Obama Speech - Tucson Memorial

  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jan 13, 2011 2:25 AM GMT
    President Obama did a wonderful job tonight, eloquent as always, in his speech at the Tucson Memorial.

    I think several of these quotes from the speech pretty much says it all:

    "When a tragedy like this strikes, it is part of our nature to demand explanations...to impose some order on the chaos...make sense out of that which seems senseless".

    "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 happen to think differently than we do, it is 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"


    "We should be willing to challenge old assumptions in order to lessen the prospects of such violence in the future.

    "What we cannot do is use this tragedy as one more occasion to turn on each other"
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    Jan 13, 2011 2:37 AM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidPresident Obama did a wonderful job tonight, eloquent as always, in his speech at the Tucson Memorial.

    I think several of these quotes from the speech pretty much says it all:

    "When a tragedy like this strikes, it is part of our nature to demand explanations...to impose some order on the chaos...make sense out of that which seems senseless".

    "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 happen to think differently than we do, it is 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"


    "We should be willing to challenge old assumptions in order to lessen the prospects of such violence in the future.

    "What we cannot do is use this tragedy as one more occasion to turn on each other"


    Amazing, you conveniently left out when he talked about changing public discourse, and the bickering, and the vitriol.

    Amazing, also, how you want to take credit for the words of the President that you seem to demonize in most threads.
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    Jan 13, 2011 2:40 AM GMT
    Very nice speech. Not one word about American exceptionalism, even though he mentioned the American dream and how Americans (and probably all decent people) should act. And it's not just negatives like not pointing fingers, but what we should be proactively doing:

    part of the speechBut 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.
  • rioriz

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    Jan 13, 2011 2:55 AM GMT
    Can't the OP just post what was a great speech from our President without any partisan backlash?

    I agree it was a speech befitting of the "Leader of the Free world". Unfortunately I feel much of it will be left on deaf ears and people here and in the media will continue with their bickering back and forth instead of trying find common ground. If not common ground can be reached at least respect the right of having a different opinion.
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    Jan 13, 2011 2:56 AM GMT
    jprichva said
    CuriousJockAZ said"What we cannot do is use this tragedy as one more occasion to turn on each other"

    Oh, blow it out your ass, President O.


    Although we can't let a good crisis go to waste can we?
  • Webster666

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    Jan 13, 2011 3:10 AM GMT
    Although this was not the time nor the place for it, just once, I wish my President would stand up and call out the Republicans for what they are: liars, haters, and fear mongerers.

    If one more idiot had read from the bible, I was going to throw a brick threw the TV.
    The stupid religious nuts are just one step removed from the gun nuts.


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    Jan 13, 2011 3:39 AM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidPresident Obama did a wonderful job tonight, eloquent as always, in his speech at the Tucson Memorial.

    I think several of these quotes from the speech pretty much says it all:

    "When a tragedy like this strikes, it is part of our nature to demand explanations...to impose some order on the chaos...make sense out of that which seems senseless".

    "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 happen to think differently than we do, it is 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"


    "We should be willing to challenge old assumptions in order to lessen the prospects of such violence in the future.

    "What we cannot do is use this tragedy as one more occasion to turn on each other"



    Thank you for posting this !! I appreciate it !!!
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jan 13, 2011 5:14 AM GMT
    wrestlervic said
    Amazing, you conveniently left out when he talked about changing public discourse, and the bickering, and the vitriol.

    Amazing, also, how you want to take credit for the words of the President that you seem to demonize in most threads.



    I didn't "conveniently leave out" anything, I simply posted a few of my favorite quotes from the speech. As for demonizing President Obama in most threads, that is absolutely untrue. I have been supportive of Obama pretty much since he was elected. I don't agree with everything he has done, but so far I think he has been a fine President...and I have said that many times.
  • musclmed

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    Jan 13, 2011 5:24 AM GMT
    I think he did and said what needed to be said.


    Devolving into blame and vitriol yields nothing.

    We should look past this and work to correct some of the problems.

    At this point we can cast the radicals aside on both sides on gun control.

    We cannot ban guns, as the Supreme Court has ruled on this. We cannot allow unchecked gun ownership and other weapons of mass destruction to be carried around.

    We can use the opportunity to pass a consensus ammunition regulation. No hand gun Clips more than 6 bullets.

    Making any campus or school that receives federal funds a mental health protected zone. Which means that Administrators/teachers are empowered without fear of retaliation to report and seek help for students that have signs of mental health issues. Just as child abuse is required to be reported.



    These two things can be passed ASAP. Cast aside the partisan garbage, no left wing amendments, no right wing issue amendments.

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    Jan 13, 2011 5:24 AM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ said
    wrestlervic said
    Amazing, you conveniently left out when he talked about changing public discourse, and the bickering, and the vitriol.

    Amazing, also, how you want to take credit for the words of the President that you seem to demonize in most threads.



    I didn't "conveniently leave out" anything, I simply posted a few of my favorite quotes from the speech. As for demonizing President Obama in most threads, that is absolutely untrue. I have been supportive of Obama pretty much since he was elected. I don't agree with everything he has done, but so far I think he has been a fine President...and I have said that many times.


    I have to agree with CJA here. We don't usually agree but he's generally and genuinely moderate in his disagreements.
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    Jan 13, 2011 5:27 AM GMT
    Christian73 said
    I have to agree with CJA here. We don't usually agree but he's generally and genuinely moderate in his disagreements.




    awwww, okay Christian...I'll add you to my "Hug List" icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 13, 2011 5:33 AM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ said
    Christian73 said
    I have to agree with CJA here. We don't usually agree but he's generally and genuinely moderate in his disagreements.




    awwww, okay Christian...I'll add you to my "Hug List" icon_wink.gif


    See? A beautiful bipartisan moment can happen! icon_wink.gif
  • musclmed

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    Jan 13, 2011 5:40 AM GMT
    I firmly believe Obama can be a successful President.

    More speeches and encouragement like this one can help this.

    Im glad he is paving the path forward past all of the vitriol.


    Did anyone notice. Daniel Hernandez, ( no apparent prepared speech)

    What a rolemodel for gays. After DADT repeal he encompasses the reality that a gay man can step up and be the hero in the face of adversity, in a fearless manner.
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    Jan 13, 2011 6:12 AM GMT
    Prez O definitely has a way with words. This is the first that I've heard of any speech; college classes will do that to you.

    Unfortunately, I highly doubt that this tragedy is going to change the lack of bipartisanship in DC, but I could be wrong.