President Obama Comforts Nation at Tucson Memorial Service

On Wednesday, President Obama spoke to the tens of thousands gathered at the McKale Center at the University Arizona. AP via Yahoo News:

Summoning the soul of a nation, President Barack Obama on Wednesday implored Americans to honor those slain and injured in the Arizona shootings by becoming better people, telling a polarized citizenry that it is time to talk with each other “in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.” Following a hospital bedside visit with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the target of the assassination, he said: “She knows we’re here, and she knows we love her.”

In an electrifying moment, the president revealed that Giffords, who on Saturday was shot point-blank in the head, had opened her eyes for the first time shortly after his hospital visit. First lady Michelle Obama held hands with Giffords’ husband, Mark Kelly, as the news brought soaring cheers from thousands gathered for a memorial service.

Obama bluntly conceded that there is no way to know what triggered the shooting rampage that left six people dead, 13 others wounded and the nation shaken. He tried instead to leave indelible memories of the people who were gunned down, and to rally the country to use the moment as a reflection on the nation’s behavior and compassion.

“I believe we can be better,” Obama said to a capacity crowd in the university’s basketball arena and to countless others watching around the country.

“Those who died here, those who saved lives here — they help me believe,” the president said. “We may not be able to stop all evil in the world, but I know that how we treat one another is entirely up to us.”

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Unreal!:Michelle Malkin say the Memorial Service has been branded  “Together We Thrive Tucson and America”  with banner spread around the arena at U of AZ. Blue and White T-Shirts were given away!

Here go again, What is it with the Democrats that memorial services and tributes turn in political rallies a la Sen. Paul Wellstone circa 2002. Shameless. Utterly and completely shameless.

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