Boehner: Bipartisan prayer service can be 'source of solace'
January 12th, 2011
02:47 PM ET
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Boehner: Bipartisan prayer service can be 'source of solace'

Washington (CNN) - Congress has responded to the Saturday shootings of 19 people, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, with a "collective embrace" rather than a "torrent of accusations," House Speaker John Boehner said at a bipartisan congressional prayer service Wednesday.

"Our nation mourns for the victims. It yearns for peace. And it thirsts for answers," the Ohio representative said in his welcome statement at the service, according to a transcript of his remarks. The service, held for members of Congress, their spouses and some staffers, was not open to the public.

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  1. T'sah from Virginia

    We shall see!

    January 12, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  2. Oy Vey Az

    Bipartisan prayer service ? Ha Ha Ha ... you mean Republicans need to include both sides just in case God is a Democrat ?

    January 12, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. S. In California

    I see he finally programmed himself to cry. Boehner is despicable and so are the other members of his party.

    January 12, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    That's nice Boo-Hoo. By the way, have you heard from Senile McCain? He's been DEAD quiet on the massacre that occurred in his home state.

    I've asked before but CNN seems to be blocking these types of pesky questions about the man who wanted to be President.

    January 12, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. Indy

    Beats the heck out of the childish and angry "Hell No " days !! Boo Hoo Boehner can now go and whoop it up at his cocktaill party with a warm heart.

    January 12, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. Inmyopinion

    If blame is the correct approach to take then we will have to blame even Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, VP Biden,
    Michelle Obama, Boehner, Bon Jovi, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, etc all these people would be responsible for the actions Loughner took.....because all have said things, made comments that can incite hatred, anger in the mind of a dysfunctional person or a bully, a criminal. But the reality is that none of these people are at fault for voicing their political opinion, as ugly as the comments are many times. We cannot go around being sensitive, cater to dysfunctional, criminal, bully people and only tell them what they want to hear in order to keep them happy.

    January 12, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  7. Marie MD

    "Our nation mourns for the victims. It yearns for peace. And it thirsts for answers."
    Thirsts for answers? Look in your own backyard you hypoicrite! No tears for others but plenty for you?
    I feel for those families more and more each time another article about the rethugs or the ex mayor comes up.

    January 12, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    There will be no solace because the rhetoric on the right will NOT cool down. People like Palin, Bachmann, Beck, Hannity and Rush fan the flames of hate. They don't care who gets hurt in the process. They're only concern is power. I don;t like to call people evil, but these characters surely are. When you blatantly lie and misinform the public to instill fear and hatred into them, that's evil. I have no love for them and they can burn in hell for all I care. When evil is brought into the light, it loses it's power. Silly Sarah's lies and bigotry have been brought to the light and now she is powerless.

    January 12, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  9. megan

    that"s all good now where are the jobs.

    January 12, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |