obama in tucson


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The full text of the speech, kindly supplied by Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) is here: Obama: We must “make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.” Obama did deviate from the prepared speech in a few places.

Daniel Hernandez, openly gay man who saved Giffords life with immediate care while waiting for medical personnel to arrive:


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Text (partial): “’E pluribus unum,’ out of many, one. The real heroes are the people who have dedicated their lives to public service … They are the people who we should be honoring. One of the things we have learned from this tragedy is we have come together. On Saturday, we all became Tucsonans. On Saturday we all become Arizonans. And above all, we all become Americans. Despite the horrific actions on Saturday … we saw glimmers of hope from people who are real heroes. People like Pan Simon, Gabe Zimmerman, Ron Barber, and Congresswoman Giffords. Dr. Rhee and the first responders. Although I appreciate the sentiment, I must humbly reject the use of the word hero because I am not one. We have all come together … what defines us is not our differences. It’s that we are all together, we are all a family, we are all Americans.”

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