VIDEO – President Obama Addresses Tucson Memorial Event
Matt | On 13, Jan 2011
Here’s the video from President Obama’s appearance at the Tucson memorial service, “Together We Thrive: Tucson and America,” for the victims of Saturday’s mass shooting. The president attended the event at the University of Arizona with his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
The tribute was fitting and the president spoke briefly about each of the victims who were fatally wounded and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) who hosted the event. I think it was important to see the president make an appearance during this time of grief to reassure the nation and speak out on such a visible and heinous crime.
The president reminded attendees and the nation about backlash from the bickering about mental health, gun laws, and who’s to blame for Saturday’s tragedy.
“It is important for us to pause for a moment to make sure we’re talking to each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds,” said President Obama.
“We cannot use this tragedy as one more occasion to turn on each other,” he added. Now he’s DEFINITELY right about that one.
There was something about this “memorial” that confused me. Why were people cheering so much in the beginning? I understand it was held on a college campus. But, when they said that one of the fallen was an alumnus, the crowd CHEERED! WTF?
At a ceremony of this seriousness, I expect clapping, standing and moments of silence to honor the victims and survivors .. not whistling and cat-calling. This was NOT an NFL playoff match! I’m “assuming” those were NOT victims’ relatives doing that. *side-eye*.
Also, some people thought it was a political pep rally for the president. I beg to differ. If he hadn’t spoken out on this, then they would have labeled him as the out-of-touch elitist they’ve come to hate. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.