Obama headlines memorial for victims of Saturday's shooting
January 12th, 2011
09:32 PM ET
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Obama headlines memorial for victims of Saturday's shooting

(CNN) - President Barack Obama sought Wednesday night to console those touched by Saturday's Arizona shooting while warning the nation against trying to politicize the tragedy, speaking at a memorial event in Tucson.

"There is nothing I can say that will fill the sudden hole torn in your hearts," Obama said. "But know this: The hopes of a nation are here tonight."


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  1. Patriots Salute the Flag! Traitors don't!!!

    Boy this is going to be a giant step forward in the wrong direction.

    January 12, 2011 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  2. karen seabrooke

    President Obama's speech was just wonderful. He rose above politics and touched on all of the important points he should have. He made me cry. How lucky the US is to have such a leader! As a Canadian, I am envious.

    January 12, 2011 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  3. T'sah from Virginia

    The entire memorial was very uplifting – sad and joy was felt at the same time and everyone spoke with the same message!! President Obama was again at his best!!

    January 12, 2011 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  4. Marty, FL

    What a great message for our country at a time when America needs leadership and direction to bring us together in a more civilized manner.

    God Bless The USA!

    January 12, 2011 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  5. Cameron from Atlanta

    Incredible speech. Obama said exactly what needed to be said. Can't imagine more appropriate words of comfort and support at this time.

    January 12, 2011 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  6. Debbie from Arizona

    I just finished watching the Memorial in Tucson. I thought our President was wonderful. He brought me to tears a couple of times. It was nice to see Janet back in Arizona, wish she was still our Governor. Great job, Mr. President. Thank you for coming to our state.

    January 12, 2011 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  7. BeanerECMO

    Re: Obama said. "But know this: The hopes of a nation are here tonight." What the h*** does that mean? Is that like the "Hoax and Chains" he brought to the office so many months ago? Do people really realize the emptiness of his (speech writer's) rhetoric. He just throws words out there, and "hopes" something sticks.

    January 12, 2011 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  8. Marie MD

    Good job all around. Family members, speakers and the young crowd.

    January 12, 2011 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  9. Namejilli

    Well done Mr. President.

    January 12, 2011 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    The Healer in Chief is what this man is. Anyone who was not touched by the stories and speeches last night needs to get a soul. As a Democrat, who can't stand anything brewer stands for, I think her speech was good and was very gracious to the President.
    What an opportunity to let us know that Ms. Giffords opened her eyes and seems to be on her way to what will be a long recovery.
    This was a tragedy that I hope will make people stand up and take notice of the lies and hate some spew but, as so many times before, this won't last.

    January 13, 2011 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  11. john, PA

    Families mourning their loss, those in Arizona and America looking for a somber moment and the president makes a campaign speech, holds a pep rally. The president stands and smiles as if reliving the 2008 campaign while the audience gives standing ovations, whistling and hollering. Who are these people?

    January 13, 2011 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  12. Indy

    This was a very good speech and seemed like the right thing for Tuscon at the right time. The event was filled with hope and the message was unity without blame. It was clear to me that Tuscon rallied together and needed to hear about hope and I thought Obama took the high road all the way. God Bless Tuscon and the victims

    January 13, 2011 07:51 am at 7:51 am |