Here are a few thoughts on the memorial held this evening for the victims of the shootings in Tucson.
1. Wasn’t that “Native American Blessing” weird? The bloke who gave it was not even a Native American…he was descended from the Yaquis of Mexico! If he wasn’t a professor at the University, he probably wouldn’t have been on the program.
2. I thought President Obama gave the finest speech I have heard from him so far (and he does love to give speeches). It was exactly what we needed to hear. It was thoughtful, sympathetic, conciliatory, uniting and comforting.
3. It was uplifting to hear Scripture read by the Attorney General and the Secretary for Homeland Security. They read with courage and conviction at a time when our nation drifts toward secularism. Even the President, who is not known for his personal exercise of faith, referred at least twice to Scripture.
4. How about that Daniel Hernandez? Without notes or any sign of stage fright this articulate young man made some very thoughtful comments and renounced the title of Hero…handing that appellation to others he felt deserved it more. I was impressed!
5. I was surprised at the tone of the memorial. It seemed more like a pep rally but, as one commentator suggested, maybe this is what was needed. Nevertheless, I was angered by those who kept screaming even after the rest of the audience had become quiet. What makes them think we are as much in love with their voice as they obviously are?
6. I hope this brings to an end the incredibly stupid finger-pointing and mud-slinging employed by political opportunists. I must say, however, that I am not holding my breath.
7. I was moved by the brief sketches of those who were killed given by the President. It was a personal touch that gave us all a little insight into the always extraordinary lives of ordinary people.
8. The sketch of one precious little girl, Christina Taylor Green who would remind her mother, “We are so blessed. We have the best life,” brought me to tears.
As Mr. Obama said, may we work toward “…forging a country that is forever worthy of her gentle, happy spirit.”
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