Thursday, January 13, 2011

The President's Speech and The Loss of A Precious Young Life

Just in case you were in a cave last night and didn't hear President Obama's speech at the memorial service in Tucson last night, here it is below in it's entirety.

The one victim of this senseless tragedy who has continue to haunt me, and millions throughout the world was nine year old Christina Taylor Green. Below are some of President Obama's remarks regarding the little girl who's short life was bookmarked on each end by tragedies, her birth being on September 11, 2001, and her passing last Saturday. (From a transcript found at

That’s what I believe, in part because that’s what a child like Christina Taylor Green believed. Imagine, imagine here for a moment, a young girl who was just becoming aware of our democracy; just beginning to understand the obligations of citizenship; just beginning to glimpse that someday she too might play a part in shaping her nation’s future. She had been elected to her student council; she saw public service as something exciting, something hopeful. She was off to meet her congresswoman, someone she was sure was good and important and might be a role model. She saw all this through the eyes of a child, undimmed by the cynicism, vitriol that we adults all too often just take for granted.

I want to live up to her expectations. I want our democracy to be as good as Christina imagined it. I want America to be as good as she imagined it. All of us – we should do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children’s expectations.

This was already mentioned, Christina was given to us on September 11th, 2001, one of 50 babies born that day to be pictured in a book called “Faces of Hope.” On either side of her photo in that book were simple wishes for a child’s life. 'I hope you help those in need,' read one. 'I hope you know all of the words to the National Anthem and sing it with your hand over your heart. I hope you jump in rain puddles.'

If there are rain puddles in heaven, Christina is jumping in them today. And here, on this Earth, we place our hands over our hearts, and we commit ourselves as Americans to forging a country that is forever worthy of her gentle, happy spirit.

May God bless and keep those we’ve lost in restful and eternal peace. May He love and watch over the survivors. And may He bless the United States of America.

The rest of the night I couldn't get this old song from The Moody Blues out of my head, "The Eyes of a Child", composed by John Lodge, and released on TO OUR CHILDREN'S CHILDREN'S CHILDREN (1969). I found this very appropriate video on YouTube.


Sue said...

The speech was nothing short of beautiful and comforting. What a beautiful little girl Christina was, it's heartbreaking. I can't begin to imagine the parents pain...

tnlib said...

I thought it was a grand speech and it certainly gave me much to think about. Christina was such a special little girl. I can only imagine the pain her parents feel.

Hugh Jee From Jersey said...

It's been a week, and I still can't look at a picture of Christina and not feel some of her parent's heartbreak.

It was so wrong, and so unfair....and the powers that be will mourn for awhile, and ultimately do nothing.

That's the biggest heartbreak of all.

Anonymous said...

Two years have past. My heart grieves the loss of this innocent little girl, as well as all the victims of Jan 8, 2011. I think a special place for Christina. Only a child. It just hurts so bad still. I hurt for the fact that she was senselessly taken from what would have been such a special life. When I hear of children being killed or needlessly dying around the world, I see Christina. Will humanity ever learn from these deaths? Do human beings even care? Or are these children's deaths all just accepted as child mortality, and brushed off as just part of nature's way? Of man's way? We are humans, and the law of the jungle does not apply to us. We have to do better.

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