Video: President Obama on the Arizona Attack and Rep. Giffords


    My rough, partial transcript of President Obama’s remarks:

    …we don’t yet know what provoked this unspeakable act. A comprehensive investigation is currently underway, and at my direction, Director Bob Mueller is en route to Arizona to help coordinate these efforts…Gabby Giffords…is not only an extraordinary public servant, but she is also somebody is warm and caring, she is well liked by her colleagues and well liked by her constituents…it is a tragedy for Arizona and a tragedy for our entire country. What Americans do at times of tragedy is to come together and support each other, so at this time I ask all Americans to join me and Michelle in keeping all the victims and their families, including Gabby, in their thoughts and prayers…Gabby is as tough as they come, and I am hopeful that she is going to pull through…our hearts go out to the family members of those who have been slain. We are going to get to the bottom of this, and we are going to get through this…

    • My thoughts are with the victims of today’s tragic attack, including Congresswoman Giffords, and all their families. I hope for a speedy recovery for the congresswoman and all of the wounded, and that those responsible will be brought to justice quickly. This is a sad day for our country, and acts of senseless violence such as this one affect us all. Congresswoman Giffords is one of our most dynamic members of Congress. As a representative of a neighboring state, I have watched her career closely and admired her work on behalf of the state of Arizona. I know she will be in the thoughts of every American – and in particular those who dedicate their lives to public service as she and her staff have.


    • here:

      …I do think today’s tragedy has the potential to galvanize our political leaders to abandon the polarizing, often hateful, and sometimes even violent rhetoric that has recently dominated our political discourse.

      Less than one year ago, Congresswoman Giffords appeared on MSNBC to discuss recent threats against her, and violent imagery used against her by Sarah Palin’s political operation. “Sarah Palin has the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district and when people do that, they’ve gotta realize there are consequences to that action,” she said.

      Rep. Giffords was right. There are real consequences in a culture where political leaders encourage the use of violent imagery or rhetoric. I’m encouraged that political leaders from both sides of the aisle have come together today to stand against this sort of senseless violence. Americans – regardless of political beliefs – are united today. Let’s hope that our political leaders, of both parties, are motivated by today’s tragic events to come together and reject hateful rhetoric. It’s OK to disagree. But there’s no room in our society for politically sanctioned hate.

      And a personal plea to those television commentators who have made millions of dollars spewing hateful, divisive rhetoric in the name of “freedom.” CUT IT OUT!

    • says, “You read a lot about crazy people threatening public officials but this is cold-blooded murder.”