Yesterday, President Barack Obama delivered a rousing speech condemning the deadly violence in Tucson, Arizona, which left 6 people dead and 13 wounded. Counted among the wounded, is United States Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords. It is not surprising that a president would seek to address the country in response to a national tragedy. However, in endeavoring to deliver the “Tucson Memorial Speech,” President Obama appears to have traveled an extra mile to comfort confused and grief stricken Americans, using the Bible as his primary tool.
Generally, the speech had the feel of an old-fashioned Sunday morning church sermon, rather than a political address. President Obama spoke of a “holy place,” offering a reminder that “scripture tells us...” Also, when specifically speaking of crtically wounded Congresswoman Giffords, he stated, “God is with her,” and “God will help her through.” At times, President Obama appeared to speak as a fiery gospel preacher rather than the highest ranking political figure in the country, and indeed, the world.
We live in an age where American citizens constantly demand separation of church and state, often choosing to initiate legal action and push legislation toward that desired goal. Despite possible political fallout, President Obama set a good example for all. In attempting to soothe the troubled hearts and minds of concerned Americans, he exercised good judgment and demonstrated outstanding courage, in choosing to run to the Bible, rather than away from it. Congregations throughout the city, gathered to listen and pray.
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