and get in their face!”
** Obama on ACORN Mobs: “I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry! I’m angry!”
** Obama to His Mercenary Army: “Hit Back Twice As Hard”
** Obama on the private sector: “We talk to these folks… so I know whose a-s-s to kick.“
** Obama to voters: Republican victory would mean “hand to hand combat”
** Obama to lib supporters: “It’s time to Fight for it.”
** Obama to Latino supporters: “Punish your enemies.”
** Obama to democrats: “I’m itching for a fight.”


Posted by: jjcrocket13 | January 13, 2011 9:52 AM | Report abuse

It's interesting that any comment that doesn't express awe and admiration for another oratorical masterpiece deliver by the golden-throated Chosen One meets with personal ad-hominem attacks by other posters or a blanket indictment that somehow the person posting the comment can't get over the fact that we have a half non-white president.
In reality, the poseur we now have in the White House will in time be shown to be more like Ted Williams (the internet wonder, not the baseball legend) than Abraham Lincoln.

Posted by: ddaly7 | January 13, 2011 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Look the bottom line is this... SOME of you just need to come out and say it, you don't like Obama because he's black.
Posted by: eezyslim | January 13, 2011 9:48 AM
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OK, I'll come out and say it - I don't like having a COMMUNIST president!

Posted by: ddaly7 | January 13, 2011 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Obama is NOT only a great teleprompterist.
Tonight we found out HE is also a miracle worker!
Barry is the MESSIAH!

Posted by: beecheery
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Never miss a good opportunity to hate.

Posted by: jayjordan | January 13, 2011 10:06 AM | Report abuse

I don't like having a COMMUNIST president!

Posted by: ddaly7 | January 13, 2011 10:03 AM

Sorry... what makes him a communist again, I seem to have missed that one.

Posted by: eezyslim | January 13, 2011 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Obama gave a fine speech last night. He hit all the right notes. I hope Gene and EJ and Olbermann and the NY Times etc didn't miss the part where he said we shouldn't be putting the blame on others (i.e. Palin, the Tea Party). But the one bothersome part for me was the reaction of the crowd.. yes it was at a college BUT that doesn't mean people should act like they were at a pep rally. People were killed and wounded and this was a MERMORIAL to mourn and pray for them.. Not a time to act like the Arizona basketball team just won a home game...

Posted by: sovine08 | January 13, 2011 10:09 AM | Report abuse

I think the President did a masterful job with this speech in that he consoled a community and nation that was grieving over those who lives were lost. He encouraged us to be mindful of how we treat one another, privately and publically. He challenged us to engage the issues that comfront us in ways that would be an example that we would want our children to follow.

As a father of two girls, a seven year-old (soon to be eight),and a just turned eleven year-old, I was particularly moved by his reflections of nine year-old Christina Taylor-Green. I think that as he talked about the hopes and dreams she had, he could not help but see his own girls, and think about his hopes and dreams for them.

I pray that we as a nation and as members of the human family, will find, as a result of this tragedy, our spiritual compass that will lead us out of the darkness of our lower selves in the bright sunlight of our best selves.

Posted by: revhmb1 | January 13, 2011 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Eugene,

Last night President Obama said this, "We should speak to each other in ways that heal, not in ways that wound." But it brings to mind several of his OWN statements since taking the Presidency...

"The police acted stupidly."
"America has been arrogant."
"People who cling to guns and religion."
"Just give grandma a pain pill."
"Republicans need to ride in the back seat."
"Those wallstreet fatcats."

This president does not have the true belief in the things he said last night given his own devisive track record. Give me a break, this event was turned into a national campaign rally orchestrated by this administration.

Absolutely disgusting !!!

Posted by: SirLoinofBeef | January 13, 2011 10:16 AM | Report abuse

"Together we thrive" is a crap message and is phony as heck. It is bleeding heart ideology and to be expected at a political campaign stop like this.

As usual, Obamabots will be pleased and anyone with free thinking abilities will recognize the real message behind Obama's stump speech.

Together we clearly do not thrive as many people knew of the shooter's diminished mental capacity and did nothing about it.

The media could have been on the story promoting how people to get help for deranged individuals and how to report them to authorities, keep guns out of their hands, and get them the "help" they need. Instead his incident was made into an attack on the Tea Party, Sarah Palin, and conservative speakers.

So during the left's assault on the 1st and 2nd amendment, real arguments are thrown out the window.

Why did the sheriff fail to provide a single deputy to this event for a fellow democrat? Why did the father just shrug off his son running into the desert away from him after having a suspicious bag? What is in this guy's past that is not being released by his school, family, or local law enforcement agencies?

When a committed leftist demands people do something, I doubt they are setting their own hatred aside. They are hypocrites and not to be trusted.

Obamabots will do as Obamabots do. The cult of personality has taken them over.

Posted by: VAGuy01 | January 13, 2011 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Actually eezyslim, methinks the so-called thinker16 and a couple of others are paid posters, paid to post their drivel. A comment (or 2) is enough for most people.

Posted by: falconprince | January 13, 2011 10:24 AM | Report abuse

President Obama's message reflected the same, solid, 95% of Americans who think, feel, and act with the same values and sensitivities he so thoughtfully expressed.
Posted by: drjillshackford1
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Correct.. of course the other 5% are those far LEFT wacko's who want to blame this on Palin because she once created a chart with a few crosshairs on it. Never mind that there is NOTHING to suggest that this killer was affected at all from it or IF he even ever saw it. Or that Democrats had their own chart that had BULLEYES on it. Funny the Left never mention that in their complaints..

Posted by: sovine08 | January 13, 2011 10:26 AM | Report abuse

The Presidents speech was the most eloquent, inclusive and uniting I have heard so far.

I must say that I'm really not shocked at all by the right-wing comments here, they are still fomenting divisiveness, hate and bigotry. So sad and so sorry for their ignorant pettiness and hateful view of life.

We are all Americans. What is so hard for your brains to wrap around the concept of compassion and unity? Instead you continue to be negative and divisive. I feel so very sorry for you.

That said, the continuing hatred from right-wing extremists is repulsive.

Posted by: Gary12 | January 13, 2011 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Eugene,

So given Obama's preaching about working together and talking to each other in healing ways, will you finally STOP throwing your default race card at all your political opponents ???

Posted by: SirLoinofBeef | January 13, 2011 10:33 AM | Report abuse

good morning,

Frankly, the setting, a basketball arena, the many applause interruptions by an audience composed of many college students without any attempts on his part to stop them by speaking through the interruptions, his call to honor the victims by asking the Nation to act with civility to "do the people's business", and of course the extraordinary length of his comments made Mr. Obama's comments a speech more apropriate for delivery at a pep rally/ political event, which it was, rather than comments to be delivered at a memorial service, which is what the event should have been. An interdenominational service conducted within a Church where Mr. Obama would have delivered comments focusing principally if not exclusively on the victims would have been much more appropriate.

take care

Posted by: LulingRanchers | January 13, 2011 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Gary12's comment is a perfect example of how stupid people are with the bleeding heart liberal mentality.

He cries about "formenting divisiveness, hate, and bigotry" while formenting divisiveness, hate, and bigotry himself. This is known as "projection".

Compassion? That's what got us into this mess. People had too much compassion for an absolute maniac instead of locking him up in a mental hospital.

Unity is a joke and people who preach unity are often taking advantage of others who follow it. THIS MEANS YOU, GARY12.

Real "unity" comes when you don't have to force others to do as you say. Democrats will never get that.

Posted by: VAGuy01 | January 13, 2011 10:37 AM | Report abuse

WE ARE THE UNITED ONE!

Posted by: taichilo | January 13, 2011 10:38 AM | Report abuse

For those who think that President Obama's words were not genuine, why should we believe that your words are genuine? Why should we not believe that there is contempt with all your words.

I do believe in this country and I do believe that we have many more decent citizens that vile, contempteous ones.

Posted by: ronhamp | January 13, 2011 10:40 AM | Report abuse

I don't like having a COMMUNIST president!

Posted by: ddaly7 | January 13, 2011 10:03 AM

Sorry... what makes him a communist again, I seem to have missed that one.

Posted by: eezyslim | January 13, 2011 10:09 AM
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1. Grandparents registered members of the ACP
2. Mentored by Frank Marshall Davis, head of the Hawaiian Communist Party
3. Ran for state office in Chicago under the National Democratic Socialist Worker's Party
4. Sponsored for state office by William Ayers & Bernadine Dohrn, self-described communists and terrorists
5. Endorsed in the 2008 election by Sam Webb, ACP chairman
6. Most registered visits to the White House - Andy Stern, head of the SEIU and registered communist

Need more....?

Posted by: ddaly7 | January 13, 2011 10:41 AM | Report abuse

ronhamp: Did Obama write his own words or do you think a speechwriter prepared them?

Anyone with COMMON FREAKING SENSE would know the answer to this.

At least we all write our own comments and do not have a speechwriter preparing them. So I would believe that everyone in here speaks "more from the heart" This includes lefties, righties, and anyone in-between!

If you are reading from a teleprompter, you aren't speaking from the heart, bud.

Posted by: VAGuy01 | January 13, 2011 10:43 AM | Report abuse

You know, even if this speech was "genuine"... the hundreds of Obamabots cheering every other second made it disgusting. Also, the T-shirt give-away was just tacky.

Maybe it would have been made better if they lauched the T-shirts from cannons like they do in sporting events.

Maybe they could have announced that "The Person in section 8 row 34 seat A please come to the floor for a half-court shot to win a brand new automobile."

Seriously. If it is to "raise spirits" and get people happy, why not go all the way?

Posted by: VAGuy01 | January 13, 2011 10:52 AM | Report abuse

@VAGuy01

I'm not hear to debate anyone. I'm writing my own words and I love this country. Until stated otherwise, I believe you do too.

As an American, what you do to one, you do to all of us. Therefore, as attempts to make our president un-american, they do the same for all of us.

Posted by: ronhamp | January 13, 2011 10:52 AM | Report abuse

To "beecheery":

Your cynicism is repugnant.

Posted by: twilson66 | January 13, 2011 10:52 AM | Report abuse

@VAGuy01

I'm not here to debate anyone. I'm writing my own words and I love this country. Until stated otherwise, I believe you do too.

As an American, what you do to one, you do to all of us. Therefore, as attempts to make our president un-american, they do the same for all of us.

Posted by: ronhamp | January 13, 2011 10:53 AM | Report abuse

How easy it is for the President to call for unity and no finger pointing when the facts prove that the diatibe from the Leftists Media of Collusion against those on the right that STARTED THIS MESS was BS and for PROPAGANDA reasons and at a time of personal tragedy...


Where's the apology from Paul Krugman, Keith Olbermann, the New York Times the WP, the Tucson sheriff for their knee jerk opportunity for spewing propaganda?

The leftist only encouraged hate speech against President Bush for 8 years...hypocrites


Where's the criticism of the vile leftist home of hate speech, the Daily Kos? This is where Loughner actually hung out. Huh?

Posted by: dforce | January 13, 2011 10:54 AM | Report abuse

How easy it is for the President to call for unity and no finger pointing when the facts prove that the diatibe from the Leftists Media of Collusion against those on the right that STARTED THIS MESS was BS and for PROPAGANDA reasons and at a time of personal tragedy...


Where's the apology from Paul Krugman, Keith Olbermann, the New York Times the WP, the Tucson sheriff for their knee jerk opportunity for spewing propaganda?

The leftist only encouraged hate speech against President Bush for 8 years...hypocrites


Where's the criticism of the vile leftist home of hate speech, the Daily Kos? This is where Loughner actually hung out. Huh?

Posted by: dforce | January 13, 2011 10:54 AM | Report abuse

In other words, Robinson, Obama told people like YOU to curb your hate speech against Palin and others on the right...

Posted by: dforce | January 13, 2011 10:57 AM | Report abuse

I thought President Obama did a wonderful job last night speaking to the families of those lost, the survivors and the nation. I remember Presidents Reagan, Clinton and G.W. Bush giving similar speeched during times of national crisis and/or disaster and I recall being both proud, moved and comforted by their reassuring words. As I read the comments posted here, it is quit clear that some of the readers either cannot or refuse to set aside, even for a moment, their hatred of President Barack Obama. The mood of the memorial service was largely dictated by the fact that it was held on a college campus with a large number of University of Arizona students in attendance. Perhaps they were not at all times the most appropriate in their responses, however, perhaps a pep rally for Tuscon and nation is what was in order. In any event, I believe President Obama did a wonderful job given the setting to which he was invited (please remember this was not a White House sponsored event, the University of Arizona invited President Obama). In my opinion many of the comments posted are from people who seem so very hateful, angry and bitter. In their minds Obama can and will never do anything good. I respect those who differ with me politically, thats whats so great about our nation, but I simply do not understand those of you who make your political differences so personally hateful to the point that you can never say anything positive about President Obama. Let me be clear, I felt the same way when Republicans occupied the White House. While I disagree with almost all Reagan, Bush I and Bush II policies, I nevertheless thought they were all decent men who loved their country and did on some occasions do things or gave speeches with which I agreed and supported. I would truly appreciate knowing what is at the heart of the personal vehement hatred many of you express toward President Barack Obama.

Posted by: youngjo381 | January 13, 2011 11:01 AM | Report abuse

some of you need to reat Thiessen, Bush's speechwriter, complementing Obama for chiding the opportunits who want to blame the rhetoric of the right for contributing to the tragedy.

the mentality that everything Obama does is evil, no matter what he does, is sick.

Posted by: JoeT1 | January 13, 2011 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Amazing the hate speech still on these blogs. So you dont like the President, Big shock, what we saw last night was the greatness of our country and its citizens, what we are seeing on these blogs are petty and beneath most Americans. But will it stop, no. We rallied around Bush after the September 11th attacks, 92% approval rating, still want to know who the 8% were that didnt support him after this horrendous attack, whether you adhere to what the President said last night is up to you, for the rest of this country we will not sink to the level of you by bringing up every little detail about the President that you dont like hoping that you can convince anyone that you are right, let me tell you YOU ARE WRONG. Nothing you say will change ANYONES mind. It is just a sad reflection of yourself and not of this great country. So please keep exposing yourselfs as the vile uneducated haters you are, the rest of us still LOVE THIS COUNTRY and still believe in our President. Your petty ramblings will change nothing except to glorify yourself in your own mind. God bless you my fellow Americans........

Posted by: rharring | January 13, 2011 11:31 AM | Report abuse

I agree Mr. R, excellent speech. One thing about it though, to those that are carping about the wonderful celebration of life that happened last nitght; comparing it to a pep rally,etc., why dont you worry about your own final ceremony. People have a right to celebrate death the way they choose. If it was okay with the victims families and citizens of Tucson, who the heck cares about what you think. Let me guess what's going to happen when your sorry a--- check out of here. Based upon the hostility and hatefulness espoused in this forum, I think it's pretty safe to assume that you are mean and evil people in life as well as you are on this site. I also feel Pretty certain that there wont be anyone that has ever loved you enough in your life, and that's why your so eager to export your miserable existences. Unless you change your evil ways, there wont be enough people that care will care enough about you to even show up for your funerals. You haters remind me of a guy that I knew when I was in the Army many years ago. Unfortunately, the guy died in a car accident and for several weeks, even though everyone knew that he had family members, no one would step forward to claim the body. After several weeks, a family member finally and reluctantly showed up to make the arrangements. I asked the family member why there had been so much trouble in getting this guy laid to rest. He shared with me that in fact, his cousins reputation was that he was so hateful, mean and "evil," that everyone that know him loathed him and adamantly refused to participate in burying him. The sum total of his life was that only 2 relatives showed up to send this guy off, and one of the relatives was so drunk it was as if he wasn't there either. All you hateful individuals out there with a chip on your shoulder could learn from this experience. The truth is...even though you may think that people care for you if you are in fact as mean and evil as you demonstrate in this forum, I guarantee you....your "friends" and "associates" probably hate you as well. Try to remember that when your days are coming to an end.

Posted by: ruthella10 | January 13, 2011 11:34 AM | Report abuse

I agree Mr. R, excellent speech. One thing about it though, to those that are carping about the wonderful celebration of life that happened last nitght; comparing it to a pep rally,etc., why dont you worry about your own final ceremony. People have a right to celebrate death the way they choose. If it was okay with the victims families and citizens of Tucson, who the heck cares about what you think. Let me guess what's going to happen when your sorry a--- check out of here. Based upon the hostility and hatefulness espoused in this forum, I think it's pretty safe to assume that you are mean and evil people in life as well as you are on this site. I also feel Pretty certain that there wont be anyone that has ever loved you enough in your life, and that's why your so eager to export your miserable existences. Unless you change your evil ways, there wont be enough people that care will care enough about you to even show up for your funerals. You haters remind me of a guy that I knew when I was in the Army many years ago. Unfortunately, the guy died in a car accident and for several weeks, even though everyone knew that he had family members, no one would step forward to claim the body. After several weeks, a family member finally and reluctantly showed up to make the arrangements. I asked the family member why there had been so much trouble in getting this guy laid to rest. He shared with me that in fact, his cousins reputation was that he was so hateful, mean and "evil," that everyone that know him loathed him and adamantly refused to participate in burying him. The sum total of his life was that only 2 relatives showed up to send this guy off, and one of the relatives was so drunk it was as if he wasn't there either. All you hateful individuals out there with a chip on your shoulder could learn from this experience. The truth is...even though you may think that people care for you if you are in fact as mean and evil as you demonstrate in this forum, I guarantee you....your "friends" and "associates" probably hate you as well. Try to remember that when your days are coming to an end.

Posted by: ruthella10 | January 13, 2011 11:37 AM | Report abuse

ruthella10,

Well said, Very well said.........

Posted by: rharring | January 13, 2011 11:38 AM | Report abuse

VAGuy01:

Apparently I struck one of your raw, hateful nerves.
Your anger, hypocrisy and own projection is quite apparent.

I hope you find peace with yourself and grasp the concept of unity and compassion.

Posted by: Gary12 | January 13, 2011 11:41 AM | Report abuse

I had a feeling where this 'memorial service' was headed when the Mexican witch doctor gave us his autobiography to the chanting and screaming approval of the audience. T-shirt giveaways ("I went to the Tuscon memorial and all I got was this crummy T-Shirt"), long-winded teleprompter oratories, and Democrat Party dignitaries planted in a Democrat audience (Eric Holder? Sandra Day O'Connor? Nancy Pelosi? 20K liberal college students?) all smack of the first planned event orchestrated by Axelrat to kickoff the 2012 campaign rallies.

Posted by: ddaly7 | January 13, 2011 12:04 PM | Report abuse

"Together We Thrive" T-shirts? Are you kidding me? How crass.

Posted by: hz9604 | January 13, 2011 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: zzhermes11: Read your contribution. I am 56 now, and I have to agree that this had to be one of the greatest presidential speeches in my lifetime.

Posted by: ruthella10 | January 13, 2011 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: zzhermes11: Read your contribution. I am 56 now, and I have to agree that this had to be one of the greatest presidential speeches in my lifetime.

Posted by: ruthella10 | January 13, 2011 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Actually eezyslim, methinks the so-called thinker16 and a couple of others are paid posters, paid to post their drivel. A comment (or 2) is enough for most people.

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Thinker16 is not a paid poster - but would be happy to accept payment for my insights!!!

I think the only paid posters are the ACORN ones - the same ones who were shuttled to the pep rally in Tucson last night.

I'm just an American who doesn't like having a Communist for a president and a media with a clear political agenda.

But that agenda has been clearly exposed over the last few days.

Posted by: thinker16 | January 13, 2011 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: zzhermes11: Read your contribution. I am 56 now, and I have to agree that this had to be one of the greatest presidential speeches in my lifetime.

Posted by: ruthella10 | January 13, 2011 12:21 PM | Report abuse

First on the T-Shirts do some investigating on your own, the University of Arizona placed them on the seats of the lower bowl, the design on the T-Shirt was from the UofA and was the same design adorned on the press passes and packets handed out. So now what do you want to complain about?

Posted by: rharring | January 13, 2011 12:24 PM | Report abuse

BeeCheery: please change your diaper.

Gene, see if you can get Krauthammer's feelings on Obama's eulogy. It would be interesting to say the least.

Posted by: beachbum1938 | January 13, 2011 12:26 PM | Report abuse

BeeCheery: please change your diaper.

Gene, see if you can get Krauthammer's feelings on Obama's eulogy. It would be interesting to say the least.

Posted by: beachbum1938 | January 13, 2011 12:27 PM | Report abuse

The stanza about "living up to Christina's expectations" was by far the best section of the speech. I turned, and said that part was crafted by "Sam Seaborn".

The part about her being up in heaven jumping in poddles... was cheesy. That part was clearly written by a much more junior speech writer. It certainly wasn't Seaborn-esq "Ran into(!) the fire...The streets of heaven are crowded with heroes."

Posted by: mcgrupp10799 | January 13, 2011 12:35 PM | Report abuse

No matter what Pres. Obama does, the haters on this post and others will always have something negative to say. They are miserable people who live in a very, very small and myopic world. They have a hard time with a black man in the "White House". They believe every stereotype about people out there. And then they cling to their religion and their guns. Pres. Obama never had a chance with them, and they will never give him a chance.

All of the ills of this country will be blamed on Pres. Obama and the so-called "left" of this country. That's why millions of jobs were created under Bush by cutting taxes on the rich, so that corporations could hire millions of people. Insurance companies are some of the most profitable companies in this country, yet, blame is place on Obama for the increase in health care costs, even though my health care costs increased prior to legislation being enacted regarding insuring the uninsured, etc.

Pres. Obama wants to take aware the true Americans' rights, that's why true Americans want to take back their country.

Sarah Palin made an excellent speech, by encouraging the continued acts of vitriolic language under the First Amendment. She even managed to remind everyone of the last election. But being the compassionate and empathetic person she is, she made sure that her speech was not political, but urging her followers to continue with their vitriolic discourse.

This nation has experienced an awful tragedy where twenty people were shot and six killed by a terrorist, a congresswoman in critical condition, and the hate continues.

Unfortunately, those on the right spew distasteful hate because of their fear, and, yes, fear generates hate. Yes, those on the left respond, but not with such venomous and hateful rhetoric.

By the way, where is Michele Bachmann in all of this. Didn't she tell her constituents to be "armed and dangerous" or words to that effect.

Posted by: bander2400 | January 13, 2011 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Any one of you who thinks that this "memorial service" was acceptable does not the know the meaning of the word memorial. Obama's spectacle was a GD pep rally. I understand he can't control the cheers, but give me a break. Whose bright idea was it to do this in the U of A gym? And T-Shirts? Just pathetic.

Posted by: Jsuf | January 13, 2011 12:48 PM | Report abuse

I think Obama was misleading when he implied that Ms. Giffords opened her eyes after he visited her. It's as if he had some mystical power to heal. Perhaps this was inadvertent, but I seem to recall a White House motto (paraphrased: Never let a tradegy go to waste.

Posted by: Paaa | January 13, 2011 12:54 PM | Report abuse

@Paaa

Well, he is the Messiah.

Posted by: drowningpuppies | January 13, 2011 1:09 PM | Report abuse

docwhocuts wrote:

from the heart?

written for him

read off the teleprompter

identical delivery to every other speech he's ever given.

FACTS.
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From the heart? Clearly.

Written for him? Duh??!! I don't think you appreciate how the office of the president typically works.

Read off the teleprompter. No. But even if it were how could that be a concern?

Docwhocuts, the word "fact" has a very specific meaning, one you should become acquainted with before using the word again.

Posted by: DRHunt | January 13, 2011 1:12 PM | Report abuse

This nation has experienced an awful tragedy where twenty people were shot and six killed by a terrorist, a congresswoman in critical condition, and the hate continues.
Posted by: bander2400
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Just a quick question.. did you call John Hinckley the guy who shot Reagan a Left wing TERRORIST?? Or was he just nuts??? Terrorist implies this was done for political reasons but nothing in this guys path says he was political. He had a run in with Giffords in 2007.. long before we ever heard of the Tea Party and Palin so why does the Left assume somehow it was their fault??? Perhaps we heard a different speech but I didn't hear Palin encourage continued acts of vitriolic language. I heard her say let's not throw blame around when there are NO facts to say anyone else is to blame.

Posted by: sovine08 | January 13, 2011 1:18 PM | Report abuse

One of the all-time great presidential speeches, setting a perfect tone of remembrance.

The best memorials are intended to celebrate the lives of the deceased, with both happiness and sorrow, and this one did. Reminds me of the one we had for our favorite uncle.

Posted by: chi-town | January 13, 2011 1:19 PM | Report abuse

President Obama's speech was touching and comforting. Palin's speech was her farewell address.

Posted by: apocrypha | January 13, 2011 1:22 PM | Report abuse

The pseudo-shaman delivering the invocation was a little over-the-top for a memorium.

Posted by: drowningpuppies | January 13, 2011 1:31 PM | Report abuse

There are innocent little girls and families killed and injured in Iraq for nothing and in Afghanistan too and no one feels any pain. We are at war with ourselves and it will only bring more and more unendurable pain whether we feel it or not. Plus we have our own soldiers and their families in daily pain and as long we are doing this there is no consolation at all for anyone.

Posted by: Wildthing1 | January 13, 2011 1:54 PM | Report abuse

There are innocent little girls and families killed and injured in Iraq for nothing and in Afghanistan too and no one feels any pain. We are at war with ourselves and it will only bring more and more unendurable pain whether we feel it or not. Plus we have our own soldiers and their families in daily pain and as long we are doing this there is no consolation at all for anyone.

Posted by: Wildthing1 | January 13, 2011 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Last night, the country and our president gave tributes to the six innocent victims of this horrific act. I wonder what tribute would be available to those who hearts are hardened when that time comes for you. Will the ones who know you be able to give a truthful tribute about your life?

Those six innocent victims truly deserved their tribute and tried to make life just a little better for their family, friends, and neighbors. Will anyone be able to say that about you???

Posted by: ronhamp | January 13, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

The president did what he should do, and what he is elected and paid to do. You, Mr. Robinson, should also so something - you should resign, and take your group of catwallering columnists with you. Your paper is no longer news, just a pack of Capitol Hill groupies living off crumbs of the Hill and msnbc, and spreading your own brand of divisiveness, and additionally, the writing by your group that is published is sophomoric and puerile, at best. Today you jump at the chance to somehow build up the president again, and now he is the nation's healer, once again we should throw rose petals at his feet. Couldn't, at the very least, the WP give us more news, and less of you and your crew?

Posted by: lorenzo2121 | January 13, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I don't know, lorenzo2121, I think Mr. Robinson and the rest of his ilk at the WaPo serve as a fine example of the corruption of the mainstream media. They have clearly "chosen sides" and are pushing a political agenda.

I don't have to connect too many dots to explain this to my kids because it's in such obvious display.

Posted by: thinker16 | January 13, 2011 2:25 PM | Report abuse

First on the T-Shirts do some investigating on your own, the University of Arizona placed them on the seats of the lower bowl, the design on the T-Shirt was from the UofA and was the same design adorned on the press passes and packets handed out. So now what do you want to complain about?

Posted by: rharring | January 13, 2011 12:24 PM
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As I said before, how crass.

Posted by: hz9604 | January 13, 2011 2:30 PM | Report abuse

And while the nation's attention and prayers were focused on Tucson last night the new Speaker of the House, of which Gabriel Giffords is a member, Republican John Boehner attended a cocktail/fund raiser party for the Republican Party in Washington.

Such is the stuff great leaders are made?

Posted by: apspa1 | January 13, 2011 2:47 PM | Report abuse

"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."

--Barack Obama, President of the United States

Posted by: ancient_mariner | January 13, 2011 3:02 PM | Report abuse

HE DID A VERY NICE JOB. THE MEDICENE MAN, THE DRUMMER AND THE RALLY CROWD DID NOT HELP THE GRAVITY OF THE EVENT. I FAILED TO SEE WHY HOLDER AND NAPOLITAN WERE THERE. MINISTERS OF VARIOUS FAITHS SHOULD HAVE READ THE BIBLICAL VERSES...MAYBE A CATHOLIC CHAPLAIN AND A RABBI.

Posted by: DANSHANTEAL1 | January 13, 2011 3:05 PM | Report abuse

"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."
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Such flowery words from a man who calls those who disagree with him "enemies" and arrogantly refuses to listen to the wishes of the American people.

Posted by: thinker16 | January 13, 2011 3:28 PM | Report abuse

This is all part of the Rahm Emanuel playbook where they say any crisis should be used to their advantage to further their agenda.

The Obama agenda wants you to be safe from all harm. Lower your voice. It is all for your own good. Trust me, I am the government. Take your medicine.

Posted by: alance | January 13, 2011 3:45 PM | Report abuse

This is all part of the Rahm Emanuel playbook where they say any crisis should be used to their advantage to further their agenda.

The Obama agenda wants you to be safe from all harm. Lower your voice. It is all for your own good. Trust me, I am the government. Take your medicine.

Posted by: alance | January 13, 2011 3:48 PM | Report abuse

beecheery & thinker16:

I echo those who said they feel sorry for you. What an empty life you must lead to feel the need to spread your bile after a tragedy like this, and about a truly moving speech. Does it make you feel important? Smart? Doesn't come across either way. It looks like a nobody trying to get attention. Save it for the bathroom walls.

I'm also sick to death of the ignorant criticism of teleprompter use. Nearly every president in the TV age used some form of one for major speeches. DO you think they memorize every word of a 40 minutes speech (especially when some of the text is still being revised an hour or 2 B4)? Would you rather they look down at a piece of paper the whole time? They turned W into a pretty decent speaker.

Making fun of their use is just as petty and showing of a lack of facts as parroting the Palin said she can see Russia from her house, or Gore said he invented the internet.

Posted by: tjconnor | January 13, 2011 3:58 PM | Report abuse

You probably weren't listening to the news Sunday, but the doctor said Sunday Gifford opened her eyes for the first time. What a shame. We're used to Obama lying every chance he gets but you should have followed up in when Gifford's first opened her eyes. Did Obama impress you with his bogus speech? You saw Obama speaking from the heart? Where was this heart for the first two years of his presidency. Are we going to have to wait for someone to die before Obama shows he has a heart for an American citizen. What a shame for you to promote a political rally disguised as a funeral and then throw in Obama has a heart. Obama is a far left radical and if the Democrats had of won this last election you truly would have seen the real Obama and his so call heart for the American people.

Posted by: houstonian | January 13, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

I still don't understand why Pres. Obama wastes everyone's time trying to get Republicans to unite with Democrats. They don't want to, and they aren't going to, and they are going to make sure no one else unites with anyone else ever, by means of bullying and backbiting.

His speech was great, and it was the right thing to say, and I'm glad he said it.

But really - it's not about people, or country, or patriotism, or compassion, or anything else but money for the Republican corporate puppets.

Going for the cash and power is what it's about for them.

Unity?

Still waiting for the President to get a clue about this.

Posted by: nadinem | January 13, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

I still don't understand why Pres. Obama wastes everyone's time trying to get Republicans to unite with Democrats. They don't want to, and they aren't going to, and they are going to make sure no one else unites with anyone else ever, by means of bullying and backbiting.

His speech was great, and it was the right thing to say, and I'm glad he said it.

But really - it's not about people, or country, or patriotism, or compassion, or anything else but money for the Republican corporate puppets.

Going for the cash and power is what it's about for them.

Unity?

Still waiting for the President to get a clue about this.

Posted by: nadinem | January 13, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Eugene,
I agree with your sentiment. The President gave an exceptional speech last night.

The applause that the President received during his speech was confirmation that he was striking the right cords with those present.

Posted by: Circa2012 | January 13, 2011 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Eugene,

I agree with your sentiment. The President gave an exceptional speech last night.

The applause that the President received during his speech was confirmation that he was striking the right cords with those present.

...while the country watched and listened.

Posted by: Circa2012 | January 13, 2011 4:11 PM | Report abuse

The President gave a good speech but he is no Ronald Reagan. His speech will be long forgotten by the time the newspaper ink dries.

Posted by: topgun97365 | January 13, 2011 4:29 PM | Report abuse

The last comments of the night regarding that darling innocent 9 year old victim was the best he has ever done.
The rest was cold, calculating and chilling Obama "speech" with no emotion whatsoever.
The "Pep Rally" atmosphere was completely wrong. The venue should have been in a church..............This was a memorial service, not a campaign speech.

Posted by: sandynh | January 13, 2011 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Palin, Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, McConnell, Bachman, are all partly responsible for this tragedy. What did they expect would eventually happen when they insight violence???? They should all be ashamed of themselves.

Posted by: jonbasil | January 12, 2011 11:57 PM
___________________________________________

President Obama addressed your point in last night's speech: "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 must guard against simple explanations in the aftermath.

For the truth is that none of us can know exactly what triggered this vicious attack. None of us can know with any certainty what might have stopped those shots from being fired, or what thoughts lurked in the inner recesses of a violent man's mind.

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."

Let me summarize for you:

1. "the truth is that none of us can know exactly what triggered this vicious attack."

2. "...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..."

Assigning blame or demonizing ANYONE in the aftermath of this horrible tragedy is just wrong. How could you look little Cristina in the eye and make the comment you made? Would not you have even a little bit of shame?

Posted by: gbooksdc | January 13, 2011 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Really? From the heart? I don't think so. He's a politician. Politicians try to "strike the right tone," but don't confuse that with anything "from the heart." Eugene, you're such a joke. Obama is in it for himself. I'll just never believe that he's suddenly embraced us Republicans. Toning down the rhetoric, in liberal parlance, means Republicans should never disagree with liberals/Democrats/socialists, etc., etc., etc. This people in this country are incredibly gullible. Obama has pulled the wool over your eyes and old Eugene here is trying to make sure you never pull it off! And please don't post some stupid liberal retort to this comment. Why in the world would you think your opinion is important enough for me to care?

Posted by: georges2 | January 13, 2011 5:55 PM | Report abuse

So today we learn the killer was a doper into using the very sorts of narcotics and hallucinogenics George Soros, the very heart and soul of the Democrat party, demands that we make legal for everyone to use.

Really folks, you think the Democrats have your interests in mind?

It'll be Jareds all up and down the block you stay on that track, and the streets will flow with blood.

This is a lesson in why Republicans are reluctant to just go along with the Democrats on anything.

You have lost the confidence of the Independents as well.

Posted by: muawiyah | January 13, 2011 5:57 PM | Report abuse

For goodness sakes - he read the entire speech that someone else had written for him. It was horrible and he's a fraud.

Posted by: AsstGM | January 13, 2011 6:05 PM | Report abuse

All this memorial service reminded me of was Denver 2.0. The president should have called the spectators to task, especially after Holder and Napolitano had given readings from the scriptures, that were done quit well. In fact this might have been the best of anything that Holder has done since his appointment.

Posted by: jjlj | January 13, 2011 6:07 PM | Report abuse

My family is Norwegian American. Our funeral services are solemn, dignified and respectful.

Our wakes are full of serious and humorous remembrances, expressions of love for the deceased and for the survivors and a whole lot of laughter, applause and support for those who choose to speak and the hopes they express.

What I saw on television from Tucson wasn't a funeral, I was watching a wake. With over 13,000 attendants and over 13,000 different ways of coping with grief.

I'm surprised at the numbers of you who are unable to distinguish between a funeral and a wake, then disparage those of us who can.

Uffda!

Posted by: dastubbs | January 13, 2011 6:31 PM | Report abuse

One of the greatest speeches I've ever been privileged to witness.

Posted by: buzzsaw1 | January 13, 2011 6:32 PM | Report abuse

I knew in my heart that President Obama would deliver the speech that he needed to give. He wrote this one. He has written other great speeches, some during the campaign when it seemed that even his "friends" were trying to wound him. He deals with things openly, honestly, and without sarcasm. He is truly a very humble man with uncommon intelligence. I feel blessed that we as a nation gave him a chance. I just wish the opposition would give him a chance by listening to him and offering their best efforts. It takes no brains to be negative, critical, sarcastic, and uncooperative. The statesmen that I have admired the most in the past are those who would recognize when the opposition was correct and say so. Now, it seems that the opposition cannot ever have a correct thought, idea, or program.

Posted by: EarlC | January 13, 2011 6:37 PM | Report abuse

So interesting....and yet sad.....to see the blatant evil described in Obama's speech obviously alive and well in the remarks of the trolls here.

Posted by: buzzsaw1 | January 13, 2011 6:38 PM | Report abuse

buzzsaw1 wrote:

One of the greatest speeches I've ever been privileged to witness.
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Well, that is certainly what is being sold to the public in a VERY heavy handed fashion.....

but many of us are not buying it.

The left turned a tragedy into a circus in order to elevate Obama. And in the end.....

his policies and actions mean much more than any speech he can give.

He got away with that during his election, but we know him better now....

Posted by: thinker16 | January 13, 2011 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Lawdy, lawdy, thank you so much, Boss Eugene, you done opened our eyes. As Lenny Bruce said, "I know now we iz gwine up to hebbin on de big ribberboat, and when I gets dere Iz gwine have me some fried chicken and watteemelon."
You done told us the way, let us tip our hats and thank the good lawd that Mr. Obama is leading us to the promised land, and not the debbil Palin. Hallelujah! Thanks boss.
Jonathon

Posted by: lorenzo2121 | January 13, 2011 8:06 PM | Report abuse

It was a very fine call to decency. The president asked a lot of Americans, and for the most part, Americans will take a deep breath and try to tone the rancor down.

I believe that the political tone will be changed from here forward. Before, the battle was left against right, liberal against conservative.

Now I think the battle is between extremism and moderation. And moderation has started to win. It is evident in the comments that seek to draw out hatred. They're failing. And it's evident that those who want to swim in the hate are scared and frustrated that their time has passed.

I'm proud to be an American and have Mr. Obama lead our country.

Posted by: Keesvan | January 13, 2011 8:11 PM | Report abuse

I've been sickened by this whole spectacle. The politicising of this tragedy, when there was NOTHING political about it is disgusting.

Obama has been horribly disappointing and it's going to take more than a phony speech for him to redeem his presidency.

Posted by: Rubiconski | January 15, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

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