Christina Green Funeral

January 13, 2011 by staff 

Christina Green Funeral, (AFP) – Mourners gathered Thursday for the funeral of a little girl of nine years who became the face of heart-breaking audience of a massacre in Arizona, which traumatized Americans.

At a moving memorial service Wednesday night, U.S. President Barack Obama hopes Christina Taylor Green was now jumping through “puddles in the sky,” as he paid tribute to those killed and injured in shooting on Saturday.

As Democratic Congressman Gabrielle Giffords – the apparent target of attack by a sniper who has killed six and wounded 14 – appeared to be slowly recovering from a bullet in the head, attention turns to the girl chubby girl, who had had a budding interest in politics.

Obama, the father of two young daughters himself, seems fascinated by the young prodigy Christina was the development of American democracy at a time when partisan bickering has caused widespread disgust.

“I want us to live up to its expectations. I want our democracy is as good as she imagined,” he told a memorial service at 14000-strong Tucson, Arizona.

In his moving tribute, Obama honored each of the dead – the man who died saving his wife of many years, the judge dispensed justice for four decades and the great grandmother devoted to her family.

An emotional high point came when Obama revealed that Giffords had opened his eyes for the first time since she was shot through the brain.

But the lasting memory of the speech was the girl, becoming the face of this tragedy, just as the teacher and crewmember Christa McAuliffe has become an emblem for the 1986 Challenger space shuttle disaster.

Green parents said she was drawn to politics because she was born on September 11, 2001, and New York firefighters were sending a flag saved from the ashes of the twin towers for the funeral at 15:00 (2000 GMT).

Obama hoped his story would help heal a nation shocked by the murder victim and a poisonous political climate many said was partly to blame for the shooting, allegedly carried out by disturbed local 22 years.

In the 35-minute eulogy Obama called for more civil public discourse and urged Americans not to put one over the other, Democratic Republican.

“It’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure we talk with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that hurts,” he said.

Obama began seeking to deepen the teachings of his country from the pain of bereavement, and to implore people not to seek political advantage as the raging row over what prompted the rampage.

“If there are puddles of rain in the sky, Christina is the jump in them today. And here on Earth, we put our hands on our hearts, and we commit ourselves as Americans to build a country that is still worthy of her sweet, happy spirit, “he said.

And the praise seems to have won praise from across the country’s political abyss.

“The president really took the opportunity last night to help America reach a turning point,” Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was in the hospital room where Giffords opened his eyes, told CNN.

He called on Americans “to live up to the dreams and expectations of Christina … I understand exactly what Obama meant, as a parent.”

Republican former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld also praised the speech.

“At a time when our country needed, Obama delivered moving remarks presidential last night. Very well,” he wrote on the micro-blogging site Twitter.

Reception was generally good, unlike the response to an online video in which the celebrity Republican Sarah Palin accused the media of “blood libel” by the remarks of some commentators immediately after the shooting that has linked the attack to his movement Conservative Tea Party.

The use of the term – which refers to a centuries-old libel that Jews use blood of Christian children in religious ceremonies – offended some Jewish groups and Democrats, who noted that Giffords was Jewish.

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