Thousands Gather For Obama Tucson Speech

January 13, 2011 |  by  |  Breaking News
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Regularly scheduled programming was preempted last night to broadcast President Obama’s Tucson speech where he addressed a nation still in shock after Saturday’s Arizona shooting that left 14 people injured including congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and killed six others.

Get all the details on the Obama Tucson speech!

The Obama Tucson speech garnered mostly positive reactions from Republicans and Democrats alike and focused on unity although the political divide between both sides seems to have grown deeper. Obama knew this all too well and called for an end to “partisan recriminations” and called for a unity that seems more and more fleeting with each passing day. He said,

What we cannot do is use this tragedy as one more occasion to turn on one another. That we cannot do. As we discuss these issues, let each of us do so with a good dose of humility…At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized, at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do, it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds…

While President Obama may not be the strongest orator in the world, his words carried meaning that we can all relate to regardless of what political side we fall on. He continued:

“The loss of these wonderful people should make every one of us strive to be better in our private lives – to be better friends and neighbors, co-workers and parents. And if, as has been discussed in recent days, their deaths help usher in more civility in our public discourse, let’s remember that it is not because a simple lack of civility caused this tragedy, but rather because only a more civil and honest public discourse can help us face up to our challenges as a nation, in a way that would make them proud.”

President Obama went on to address each of the victims and ended his speech with:

May God bless and keep those we’ve lost in restful and eternal peace. May He love and watch over the survivors. And may He bless the United States of America.

Click HERE for a full transcript of the Obama Tucson speech from CBSNews.


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