The reason why the speech began with what seemed like confused utterings from the crowed was because it was a speech “conceived” without personal emotion. The pontifications were impersonal. For a Eulogy to be delivered, it should have the personal understanding and emotion conveying sorrow and empathy toward the families. It had non of that at all. He stole ideas from the founding fathers, he USED the biblical words and he tried to sound important and above it all. Like a G-D looking down upon the planet. Disconnected.
Obama’s Arizona Speech: Transcript, Video
AN 12 2011, 8:55 PM ET
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Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you very much. Please, please be seated. (Applause.)
To the families of those we’ve lost; to all who called them friends; to the students of this university, the public servants who are gathered here, the people of Tucson and the people of Arizona: I have come here tonight as an American who, like all Americans, kneels to pray with you today and will stand by you tomorrow. (Applause.)
<emphasis added, because many, like myself think he’s a Muslim at heart and a man of AFRICA and not of AMERICA. His book says that in HIS own words>
There is nothing I can say that will fill the sudden hole torn in your hearts. But know this: The hopes of a nation are here tonight. We mourn with you for the fallen. We join you in your grief. And we add our faith to yours that Representative Gabrielle Giffords and the other living victims of this tragedy will pull through. (Applause.)
Scripture tells us:
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
<This is a passage from PSALMS and is talking about Israel (a country), not a person. This is a very GENERIC passage. There is absolutely NOTHING personal in it. It’s not even HUMAN. A country is not a human being. Just like a corporation. It’s classified as an entity, but it’s NOT a human being. Exceptional human beings create a Country, but the Country it self is not a human, nor exceptional unless the multitudes in it are. Obama conveys that he is detached from the individual with THIS passage. He puts himself OVER the individual, as a G-d would do.>
On Saturday morning, Gabby, her staff and many of her constituents gathered outside a supermarket to exercise their right to peaceful assembly and free speech. (Applause.) <why was were they clapping here? This seems staged.>They were fulfilling a central tenet of the democracy envisioned by our founders — representatives of the people answering questions to their constituents, so as to carry their concerns back to our nation’s capital. Gabby called it “Congress on Your Corner” — just an updated version of government of and by and for the people. (Applause.) <Applause?>
And that quintessentially American scene, that was the scene that was shattered by a gunman’s bullets. And the six people who lost their lives on Saturday — they, too, represented what is best in us, what is best in America. (Applause.) <I don’t get the applause. EVERY TIME he says America or “GABBY” or the name of one of the other people – as if he were a personal freind- they applaud. Why? And why use “Gabby?” Thats what people who WANT to be your friend do. They ACT as if they were familiar to you. It’s PHONY. He doesn’t know her on a personal level and has probably only spoken to her ONCE? I’m giving him the BENEFIT of the doubt with that. >
Judge John Roll served our legal system for nearly 40 years. (Applause.) A graduate of this university and a graduate of this law school — (applause) — Judge Roll was recommended for the federal bench by John McCain 20 years ago — (applause) — appointed by President George H.W. Bush and rose to become Arizona’s chief federal judge. (Applause.)
<Applause here is odd. These people were TOLD when to Applaud. There can’t be any other explanation. This is disconnected. >
His colleagues described him as the hardest-working judge within the Ninth Circuit. He was on his way back from attending Mass, as he did every day, when he decided to stop by and say hi to his representative. John is survived by his loving wife, Maureen, his three sons and his five beautiful grandchildren. (Applause.)
<Again with the Applause. This should be a solemn moment. >
George and Dorothy Morris — “Dot” to her friends — were high school sweethearts who got married and had two daughters. They did everything together — traveling the open road in their RV, enjoying what their friends called a 50-year honeymoon. Saturday morning, they went by the Safeway to hear what their congresswoman had to say. When gunfire rang out, George, a former Marine, instinctively tried to shield his wife. (Applause.) Both were shot. Dot passed away.
<This is one time so far that I saw some emotion come from him. It was quickly removed. I believe that he has some strong feeling about the way WOMEN should be treated and how they behave.>
A New Jersey native, Phyllis Schneck retired to Tucson to beat the snow. But in the summer, she would return East, where her world revolved around her three children, her seven grandchildren and 2-year-old great-granddaughter. A gifted quilter, she’d often work under a favorite tree, or sometimes she’d sew aprons with the logos of the Jets and the Giants — (laughter) — to give out at the church where she volunteered. A Republican, she took a liking to Gabby, and wanted to get to know her better. (Applause.)
<He hooked them in with a funny bit to make a point. This is where he was out right POLITICAL. Shameful. Gabriell won her seat in AZ, BECAUSE SHE was MORE conservative than the TEA PARTY candidate that SHE ran against. How’s that for POLITICS! >
Dorwan and Mavy Stoddard grew up in Tucson together — about 70 years ago. They moved apart and started their own respective families. But after both were widowed they found their way back here, to, as one of Mavy’s daughters put it, “be boyfriend and girlfriend again.” (Laughter.)
<Here, I’m waiting for more politics, because he made them laugh>
When they weren’t out on the road in their motor home, you could find them just up the road, helping folks in need at the Mountain Avenue Church of Christ. A retired construction worker, Dorwan spent his spare time fixing up the church along with his dog, Tux. His final act of selflessness was to dive on top of his wife, sacrificing his life for hers. (Applause.)
<His emotion regarding Women and martyrism comes through. He does see the good in that.>
Everything — everything — Gabe Zimmerman did, he did with passion. (Applause.) (applause?) But his true passion was helping people. As Gabby’s outreach director, he made the cares of thousands of her constituents his own, seeing to it that seniors got the Medicare benefits that they had earned, that veterans got the medals and the care that they deserved, that government was working for ordinary folks. He died doing what he loved — talking with people and seeing how he could help. And Gabe is survived by his parents, Ross and Emily, his brother, Ben, and his fiancée, Kelly, who he planned to marry next year. (Applause.)(applause, here? I really don’t get what that is about other than these people being told to applaud at the names. )
And then there is nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green. Christina was an A student; she was a dancer; she was a gymnast; she was a swimmer. She decided that she wanted to be the first woman to play in the Major Leagues, and as the only girl on her Little League team, no one put it past her. (Applause.)
(The applause here is morbid. Obama seems mechanical. Very little emotion. He was more passionate about someone calling him a Muslim, then about this little girls innocence and violent murder)
She showed an appreciation for life uncommon for a girl her age. She’d remind her mother, “We are so blessed. We have the best life.” And she’d pay those blessings back by participating in a charity that helped children who were less fortunate.
(I just don’t see any empathy or passion here. He feels sorry? Thats it? He is the Commander in Chief and THIS is all he has to offer? SYMPATHY? And muted sympathy, at that!)
Our hearts are broken by their sudden passing. Our hearts are broken — and yet, our hearts also have reason for fullness.
Our hearts are full of hope and thanks for the 13 Americans who survived the shooting, including the congresswoman many of them went to see on Saturday.
(What are these people going to do? They can’t venge these deaths. You are the Commander in – bloody- Chief! How dare you lay to ONUS on the survivors. What an awful man to place the burden of ADDITIONAL souls on the backs of the victims who survived. )
I have just come from the University Medical Center, just a mile from here, where our friend Gabby courageously fights to recover even as we speak. And I want to tell you — her husband Mark is here and he allows me to share this with you — right after we went to visit, a few minutes after we left her room and some of her colleagues in Congress were in the room, Gabby opened her eyes for the first time. (Applause.) Gabby opened her eyes for the first time. (Applause.)
<This was spontaneous, so the applause here seems right on to me.>
Gabby opened her eyes. Gabby opened her eyes, so I can tell you she knows we are here. She knows we love her. And she knows that we are rooting for her through what is undoubtedly going to be a difficult journey. We are there for her. (Applause.)
<More emotion invocation >
Our hearts are full of thanks for that good news, and our hearts are full of gratitude for those who saved others. We are grateful to Daniel Hernandez — (applause) — a volunteer in Gabby’s office. (Applause.)
<more weird applauses at the names.>
And, Daniel, I’m sorry, you may deny it, but we’ve decided you are a hero because — (applause) — you ran through the chaos to minister to your boss, and tended to her wounds and helped keep her alive. (Applause.)
<By golly, I’ll make one person a hero, because we need to have a icon for this event. I believe that this good man, truly sees this hero thing as a burden. He will find that he is the one invoked to hold the torch should OBAMA choose to make him do the WORK of a “hero” I think he senses the set up. >
We are grateful to the men who tackled the gunman as he stopped to reload. (Applause.) Right over there. (Applause.) We are grateful for petite Patricia Maisch, who wrestled away the killer’s ammunition, and undoubtedly saved some lives. (Applause.) And we are grateful for the doctors and nurses and first responders who worked wonders to heal those who’d been hurt. We are grateful to them. (Applause.)
<The applause here is, probably correct, but after all the applauses that were for invocation of names, the salute of the applause here, even has a phony sound to it. But HERE is appropriate. Just that – there’s something wrong with it. >
These men and women remind us that heroism is found not only on the fields of battle. They remind us that heroism does not require special training or physical strength. Heroism is here, in the hearts of so many of our fellow citizens, all around us, just waiting to be summoned — as it was on Saturday morning. Their actions, their selflessness poses a challenge to each of us. It raises a question of what, beyond prayers and expressions of concern, is required of us going forward. How can we honor the fallen? How can we be true to their memory?
You see, when a tragedy like this strikes, it is part of our nature to demand explanations — to try and pose some order on the chaos and make sense out of that which seems senseless. Already we’ve seen a national conversation commence, not only about the motivations behind these killings, but about everything from the merits of gun safety laws to the adequacy of our mental health system. And much of this process, of debating what might be done to prevent such tragedies in the future, is an essential ingredient in our exercise of self-government.
<He begins the POLITICAL conversation here. This is, in my opinion, not the place for it. It’s like he’s saying, “OK, now that that’s over with, lets talk about how we can use this “event” to our advantage. The bodies are not even in the ground yet. This is completely inappropriate. >
But at a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized — at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who happen to think differently than we do — it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we’re talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds. (Applause.)
<I don’t think that this is appropriate here. He should have waited a few days to say something like this. It’s too soon. He’s obviously moved on, whereas, most of America just wants to take a pause.>
Scripture tells us that there is evil in the world, and that terrible things happen for reasons that defy human understanding. In the words of Job, “When I looked for light, then came darkness.” Bad things happen, and we have to guard against simple explanations in the aftermath.
<WHAT? The Job passage was OK. The passage, in the bible, explains that bad things happen and that G-d doesn’t control YOU or therefore ANYTHING specifically. G-d only advises and helps you to deal with the natural life we are given. He helps to guide, but doesn’t interfere. He is not a pagan G-D that has a hand in the natural. The thing that worries me is really the NEXT passage. “we have to guard against simple explanations in the aftermath.” Why did he say that? This is perverse. It’s dislocated. It’s got NOTHING to do with the BIBLICAL passage. It’s like a STATEMENT that he is making that is incongruent to the paragraph. I have noticed that anytime that this type of dislocation occurs, it’s the result of TRUTH spoken by OBAMA. So, whats he saying here? This is not the job of a young man? He WAS crazy? Or he wasn’t crazy? What’s his angle here?>
For the truth is none of us can know exactly what triggered this vicious attack. None of us can know with any certainty what might have stopped these shots from being fired, or what thoughts lurked in the inner recesses of a violent man’s mind. Yes, we have to examine all the facts behind this tragedy. (We have? Really? How’s that?) We cannot and will not be passive in the face of such violence. (What’s he implying here? Sedatives for the entire population?) We should be willing to challenge old assumptions in order to lessen the prospects of such violence in the future. (Applause.) (What are they applauding at?) But what we cannot do is use this tragedy as one more occasion to turn on each other. (Applause.) That we cannot do. (Applause.) That we cannot do.
(This is an old Russian – Communist – style tactic. I’ve seen it played out plenty of times. The Democrats seem to favor it, but I’ve seen other politicians use it. Do something that people don’t like and then say that one should never do such a thing. Then, divert attention from that which has already been done. )
As we discuss these issues, let each of us do so with a good dose of humility. Rather than pointing fingers or assigning blame, (Which he’s already done. And not even very eloquently, but now he’s telling you that you should not do that, because to do such things isn’t nice. Wow! He who has forked tongue, speaks truth from one and evil from the other) let’s use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy and remind ourselves of all the ways that our hopes and dreams are bound together. (Applause.) (He has just done all of those things at a EULOGY and these people are applauding? How sad!)
After all, that’s what most of us do when we lose somebody in our family — especially if the loss is unexpected. We’re shaken out of our routines. We’re forced to look inward. We reflect on the past: Did we spend enough time with an aging parent, we wonder. Did we express our gratitude for all the sacrifices that they made for us? Did we tell a spouse just how desperately we loved them, not just once in a while but every single day?
So sudden loss causes us to look backward — but it also forces us to look forward; to reflect on the present and the future, on the manner in which we live our lives and nurture our relationships with those who are still with us. (Applause.)
(Is he trying to say, in some twisted way, that this was a GOOD thing? He can’t really be THAT evil. Can he?)
We may ask ourselves if we’ve shown enough kindness and generosity and compassion to the people in our lives. Perhaps we question whether we’re doing right by our children, or our community, whether our priorities are in order.
We recognize our own mortality, and we are reminded that in the fleeting time we have on this Earth, what matters is not wealth, or status, or power, or fame — but rather, how well we have loved — (applause)– and what small part we have played in making the lives of other people better. (Applause.)
(Fatalistic sounding huh? How does that make you feel after this? By the POTUS saying this? It makes me feel violated. This man should be giving us courage not despair. )
And that process — that process of reflection, of making sure we align our values with our actions — that, I believe, is what a tragedy like this requires.
(“never let a good tragedy go to waste. ” He is using it. )
For those who were harmed, those who were killed — they are part of our family, an American family 300 million strong. (Applause.) We may not have known them personally, but surely we see ourselves in them. In George and Dot, in Dorwan and Mavy, we sense the abiding love we have for our own husbands, our own wives, our own life partners. Phyllis — she’s our mom or our grandma; Gabe our brother or son. (Applause.) In Judge Roll, we recognize not only a man who prized his family and doing his job well, but also a man who embodied America’s fidelity to the law. (Applause.)
(He is basically saying that the people killed are the same as all of us. That we have also some part in it. He is somehow LESSONING this event by doing this. This man is as ignorant as they come.)
And in Gabby — in Gabby, we see a reflection of our public-spiritedness; that desire to participate in that sometimes frustrating, sometimes contentious, but always necessary and never-ending process to form a more perfect union. (Applause.)
(The invocation to the founding fathers here is just weird. )
And in Christina — in Christina we see all of our children. So curious, so trusting, so energetic, so full of magic. So deserving of our love. And so deserving of our good example.
(He belittles the little girl, by making her EVERY girl. She isn’t. She was much MORE. )
If this tragedy prompts reflection and debate — as it should — let’s make sure it’s worthy of those we have lost. (Applause.) (applause for LOSS?) Let’s make sure it’s not on the usual plane of politics and point-scoring and pettiness that drifts away in the next news cycle.
The loss of these wonderful people should make every one of us strive to be better. To be better in our private lives, to be better friends and neighbors and coworkers and parents. And if, as has been discussed in recent days, their death helps usher in more civility in our public discourse, let us remember it is not because a simple lack of civility caused this tragedy — it did not — but rather because only a more civil and honest public discourse can help us face up to the challenges of our nation in a way that would make them proud. (Applause.)
(Talking about the politics again. Chill, dude. )
We should be civil because we want to live up to the example of public servants like John Roll and Gabby Giffords, who knew first and foremost that we are all Americans, and that we can question each other’s ideas without questioning each other’s love of country and that our task, working together, is to constantly widen the circle of our concern so that we bequeath the American Dream to future generations. (Applause.)
(CIVIL? How are you being civil? This is not civilized – to talk about politics at this stage. You should have waited a week or so for that you unfeeling monster. )
They believed — they believed, and I believe that we can be better. Those who died here, those who saved life here — they help me believe. We may not be able to stop all evil in the world, but I know that how we treat one another, that’s entirely up to us. (Applause.)
(This is more like something that should be talked about later. But since he’s already inserted it here, then I believe that it’s not his position to say this. He is the POTUS and thats the office from which he is speaking. For him to say that it’s all on us to be good to each other, is diverting responsibility. It puts the weight of taking on this issue and distributes it to each and everyone of us. While he’s blaming us for this man’s insanity, he’s telling us, that he’s washed his hands of it after this. He plans to do nothing but take guns away from honorable citizens, like the ones who tackled the little nut case. )
And I believe that for all our imperfections, we are full of decency and goodness, and that the forces that divide us are not as strong as those that unite us. (Applause.)
(OK, after the rest of the speech, this line is making me say, ” OK, whatever, dude” Applause? still don’t get it. )
That’s what I believe, in part because that’s what a child like Christina Taylor Green believed. (Applause.)
(How does he know what she believed or didn’t? Idiot!)
Imagine — imagine for a moment, here was a young girl who was just becoming aware of our democracy; just beginning to understand the obligations of citizenship; just starting to glimpse the fact that some day she, too, might play a part in shaping her nation’s future. She had been elected to her student council. She saw public service as something exciting and hopeful. She was off to meet her congresswoman, someone she was sure was good and important and might be a role model. 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.
(He’s saying that we should all just try to get along for the sake of this child? Who, if she was going to be a scholar of politics in this country would have to understand that this system is DESIGNED for CIVIL dissent. Thats what makes America “The People’s” When everyone agrees, thats when you have to be very careful. Most of the time it means that the 2 parties have gotten together and figured out a way to make themselves look good while they BOTH rob you blind. )
I want to live up to her expectations. (Applause.) I want our democracy to be as good as Christina imagined it. I want America to be as good as she imagined it. (Applause.) All of us — we should do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children’s expectations. (Applause.)
(He just made his expectations – HER EXPECTATIONS. Silver tongued devil! He could never know her expectations, because she’s too young and he is not in her head. I doubt that her parents could have even made those comments in all truth)
As has already been mentioned, Christina was given to us on September 11th, 2001, one of 50 babies born that day to be pictured in a book called “Faces of Hope.” On either side of her photo in that book were simple wishes for a child’s life. “I hope you help those in need,” read one. “I hope you know all the words to the National Anthem and sing it with your hand over your heart.” (Applause.) “I hope you jump in rain puddles.”
(Emotional appeal here. It worked.)
If there are rain puddles in Heaven, Christina is jumping in them today. (Applause.) And here on this Earth — here on this Earth, we place our hands over our hearts, and we commit ourselves as Americans to forging a country that is forever worthy of her gentle, happy spirit.
(POLITICIZING this little girls death is EVIL)
May God bless and keep those we’ve lost in restful and eternal peace. May He love and watch over the survivors. And may He bless the United States of America. (Applause.)
(This is a disjointed conclusion. It has no closure. Its VOID of real emotion.)