The mood was solemn, yet hopeful at the Memorial Service in Tucson for the victims of the Safeway attack. Tens of thousands of people packed the University of Arizona's McKale Memorial Center. The hour-long service was full of spiritual overtones. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano read from the Book of Isaiah; Attorney General Eric H. Holder read from Corinthians. President Obama commemorated the victims of the massacre as people who "represented what is best in America," calling on the country on Wednesday night to start "talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds." He decried "politics and point scoring and pettiness that drifts away with the next news cycle," saying "only a more civil and honest public discourse can help us face up to our challenges as a nation."
Our President dwelled on the memory of each of the six victims, memorializing their lives and the heroic ways in which several of them died as they tried to save one another in the parking lot of the Tucson Safeway where Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) had gathered to meet constituents.
The highlight of the evening came when Our President announced that Gabby Giffords opened her eyes for the first time tonight, where he had stopped before he came to the service. The crowd leaped to its feet, crying and cheering with joy.
In closing, Our President paid special tribute to 9 year old Christina Taylor Green, born on Sept. 11, 2001, who had came to meet Giffords out of a sense of civic duty. "She saw all this through the eyes of a child, undimmed by the cynicism or vitriol that we adults all too often just take for granted," Obama said. "I want us to live up to her expectations. I want our democracy to be as good as she imagined it....If there are rain puddles in heaven, Christina is jumping in them today. And here on Earth, we place our hands over our hearts, and commit ourselves as Americans to forging a country that is forever worthy of her gentle, happy spirit."
I agree with our President. Now is a time to Heal. Now is the time to STOP these cross hair targets over political opponents, end the talk of taking 2nd Amendment solutions, Watering the Tree of Liberty and end Birther talk.
Now is the time that we Heal as a Nation. Honor our President. End the Violence! Stop the Hate!
Thank you, President Obama, for your heart-felt Words of Wisdom! Our Nation Needs You!
God Bless America!
God Bless Our President Obama!