Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Tucson Memorial Service

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 10:  U.S. President B...Image by Getty Images via @daylifeI sat here this evening multitasking.  I was doing a few things on the computer while watching the memorial service in Tucson for those killed and injured in the shooting on Saturday.  By now, most of you probably know that I am not a big fan of President Obama, at least politically speaking.

Tonight I will do something I rarely do.  I thought the President did a nice job tonight.  He did a nice job personalizing each of the victim's stories.  I was glad that he addressed the media and those who immediately sought to place blame on those who are on the other edge of the political spectrum.

All in all, he delivered a positive message without taking sides.  In addition to the general tone of the speech, he delivered the fantastic news that for the first time since the shooting, Congresswoman Giffords opened her eyes.  In particular, he spoke of the youngest victim, Christina Green, and the hopes that we could live up to the youthful idealism of a child.  Would that it would be so.

Speaking of Christina, I was glad to hear that the Arizona legislature passed emergency legislation to make it a criminal offense to protest within 300 feet of the funeral when the vile Westboro Baptist Church had said they would protest at her funeral.  Thankfully, Westboro Baptist has decided against their planned protest in Arizona.  I put those individuals on the same level as the Tucson shooter. 

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