President Obama urges more civil nation
Concluding a memorial service for the victims of Saturday’s violence,
Mr. Obama urged: “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.”
The president spoke at the McKale Memorial Center at the University
of Arizona, four days after a gunman left six dead and 14 wounded
including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D., Ariz.), who authorities said was
the target of the attack. The suspect in the rampage, 22-year-old Jared
Lee Loughner, is being held in federal in custody without bail.
The president chose to dwell on the heroes of Saturday, and the
victims of the violence?especially nine-year-old Christina Taylor
Green?as he urged the nation to rise above ugly political debates and
see civic life “through the eyes of a child, undimmed by the cynicism or
vitriol’ of adults.
“I want us to live up to her expectations,’ he said of Christina. “I want our democracy to be as good as she imagined it.”
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