I tuned in to the memorial service for the victim's of last Saturday's shooting held at the University of Arizona. I wanted to, in my own way be a part of the healing process by listening and watching the service. It was a testament to America the speakers were giving us all their heartfelt feelings without the rancor and political fighting exhibited since Saturday.
The University President was an excellent host and kept things on track, The invocation was done by a Indian/Mexican professor who used his people's religious ceremony to bless the event. He also blessed his son who is serving in Afghanistan. It was an unusual blessing but very interesting. The first two speakers were a young woman, I think she was involved with the college students and the young man who ran to Congresswomen Gifford's aid after she was shot. He is credited with saving her by keeping her head elevated on his chest so she would not suffocate. He is a humble young man who did not want to be called a hero. He said the real hero's were others, like the first responders. He brought tears to my eyes.
Then there was Jan Brewer, the Governor and Janet Napolitano and Eric Holder, the AG. I will let others discuss their remarks. After them came the President. I was shocked when he arrived with his wife that the crowd, mostly in the back and probably students, starting cheering, whistling and it reminded me of a campaign rally. Obama looked like he was uncomfortable with their behaviour and kept his face somber. The crowd reacted this way and he never did crack a smile which I was grateful for. He gave a very good speech, about 36 minutes. It was very good and as we all expected he told us all that the shooter was not a reflection on any political party. He mentioned the discourse of our country should be to heal. I was proud of President Obama for his presentation.
When he discussed the little girl I am sure I was as emotional as most Americans about this loss of such a vibrant, smart active person. She became the vision of the h ope for our country and Obama did a fine job telling us about her. Since we all care about children and we are given the responsibility to protect them form harm it was the toughest part for me. How could GOD take this sweet young person so soon? Maybe someday we will understand.
So, the President made it clear the shooter was a lone wolf and an evil person and the national discourse, started by the left, was out of line in accusations they made and tried to make political hay from. We on the conservative blogs fought back with the truth and unlike the past when there were no ways to counter the lies from the left, we were able to stem the flow of the misinformation. It was a rancorous fight but the truth won and Obama acknowledged it.
America will recover from these acts of cruelty because we are the greatest country ever conceived and we value the truth and individual rights and responsibilities.