For those who missed the memorial service at Tucson, Arizona, President Obama delivered a powerful speech which honored the 6 fallen victims of Saturday's shooting, praised the hero's who acted, informed us that Gabrielle Giffords has opened her eyes for the first time since the shooting, and challenged Americans to honor the memory of those who were lost as we discuss this tragedy going forward:
"That's what I believe, in part because that's what a child like Christina Taylor Green believed. Imagine: here was a young girl who was just becoming aware of our democracy; just beginning to understand the obligations of citizenship; just starting to glimpse the fact 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 or vitriol that we adults all too often just take for granted.
I want us to live up to her expectations. I want our democracy 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."