Thursday, January 13, 2011


Last night's memorial service in Tucson had its moments. Some of its best moments were supplied by our President, some of the less respectful moments were provided by the students of ASU who persisted in behaving as though they were at a pep rally instead of a memorial service. Do parents teach their children appropriate decorum nowadays? Even the president looked a bit bemused by their carryings on.

Last night, for the first time in his administration, I was proud of my president. He was dignified, consoling, respectful and above all, he was appropriate. In fact all of the people who addressed the memorial service spoke eloquently and respectfully of the dead and injured. Young Mr. Hernandez displayed a most-attractive modesty about his actions in regard to Rep. Giffords, but the President is absolutely right. Daniel, you ARE a hero.

It was particularly noteworthy that everyone who addressed the memorial service had biblical and religious references, including a quotation from the Old Testament which was appropriate given the fact that Rep. Giffords is Jewish.

The fact that she has opened her eyes is remarkable and wonderful and a testament to her enormous courage.

I will no doubt continue to find fault with some of President Obama's policies in future days as is my right as an American citizen. However, I have gained some respect for him (and his wife) as a human being.

You did good, Mr. President. Thank you.

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