Obama’s Speech at Arizona Memorial Service Could Set Tone for 2012 Election

President Obama is preparing for what could be a defining moment in his presidency when he speaks Wednesday at a memorial service in Tucson, Ariz., the site of a shooting rampage that has shaken the nation over both the facts and fiction of the massacre.

The White House has said the speech will focus on the victims, heroes and those in Tucson affected by the alleged assassination attempt on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who remains in critical condition. Six others were killed and 13 besides Giffords were injured. Alleged shooter Jared Loughner so far has been charged with five federal counts of murder and attempted murder. 

The president has already given an indication of his view of the shooting, which took place at a town-hall style meeting outside a Tucson Safeway supermarket.

“In the coming days we’re going to have a lot of time to reflect,” he said Monday during a photo-op with French President Nicolas Sarkozy. “Right now the main thing we’re doing is to offer our thoughts and prayers to those who’ve been impacted, making sure that we’re joining together and pulling together as a country. And as president of the United States, but also as a father, obviously I’m spending a lot of time just thinking about the families and reaching out to them.”

GET MORE STORIES LIKE THIS

IN YOUR INBOX!

Sign up for our daily email and get the stories everyone is talking about.

Uncategorized

Previous post

Inspector general says 'jobs saved' numbers are nonsense

Next post

Sarah Palin: America's Enduring Strength

Join the conversation!

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse.