Obama has paid tribute to the six victims of last Saturday’s shooting rampage in the southwestern state of Arizona, telling an audience that they represented “what is best in America.”
Mr. Obama addressed thousands gathered at a memorial service Wednesday evening at the University of Arizona in Tucson. His remarks focused largely on the six people killed in the rampage, including a nine-year-old girl.
“To the families of those we’ve lost; to all who called them friends; to the students of this university, the public servants gathered tonight, and the people of Tucson and Arizona: I have come here tonight as an American who, like all Americans, kneels to pray with you today, and will stand by you tomorrow.
“There is nothing I can say that will fill the sudden hole torn in your hearts. But know this: the hopes of a nation are here tonight. We mourn with you for the fallen. We join you in your grief. And we add our faith to yours that Representative Gabrielle Giffords and the other living victims of this tragedy pull through.
“As Scripture tells us:
“There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall; Read more