Thursday, January 13, 2011


I've been so upset about these Arizona shootings. Of course these mass shootings, which have seemingly become an annual occurrence in our lovely civilized nation, are always upsetting and unhappy events. This one made me madder than usual because of the congresswoman who was only 40 years old and seemed like such a nice person and such an exemplary public servant. This shooting also shines a light on a lot of uncomfortable issues like Arizona's gun laws (people are allowed to carry concealed weapons, even to bars, people), that great big wall that's supposed to keep "the illegals" out, and of course the vitriol that is spewed by the Tea Party. (Like Sarah Palin's map.)

So, I was really impressed with the President's address last night. I thought he rose to the occasion and tried to bring us together as a nation, when really we could not be more split apart.

My favorite quote was this one:

“If this tragedy prompts reflection and debate, as it should, let’s make sure it’s worthy of those we have lost,” Mr. Obama said. “Let’s make sure it’s not on the usual plane of politics and point scoring and pettiness that drifts away with the next news cycle."


Randi said...

He really is a good president despite what people seem to be saying. I thought it was really strange to hear the students that must have been in attendance screaming on the top of their lungs like he was a rock star even though it was a memorial service but it's also kind of neat because they're excited about their country.

Ma said...

President Obama said we should speak healing words to each other and I thought he spoke healing words to all of us with his speech.
Love, Ma