January 12, 2011 by USA Post
Nihilist, (AFP) – President Barack Obama was to lead the Americans to a national mourning on Wednesday after a tragic shooting in Arizona triggered a debate on the polarization of American political rhetoric violent rocking.
Obama was heading southwest of the state to conduct a memorial service for the six people who were killed and 14 wounded in the attempted assassination of Congressman Gabrielle Giffords, who is fighting for his life in hospital Tucson.
His trip comes after the family of the 22-year-old alleged shooter Jared Loughner said they were “really sorry” about the attack on Saturday and that surgeons have given optimistic forecast of the state of Giffords Democrat.
And it comes as the House of Representatives introduced a resolution condemning the attack and to honor the victims, with Speaker of the House John Boehner stressed the importance of solidarity between legislators drawing their colleague in distress.
“Our hearts are broken but our spirit is not,” Boehner told the chamber Wednesday.
“We are very grateful, so grateful that Gabby is still with us,” he said, but it was clear that the House was stunned by the attack remained unexplained.
“This body has not fully register the magnitude of this tragedy,” Boehner said, holding back tears.
Majority Leader of the House Eric Cantor called the shooting “an attack against the very essence of democracy and representative government.”
Obama faces a very risky time, but also a political opportunity when he headed the department at the University of Arizona in Tucson, at a time when it tries to revive his relationship with American voters.
Millions to watch the country will be listening to the words of the President of healing, compassion hope and perhaps call for a more civil national discourse.
His task is complicated by the claims that the liberal atmosphere of hatred fanned by conservative personalities like Sarah Palin could have done Loughner on the edge and malignant exposed divisions in American politics.
On Wednesday, Palin, the former vice presidential hopeful Republican and a possible White House candidate in 2012, forcefully rejected any responsibility for the shooting and accused critics of “blood libel” to tie her fiery political rhetoric Giffords the assassination attempt.
“The crime is monstrous acts on their own. They begin and end with criminals who commit them,” she said in a video message.
Presidents, in their role as symbolic head of state and commander in chief, are periodically required to invoke the unit in times of crisis, the weaving of traumatic events in a parable of American history and national mythology.
They were summoned by the poetry, as Ronald Reagan after the space shuttle disaster in 1986, or prose with pulse determination, as George W. Bush in his National Cathedral address after September 11 in 2001.
Such discourse is “a way to take a tragedy and be sober and somber, but also use it as a way of uniting the country and get things done,” said political science professor Jamie McKown.
Obama will probably avoid blame, while respecting the lawyer’s death and providing for the living.
A White House official said Obama has started working on his speech Monday night, and that “he will devote most of his remarks at the commemoration of the victims.”
As much as 14,000 people were expected to attend the service amid tight security. The president was to appear alongside the First Lady Michelle Obama and Senator John McCain, his Republican opponent in the 2008 election.
Meanwhile surgeons gave an overview optimistic Giffords, as she was still in intensive care after brain surgery.
“She holds her own,” said Michael Lemole, the neurosurgeon who operated on the head Giffords, adding that she was still responding to simple commands, an important sign for her prospects for recovery.
“I am very encouraged by the fact that it is so well done,” he said.
Peter Rhee, chief of trauma surgery at University Medical Center, said doctors had reduced the sedatives administered to Giffords, adding: “. She will not die, it does not have this authorization from me.”
Giffords was shot in the head in the shooting at a public event outside a supermarket in Tucson, which killed six, including a federal judge and a nine-year-old girl.
The New York Times reported that police had been called to the house Loughner more than once before the attack and quoted a friend as saying the alleged killer has been qualified with a firearm.
“He was a nihilist and likes to cause chaos, and that’s probably why he did the shooting and that he was sick in the head,” Zane Gutierrez, 21, told the newspaper.
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