I was not able to catch the Memorial Service in Tucson live last night on television because of other commitments, but I was able to catch part of it on the radio and later on I was able to watch a replay of the service on television.
As a communications major, I enjoy listening to, reading, and watching speeches – all types. I can normally tell if a speech moves me if there are tears in my eyes or if I catch myself saying, “I wish I could write like that.”
President Obama’s speech accomplished both of these items last night with me. He did not politicize the event – he was the “healer-in-chief” when he needed to be. He did a fine job.
There were concerns floating around the web about the outbursts of applause and cheers from the crowd. First and foremost, this was Tucson Arizona’s Memorial Service and they can act the way that makes them feel better – the way that they want to memorialize those who lost their lives or were injured in the shooting. It’s not up to me to make a statement about their actions. When the Lord calls me home, and if my surviving family members have a Memorial Service or funeral for me, I want joy and laughter at the event – because I have gone to a much better place.
There were several incredible moments during the President’s speech, but none were quite as great as the part about Congresswoman Gabby Giffords: Continue reading