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This weekend I hope everyone takes some time for prayer and reflection—for the victims of this terrible tragedy, for the people who knew them and loved them, for those who are still struggling to recover, and for all the victims of the less publicized acts of violence that plague our communities on a daily basis. Let us keep all these Americans in our prayers. And to the people of Aurora, may the Lord bring you comfort and healing in the hard days to come.

In what surely was a last-minute effort at the White House, President Obama focused this morning on the national unity, healing and mourning in his weekly address in the wake of the tragic shooting in Colorado. His statement, well worth reading in full beneath the fold, is a beautiful, succinct meditation on grappling with senseless evil and inexplicable suffering, an address that brings to mind President Bill Clinton's unifying speech after the Oklahoma City bombing.

Even as we come to learn how this happened and who’s responsible, we may never understand what leads anyone to terrorize their fellow human beings. Such evil is senseless—beyond reason. But while we will never know fully what causes someone to take the life of another, we do know what makes that life worth living.

The people we lost in Aurora loved, and were loved. They were mothers and fathers; husbands and wives; sisters and brothers; sons and daughters; friends and neighbors.  They had hopes for the future and dreams that were not yet fulfilled. And if there’s anything to take away from this tragedy, it’s a reminder that life is fragile. Our time here is limited and it is precious. And what matters in the end are not the small and trivial things which often consume our lives. It’s how we choose to treat one another, and love one another. It’s what we do on a daily basis to give our lives meaning and to give our lives purpose. That’s what matters. That’s why we’re here.

President Obama's oratorical skills come to their best, full use in such serious moments, and the full, somber transcript—please, read it in full this week—can be found beneath the fold and on the White House website.

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
July 21, 2012

As many of you know, early on Friday, at least twelve people were killed when a gunman opened fire at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. Dozens more are being treated for injuries at local hospitals. Some of the victims are being treated at a children’s hospital.

We are still gathering all the facts about what happened, but we do know that the police have one suspect in custody. And the federal government stands ready to do everything necessary to bring whoever’s responsible for this heinous crime to justice. We will take every step possible to ensure the safety of all our people. And we will stand by our neighbors in Colorado during this extraordinarily difficult time.

Even as we come to learn how this happened and who’s responsible, we may never understand what leads anyone to terrorize their fellow human beings. Such evil is senseless – beyond reason. But while we will never know fully what causes someone to take the life of another, we do know what makes that life worth living.

The people we lost in Aurora loved, and were loved. They were mothers and fathers; husbands and wives; sisters and brothers; sons and daughters; friends and neighbors. They had hopes for the future and dreams that were not yet fulfilled. And if there’s anything to take away from this tragedy, it’s a reminder that life is fragile. Our time here is limited and it is precious. And what matters in the end are not the small and trivial things which often consume our lives. It’s how we choose to treat one another, and love one another. It’s what we do on a daily basis to give our lives meaning and to give our lives purpose. That’s what matters. That’s why we’re here.

I’m sure many of you who are parents had the same reaction I did when you first heard this news: what if it had been my daughters at the theater, doing what young children enjoy doing every day? Michelle and I will be fortunate enough to hug our girls a little tighter this weekend, as I’m sure you will do with your children. But for those parents who may not be so fortunate, we need to embrace them and let them know we will be there for them as a nation.

This weekend I hope everyone takes some time for prayer and reflection—for the victims of this terrible tragedy, for the people who knew them and loved them, for those who are still struggling to recover, and for all the victims of the less publicized acts of violence that plague our communities on a daily basis. Let us keep all these Americans in our prayers. And to the people of Aurora, may the Lord bring you comfort and healing in the hard days to come.

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  •  Assault weapons ban (9+ / 0-)

    Now is the time for him to come out in favor of it. Boldness has paid off for him so far. It's astonishing that a formerly mainstream concept (assault weapons ban) has become too controversial to even mention ... but he should do it.

    •  So how long (3+ / 0-)
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      JML9999, Hohenzollern, politicalceci

      Before the GOP starts picking that speech apart from some out-of-context one-liner to scream about?

      •  Given Gohmert and his Judo Christians (0+ / 0-)

        Some time sunday on FoxNews.

        Not blaming Bush for the mess we're in, is like not blaming a train engineer for a fatal train wreck because he's no longer driving the train.

        by JML9999 on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 07:20:44 AM PDT

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      •  Choose words carefully (0+ / 0-)

        He needs to work on his framing and phrasing. He's sounding dull and robotic more often lately. He's been stepping in it. Give this issue the attention he's given to other issues - like his race speech during the 2008 campaign - and he can make this work. People need to think about what these assault weapons really are.

        •  careful (1+ / 0-)
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          Wildthumb

          Obama learned during the first week in office that fox and the wingnuts would twist every word...he has been very careful, to the point of boring, ever since.  He has to reduce the message to the very basic elements or people will go crazy over a 'big' word like 'empathy'.

        •  yes, this world class orator needs speech (3+ / 0-)
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          HappyinNM, Wildthumb, Hopefruit2

          lessons from someone on the internets....NOT.

          He needs to work on his framing and phrasing. He's sounding dull and robotic more often lately. He's been stepping in it.
          Everyone's an expert.

          Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. --Mark Twain

          by SottoVoce on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 07:51:37 AM PDT

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          •  I love the guy (0+ / 0-)

            I really do. But his speaking has fallen into a rut. Overly defensive. I understand why. I'm just taking note.

            •  I defy you to find someone--anyone--who (4+ / 0-)

              speaks as often as he must, on a dizzying array of topics, often with little or no preparation, in an effort to reach the whole country (rather than just a small slice of supporters as the Republicans do), in between that pesky business of governing in the midst of 100 crises, who could come close. When people who "love the guy" show their support by attacking him on one of his greatest strengths by saying he's "been stepping in it" I have to shake my head in wonder.

              And I say this as a professional actor with 40+ years experience and a masters degree in the field, who teaches communications for a living.

              Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. --Mark Twain

              by SottoVoce on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 08:12:32 AM PDT

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              •  You didn't build that (1+ / 0-)
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                I'm thinking of phrases like that. His point was entirely sound. His choice of language was plodding and inartful.

                I don't want to make you mad, SottoVoce. I am serious that I am in awe of Obama's political skills. I am just taking note of an important aspect of his presentation. I have no doubt his handlers are taking similar notes. I am sure he will address it. I trust him completely. I am also 1000% confident that he will win this election.

                •  I don't get mad (3+ / 0-)
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                  But i feel hes held to a suoerhuman standard if he can't make a phrase slip here and there, amid the avalanche of campaign and governing speeches without attracting criticism from our side.  As for him winning, the only thing that will stop him--aside from huge crisis or surprise--is voter suppression.

                  Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. --Mark Twain

                  by SottoVoce on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 08:57:37 AM PDT

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    •  Assault weapons ban: let's us rise up! (4+ / 0-)

      The NRA is so strong, powerful, demanding and well-situated politically, that the onliest way gun reforms can possibly occur is with a widespread outpouring of public contempt for how amazingly permissive America has been pushed to become on the subject, at all levels - Federal, state and local.

      It's up to us.

      Obama and strong Democratic majorities in 2012!

      by TRPChicago on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 07:37:59 AM PDT

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  •  Sadly, Nothing Is Going To Change..... (8+ / 0-)

    The NRA will continue to lobby for gun manufacturers.  They are not protecting the 2nd Amendment.....they are protecting the gun makers.

    The NRA says jump.....and our politicians nervously ask "How high, sir".

    •  It's no longer just the NRA (3+ / 0-)
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      snapples, Silverleaf, politicalceci

      The new gun-rights organization making a lot of headway in America is the National Association for Gun Rights.  This movement is growing.  The number of firearms being purchased in America has grown wildly over the past 4 - 5 years and it doesn't seem as though there is any end in sight for this.

      And, I'm not talking about just hunting rifles and shotguns.  I'm talking about handguns and, yes, assault-type weapons.

      The truth is sometimes very inconvenient.

      by commonsensically on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 07:22:16 AM PDT

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  •  Vietnam, Iraq? (5+ / 0-)
    we may never understand what leads anyone to terrorize their fellow human beings. Such evil is senseless – beyond reason.
  •  I'm glad it's him not me (1+ / 0-)
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    TRPChicago

    speaking at a time like this for I cannot without using bitter words.  This is the environment we've chosen for our society.  People own and carry guns everywhere and most have only their paranoia for doing so.  No, the presence of guns do not explain the insanity of any of the dozens of such events that we have recorded in my lifetime, but whenever it happens, somehow I always see guns, and they tend to be increasingly dangerous weapons as time passes.  

  •  Thank you, Mr. President. Exactly (3+ / 0-)
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    aunt blabby, Spit, HappyinNM

    the right tone for those of us in Colorado who've had friends and family affected by this senseless tragedy.

    Since, the political aspect of gun control has been raised in this thread and in other diaries, may I just say I woke up very early this morning - couldn't sleep - and turned on the TV only to see Piers Morgan justify this incident to talk about gun control. First, I found it totally inappropriate and un-empathetic. Second, I found it absolutely flawed from the solutions proposed. A fruitless debate of shutting the barn door after the horse was out. We are way  past this as a solution unless there were outright bans imposed and confiscation which will never happen. Lastly, it was sheer obtuse tackiness for those of us who live here. Piers Morgan can kiss this Colorado ass goodbye as a viewer. Fuck You, Piers!

    As a last word - Yes, Mr. President - you did very well by contacting directly those on the ground here. Your words and demeanor are what is best for now.. Thank You!

    •  I didn't hear (0+ / 0-)

      what Piers Morgan said on CNN so I'm not necessarily condoning any comments he made.

      But...

      Why shouldn't we talk about gun control? Surely we can be empathetic and heartbroken while simultaneously beginning a conversation on the root cause behind this tragedy?

      We didn't not change our anti-terror policies after 9/11. We didn't not re-evaluate FEMA's efficacy after Karina. We didn't not engage in a discussion about banking practices after the Great Recession.

      While we haven't fully figured out how to fight terrorism and we haven't reformed FEMA or Wall Street sufficiently, democracy is predicated on talking about fundamental societal problems.

      Why not talk about it now when people are forced to confront the issue and the media is covering the shooting? It seems to me that the NRA has managed to hoodwink the country into disabling discourse when, and only when, a shooting is involved 'lest we be politicizing deaths.'

      If anything, and at the risk of overstepping my boundaries, are we not ensuring that the horrible and terrible deaths that occurred in Aurora were given at least a fleck of meaning?

      •  I have very little problem discussing gun control (2+ / 0-)
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        after the funerals and the chaos. We still have a damned apartment here apparently booby trapped with explosives needing to be cleared. People are still in danger..

        Let me give you a clue - care about those 1st. Politics has been going on for decades - it will not get solved today or tomorrow or the next day. Allow the grief to flow and be supportive, otherwise you'll just turn people off here totally to anything you have to say.. You will look like the  un-sympathetic asshole - not the gun lobby for now.

        •  I'm outta here.. for now.. (0+ / 0-)
        •  The grief will keep flowing for sure (0+ / 0-)

          Since we're going to do absolutely nothing to stop the next one.  And who notices how many hundreds or is it thousands dying in urban violence.  Maybe he could say some pretty words in Chicago.

        •  I understand that and don't want to sound callous. (0+ / 0-)

          But other than expressing my grief and horror through my prayers and best wishes to the people of Aurora, I find it hard  to do nothing when its so tempting to rail against our country's inane gun laws.

          Its also frustrating because 2 weeks from now, any talk of gun legislation will be dismissed because 'real Americans talk about the economy' as the Romney people will put it.

          •  I am not there (1+ / 0-)
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            and I know nobody who has been directly effected by this. But I have to tell you, I've been skimming right past the great gun law debate threads, too, at least for the most part.

            Because frankly, while I completely understand people's drive to get to what they see as a possible solution (I don't, and that's not because I like guns), it can also very quickly feel a little bit like the actual people who have lost lives or been wounded or lost loved ones become nothing more than rhetorical tools.

            That's nobody's intent, I completely understand that. But grief needs space that doesn't feel like it's beholden to somebody's political agenda, sometimes. Even if it's an agenda with which you basically agree. Doesn't matter.

            That said, the debates on it will continue here and elsewhere, and of course people should talk about whatever they'd like. It's a great big internet, and I'm not one of those people who tends toward the "pfft, it's just politics" stuff -- political shit matters, too. I just would humbly request of folks that in the midst of trying to talk through whatever they need to talk about -- be it "solutions" or whatever -- that they please do keep in the backs of their minds that there are real people at the heart of this thing, and that their grief and their pain has absolutely nothing to do with "finding political solutions" right at the moment.

            •  Nope the 'grief' is being used as a bludgeon (0+ / 0-)

              to stifle debate, per the MO of Obama and his love of  cracking down on whistleblowers.

              If we don't discuss it now in the heat of the moment, nothing will ever be done to move gun control forward and you know it. You're just trying to shut down legitmate discussion because you're more concerned with protecting Obama than you are with the thousands being gunned down each year in America because of the NRA and the gun lobby and the corrupt politicans they buy off.

              BTW, I wager that many many more Americans are ANGRY that our govt is doing NOTHING to stop the gun violence than they are feeling grief right now. BURN OUT is a more appropriate reaction than grief to the ever predictable "senseless"- senseless only if you act like helpless lambs when it comes to gun regulation - gun massacres that occur every few months with increasing regularity.

              "It depends what the meaning of 'is', is"
              Platform of the Neo-Democratic Party
              Speaking out of one side of their mouth for the little guy, their nominal constituency, and the other for the plutocracy, their real constituency.

              by Sanctimonious on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 10:48:12 AM PDT

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              •  I'm not shutting down anything (0+ / 0-)

                People will say what they say.

                In my opinion, you could take every damn not-a-hunting-rifle and dump it into the ocean, for the record. I'd applaud you. Seriously, I'm not some gun freak. I think they're stupid. I support all sorts of regulation on types and on ammo and so forth -- there is really no purpose to a lot of this stuff, as far as I'm concerned.

                I also suspect it would be of limited help in situations like this one. Mourning 6 people instead of 12, or coping with fewer wounded, I guess, but that's hardly much of a real solution to me. It's not that it doesn't matter at all, it's that the individual lives touched by this kind of random and clearly premeditated violence deserve some time regardless, and each is its own tragedy.

                Ask yourself why the debate that people feel they have to have here -- the only "solution" they're willing to argue over -- is about this topic. No similar debate about, say, access to mental health care. No similar debate about, say, addressing economic and social factors that can lead to extreme alienation. Nothing but guns.

                To me, that's rather telling, even if I thought this were an appropriate time to wrangle over proposed solutions. Personally, I don't think it is, at least in any particularly vehement way. Sometimes, asking questions is a little more valuable than pushing answers. Sometimes, listening is a lot smarter than talking.

                I think you misread the American public, here, but that's simply my own opinion. I think that grieving requires space. I think that arguing about drunk driving laws at the funeral of somebody who was killed by a drunk driver is highly, highly unlikely to be met with approval by the loved ones of the dead, even if they agree with you. These folks aren't in the ground yet, or out of the ICU's. Their families and friends and communities are probably still reeling in shock.

                There's a time and a place. We all have different opinions on those lines. I'm not asking anybody to shut down anything, I'm asking them to just think about it some. Disagree with me all you'd like, but please consider before you reject.

                Because frankly, as far as I'm concerned, an utter lack of breadth in consideration, of listening instead of talking, of thinking before reacting, and of basic compassion and empathy in communication is part of the cycle that feeds some of this shit, every bit as much as the weapons that are chosen. Your mileage may vary.

        •  First it was the f* word... (0+ / 0-)

          Now it's the a* word.

          Something tells me you are incapable of defending Obama in a rational manner - perhaps because what Obama's doing (or NOT doing in this case) is indefensible - and that you have some anger issues. I hope you don't own a gun.

          "It depends what the meaning of 'is', is"
          Platform of the Neo-Democratic Party
          Speaking out of one side of their mouth for the little guy, their nominal constituency, and the other for the plutocracy, their real constituency.

          by Sanctimonious on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 10:37:29 AM PDT

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    •  I heard Piers too and Piers was right on (0+ / 0-)

      for a change. One of the panelists - a rightwing gun-nutter - made the same argument that you are making - that now is not the appropriate time to be discussing gun control. Piers was rightly pissed and pointed out if you don't discuss now, after the 72 people have been gunned down with legally purchased military-style guns and ammo, exactly WHEN should you discuss it? He said that the panelist was trying to censor debate on the subject - just like you and undoubtedly the rest of the Obama crew  are.

      How can you tell when Obama is pushing the buttons of suppressed conscience lingering still in the minds of his remaining hard-cores supporters? When they are reduced to using the f word to attack individuals making perfectly legitimate and commonsensical arguments against his positions.

      "It depends what the meaning of 'is', is"
      Platform of the Neo-Democratic Party
      Speaking out of one side of their mouth for the little guy, their nominal constituency, and the other for the plutocracy, their real constituency.

      by Sanctimonious on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 10:33:57 AM PDT

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  •  Shake a Fist at God (3+ / 0-)
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    Many people now call on God for comfort; many offer prayers.

    BULLSHIT !!!!

    God cannot help us now. God gave us "his only begotten son" (if that is your belief -- the belief of millions who will fill the pews at churches tomorrow).

    And, God commanded, "Pound your swords into plowshares ... love your brothers and enemies alike ... care of the poor ... a rich man will have less chance of getting into heaven than a camel does of passing through the eye of a needle."

    We disobeyed !!! We spend more on our war machine that the rest of nations combined. We have more guns on our streets than any nation in history. Our guns flow into Mexico and destroy their society. We are a horribly, violent people!

    Now we call on God for comfort. God gave us free will. We disobeyed. God now forces us to live with the consequences of our action. We disobeyed; we now suffer.

    The 2nd Amendment says "well regulated." Nobody is trying to take away the guns. We demand proper regulation. This won't happen. The NRA will continue to intimidate politicians. We have NO LEADERS on this topic.

    We continue to Shake Our Fist at God ...

  •  On the Ed Show last night (1+ / 0-)
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    I heard an interesting point made by a talking head: If elected officials make sure to protect themselves from guns, why won't they do the same for all of us, through sensible gun policy?

    And while I seldom agree with Mayor Bloomberg on anything, it's hard to argue with his statement: "Soothing words are nice, but maybe it's time that the two people who want to be President of the United States stand up and tell us what they are going to do about it," Bloomberg said on his weekly radio show.

    "I mean, there are so many murders with guns every day, it's just got to stop.

    "And instead of the two people -- President Obama and Gov. Romney -- talking ... about they want to make the world a better place, okay, tell us how."

    Sigh.

  •  says (0+ / 0-)
    Even as we come to learn how this happened and who’s responsible, we may never understand what leads anyone to terrorize their fellow human beings. Such evil is senseless—beyond reason. But while we will never know fully what causes someone to take the life of another, we do know what makes that life worth living.
     says the guy still authorizing drones attacks which have killed 2800 citizens in north Pakistan alone.

    Bad is never good until worse happens

    by dark daze on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 07:51:11 AM PDT

  •  This is an excellent response on so many (1+ / 0-)
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    sreeizzle2012

    levels. He acknowledges the pain of the victims and their families, but reminds us to cherish our lives and our loved ones. The is no air of entitlement for those of us left untouched--only gratitude. And he reminds us to be grateful.

    He also acknowledges the many acts of violence around the country that no one hears of and mourns for those as well, showing that he's aware of what goes on every day. He shows true compassion for all Americans in this speech.

    He makes a Christian reference in the last line, but that will no doubt be overlooked. Mitt Romney stumbled into a formal prayer in his remarks, apparently forgetting Jesus admonition not to pray in public. I couldn't listen to the rest, so don't look to me for an overall appraisal of Mitt's response.

    "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

    by Lily O Lady on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 08:01:39 AM PDT

    •  Save me from the sanctimonious (1+ / 0-)
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      I mean what bunk.  What we surely do not need this summer is more hot air.  He has no solutions and if he did he'd be advised that they did not frame well.  

      •  Sometimes there are no solutions. At least not (0+ / 0-)

        at first. There needs to be comfort. On 9/11 people needed healing. Calls for war and revenge were unwelcome for me. The invasion of Afghanistan and later Iraq only brought more death.

        I acknowledge that Obama's drone strike program only spreads more hatred toward America. But this speech was about killings accomplished by a single shooter in a crowded theater.

        I'm a strict constructionist about the 2nd Amendment, in that I believe it authorizes the states to have militias whose weapons should be properly stored in an arsenal when not issued for duty. That's me. RKBA's, your mileage may vary.

        There are vast storehouses of funds to continue to push completely unregulated sale of firearms which will be brought to bear on the president should he contemplate action during an election year. Try and keep in mind that Mitt Romney is even less likely to ever do anything to regulate the sale of weapons in the country.

        "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

        by Lily O Lady on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 08:40:42 AM PDT

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      •  Yeah, Mittens is a sanctimonious asshat. (1+ / 0-)
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        sreeizzle2012

        Why would anyone listen to anything he has to say?

        Your left is my right---Mort Sahl

        by HappyinNM on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 09:43:12 AM PDT

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      •  Sanctimonious here (0+ / 0-)

        And i agree your comment. The American people didn't elect Obama to be their preacher, they elected him to fight for policies to make things better. Obama never fails to turn things personal in these and many similar kinds of matters when really it is a massive failure of govt that he needs to address yet adamantly ignores.

        Obama's MO his entire term in office: If it's something that pits the moneyed interests   (NRA in this case) against the American people, the moneyed interests will win every time.

        "It depends what the meaning of 'is', is"
        Platform of the Neo-Democratic Party
        Speaking out of one side of their mouth for the little guy, their nominal constituency, and the other for the plutocracy, their real constituency.

        by Sanctimonious on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 10:23:28 AM PDT

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        •  do you think he has not (1+ / 0-)
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          Lily O Lady

          been worth having at all?

          do you think he should never have been president?

        •  If we'd wanted a progressive, we should have (0+ / 0-)

          nominated a progressive. Both H. Clinton and Obama were centrists but that's who we ended up narrowing the field to. Dean went down early (full disclosure, I wasn't a Deniac) I'm tired of sanctimonious ramblings about how Obama has failed. He has proven true to form. In the heat of the election I was temporarily swayed into thinking that he would trend left, but I see that my original estimation was correct.

          So to all this pearl clutching from my fellows on the left I say, "Too damned late! You can support our guy or let the Republicans win."

          "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

          by Lily O Lady on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 12:20:48 PM PDT

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  •  Listening to this reminds me of why I am glad (4+ / 0-)

    that Obama is the President of the United States. He's by no means been perfect, but he is truly capable of empathy, and that, to me, is a crucial requirement for the job.

    "A free society that will not help the many who are poor, cannot save the few who are rich." JFK, January, 1961

    by rontun on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 08:03:35 AM PDT

  •  Gun Control Activists Cannot Surrender (3+ / 0-)
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    lyvwyr101, Panama Pete, HappyinNM

    Times like this are depressing.  We see mayhem unfolding before our eyes.  We know that every other advanced western nation has stronger gun control laws and as a result far, far fewer massacres like this.

    Yet athwart the road ahead always stands the NRA and its supporters, backed by a series of Supreme Court rulings that have twisted the 2d Amendment into a mockery of what the Framers intended.  Lurking at the foundation is a multi-billion dollar arms and ammo industry

    The NRA solution?  Those theater-goers should have been armed!  Same for everyone else.  The NRA ideology is the right-wing version of Mao's dicta that power comes from the barrel of a gun.  The NRA ideology is profoundly nihilistic, dismissive of the potential of positive human action and ultimately a sucking chest wound in America's future.

    Do not lose heart.  We cannot surrender.  Don't let people silence you by saying you are "politicizing" the Aurora tragedy - as if it was some sort of act of nature rather than a predictable consequence of our gutted gun laws.

    Fight on.  Maybe victory will not come in our lifetimes.  But we owe it to future generations children to deliver them from the madness of living in the World The NRA Built.

    "Hidden in the idea of radical openness is an allegiance to machines instead of people." - Jaron Lanier

    by FDRDemocrat on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 08:06:21 AM PDT

  •  OK, Gun Control ,,, (1+ / 0-)
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    ... and maybe some Drone Control for the people for whom we don't seem to give a fuck.

    That Giant Sucking Sound Is Wall Street Billionaires Drinking Your Blood.

    by olo on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 08:27:26 AM PDT

  •  Why is nothing ever done about this? (0+ / 0-)

    "But the protesters were only armed with chalk---the cops had guns and batons----and they were beating the protesters."

    by lyvwyr101 on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 08:27:53 AM PDT

  •  Beautiful (6+ / 0-)

    As someone who majored in Theater/Speech/Communications I am constantly amazed at how wonderful of a speaker our President is. This speech is just beautiful. There is nothing dull or plodding about it. It reaches out to the people in Aurora with love and compassion. It reminds all Americans of the fact that we are interconnected. I think too many people are enthralled by the fast Twitter media and fail to understand that real comfort comes from more then a few words.

    "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

    by michelewln on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 08:29:43 AM PDT

  •  Short and very moving. (2+ / 0-)
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    After eight years of Bush, it is good to have a leader in office who has empathy and intelligence.  I am especially glad that Mr. Obama said what he did.

    His speech especially hits home because it calls to mind all the recent tragedies and losses this country has experienced.  

    We can say a lot about America and its people.  I am not immune from doing so in my commentaries here or elsewhere.

    However, in times like what we experienced yesterday demonstrate that there are a lot of folks who rise to the occasion and bring out the best of what we can offer in the face of fear and loss.  

    "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin

    by politicalceci on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 09:07:55 AM PDT

  •  Gun Control in the USA? Don't make me laugh (0+ / 0-)

    Well, I’m just checking off my list for travel the states where these massacres take place: Arizona was one, now Colorado is gone. Who wants to be in a place where so many demented people have every opportunity to stage and act on their fantasies?

    In most big cities, sites where violent crimes are likely to occur are well known to everyone. But in these semi-rural, unsophisticated areas that live off the idea of being in ‘the frontier’ violent acts seem random because there is very little in the way of a social order or social matrix in which the madman’s conduct would have been known, monitored, perhaps moved into preventive care. The extreme narcissism now bred into our young people ends, taken as it sometimes is to the extreme, with them saying, “If I’m going to die, it’s the end of the world anyway, so I’ll take as many with me as I can.”

    But gun control in the USofA? Forget it. Americans live their everyday lives as so predictable, so routinized that they secretly crave the excitement the thrill such horrendous events bring. You can never legislate a collective death wish.

  •  For those who want to keep up with (2+ / 0-)
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    what's going on, this channel is streaming over the internet:

    http://media.thedenverchannel.com/...

    Here and there the screen will go blank for a few seconds while they show commercials.

    Just reported:  The first 'trip wire' and 'incendiary device' in the apartment have been disarmed.  They are now reevaluating.  There may still possibly have to be a purposeful detonation.  We will be told before it is done.  The street will be closed, etc.

    Also, interviews from one of the hospitals were shown in the last hour.  A doctor related that there are people who will have permanent injuries.  

    Later it was reported that one woman is paralyzed, and that her daughter is deceased.  Furthermore, she has not been told about her daughter.

    Another witness gave a lengthy Q&A about the status of his friend (shot in arm and leg), and details about the shooting and his experience in the theater.

  •  This bears repeating (0+ / 0-)
    And what matters in the end are not the small and trivial things which often consume our lives. It’s how we choose to treat one another, and love one another. It’s what we do on a daily basis to give our lives meaning and to give our lives purpose. That’s what matters. That’s why we’re here.

    "We believe that the people are the source of all governmental power; that the authority of the people is to be extended, not restricted."-Barbara Jordan

    by sancerre2001 on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 12:26:33 PM PDT

  •  Ban assault weapons already (0+ / 0-)

    All of the expressions of sympathy are nice.  But the hard truth is that the time has come to ban all assault weapons.

    "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

    by noofsh on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 01:21:47 PM PDT

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